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You're the Umpire: 139 Scenarios to Test Your Baseball Knowledge Paperback – April 28, 2010

3.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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“This is for all avid fans, new and old, wishing to learn the intriguing rules of baseball—or to prove that they already know them!” (Library Journal)

About the Author

Wayne Stewart has been a professional sportswriter for more than thirty years and has authored thirty books, including Name that Ballplayer, You’re the Umpire, and The Little Giant Book of Basketball Facts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (April 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602397937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602397934
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,374,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has some interesting scenarios BUT!! If you are reading this book on your Kindle, you are instructed to find the answers to each of these baseball problems on a future page. Now the real problem--When you skip ahead to whatever the page is-- It does not correlate with the book page numbers. Quite frustrating. For this reason I can only give the Kindle version three stars.

Make that two stars. It's one month later and I could not finish the book.
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...than an umpire casebook. Extensively researched by the author (a SABR member), the book's strength is in its retelling of actual unusual plays. It's acceptable as a "test your rules knowledge" but the standard is The Sporting News Baseball's Knotty Problems followed by Make the Right Call. These two books get a higher mark as the answers are cross-referenced by rule citations. Still, you can't go wrong with this informative and entertaining tome...
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If you are looking for an umpire's casebook this is not the book for you. This book is more for the baseball enthusiast who wants to test their knowlege of the game. It is filled with interesting stories about players from way back when and it uses plays and players from actual MLB games to create the scenarios. (Some of them I believe are made up.) It must have taken a fair amount of research to come up with this book and the author definitely knows his subject matter. However, an umpires casebook it is not as it doesn't provide the actual baseball rule (section, reference) as to why the call is correct or incorrect.

Also, as an ebook it is horrible. I paid the nine dollars for the e-book and consider it one of my worst purchases online. The reason is quite simple. For example, the book will provide you with a scenario on say, page 25 then state the answer is on page 35. Well, those page numbers are only correct if you have the hard copy. To find out what the Kindle, iPad, Nook, or other e-reader page is where your answer lies you have to manually scroll around until you find the answer. There is no easy way to do this. To make this a worthile reference book they should have made it easy to toggle back and forth between questions and answers.

It is a good enough book that I will probably buy it in hardcopy but don't make the same mistake I did and buy the ebook!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a good book to help understand baseball rules through actual plays which have occurred, some inspiring changes to the rulebook.

However, the format is not conducive to the Kindle, since the situations are completely separated from the rulings/answers. You have to read 30-40 situations before you get to the section of the book with the answers. Through the Kindle, you cannot easily flip back and forth between the plays and the answers.

Gave up on the Kindle version and bought the paperback.
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BOOK: 5 stars KINDLE FORMAT: 1 star
The quality of information in this book is great. It has lots of baseball trivia and tons of interesting situations and stories. Most of the plays that you are asked to rule on were actual plays that occurred in either the minor leagues or the majors.

The reason I took off 2 stars relates only to the kindle version. The way this book is laid out is perfect for print, but terrible for the kindle. It gives you a situation and then says "Answer on page 104." Well, the kindle doesn't have page numbers for this book. So, you need to do the following to work around to initialize your bookmarks so you can navigate:

1. leave a bookmark at the question
2. move ahead to the answer (there are no chapter marks left by the publisher, so it's page by page)
3. leave a bookmark at the answer.

After you do this you can go back and forth between the plays, and the solutions. However, it's not that simple... because there are three sections to this book, you need to do the above 3 times. But, for each of the actual question plays and answer rulings you need to do the following:

1. remove the bookmark from the previous question
2. read then new question
3. set a new bookmark at the end of the current question
4. use the "view highlights and bookmarks" menu to navigate to the answer bookmark
5. delete your old answer bookmark
6. read the answer
7. place a new answer bookmark at the end of that answer
8. use the "view highlights and bookmarks" menu to navigate back to the question bookmark from step 3.

Needless to say, that is a bit of a pain in the butt, and really does take a 5 star book to 3 stars.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed reading the real life Major League Baseball scenarios and testing my working knowledge of the rules. This is great bathroom reading material and many of them transport me back in time to when the scenario really happened. I found this very enjoyable and great to leave out in the living room for others to pick up and enjoy.
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My husband is a baseball umpire for various local leagues and high schools. He can pick up this little book and pick out a scenario and "make the call". Answers are in the back of the book.
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