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As they see 'em : a fan's travels in the land of umpires
Bruce Weber
Adult Nonfiction GV876 .W44 2009

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In a no-holds-barred insider examination of the private world of baseball umpires, both minor and major leagues, Weber, a New York Times reporter, dives into the rough basic training school for the men who call balls and strikes in this irresistible book. As a 52-year-old student umpire, the author dons the mask and learns the fundamentals, while spending almost three years visiting baseball venues across the country, as well as interviewing former umpires, players and coaches. Many candidates dream of making it to the majors, as about 100,000 amateur baseball umpires call games in the U.S., Weber writes, but only 68 pro umpires make it to the big show. Baseball fans will love the insightful, richly textured account of Weber trying to master the plate stance, monitoring each pitch and maintaining a proper strike zone in a physically demanding occupation. However, his book lifts heads-and-shoulders above other baseball tomes by putting a funny, surprising treasury of anecdotes from the sport at its entertaining core. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

New York Times reporter Weber attended the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring and takes readers into "umpire nation," a land like no other realm of baseball. However, through no fault of Weber's, it's not really such a fun place to visit. Weber relates his encounters with umpires across leagues, amateur and pro. Umpires in detail turn out to be no more appealing than we guessed, but there's little on this topic, so sports collections should have it. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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