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12 For 12 with Gerry Davis: An Umpire Podcast
14 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Timing and Positioning
Gerry talks about how to maintain proper timing as an umpire, teaches a simple trick to becoming a more consistent plate umpire, and discusses some specifics of positioning for plays on the bases.
14 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Back on the Field
Gerry talks about the steps he had to take in order to get back on an MLB field, recalls his first plate job back in the big leagues lasting over 4.5 hours, and shares some of the advice that he gave to his partners while working his rehab stint in the Minor Leagues.
13 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Gerry addresses MLB's recent enforcement of rules against pitchers using foreign substances - from how the umpires are being asked to enforce it, to the specifics of the rules, to how it may trickle down to levels below the Major Leagues.
13 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Advice from the Crew Chief
Gerry remembers a routine that he and the late Eric Gregg used for self-evaluation after games, talks about the importance of physical posture during discussions with players or managers, and describes how his time as a junior college basketball coach gave him empathy as an umpire.
13 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Umpires are Partners
Gerry talks about what makes a good partner on and off the field, the importance of being honest with yourself as an umpire, and when is the right time to stand up for your partner during an argument.
13 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Gerry talks about the importance of an umpire's pregame and postgame dress code, discusses how often umpires should refresh themselves on the rule book, and recalls a mistake from his time in Single-A that taught him a lesson.
13 minutes | May 28, 2021
Joe West Breaks All-Time Games Record
Gerry shares his thoughts on Joe West setting MLB's all-time record for games umpired, gives an update on his upcoming return to the field, and talks about some of the important details to think about when making changes to your lineup card.
14 minutes | May 7, 2021
The 2 and 3 Man Systems
Gerry talks about some of the intricacies of the 2 and 3 man umpiring systems and explains why sometimes it can be better to trust experience and feel over the instruction manual.
11 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
What You Think vs. What You Know
Gerry talks about the changes to Major League Baseball's warning and ejection policy in bean-ball situations and discusses the differences between what you think on the field vs. what you know.
15 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Baseball Rules in Black and White
Gerry talks with Jim Bettencourt of Baseball Rules in Black & White, a new mobile app that serves as a convenient, organized, and understandable resource for umpires at any level who are looking for a practical and detailed understanding of the rule book.
14 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Season 40 in MLB
Gerry talks about starting the 2021 season as a replay official due to minor health complications, explains how his signature stance behind the plate has helped with his longevity, and answers questions from the listeners.
14 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
Little League Director of Umpire Development - Part 2
Tom Rawlings shares some stories about Gerry's role in working with Little League umpires and gives recommendations for how listeners can get involved on both the local and national levels.
19 minutes | Dec 5, 2020
Little League Director of Umpire Development - Part 1
Tom Rawlings talks about working his way from volunteer umpire to Director of Umpire Development for Little League International, discusses the process of getting selected to umpire in Williamsport, and shares what Little League is doing to get more young people involved in umpiring.
17 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
MLB veteran Hunter Wendelstedt talks about following in the footsteps of a father who is a legendary umpire, taking over the operations of the Wendelstedt Umpire School, and the challenges of the 2020 season.
15 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
World Series Umpire Mark Carlson
23-year MLB veteran Mark Carlson talks about some of the challenges of the 2020 season, life in the "bubble," and his upcoming assignment of calling balls and strikes for Game 7 of the World Series.
12 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Rob Drake - Part 2
In the second half of our conversation with Gerry's longtime partner, Rob Drake gives advice about game preparation and dealing with "butterflies," discusses how he's dealt with the pain of injuries, and tells a story about his ejection of Lou Piniella that led to fans littering Wrigley Field.
14 minutes | Sep 12, 2020
Rob Drake - Part 1
Veteran umpire Rob Drake recalls what it was like getting the call to MLB after working in the Minor Leagues for over 15 years, tells a story about how his first appearance in professional baseball started in the middle of an at-bat, and shares memories from behind the plate for Felix Hernandez’s perfect game.
14 minutes | Sep 5, 2020
Greg Gibson - Part 2
"Gibbo" shares his thoughts on how to accept not being "perfect" as an umpire, talks about some of the biggest games he's worked alongside Gerry, and tells a classic story of an off-the-field interaction with Bobby Cox that ended in a headlock.
13 minutes | Aug 29, 2020
Greg Gibson - Part 1
Gerry's longtime partner Greg Gibson joined the show to talk about the accident that sidelined him for the 2020 season, how the MLB replay operation has changed due to COVID-19, and leaving college to pursue umpiring.
13 minutes | Aug 22, 2020
Making an Impression
Gerry describes how MLB evaluates its umpires, what it means to "hustle" as an official, the importance of appearance on the field, and draws comparisons between umpiring and playing pool.
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