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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.

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100 thoughts on “Inside the School that Trains Umpires

  1. If you guys have a minute a listen would be greatly appreciated. Thanks https://open.spotify.com/track/2BiK0tUXWGknsxpHBICioO?si=0UV4Y4amRPitL8-lq0pl-g

  2. My ump today obviously didn’t even go to school, because was obviously a drunk Asian . In fact all of my umps I’ve had were drunk, I’ve had 4 games and won all 4 but there was a drunk ump in all of them. So I made up an imaginary YouTube channel called the athletics and the drunk ump. Today was episode 4: The High Asian.

    I’m sorry for making you read all of this goodbye! 👋

  3. when i would catch in softball, i was always so jealous of the umpire cleaning the plate right in front of me

  4. I love seeing a field fielding by nothing but umpires.

    Umpire?…umpire
    1st Base coach?…umpire
    Pitcher?…umpire

  5. I swear these guys remind me of correctional officers. except I didn't know about the 7 to 9 years to make it to the pros. part of becoming a c.o. is the minimal training and background checks and you instantly start work. no minor leagues or practice

  6. My umps need this catchers in baseline when they dont have the ball and I run into them and they call me out

  7. I've watched this video 5-10 times cause it keeps popping up in my recommended section and I gotta say… I like watching it over and over again…

  8. I didn’t know this was a video hunter is a family friend of my family who brought money to Ormond Beach something my town needed at the time

  9. the thumbnail doesnt have anything to do with baseball its just a cursed image of a bunch of people t posing

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