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Good Ball/Strike Positioning Has Other Benefits

One of the tragedies, I feel, from watching amateur plate umpires, is that they are so reluctant or hesitant to get “into the slot” for properly seeing pitches – and all the other things that can happen at the plate. By the “slot” I mean that if you are standing on the line from the pitcher to home plate (extended back to the stands), looking at the plate guy from behind the plate, you should…

One of the tragedies, I feel, from watching amateur plate umpires, is that they are so reluctant or hesitant to get “into the slot” for properly seeing pitches – and all the other things that can happen at the plate. By the “slot” I mean that if you are standing on the line from the pitcher to home plate (extended back to the stands), looking at the plate guy from behind the plate, you should…

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...check swing? Was the batter stepping on the plate when he hit the ball?

The list goes on… get in the slot and get ‘em right!

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