Female Umps/Refs

In case you were pondering what we were pondering…

Ria Cortesio, a woman umpire, called Thursday’s spring training game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz.a€"the first time in almost 20 years that a female umpire made it to a major league exhibition game. Why doesn’t baseball have more female umpires?

Little League baseball is still a boys’ game. Young girls tend to play softball or another sport, so they rarely join baseball teams in high school or college. And since many prospective umpires are former baseball players, there’s an especially small pool of women who have a passion for umpiring. Each year, just a handful of women enroll at one of the country’s two umpire schools. No wonder there have been just six women umpires in the history of minor league baseball, and none in the major leagues.

To become an umpire, men and women alike must fork over $2,000 to $3,000 in tuition and spend a few weeks working on their stance, calls, strike zone, field positioning, and voice control. (After that, getting to the major leagues is a long shot no matter what gender you are…

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Posted: June 4th, 2009
at 11:00am by Black Ock


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