The Life and Times of a Little League Umpire

Posted: 18th September 2009 by Alex Shultz in MLB
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Portions of this article appeared on and Note: This was a piece from mid-summer. I thought everyone might enjoy it after the recent Red Sox-Angels late game umpire controversy.    After only four games of umpiring little kids, I’ve had my fair share of bonehead moments. Perhaps the most embarrassing of these came in my first game, which featured two teams of eight-year-olds and their coaches who appear to take things a bit too seriously. There was a man (actually a kid) on first, and no outs, and a hit deep into center field (highly unusual), followed by an outfielder making the throw of his young life that not only flew near his second baseman, but in fact landed in his teammate’s glove. To top it off, the confused second baseman listened to pa ...

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