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The Umpire Strikes Back

The Umpire Strikes Back

By Erik Weiss
With 7 years of umpiring experience, I break down controversial plays in Major League Baseball and explain why calls believed to be wrong may actually be right. I also give in depth rule explanations as well as my personal opinion on some of the biggest names in the game
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Rob Drakes 27 Missed Calls

The Umpire Strikes Back

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The Umpire Strikes Back

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Can Angel Hernandez Redeem Himself?
Angel Hernandez will be on the plate for Game 2 of the Dodgers-Padres NLDS. Can he redeem himself and prove he belongs in the playoffs? Also, I strike back at everyone who came after me for my previous opinions about Angel Hernandez
26:08
October 7, 2020
Angel Hernandez Assigned to NLDS
I give my opinion on Angel Hernandez and his assignment to the Dodgers-Padres NLDS Series
18:21
October 6, 2020
Umpiring Different Youth Levels
I discuss what I do different when umpiring a lower level of youth baseball
15:52
October 1, 2020
Rob Drakes 27 Missed Calls
I give my personal opinion on Rob Drakes performance in the season finale between the Giants and Padres where he apparently missed 27 calls
19:10
September 30, 2020
John Kruk Loses His Mind on Correct Call
John Kruk was calling for Joe West’s head after Joe and his crew made a correct call of incidental contact on a back swing
17:39
September 24, 2020
Force Out After Retouching Second Base
Robbie Grossman of the Oakland A’s was called out on a force play at second after obtaining second bases, but then retouching it and returning to first base. Was this the correct call? Also, I touch on the newest developments concerning the World Series and Postseason bubble
19:53
September 22, 2020
Josh Donaldson Homerun Ejection
I discuss my opinion on the ejection of Josh Donaldson following a homerun against the White Sox. Also my take on the K-Zone feature on tv
18:15
September 18, 2020
Revisiting Trea Turner’s Game 6 Interference
I discuss the interference call on Trea Turner during Game 6 of the 2019 World Series and explain why the call was correct
18:19
September 16, 2020
Kershaw: “It’s Not Real Baseball” and Postseason Bubble
I discuss Clayton Kershaw’s feelings about the extra inning rule and what Major League Baseball is proposing for a Postseason Bubble scenario
14:15
September 12, 2020
Bryce Harper “Be a Professional” Ejection
I discuss my take on the Bryce Harper ejection from earlier in the week. Was the umpire being a professional? Bryce and I seem to have a difference in opinion on this
16:26
September 10, 2020
Strike Back Short #2 - Importance of Preseason Games
I touch on the importance of umpiring a few preseason games
09:36
February 26, 2020
Strike Back Short #1 - Michigan Ejection
I give my opinion on the Michigan ejection. *I mistakenly refer to the team as LSU
06:05
February 19, 2020
Cheaters in Baseball
I bring my good friend Josiah on the show to discuss cheating in baseball from the Astros to the Black Sox of 1919
20:17
February 10, 2020
Robot Umpires and PA Microphones
I give my opinion on the Robot Umpire situation and discuss the improvement Major League Baseball is making by introducing PA microphones for umpires
09:15
January 28, 2020
What is a Bunt?
I briefly talk about what a bunt is and what it means to “attempt at the ball”
07:18
May 28, 2019
LL Leaving Base Early & Batting Out of Order
I discuss the penalty for leaving base early in Little League as well as batting out of order
11:26
April 29, 2019
“Hey, That’s a Balk!”......Or Not
I go over what a balk is and admit to screwing one up during a game
10:46
April 18, 2019
Obstruction on a Rundown & Little League Fence Rule
I talk about the award a runner receives when obstructed during a rundown and touch on a strange rule I came across in the little league rule book about fence distance
11:11
April 16, 2019
Running Through First Base (Read Your Rulebook)
I explained the rule for Running Through First Base and tell a little story of the time I had a situation so complicated that we had to make a phone call to the folks in Williamsport, PA in order to make a decision
12:28
April 15, 2019
2012 NL Wildcard Game - Infield Fly Rule
An explanation of the infamous Infield Fly Rule heard around the world
10:36
February 22, 2019