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Old 07-12-2012, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Webster Groves, MO
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So I'm a youth baseball umpire and I post on and read a forum for umpires. In one of the threads I was told that baseball umpires are not supposed to clean the bases off on the field. Obviously many of the fields are not very well maintained and have a lot of loose dirt. So if the bases are not cleaned they can become difficult to see. As a base umpire I have always thought it was my responsibility to clean them. But other umpires are telling me that we are not supposed to clean them that I won't be taken seriously as an umpire if I do.

My question for those parents that have kids that play, or that coach their kids. If you were on a field where there was a lot of dirt and the bases were constantly getting covered in dirt. Would you think it was the umpires responsibility to clean those bases?
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Youth baseball umpires care about being taken seriously?
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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Why not? This falls under the heading of "any job worth doing is worth doing well". If the bases are covered with dirt and it makes seeing plays difficult, then I see no reason not to dust them off. A bit of professionalism goes a long way, in my opinion. No, I don't have kids in the game, but I played in many a youth league. I really don't understand the other umps reasoning on this one. And kudos to you, scocar, for taking part in youth baseball.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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scocar, I actually think the opposite. When I see an umpire cleaning the bases I know that the umpire is interested in making the right call. You need to do what you think is right, and I think it's great that you care enough to even solicit an opinion. I've seen some really great umpires and some really crappy ones...but as a parent (my son plays travel ball) I can tell just by the little things which umpires are going to be good (and fair).

The other item that is sometimes neglected on the field is the pitcher's rubber. When I see an ump clean or ask the pitcher to clean the rubber then I know he's on his game. The balk call, in my opinion, is the call that many umpires consistently either miss or get wrong. The little details mean a lot to me...keep up the good work!
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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So I'm a youth baseball umpire and I post on and read a forum for umpires. In one of the threads I was told that baseball umpires are not supposed to clean the bases off on the field. Obviously many of the fields are not very well maintained and have a lot of loose dirt. So if the bases are not cleaned they can become difficult to see. As a base umpire I have always thought it was my responsibility to clean them. But other umpires are telling me that we are not supposed to clean them that I won't be taken seriously as an umpire if I do.
Youth League umpires are unionized?
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