Learn to Keep Your Temper

September 30, 2017

“You will have to learn to keep your temper. Get rid of that chip on your shoulder. There can’t be any personalities to an umpire; every player is the same. If you have to put a man out of the game, do it with dignity. Watch your language. That works both ways, you know. If you don’t let the player get fresh with you, you couldn’t get fresh with him.“Don’t look for trouble. Hear what you want to hear and button up your ears to remarks that don’t concern you. Don’t argue with a player. Don’t shout at him or go after him. Walk away. Let him come after you. Then he’s wrong and you’re not.“Respect is the most important thing an umpire can have. Respect off the field as well as on it.” p. 113 Bill Klem to Babe Pinelli Perfection’s Arbiter: The Story of Babe Pinelli, Richard Paolinelli, 2016, Tuscany Bay
Bill Klem nicknamed “The Old Arbitrator” and “the father of baseball umpires,” was a MLB umpire 1905-1941, including 18 World Series (record). Member of National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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