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Inside the School that Trains Umpires


– [Voiceover] Another season
of America’s past time is just around the corner. The infield dirt needs raking, the batter’s box needs chalking, and home plate needs to be, hey, who’s supposed to clean home plate? – That would be one of the
umpire’s responsibilities. Got to make sure the plate’s clean. – [Voiceover] Look at the… – Safe. – [Voiceover] Excuse
me, look at all the… – He’s safe. – [Voiceover] Umpires. Thank you. For four weeks every
year, 150 aspiring umpires descend unto Ormond Beach, Florida, all because of this guy. Introduce yourself, Hunter. – Sure, my name’s Hunter Wendelstedt. I’m a major league
baseball umpire number 21 and I am the owner operator of the Wendelstedt Umpire School down here in Ormond Beach, Florida. – [Voiceover] And student’s
come from all over the world. – [Hunter] We’ve got
Taiwan, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada,
and Germany represented internationally, and I
believe we’re coming from 36 of the 50 states. – [Voiceover] But what do students learn at umpire school? – [Hunter] We’re putting
the foundation down. – [Voiceover] Students learn
the difference between balls. – Ball four. – [Vocieover] And Strikes. (yelling) – [Voiceover] Foul. – Foul. – [Voiceover] Fair. Guess there’s no call for that one. Safe. – Safe. – [Voiceover] And out.
– He’s out. – [Voiceover] But there’s
got to be more to it, right? – The most important lesson of umpiring, you always have to be
honest with yourself. If an umpire makes a
mistake, you need to man up and be honest with
yourself, and you fix it so it doesn’t happen again. (clapping) – [Voiceover] So after
countless calls and balls, walks and talks, these
blues collect their diplomas and prepare to say
goodbye to umpire school, ready to take their
place behind home plate at Yankee Stadium, right Hunter? – Best case scenario, seven to nine years to get a full time major league job. You can go to med school and law school in the same time that it takes an umpire to reach it to the major leagues. – [Voiceover] OK, so why
would you do it at all? – [Hunter] Whether it’s little league or major league baseball, every umpire has to
sacrifice something for their love of the game. – [Voiceover] Maybe the
majors won’t come knocking anytime soon, but thanks to the Wendelstedt Umpire School,
these umps are ready to strike out at any opportunity. – I really ain’t that
sure I get that metaphor. – [Voiceover] Hunter, that
makes perfect sense, come on.

David Frank

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Jose Lopez Posted on July 17, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    1:08 to 1:18 they forgot a balk

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  2. A Friendly Bear Lad Posted on July 18, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Anyone else talking about the thumbnail of them T posing

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  3. Muscle Man Posted on July 19, 2019 at 11:47 am

    This school is a bad school

    Reply
  4. Reese Scaturro Posted on July 20, 2019 at 4:13 am

    1:39 angel fucking hernandez

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  5. Mathew_ 07 Posted on July 28, 2019 at 1:45 am

    how did joe west past this?

    Reply
  6. ButserPosey 28 Posted on August 8, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    He didn’t teach joe west and angel Hernandez

    Reply
  7. DAWGS Airsoft Posted on September 8, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Angel Hernandez was in the special needs class

    Reply
  8. vince sj87 Posted on December 18, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    1:14..I laugh at that "fair" call..

    Reply
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