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Interview with "As They See 'Em" author

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Bruce Weber, the author of the recent book "As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels In The Land Of Umpires," was interviewed last week on the NPR program Fresh Air. It's a really interesting interview, touching on such topics as the 13 "official" infractions for which a player/coach can be tossed, umpire salaries (which start in the $90K range for first year MLB umps), umpire training (including how to take off your mask and how to deal with angry players/coaches), and how many umps like to develop signature strike calls. It's about 33 minutes long and definitely very much worth a listen.

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