Jim Evans Quotes


33 Jim Evans quotes:



"My main objective is to prepare candidates for professional baseball; however, the majority of our graduates will go home as much better qualified amateurs."
"After one year in the Texas League, the American League bought the rights to my contract. They optioned me back to the Texas League for the 1970 season."
"Another way to lose control is to ignore something when you should address it."
"Anyone interested in becoming a professional umpire and becoming eligible to work in the minor leagues must attend one of the two umpire schools sanctioned by Major League Baseball."
"As a whole, the managers today are different in temperament. Most have very good communication skills and are more understanding of the umpire's job. That doesn't mean they are better managers. It just means that I perceive today's managers a bit differently."
"As a youngster, I played in Little League, Pony League, and all sorts of amateur baseball programs growing up."
"Back in those days, you didn't have to go to an umpire school to be hired in pro ball. League presidents could hire whomever they wanted."
"During the final two weeks of training, our students work simulated game situations in which our staff members role-play as players, managers, and coaches. They are given immediate feedback following each camp game."
"Game management is accomplished by staying constantly alert and then reading and reacting to potential problem situations before they materialize. It all boils down to paying attention to details."
"I attribute my success to my mental approach to the game. I have always been a serious student of umpiring. I enjoy studying rules, situations, and positioning."
"I had a great first year and Mr. MacDonald was my biggest supporter. He gave me the encouragement I needed that first year to get my career started on a positive note."
"I had worked very hard to become the best I could be in Austin but never thought I would be able to get into the pro game so quickly."
"I have looked back on situations and thought that I could have handled a few differently and probably better."
"I learned a valuable life lesson that summer. You should find something in life that you really enjoy and seriously consider making that your life's work."
"I literally paid my way through the University of Texas with my umpiring."
"I reached the point where I actually enjoyed the umpiring more than playing."
"I set very high standards for myself and worked every game with the same energy and enthusiasm as if it were the seventh game of a World Series."
"Looking back on those games, I probably hustled out of position as much as I hustled into position since I really never had any real training. I was working on instincts alone."
"Managers have very tough jobs. I always respected their job but demanded respect in return."
"Minor league umpires are evaluated in their respective leagues each year and rated numerically. This enables umpires to know where they stand and helps them make prudent career decisions."



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