25 episodes

Welcome to The Plate Meeting, A Left Field Umpire Podcast, the official podcast of Close Call Sports & the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League, where we talk baseball umpiring with umpires, and discuss additional officiating related issues, including analysis or other conversation pertaining to plays, ejections, rules, and more. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-plate-meeting/support

The Plate Meeting, a LF Umpire Podcast from Close Call Sports Gil Imber

    • Sports
    • 4.5, 21 Ratings

Welcome to The Plate Meeting, A Left Field Umpire Podcast, the official podcast of Close Call Sports & the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League, where we talk baseball umpiring with umpires, and discuss additional officiating related issues, including analysis or other conversation pertaining to plays, ejections, rules, and more. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-plate-meeting/support

    Episode 25 - COVID Mental Health Checkup

    Episode 25 - COVID Mental Health Checkup

    In this Plate Meeting Podcast video episode, we step away from on-field umpiring discussion and turn to the current reality for all umpires: a wholesale loss of all games at all levels (in all sports). In this COVID mental health checkup, Jack Furlong of the OSIP Foundation joins tmac & Gil for a conversation about the current sports landscape and reality for officials who continue to lose income due to a lack of games to work.


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    • 27 min
    Episode 24 - Mike Reilly's Rite of Spring

    Episode 24 - Mike Reilly's Rite of Spring

    After 34 years as an AL and MLB crew chief, veteran umpire Mike Reilly joined The Plate Meeting Podcast ahead of Spring Training to share some stories from his nearly 4500-game career, discuss the origin of his 'Corn Flakes' nickname, and talk about the time he turned down a job as umpire analyst with FOX Sports. Mike also takes your questions and discusses several high profile plays, ejections, and events from several World Series appearances and other memorable moments from his time in professional baseball.


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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 23 - Scott Kennedy's Catcher Management

    Episode 23 - Scott Kennedy's Catcher Management

    Scott Kennedy provides some background on his umpiring career in Minor League Baseball and transitioning into the NCAA ranks, and discusses his philosophy on dealing with teams through relationships with catchers, whom a plate umpire spends an inordinate amount of time with throughout a game. Scott discusses the importance of a proper mindset and attitude both on and off the field, and how to respond to trouble.


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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 22 - AL Umpire Drew Coble

    Episode 22 - AL Umpire Drew Coble

    Former AL Umpire Drew Coble joins the show to discuss his 2,303-game big league career and recounts several rousing stories from his time in baseball, including the 1991 World Series Hrbek/Gant play and a handful of MLB ejections. Visit http://www.CloseCallSports.com for more of Drew's conversation and links to relevant videos.


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    • 1 hr 33 min
    Episode 21 - Little League World Series with Rich Fronheiser

    Episode 21 - Little League World Series with Rich Fronheiser

    We've heard plenty about the MLB World Series from umpiring greats throughout the show, but not so much about the Little League World Series. In this episode, Rich Fronheiser (RichMSN on CloseCallSports.com) joins the show to discuss his experience officiating the LLWS in Williamsport, PA.


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    • 25 min
    Episode 20 - Mike Reilly Remembers Longtime Crew Mate Eric Cooper

    Episode 20 - Mike Reilly Remembers Longtime Crew Mate Eric Cooper

    As we celebrate the life of MLB umpire Eric Cooper, who passed away during the 2019 postseason, we speak with longtime major league crew chief Mike Reilly, who after working with Eric during Coop's big league debut, requested Eric for his crew more than any other chief in baseball. Mike explains this bond, which goes far beyond a shared fandom of Notre Dame, and reveals his fondest memories of Coop over the years, including Coop's selection to the 2014 World Series.


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    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Barnowl82 ,

Your Voice Is WAY Too Loud Compared To Guest

Your voice is about 30% louder than the guest. It is extremely annoying but common for podcast interviews. Can you please turn your own mic down? In order to hear the guest well, speakers have to be turned up. When your voice comes in, it is way too loud

SouthwestDude ,

Angry defense of poor umpiring

It’s ridiculous. No objectivity and seething anger at fan frustration. Nearly unlistenable.

Steveharris42 ,

Balking Bob

I really enjoyed this interview with Bob Davidson. I definitely was not a fan of his during his career but after listening to his stories and getting a little perspective of what it’s like to work your way up to the big leagues I have to say I was very surprised. Sounds like a great guy with an awesome sense of humor and not the grumpy, balk calling, quick hook umpire he had the reputation for.
Great interview. Looking forward to more like this!

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