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"Umpires are necessary evils." - Doug Harvey

"National League umpires wear inside chest protesters." - Jerry Coleman

"Umpires sometimes have a quick trigger." - Joe Torre

"Umpires are most vigorous when defending their miscalls." - Jim Brosnan

"Don't park in the spaces marked, Reserved for Umpires." - John McSherry

"Those amateur umpires are certainly flexing their fangs tonight." - Jerry Coleman

"The integrity of the game is the umpires. Nobody else. The entire integrity of the game is the umpires." - Doug Harvey

"Earl gave me his version of what happened and asked me not to suspend the umpires." - Lee MacPhail

"Ten years from now I will tell you how I feel about umpires." - Carlos Zambrano

"There are umpires, and there are those who hold the title." - Al Barlick

"The third umpires should be changed as often as nappies and for the same reason." - Navjot Singh Sidhu

"We've beat up our umpires. They're now allowed to be human." - Joe Torre

"Bishops are like umpires. You have to have them to call the close decisions." - Frank Butler

"Umpires, like players, are expected to show constant improvement each season and at each level. Inconsistent plate work and the inability to handle situations are probably the two biggest problems that minor league umpires face." - Jim Evans

"Minor league umpires are evaluated in their respective leagues each year and rated numerically. This enables umpires to know where they stand and helps them make prudent career decisions." - Jim Evans

"The most cowardly thing in the world is blaming mistakes upon the umpires. Too many managers strut around on the field trying to manage the umpires instead of their teams." - Bill Klem

"It is rather suitable for umpires to dress like dentists, since one of their tasks is to draw stumps." - John Arlott

"Umpires are like emotional girlfriends, once they make up their minds, there is no point in arguing" - Dmitry Tursunov

"Most of us are umpires at heart; we like to call balls and strikes on somebody else." - Leo Aikman

"Step outside the guidelines of the official umpires and make your own rules and your own reality." - Phil Ochs

"Now that women are jockeys, baseball umpires, atomic scientists, and business executives, maybe someday they can master parallel parking." - Bill Vaughan

"I made a game effort to argue but two things were against me: the umpires and the rules." - Leo Durocher

"If you don't need umpires out there, and you can put robots out there, then why do we need ballplayers?" - Doug Harvey

"The one thing that all umpires have is pride, and if you don't have pride, you lose that edge." - Doug Harvey

"I told the umpires to walk back at least thirty-five feet from home plate. That reduced the arguements." - Bill Klem

"The best umpired game is the game in which the fans cannot recall the umpires who worked it." - Bill Klem

"The system is in place whereby if an umpire cries off, or both as was the case here, those umpires are to be replaced." - Mark Webber

"They are supposed to be dispassionate dispensers of Pure Justice, icy islands of emotionless calculation. In short, umpires should be acute Republicans." - George Will

"Some have said that I can accept inadequacies in my players but not in umpires. That completely misses the point. I can't tolerate anyone's mistake." - Earl Weaver

"Chief Justice [John] Roberts compared judges to umpires, who apply rules they did not write and cannot change to the competition before them." - Orrin Hatch

"I always told my young umpires, 'Don't get mad. Whatever you do, don't show it. But no matter how long it takes, get even.'" - Doug Harvey

"It turns out umpires and judges are not robots or traffic cameras, inertly monitoring deviations from a fixed zone of the permissible. They are humans." - Eric Liu

"Error is part of the game. I never, ever second-guessed myself on a call and don't believe good umpires ever should." - Doug Harvey

"No player or manager has greater respect for the umpires than I do, and I have demonstrated that over the years." - Pete Rose

"The trouble with women umpires is that I couldn't argue with one. I'd put my arms around her and give her a little kiss." - Casey Stengel

"Umpires are necessary evils. That's just the nature of the beast. For years, people have looked on umpiring as a job they could get any postman to do." - Doug Harvey

"Boys, I'm one of those umpires that misses 'em every once in a while so if it's close, you'd better hit it." - Cal Hubbard

"Judges are like umpires. Umpires don't make the rules. They apply them. The role of an umpire and a judge is critical. They make sure everybody plays by the rules. But it is a limited role. Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire." - John Roberts

"Umpires got power, man. You ever notice if you go to a ballpark and there's a close play on first base, they will not run the replay at the ballpark? I've seen umpires go underneath and call up and say if you run one more of those replays, we're gonna forfeit the game. That's how strong their union is." - Pete Rose

"I cannot for the life of me see why the umpires, the only two people on a cricket field who are not going to get grass stains on their knees, are the only two people allowed to wear dark trousers." - Katharine Whitehorn

"All you umpires, back to the bleachers. Referees, hit the showers. It's my game. I pitch, I hit, I catch. I run the bases. At sunset, I've won or lost. At sunrise, I'm out again, giving it the old try." - Ray Bradbury

"I'd always have it (grease( in at least two places, in case the umpires would ask me to wipe one off. I never wanted to be caught out there with anything though, it wouldn't be professional." - Gaylord Perry

"Baseball is a game between two teams of nine players each, under direction of a manager, played on an enclosed field in accordance with these rules, under jurisdiction of one or more umpires." - Anonymous

"As all of us with any involvement in sports knows, no two umpires or no two referees have the same strike zone or call the same kind of a basketball game" - Herb Kohl

"I'd get me a bunch of bats and balls and sneak me a couple of umpires and learn them kids behind the Iron Curtain how to tote a bat and play baseball." - Dizzy Dean

"Why are the umpires, the only two people on the field who aren't going to get grass stains on their knees, the only ones allowed to wear dark trousers." - Katharine Whitehorn

"When I was 14, I played in a summer league. One night the chief umpire asked me if I would like to try umpiring. There was a Little League tournament coming up and he needed more umpires than he had." - Jim Evans

