Men in Blue

Examiner.com writer and Arizona League official scorer Rodney Johnson has posted an article about minor league umpire Mike Terry, who’s chasing the dream of an umpiring job in the big leagues.

The development process is similar to that of a minor league player, working to move up to the next level while enduring brutal conditions and minimal pay.

Rodney’s column introduced me to the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation (PBUC), which is Minor League Baseball’s entity for training umpires. I ran across an article on the St. Petersburg Times web site published on August 29 about a switch-throwing reliever with the Tampa Yankees named Pat Venditte. The article said that the PBUC developed a special rule requiring Venditte to announce before facing a batter how he would throw, left-handed or right-handed. Now I know who the PBUC is.

As an aside, I was researching Venditte because I spend the last few days calling the Brevard County Manatees’ post-season games on the Internet. The Manatees were playing the Yankees. (The Yanks eliminated them last night.) If you’re interested in my bargain-basement webcasts, go to my Florida site SpaceCoastBaseball.com and you’ll see the links at the top of the page.

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