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High school baseball in Indiana face an umpire shortage

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As high school baseball gets into the swing of things, the latest bump in the road on the return to normal for high schoolers in Indiana is now an umpire shortage.

The Indiana High School Athletic Association says many of the 14-hundred or so high school umpires have opted out of this year’s baseball season because of the coronavirus.

That’s left teams scrambling. The IHSAA says many schools have had to cancel games.

Longtime ump Mike Mann says many young people simply don’t want to become baseball umpires. He says they’re not comfortable standing behind a catcher with 80-mile-per-hour fastballs coming in at them.

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6 comments

Edward Lovrich April 30, 2021 at 9:11 pm

It isn’t the 80 MPH fastball, it is the 80 words per minute ridicule from parents and fans.

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James Stanley May 1, 2021 at 10:34 am

No comments at this time

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James Stanley May 1, 2021 at 10:36 am

Looking for a good Clinic in my area

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James Stanley May 1, 2021 at 10:41 am

Parents and fans are Rediculous don’t know the Rules or the Strike Zone

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Anthony J Swindler May 2, 2021 at 12:43 pm

Baseball too long. 2 hrs finish the inning.

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Roy Daiell May 3, 2021 at 9:23 am

the low pay, the length of games, the uncomfortable equipment in 90°+ temperature, and of course verbal abuse from coaches and spectators who obviously know the rules better than we do are all contributing factors. Additionally, the games start at a very inconvenient time for many of us who have “regular” jobs and umpire as a sideline

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