I lied, THIS is my last post.
Rob Neyer suckers you with that polite Midwestern charm of his, but he’s capable of firing missles when he feels the need:
One of baseball’s dirty little secrets is that umpiring is not that hard. Oh, it would be exceptionally difficult for you or me or your mailman. But thousands of men and women do good work in high school, college and minor league games, and I suspect that hundreds of them — with a bit of training and experience — could step right into the majors and perform as well, or nearly as well, as most of the current major league arbiters.
He backs down to maybe “dozens” in the next paragraph, but the point remains.
We often hear about how hard an umpire’s life and job is, and I’m sure it’s not easy. I don’t recall anyone taking Rob’s tack before, however, and I’d be curious to hear what the umps think of it.