"As all of us with any involvement in sports knows, no two umpires or no two referees have the same strike zone or call the same kind of a basketball game." - Herb Kohl

"It is difficult batting in artificial light with a red ball but it's a horrible task for umpires to make a judgement, particularly if they're going by light meters." - Adam Gilchrist

"I'd always have grease in at least two places, in case the umpires would ask me to wipe one off. I never wanted to be caught out there with anything though, it wouldn't be professional." - Gaylord Perry

"America overflows with specious 'victims' demanding redress for spurious grievances. However, one genuinely oppressed minority is getting overdue relief. Beginning with spring training in Arizona and Florida, Major League Baseball, taking pity on traumatized pitchers, is directing umpires to enforce the strike zone as defined in the rulebook. What a concept." - George Will

"I'm a little too belligerent. I cuss and swear at people. I yell at umpires and maybe I'm a little to tough at home sometimes. I don't sign as many autographs as I should and I haven't always been that good with writers." - Thurman Munson

"No, I don't think my presence will cause an increase in black attendance at Cleveland. People come out to see the players. When do you see a manager anyway? When he's out on the field arguing with the umpires, making a fool of himself and you know you can't win, and when he brings out the line-up card." - Frank Robinson

"I think umpires have too much power, without any system of checks and balances and the more money a player makes, the more the umpire tries to show off that power to him. Unfortunately, since I signed my contract my strike zone has suddenly become a lot larger." - Ozzie Smith

"Cricket is a most precarious profession; it is called a team game but, in fact, no one is so lonely as a batsman facing a bowler supported by ten fieldsmen and observed by two umpires to ensure that his error does not go unpunished." - John Arlott

"[The Yippie demonstrations] were merely an attack of mental disobedience on an obediently insane society ... and if you feel you have been living in an unreal world for the last couple of years, it is particularly because this power structure has refused to listen to reason ... Step outside the guidelines of the official umpires and make your own rules and your own reality." - Phil Ochs

"Most umpires are good about letting the argument go, but you can only go on for so long, or go so far. If you don't leave it alone after a minute or two, you're in trouble. They want to keep the game moving, so they've got to throw you out. I had trouble leaving it alone, I guess." - Bobby Cox

"I've heard it said that umpires are necessary evil. Well, we are necessary, but we are not evil. We are hard-working and dedicated people whose primary interest is to make sure the game is played fairly. We are the integrity of the game." - Doug Harvey

"I'd love to stay in baseball, but I won't beg. I'd love to work with young umpires. I think I could teach them, help them develop. I can spot flaws, help them get over the hump. You're striving for perfection every game, yet you never achieve it. If baseball wants me, I'm available." - Doug Harvey

"I just loved officiating, and I hope what I did helped make it better. That's what I tell young umpires: you can have fun. I never spent a day where going out on a baseball field didn't make me feel better." - Doug Harvey

"I don't know how we could use it to improve the job that umpires do, ... The human element in sport has always been a big part of the game. I'm a football fan, too, and I hate instant replay in the NFL. Football games are taking four hours." - Bud Selig

"It's an ongoing process of reinterpreting the strike zone in accordance to the rulebook. The umpires, I think, are doing an excellent job of bringing the outside pitch in closer to the plate. But I still think we have a lot of work to do with the low end of the strike zone." - Sandy Alderson

"People come out to see the players. When do you see a manager anyway? When he's out on the field arguing with the umpires, making a fool of himself and you know you can't win, and when he brings out the line-up card." - Frank Robinson

"Justified or not, the Supreme Court has a kind of sacred status in American life. For whatever reason, Presidents can safely run against Congress, and vice versa, but I think there is an inherent popular aversion to assaults on the court itself. Perhaps it has to do with an instinctive belief that life needs umpires." - Jon Meacham

"First of all, you want umpires to call what they see. In the case of fair or foul, the smartest thing is to call the ball fair. Because if it's called foul and ruled fair, where do we put the runners?" - Joe Torre

"Those who are esteemed umpires of taste, are often persons who have acquired some knowledge of admired pictures or sculptures, andhave an inclination for whatever is elegant; but if you inquire whether they are beautiful souls, and whether their own acts are like fair pictures, you learn that they are selfish and sensual. Their cultivation is local, as if you should rub a log of dry wood in one spot to produce fire, all the rest remaining cold." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"[On Ted Williams's last baseball game:] Our noise for some seconds passed beyond excitement into a kind of immense open anguish, a cry to be saved. But immortality is nontransferable. The papers said that the other players, and even the umpires on the field, begged him to come out and acknowledge us in some way, but he never had and did not now. Gods do not answer letters." - John Updike

"I don't think you can set up a computer to do a strike zone on a guy who's 6-foot-5 and then a guy who's 5-8. Where does it draw the line? One guy stands tall, and another squats down, and it changes the lines. Nah. I still love the umpires; they do a great job. I don't have a problem with any of that." - Johnny Bench

"We never went into a game that we did not feel sure of winning, and when we lost, we blamed it on hard luck or the umpires. We never gave any other team credit for being able to play ball, and the result was that we were hard to beat. If I could get my team to be confident, I think we would work our way to the front pretty quickly." - Joe Kelley

"In sum, do not insult me with the beheadings, finger choppings or the lung-deflations you plan for my works. I need my head to shake or nod, my hand to wave or make into a fist, my lungs to shout or whisper with. I will not go gently onto a shelf, degutted, to become a non-book. All you umpires, back to the bleachers. Referees, hit the showers. It's my game. I pitch, I hit, I catch. I run the bases. At sunset I've won or lost. At sunrise, I'm out again, giving it the old try. And no one can help me. Not even you." - Ray Bradbury



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