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Sunday, July 12, 2009
More on the umpire-judge analogy

Bruce Weber (author of the outstanding story of the umpiring profession, As They See 'Em) has a piece taking down the judges-as-umpires analogy. What does not come up in the piece is the point that, not only does the analogy misconstrue what judges do, but it denigrates what umpires do--the amount of discretion, perspective, purposivism, and judgment involved in umpiring.

Nevertheless, expect to hear a lot of this inane talking point in the coming weeks.


Interpretation of the article from the minority section of the bleachers.... (political minority that is...)

We need more wise latina women as baseball umps to bring empathy to the field! Sometimes a corked bat and extra pinetar isn't cheating just beacause the rules say so...

Interesting article though

Blogger Jimmy H -- 7/13/2009 8:21 AM  

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