Monday, June 24, 2013

Major League Umpiring Debut: Will Little

Will Little made his MLB Umpiring debut Monday night during the Indians-Orioles game. Little joined Ted Barrett's crew and umpired at third base. Little worked alongside 2B Umpire Barrett, 1B Umpire Mike DiMuro and Home Plate Umpire Scott Barry, filling in for MLB regular Alfonso Marquez.

Umpire Will Little / JEAPU
Little has been working the 2012 season in the International League, which is his second full season in the IL and as a AAA umpire. In 2010-2011, Little was assigned to the AA Southern League and has umpired professionally since 2006. He graduated with honors from the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring in 2006 and was assigned to the Gulf Coast League (Rookie). Since then, Little has worked the Appalachian (Rookie), South Atlantic (A), Carolina (A), SL (AA) and IL (AAA) Leagues.

The 5 foot, 11 inch Little resides in Fall Branch, Tennessee and wears the sleeve uniform number 93. Little makes his MLB debut at the age of 29.

Video: Mark Reynolds reaches into stands, fan catches ball, Little calls foul ball, no interference (BAL)

18 comments :

Gil Imber said...

Only took him 7 years to make it to the bigs. I cant wait to watch this guy in action to see if he made it by being a good umpire or kissing the right asses. I'm sure its a little of both. It takes a lot of luck to be a MLB umpire.

Gil Imber said...

Adam Hamari will make his debut tonight in Milwaukee.

Gil Imber said...

whats your source? With whom will he be working?

Gil Imber said...

He will be in Milwaukee. My source is Adam Hamari.

Gil Imber said...

I will confirm as well. As soon as we have lineups for that game, I will post his debut.

Gil Imber said...

Now I have a reason to watch the brewers. 3rd base I'm assuming?

Gil Imber said...

Link to article - http://www.miningjournal.net/page/content.detail/id/588224/Marquette-s-Hamari-set-to-umpire-first-Major-League-Baseball-game-at-Milwaukee-tonight.html?nav=5010

Gil Imber said...

their playing the cubs so its a battle for not being last place

Gil Imber said...

I don't have his specifics, just a confirmation that he has been called up and is now on the reserve roster.

Gil Imber said...

Cool - good for him. I graduated from the Evans Academy with Adam. Haven't had a chance to see him umpire in the minors but he was a solid graduate. Best of luck!

Gil Imber said...

Some gentle reminders:

--Balance confidence with humility. No one respects arrogance. At the same time, any perception of weakness will compromise your credibility.

--Work hard and bear down. You will miss the occasional play. Managers, players and, dare I say, this board will still respect you if consistently put forth your best effort.

--Go back and watch tape of some old games. Take note of the way respected umpires like Harvey, McSherry, Runge (Paul), Garcia, Crawford, and Palermo managed the game.

--Manifest excellence in all that you do--both on and off the field. Excellence is a habit--a lifestyle that goes to the essence of who you are and what you are about.

--Look for ways to be a lead out there. The MLB umpiring staff is filled with guys who can call safes/outs and balls/strikes. Leads manage situations, balancing firmness with grace. Leads call appropriate balks, interference, and obstruction. Leads make their crew look good. Leads put the interests of the game above their ego. Leads respect limits. Leads relish clutch calls--not because they seek the spotlight, but because they are confident in their ability to get the call right and, consequently, preserve the integrity of the game.

--Know the rules. I know this seems basic, even obvious, but leads' deep understanding of the rules enables them to effectively apply them. You want to be the guy who, in an unusual situation, will spare the crew any embarrassment that might come from not knowing an obscure guideline in the rules. At the end of the day, that rulebook is the source of your authority.

Best of success, Will. Do not get caught up in how you got here. The fact is, you've made the show. Someone thinks you are ready. Gear up, bear down, and have some fun out there.

Gil Imber said...

It also helps to make friends with the right people and kiss the right asses. Although everything you said is true.

Gil Imber said...

Yeah you've said that already. We get it. I met Will once. Great guy and great umpire. You saying this twice in a thread about him reeks of jealousy.

Gil Imber said...

Yes I am. I'm sick of doing high school ball. Everyone sucks and thinks they know it all. Could do college ball but its not worth it for me because they don't make enough money in my opinion. I'll probably give it up once I find a real job. I'll try not to sound jealous in my next post. I apologize.

Gil Imber said...

You do realize that if you work high enough in college baseball, it's the best paying umpiring gig in America per game except for MLB, right?

Gil Imber said...

There is a D3 conference where I am from that only pays $150 a game with no mileage and no money for food. Some of the drives can be up to 7ish hours. I could be wrong but I was told that the Big Ten only pays $300 a game. I'm sure some of the conferences down south pay a little better but I am not sure what any of them get paid. If someone could tell me that would be great. Whenever I contact conference commissioner's they seem to shy away from that question.

Gil Imber said...

Got to big of an ego. No reason to toss Machado. Let it go and everything is cool. Or give him a warning. That kind of ejection is bad for an umps rep.

Gil Imber said...

We have a conference that only pays $185 for an 18-inning DH.


If you're in this for the money, maybe you *should* get out. That said, I'm not driving 7 hours regularly for anyone, regardless of the baseball.

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