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By Jeff Parsons
Veteran Umpire 

Behind The Mask

Pre-game: Wonder what is being discussed?



Hello everyone, it’s that time of the year where the boys of summer take over and another baseball season is about to begin. It’s time to dust off the bleachers, grab a bag of seeds, a cold Gatorade and head to the yard.

Even after 30 years of being behind the plate, the game still excites me and the rule book always teaches me something new.

As we kick off the 2013 season, it has occurred to me that we never really explained what goes on in that meeting at home plate just as the game begins.

As we discussed last year, there are 10 sections in the rule book. The “game preliminari...

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