JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There's a lot more that goes into a being a baseball umpire than simply calling balls and strikes.
“The first thing that I emphasize when I'm training is timing,” said Jacksonville Umpire Association President Lou Hancock. ”When you see a play you need to slow down and let it register. Then you can make your call.”
Many of the umpires are former players and making the transition to becoming a blue helps them stay close to the game.
There will be a clinic this Sunday at Baker Skinner Park at 7641 Powers Avenue from 9am-12pm.