Umpire Reveals Strategy for Being Center of Attention
DALLAS, TX—An umpire out of Dallas has recently revealed his strategy for a successful umpiring career. “The key,” he said, “Is to completely rob the attention from the players and totally take over.”
Doug Spinster has been umpiring for nearly 20 years and considers himself a seasoned veteran. He typically umpires USSSA and Triple Crown tournaments, and is confident that he is on the brink of getting the call to umpire in the MLB.
“During the week, I usually spend the first 15 minutes of my day in front of the mirror practicing my strike three calls. That’s where you really make your money,” Spinster expressed as he began sharing his weekly routine. He also allowed us to sit in on one of his film sessions, where he studies videos of umpires that went viral on YouTube, mimicking their moves and attempting to match their (voice) pitch. “Before every game I start with a calisthenics routine, so everyone there knows that I could still be playing ball if I wanted to.”
Spinster is in tip-top shape, running the 60-yard dash in 7.9s in full umpiring gear. “During the game I make sure to take a long pause before making any call, and when I call someone out I make sure parents three fields over can hear. I definitely always mix in a few dugout warnings—can’t let those kids have too much fun. And of course I gotta mix in a few bad calls. There’s no better way to leave a legacy than to be controversial. Just look at Jim Joyce!”
Between autographs, interviews, and a busy tournament schedule, Spinster’s umpiring life is a full-time gig. He hopes one day to be featured on the cover of Sport’s Illustrated or GQ.