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Cricket Expert Told He Can’t Umpire Game Between Church Teams Because His Ancestor was a Bishop 200 Years Ago

I didn't even know the Vatican had a cricket team, but they do, and the roster is filled with "priests, deacons and seminarians studying in Rome." In the spirit of goodwill, the Vatican XI (clever) decided to play an exhibition match against the Archbishop of Canterbury's XI. Show More Summary

Rave Reviews: Yanks' ex-farmhand is key to replay challenges

By now, most Yankee fans know the signs: A thumbs-up from bench coach Tony Pena to Joe Girardi means that Girardi should challenge an umpire’s call. When Pena crosses his arms in an “X” it means, essentially, “Forget it, Joe, and come back to the dugout.”

Umpire hit with baseball, ruins play

Was the ball going to be a force out or was it about to go into left-center field? We'll never know. Monday's Giants/Pirates game has already featured ducks on the field and a Terrio-dancin' fool. How about an umpire ruining a play by standing where a baseball is about to be? May this game never end. It probably won't.

Baseball's Latest Drug Casualty Is ... an Ump

You know your sport has a drug problem when even your officials flunk drug tests. Major League Baseball umpire Brian Runge has been canned and sources tell the AP that drugs are to blame. The 43-year-old failed at least one random drug test and was fired after failing to comply...

Why MLB Needed to Suspend an Umpire to Send a Message, Save Face

Have you heard the one about the umpires who got the call wrong? You know, Rangers closer Joe Nathan throws a pitch to the Rays' Ben Zobrist that's, oh, maybe two feet outside and a foot low...but is called strike three and ends the game with the tying runner on base. Show More Summary

Bryce Harper's Absurd Ejection Exposes New Age of 'Diva' Umpires

Being an umpire in Major League Baseball is a thankless job. If you do it well, no one knows who you are. If you don't and are constantly making a spectacle out of yourself, no one will respect anything that you do. It is an interesting...Show More Summary

Former MLB Umpire Dave Pallone All Too Familiar with Jason Collins' Secret Life

As a straight male, I don't even pretend to know what someone like Jason Collins must have been going through, living a secret life as a gay man while an active player in the NBA. This isn't like grief. It's not a few quiet moments at...Show More Summary

How I learned to stop worrying about comments ...

Not so long ago, an umpire cited the Infield Fly Rule in an important baseball game. Now, let's be honest: A significant percentage of "baseball fans" don't know what the Infield Fly Rule is, or why it exists. But of course you're not...Show More Summary

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Reverses Policy That Cut Store Retail Staff

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) vice president John Browett is like an umpire in a baseball game or a line judge in a football game. He is someone people should not really know or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Umpire Ejects Music Guy for Playing ‘Three Blind Mice’ [VIDEO]

Things got really real at a Daytona, Fla., Cubs minor league baseball game Wednesday. After a disagreeable call by an umpire, "music guy" Derek Dye -- you know, one of the folks who play "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and other interludes...Show More Summary

Wacko Little League Coach Goes Ballistic On Umpire, Gets Game Forfeited (Video)

If a Major League manager goes ballistic on an umpire during a game, the umpire can simply eject the guy knowing full well that he’ll leave the field (eventually) and the game will resume. Why? Because even when they’re pissed off, major league managers usually have a sense of professionalism. And if they don’t, there [...]

Every Baseball Fan Can Appreciate This Video Of CB Bucknor Taking A Fastball To The Face [Video]

2 years agoSports : Deadspin

Given that CB Bucknor's been named "Worst MLB Umpire" by pro ballplayers three times, it's a sure bet most fans don't think much of the ump, either. (Your reaction to our Better Know An Umpire on Bucknor backs that up.) So here's your...Show More Summary

Yerrrr Out-Out-Out-Out!: An Animated Gallery Of Every MLB Umpire's Strike-Three Call (Part 2) [Better Know An Umpire]

2 years agoSports : Deadspin

Enjoyed our first batch of strike-three calls? Well, here's another heaping helping for you. This collection includes such notables as Jim Joyce, Angel Hernandez, Balkin' Bob Davidson, and the legendary contortions of one Tom Hallion, who may have the greatest punchout in the history of umpiring. Show More Summary

Yerrrr Out-Out-Out-Out!: An Animated Gallery Of Every MLB Umpire's Strike-Three Call (Part 1) [Better Know An Umpire]

2 years agoSports : Deadspin

At last, after 72 entries, we've completed our Better Know An Umpire series. We hope you've enjoyed learning more about the human elements in blue, the men who wander anonymously through the sport, even as they make the game all about them. Next time some stooge in a chest protector screws your team out of a victory, you know where to look. More »

Better Know An Umpire: Joe West [Better Know An Umpire]

2 years agoSports : Deadspin

Welcome to Better Know An Umpire, an effort to educate ourselves on the human elements who have ultimate decision-making power over some 2,500 Major League Baseball games a year. (All cumulative statistics are through the 2011 season, unless otherwise stated.) More »

Better Know An Umpire: Hunter Wendelstedt [Better Know An Umpire]

2 years agoSports : Deadspin

Welcome to Better Know An Umpire, an effort to educate ourselves on the human elements who have ultimate decision-making power over some 2,500 Major League Baseball games a year. (All cumulative statistics are through the 2011 season, unless otherwise stated.) More »

Better Know An Umpire: John Hirschbeck [Better Know An Umpire]

2 years agoSports : Deadspin

Welcome to Better Know An Umpire, an effort to educate ourselves on the human elements who have ultimate decision-making power over some 2,500 Major League Baseball games a year. (All cumulative statistics are through the 2011 season, unless otherwise stated.) More »

Better Know An Umpire: Lance Barksdale [Better Know An Umpire]

2 years agoSports : Deadspin

Welcome to Better Know An Umpire, an effort to educate ourselves on the human elements who have ultimate decision-making power over some 2,500 Major League Baseball games a year. (All cumulative statistics are through the 2011 season, unless otherwise stated.) More »

Better Know An Umpire: Mark Wegner [Better Know An Umpire]

2 years agoSports : Deadspin

Welcome to Better Know An Umpire, an effort to educate ourselves on the human elements who have ultimate decision-making power over some 2,500 Major League Baseball games a year. (All cumulative statistics are through the 2011 season, unless otherwise stated.) More »

Better Know An Umpire: Fieldin Culbreth [Better Know An Umpire]

2 years agoSports : Deadspin

Welcome to Better Know An Umpire, an effort to educate ourselves on the human elements who have ultimate decision-making power over some 2,500 Major League Baseball games a year. (All cumulative statistics are through the 2011 season, unless otherwise stated.) More »

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