Talk:Umpire (baseball)

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Other Sports with Umpires?[edit]

Umpires are not limited to Baseball. Even Cricket has Umpires. There should be a unambiguos colomn for the word and detail about Umpires for other games..

Umpire positions[edit]

The article Umpire positions (baseball) has duplication of much of the info here, with some extra. Perhaps they should be merged? siroχo

Agreed. I've merged them. —Cleared as filed. 5 July 2005 20:51 (UTC)

Pay[edit]

how much are they paid? --69.94.194.91 02:17, 28 August 2005 (UTC) Info for Major League umps has now been added to article. --Locarno 14:58, 29 August 2005 (UTC)

Signals[edit]

There should be a description of the various signals used by umpires (safe, out, strike, etc.). Tzadik 12:32, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

I agree. Personally, I do not know all of the signals, but could we have an expert fill this in for us? Signals are as follows index finger up with no following motion is 1 out. Two fingers on the wrist as if to signal a watch is a timimg play or two outs. 1 finger on the brim of the cap pointing up means beware of infield fly. Fist pointing to the first base is a rotation alert. Any time a man is on first is a possible rotation

Gopal81ChatMe!ReadMe!! 01:49, 27 November 2008 (UTC)

Amatuer Umpires[edit]

The sentences about umpires' sportsmanship-control duties in the "Amateur Umpires" section are out of place. Picklegnome 01:11, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

Base umpire vs. field umpire[edit]

This article's former statement that "Other umpires are called base umpires.... (Field umpire is an incorrect term for any position.)" is the exact opposite of the truth. Field umpire is the correct term. See Official Baseball Rules [9.03 (b)]: "If there are two or more umpires, one shall be designated umpire-in-chief and the others field umpires." I have edited the article accordingly. Dodiad 08:09, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

Once again, Wikipedia should contain any verifiable information, not a regurgitation of the OBR. OBR is in error in dozens of places. Perhaps it should refer to "base umpire" as the more common term, rather than the correct term. Locarno

"sometimes addressed as blue"?[edit]

I've never heard that. I played baseball growing up, and have always been a big fan. Also, a quick Google search does not turn up many such usages. Unless someone knows otherwise, I think we should remove that statement. Guanxi 22:11, 6 August 2007 (UTC)

If anything, they're always addressed as "blue!" As a little anecdote, I was at a softball game two days ago, and a foul ball came my way, so when it came time to throw it back in, I yelled "blue" to the field umpire who then looked my way so I could throw it in. Everyone else I saw who retreived a foul ball out of play did that too, to return it. It's a long-standing nickname for umpires, so I'm surprised you've never heard it before! Perhaps a better search on Google will find what you're looking for. Jared (t)  12:33, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

We always addressed the umpires as blue as well. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 199.175.188.62 (talk) 06:12, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

I back that up. "blue" is more common than "ump". I hear it all the time, any game, any age. --Borgardetalk 14:39, 7 August 2007 (UTC)
I back it up as well. I'm an umpire, and I'm always called blue. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.87.107.122 (talk) 00:07, 8 October 2008 (UTC)


I grew up listening to the Reds on radio, never heard of the "blue" thing. Goodpaster (talk) 02:25, 28 September 2008 (UTC)

Instant Replay -

Can someone please format this appropriately and include it in the instant replay area?

Statement By Gary Cederstrom Delivered to media before the June 26, 2009 7:05 p.m. San Diego at Texas game:

Last night in Tampa Bay, in a game between the Rays and the Phillies, I ordered the use of instant replay to review a play that may have involved fan interference. Because the play did not involve a home run or possible home run, we should not have used instant replay in this situation, and I’m sorry about the confusion that was raised.

As you know, instant replay is to be used only in boundary or fair/foul calls involving home runs or potential home runs. I regret the error that we made.

Gary Cederstorm —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.142.40.38 (talk) 23:55, 2 July 2009 (UTC)

Why do home plate umpires sometimes put their hand on the catchers back?[edit]

Why do home plate umpires sometimes put their hand on the catchers back? Marcfirenze (talk) 23:04, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

Because they're standing directly behind the catcher, concentrating on the pitch, and don't want to actually interfere with or be hit by the catcher? I don't think that there's any real reason for this, other then it's more comfortable, basically. What brings the question up, anyway? Some specific incident?
V = I * R (talk) 23:11, 14 July 2009 (UTC)

No reason other than curiosity. Having been a catcher back in the day, I had it done to me but never understood it, someone asked me and I did not know the answer. The consensus I am hearing from other discussions is that it is also because they want to get as good a look at the pitch as possible and use the hand support for positioning and balance. Intuitively, I would think that not touching the catcher would be the most effective way to not interfere. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Marcfirenze (talkcontribs) 00:07, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Arguing[edit]

Nothing about arguing with the ump? There’s an article on bench-clearing brawl; Wikipedia should have something about this as well. —Wiki Wikardo 03:35, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

Archival photo[edit]

There's a good shot of umpire equipment in the Toronto Archives photos:

1945 Baseball Umpire

- Dnllnd (talk) 17:33, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

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Umpiring crews[edit]

Suggestion/proposal to relocate the table of 2018 MLB umpiring crews from the Umpire (baseball) page (exact location Umpire (baseball)#Current MLB umpiring crews) to the 2018 Major League Baseball season page. Since umpiring crews are unique to each season, providing that info in the MLB season page will make it readily available for future reference. Thoughts? Dmoore5556 (talk) 03:27, 2 September 2018 (UTC)