Welcome to The Plate Meeting, A Left Field Umpire Podcast, the official podcast of Close Call Sports & the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League, where we talk baseball umpiring with umpires, and discuss additional officiating related issues, including analysis or other conversation pertaining to plays, ejections, rules, and more.
On this episode of The Plate Meeting, tmac & Gil are joined by Minor League veteran umpire and Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring Field Coordinator/instructor Chris Hubler, who discusses his 10-year professional baseball umpiring career, including a stint as HR Derby umpire during MLB All-Star festivities. American League Umpire Jim Evans also stops by the show to surprise Chris with a JEAPU-caliber brain teaser involving a balk, base hit, batting-out-of-order appeal, and catcher's interference play.
This episode is a video minisode of Tmac's Teachable Moments, featuring audio commentary pertaining to four Replay Review events and the techniques used by the umpires in response to these various plays. Tmac discusses starting position, preparation, and the patience/timing involved in properly officiating some unexpected and close sequences that may occur in baseball.
Because this is a video episode, for an optimal viewing experience, you may wish to view the related post at CloseCallSports.com
Former Minor League umpire and CEO of Official Business Brian Hertzog joins the show to discuss his career, release from professional baseball, life after his time in the minors, and rebounding to launch Official Business.
We also discuss situation handling alongside a few brawls Brian encountered during his time in Triple-A as well as the catcher-umpire dynamic and the science behind the team-umpire disconnect.
This is the first episode of The Plate Meeting from CloseCallSports.com, with hosts Tmac, Gil, and our guest, 30-year major league and World Series umpire Bob Davidson. In this episode, we hear Bob's story of getting to the big leagues and relive some notable ejections and other moments from his decades of service in professional baseball.