The Umpire Is Out: Calling the Game and Living My True Self

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University of Nebraska Press
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6.3 X 9.5 X 1.1 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Dale Scott worked as a Major League umpire until 2017 when--due to multiple concussions--he retired. His career included three World Series, three All-Star Games, six League Championship Series, twelve Division Series, and over ninety-one postseason games. An Oregon native, he lives in Portland with Michael, his husband, and their yellow Lab, Wylie. Rob Neyer serves as commissioner of the West Coast League and currently hosts the weekly podcast SABRCast with Rob Neyer. He has also written or cowritten seven books, including Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game, winner of the 2018 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year. Billy Bean is vice president and special assistant to the commissioner of Major League Baseball.


"Dale's personal story differs dramatically from those of his umpiring colleagues. And yet, what also shines through is what he and so many of us have in common: an abiding love of baseball and an appreciation for what the game has meant to our lives. This is a textured story, both entertaining and meaningful. And told with uncommon grace."--Bob Costas
"For more than ten years, Dale Scott made me laugh every day. As a mentor, he taught me how to not only survive but excel in the Major Leagues, and I am forever grateful for his friendship and leadership. This memoir delivers the humor, excitement, and knowledge that only a true insider can provide. Make the right call and read this book!"--Dan Iassogna
"Dale Scott was both consistent and approachable, perhaps the two most important qualities for an umpire. Dale's personal story is inspirational, but his book also features vivid game stories from a truly great run at the top of his profession."--David Cone
"As the late, great Ernie Harwell once said to me about Dale, 'A great umpire is like a great driver in traffic: you never notice they're there.' That was Dale Scott. He had a great, consistent strike zone, and I don't recall him ever missing a call on the bases. But as good an umpire as Dale was, he's also one of my all-time favorite people."--Harold Reynolds
"Dale Scott umpired for more than thirty years in the big leagues. He's seen it all, and most of the best parts seem to have wound up in these pages. But heck, I'd buy the book just for the chapter on the José Bautista Bat Flip Game!"--Dan Shulman