USSSA umpire plays it safe, asks FB group if runners are safe or out before making any calls
CHARLESTON, SC—An umpire in Charleston is quickly becoming the most consistent umpire in the country after implementing a new strategy to making calls. After every close play, he quickly posts a video to a Facebook group and asks if the runner is safe or out—and then he makes the call.
“I started using this strategy after I noticed how knowledgeable baseball parents are in this one particular group I’m in,” explained Darrell Evans, seasoned USSSA umpire of 14 years. “Everyday there’s a new video of a close play, and no matter how bad the angle of the video or how blurry the footage, somehow the parents know exactly whether the runner was safe or out, or if a pitch was a ball or strike. I thought, ‘These guys are amazing. I need to listen to them.’”
Soon after employing this new strategy, parental harassment decreased dramatically for Darrell, and parents even stop him in the parking lot to express how much they agree with him.
“It really has helped me. Even though I have the best view of the play, I know the parents know better, so learning from them has given me a boost in my abilities.”
Although this new strategy seems like it would significantly slow down the pace of play, Jerry says he’s uploaded a state-of-the-art video uploading app and insists that it only takes a couple milliseconds for a parent to comment. “It’s like they’re always sitting there, waiting to give their informed opinion. I can’t express how thankful I am for their help.”