A Referee / Umpire Perspective – Baseball Umpire Tim McClelland

Posted by SCRRS Website Committee on March 1st, 2010

Interesting conversation with Tim McClelland (Wikipedia), veteran Major League Baseball umpire, and Dan Patrick on the (well listened to nationally syndicated) Dan Patrick Show today.

Streaming Clip

Topics discussed

  • Three fired MLB Umpire supervisors, thought to have been fired for a blown call in the World Series.
  • Umpires position on instant replay
  • Tim discusses his thoughts after two blown calls in a high profile game
  • Positioning and getting into the perfect angle to make the correct call
  • Sight lines and fields that have difficult angles
  • Difficulty in changing a call

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