The Plate Meeting, a LF Umpire Podcast from Close Call Sports

Episode 7 - The Charitable Gary Darling

An episode of The Plate Meeting, a LF Umpire Podcast from Close Call Sports

By Gil Imber
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.
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Episode 7 - The Charitable Gary Darling
In this seventh episode of The Plate Meeting, a LF Umpire Podcast from Close Call Sports, 28-year MLB veteran crew chief Gary Darling joins the show to discuss his officiating career, UMPS CARE Charities, umpire nicknames, and answer some of your questions.
November 27, 2018
Episode 6 - West Nears Perfection and Postseason Musings with Bob Davidson
In this Plate Meeting Podcast, former MLB veteran Bob Davidson stops by to discuss umpire Joe West's historic near-perfect night during Game 3 of the ALCS in Houston, Angel Hernandez's resilient postseason plate performance in the New York ALDS after experiencing three overturned calls at first base the night before, on-field injuries, and, of course, a few umpiring stories along the way.
October 17, 2018
Episode 5 - Chris Hubler's View and Jim Evans' Play, Too
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.
September 28, 2018
Episode 4VM - Tmac's Teachable Moments - Four Replays
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
September 18, 2018
Episode 3 - Brian Hertzog's Official Business of Situations
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.
August 20, 2018
Episode 2 - Dale Scott
Our second episode of the podcast features 32-year MLB umpire Dale Scott, who retired this past year following 16 years as a Crew Chief, nearly 4,000 regular season games, and 3 World Series.
August 7, 2018
Episode 1 - Starting the Game with Bob Davidson
This is the first episode of The Plate Meeting from, 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.
July 17, 2018
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