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As They See 'em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires Millions of American baseball fans know, with absolute certainty, that umpires are simply overpaid galoots who are doing an easy job badly Millions of American baseball fans are wrong As They See Em is an insider s look at the largely unknown world of professional umpires, the small group of men and the very occasional woman who make sure America s favorite pastime is conducted in a manner that is clean, crisp, and true Bruce Weber, a New York Times reporter, not only interviewed dozens of professional umpires but entered their world, trained to become an umpire, then spent a season working games from Little League to big league spring training As They See Em is Weber s entertaining account of this experience as well as a lively exploration of what amounts to an eccentric secret society, with its own customs, its own rituals, its own colorful vocabulary Writing with deep knowledge of and affection for baseball, he delves into such questions as Why isn t every strike created equal Is the ump part of the game or outside of it Why doesn t a tie go to the runner And what do umps and managers say to each other during an argument, really Packed with fascinating reportage that reveals the game as never before and answers the kinds of questions that fans, exasperated by the clichs of conventional sports commentary, pose to themselves around the television set, Bruce Weber s As They See Em is a towering grand slam

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15 thoughts on “As They See 'em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires

  1. IHJ IHJ says:

    Great book Very well written and enjoyable to read As an umpire, found it fair towards umpires in general and generally sympathetic to all that professional umpires have to endure Was very impressed that he went through umpire school for the book Shows dedication and ensures that the story is written from a person who knows the difficulties of being a

  2. lindapanzo lindapanzo says:

    Huge baseball fan that I am, like most people, I don t pay any attention to umpires unless they seriously mess up but, after reading this book, I will pay attention to them.Here s a terrific baseball book about all things umpire As a fan, I think he s an NY Times reporter, attended the Jim Evans Umpiring School in Florida, one of two umpiring schools, and als

  3. Salmon 11 Salmon 11 says:

    This book changed the way I view umpires I was surprised at the relatively poor treatment the minor league umpires suffer at the hands of the minor league owners This is truly a long shot if an umpire is hoping to make it to the big leagues The minor league owners come across as insensitive cost cutters The wholesale condemnation of the single female umpire in the mino

  4. ws ws says:

    The author repeats himself throughout the book letting the reader know everything he knows about baseball After several chapters I got real tired of reading the same thing the author had just wrote in the previous chapters, about the different rules of baseball It would have been fine if he had talked about some other rules, but he kept telling about the same thing I did not fi

  5. Joel Lipman Joel Lipman says:

    As They See Em by Bruce WeberThis 2019 season has been a bad one for baseball umpires Since the World Series began, two have died, one had to leave a game due to a concussion, and one is suing for defamation of character.But the good news is that it is a fine time to read about the lives of umpires as in the book As They See Em by Bruce Weber As a long time fan of baseball, I found that

  6. J. Will J. Will says:

    As an armchair baseball fan, I was than intrigued by the concept of this book recommended to me by a part time low level umpire However, I gave up on it after wading through bits and pieces of umpiring all thrown together without any semblance of order or organization The author is a professional writer but, in this case, he needed work by his editor so as to give the reader a game plan of whe

  7. William Capodanno William Capodanno says:

    While a lot of kids dream of being a professional athlete from their earliest days of playing sports, very few dream of being a MLB umpire That is probably a good thing since the odds are better of reaching the big leagues as a player than an ump Weber traces the difficult and near impossible path of aspiring umps from the rotten travel, third rate hotels and abusive fans all the way to the pressure of r

  8. shana hocker shana hocker says:

    I am 47 years old and it took me 45 years to learn that I really like baseball As I ve learned about the sport and the different levels of professional play, I started to learn about the umpires that oversee the games at these levels I wanted to learn about the men and women who perform this difficult job that goes sorely unnoticed an under appreciated I ordered the audio CD used and it was delivered in a time

  9. Cole Brown Cole Brown says:

    I ve watched thousands of baseball games in my life I know the players I know the managers I know the commentators Yet I never knew the umpires And I never cared to It s not that I hated umpires It s that I didn t even consider their existence until they made a call that upset me.Then I picked up this book and all of that changed.Bruce Weber enters the world of umpires, even to the degree of attending umpire school and um

  10. Goldie Goldie says:

    While it gets a little repetitive in places, and you than once get the sense that the author got stonewalled by the folks he was trying to interview this is not a bad read at all I m not sure if I was supposed to come away with some new found respect for major league umpires but I definitely came away thinking that they were incredibly devoted, obstinate or obsessive.I couldn t figure out which When you hear of the trials of the

  11. P Maines P Maines says:

    Fascinating insight into the world of professional umpires, on the field and off Discusses the long road through the minors up to the majors, what it s like being the person who has to make judgments in the moment, rules that most of us fans think we know but don t and tells the stories of many current and former umpires.Not sure why the publisher decided not to include an index I would have found it useful for referring back to particular

  12. Rev Jerry Rev Jerry says:

    I love baseball but like most fans, know little about umpiring To be honest, I had a hard time staying focused while reading the book It is somewhat disjointed and peppered with interesting information, but reminded me of reading an instruction book.

  13. James Buberger James Buberger says:

    For starters, I have personally never before issued a five star rating to a non fiction work, saving those for the Grishams and Browns of the literary world pedestrian, I realize I could not, however, pass up the opportunity to do so on this occasion.As a typical fan, there is only so much that I care to know about the umpires side of the baseball equation just as Weber depicts in the book Thus, it was with a bit of hesitation that I ordered this volume.I h

  14. oldseagull oldseagull says:

    George Will wrote a glowing column about this book and the author s efforts to bring us an inside story on the world of professional baseball umpires I bought the book on Mr Will s recommendation, and was not disappointed Bruce Weber put a lot of heart and soul into this work, from his graduation from umpire school in Kissimmee, Florida, to traveling with umpires in the lowest rookie leagues on up through the majors, climaxing with his final game call as umpire in a

  15. elderboy02 elderboy02 says:

    It took me a while to finish this book It was pretty slow and repetitive at some parts.I really enjoyed the parts of the book where Bruce describes how the umpires work in the game He tells you how they rotate on a play, how certain plays are called, and how they get into the game.The parts of the book that I didn t care for is when he starts talking about specific games.

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