Quotes and Sayings about Umpire



"Bishops are like umpires. You have to have them to call the close decisions."
- Frank Butler
(Related: Decisions)

"Yes, I was in that game where George Brett hit that home run. Billy saw there was too much pine tar on the bat and he went to the umpire, the next thing we knew they were fighting about it."
- Bert Campaneris
(Related: Home, Fighting, Umpire)

"Peace is the umpire for doing the will of God."
- Edwin Louis Cole
(Related: Peace, God, Umpire, Will)

"You argue with the umpire because there is nothing else you can do about it."
- Leo Durocher
(Related: Nothing, Umpire)

"In the olden days, the umpire didn't have to take any courses in mind reading. The pitcher told you he was going to throw at you."
- Leo Durocher
(Related: Mind, Reading, Umpire)

"I never questioned the integrity of an umpire. Their eyesight, yes."
- Leo Durocher
(Related: Integrity, Umpire)

"I made a game effort to argue but two things were against me: the umpires and the rules."
- Leo Durocher
(Related: Effort, Rules)

"Professional managers, coaches, and players have a right to question an umpire's decision if they do it in a professional manner. When they become personal, profane, or violent, they have crossed the line and must be dealt with accordingly."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Decision, Coaches, Managers, Question, Right, Umpire)

"Minor league umpires are evaluated in their respective leagues each year and rated numerically. This enables umpires to know where they stand and helps them make prudent career decisions."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Career, Decisions)

"Most plays that are missed by the umpire are caused by the umpire not reading those cues early enough and making the proper adjustments."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Reading, Umpire)

"My dad was a carpenter and I would work with him during the summer and umpire on the nights I wasn't playing."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Dad, Work, Summer, Umpire)

"Our students learn more in 30 days than one could learn in 30 years without our training. To really maximize your potential as an umpire, you need to get a solid foundation as soon as you can."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Potential, Students, Training, Umpire, Years)

"Umpires, like players, are expected to show constant improvement each season and at each level. Inconsistent plate work and the inability to handle situations are probably the two biggest problems that minor league umpires face."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Work, Improvement, Problems)

"No one respects the umpire's job more than I do; but, if I were a manager, I would probably be ejected three or four times a season fighting for my team."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Manager, Fighting, Job, Umpire)

"When I was 14, I played in a summer league. One night the chief umpire asked me if I would like to try umpiring. There was a Little League tournament coming up and he needed more umpires than he had."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Night, Summer, Umpire)

"Anyone interested in becoming a professional umpire and becoming eligible to work in the minor leagues must attend one of the two umpire schools sanctioned by Major League Baseball."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Work, Baseball, Schools, Umpire)

"As a whole, the managers today are different in temperament. Most have very good communication skills and are more understanding of the umpire's job. That doesn't mean they are better managers. It just means that I perceive today's managers a bit differently."
- Jim Evans
(Related: Communication, Job, Managers, Temperament, Today, Umpire, Understanding)

"Take pride in your work at all times. Remember, respect for an umpire is created off the field as well as on."
- Ford Frick
(Related: Work, Pride, Respect, Umpire)

"Umpires are necessary evils."
- Doug Harvey
"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it."
- Cal Hubbard
(Related: Boys)

"The best umpired game is the game in which the fans cannot recall the umpires who worked it."
- Bill Klem
(Related: Fans)

"Your job is to umpire for the ball and not the player."
- Bill Klem
(Related: Job, Umpire)

"I told the umpires to walk back at least thirty-five feet from home plate. That reduced the arguements."
- Bill Klem
(Related: Home, Feet)

"The most cowardly thing in the world is blaming mistakes upon the umpires. Too many managers strut around on the field trying to manage the umpires instead of their teams."
- Bill Klem
(Related: Managers, Mistakes, Trying, World)

"An angry player can't argue with the back of an umpire who is walking away."
- Bill Klem
(Related: Umpire, Walking)

"As all of us with any involvement in sports knows, no two umpires or no two referees have the same strike zone or call the same kind of a basketball game."
- Herb Kohl
(Related: Sports, Basketball, Zone)

"The ultimate umpire of all things in life is Fact."
- Agnes C. Laut
(Related: Life, Fact, Umpire)

"You had to pitch in and out. The zone didn't belong to the hitters; it belonged to the pitchers. Today, if you pitch too far inside, the umpire would stop you right there. I don't think it's fair."
- Juan Marichal
(Related: Right, Today, Umpire, Zone)

"Many baseball fans look upon an umpire as a sort of necessary evil to the luxury of baseball, like the odor that follows an automobile."
- Christy Mathewson
(Related: Baseball, Evil, Fans, Luxury, Umpire)

"Baseball is a game where a curve is an optical illusion, a screwball can be a pitch or a person, stealing is legal and you can spit anywhere you like except in the umpire's eye or on the ball."
- James Patrick Murray
(Related: Legal, Baseball, Eye, Illusion, Umpire)

"Step outside the guidelines of the official umpires and make your own rules and your own reality."
- Phil Ochs
(Related: Reality, Rules)

"I'd always have grease in at least two places, in case the umpires would ask me to wipe one off. I never wanted to be caught out there with anything though, it wouldn't be professional."
- Gaylord Perry
"People come out to see the players. When do you see a manager anyway? When he's out on the field arguing with the umpires, making a fool of himself and you know you can't win, and when he brings out the line-up card."
- Frank Robinson
(Related: Manager, People, Fool)

"I didn't mean to hit the umpire with the dirt, but I did mean to hit that bastard in the stands."
- Babe Ruth
(Related: Umpire)

"The third umpires should be changed as often as nappies and for the same reason."
- Navjot Singh Sidhu
(Related: Reason)

"It is the duty of the Umpire to determine all questions submitted to him according to these laws, when they apply, and according to his best judgment when they do not apply."
- Howard Staunton
(Related: Duty, Judgment, Laws, Questions, Umpire)

"If either player abandon the game by quitting the table in anger, or in an otherwise offensive manner; or by momentarily resigning the game; or refuses to abide by the decision of the Umpire, the game must be scored against him."
- Howard Staunton
(Related: Anger, Decision, Quitting, Umpire)

"The trouble with women umpires is that I couldn't argue with one. I'd put my arms around her and give her a little kiss."
- Casey Stengel
(Related: Women, Kiss, Trouble)

"Now that women are jockeys, baseball umpires, atomic scientists, and business executives, maybe someday they can master parallel parking."
- Bill Vaughan
(Related: Business, Women, Baseball, Now, Scientists)

"The job of arguing with the umpire belongs to the manager, because it won't hurt the team if he gets thrown out of the game."
- Earl Weaver
(Related: Manager, Hurt, Job, Umpire)