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Figured I would share the news over here, instead of HROT, since I enjoy you guys so much.
Got to my table for my personal evaluation this morning, with two guys who had big league games under their belt, and are evaluators for all MiLB umpires. Instructor told me to sit down, and take a deep breath. I sat down, he looked me in the eyes and said 'You kicked ass all month, congratulations". Short and sweet.
A year ago today, I was told I was not ready for pro baseball (to be fair, I pry wasnt, I had one year of high school ball under my belt). Since then I have worked Division 2, 3, JUCO, NAIA, and toiled around the upper midwest working a summer collegiate league, everyday from June-august.
I quit my 40k a year job to get paid low, and eat concession stand food after games. I have been called a c-sucker, m-fer, an embarrassment to my parents, and horse.
Sometimes, you have to follow your dreams, and put your life aside to do something you love. Being told no, and then yes, is probably the most gratifying thing I have ever had done for me.
And it was all worth it.
This post was edited by Todd Worly 12 months ago
Congrats, laker!! That's awesome. Good for you. Keep kicking ass, man. I'm happy for you.
Awesome news!! Congrats!!
Congratulations! That's awesome.
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
"A good burn is like good sex. It's simple, to the point, and leaves your victim totally destroyed."--Kenny Drebsen
Good job man!
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
And they say athletes are poor judges of character! Sounds like they've got you nailed, Laker.
Seriously though, good for you. I also took a leap of faith and left my original career last year and it was the best decision I ever made. Go get 'em.
They didn't call you a C-sucker. They said it was a c-sucky call.
Thanks fellas. Lot of hard work to get here and even more now to stay in the game and move up.
Congrats dont Don Denkinger anyone.
My teacher told me that I was a piece of sh*t
Seen her the other day, driving a piece of sh*t
Don was from Waterloo. Eric Cooper and Tim McClellend both live in Iowa. Cooper went to ISU.
Don was a great umpire but this business you are only known if you make a mistake.
So what's the next move from here?
I go back in March and compete with about 54 other guys for a job in the minors. They rank you from 1-54 and get placed from there. Last year all but 10 of the 60 ended up with a job in the minors. You get moved up according to your ranking out of there as the season progresses. Probably around d 25 jobs open as of right now. Lot of guys quit after spring training also because their insurance kicks in for rest of year at that point.
Congratulations. That's an awesome story.
How long til you get a shot at the majors?
If you end up in the Midwest league, I'll buy you a beer after a RiverBandits game some time, you dumb c-----er.
did you write the subject line hoping to dupe people?
If i do well enough the Midwest league is in reach next year. And i will expect a beer from the notorious beer snob known as torbee.
It usually will take the average guy 8-10 years to get to AAA. Some make it in 5 or 6. At that you start to get evaluated by MLB. If you are lucky you can get fill in and vacation games at the MLB level. Some guys work around a thousand games before getting that full time MLB contract.
congrats laker....good luck in march and let me know if you make it to CR to work a game.
Be there a few times Rob, this spring. Got some Coe and Kirkwood games.
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