It was impressive to read longtime American League umpire Jim Evans' comments after he toured Atlantic League ballparks, where he now serves as an umpiring consultant. While not giving specific comparisons, he praised the stadiums as better than in many affiliated parks. "I was blown away," he told the Atlantic League.
Evans addressed the Independent league's umps at a session in Camden, NJ, focusing on the mental aspects of their job.
With 28 years in the big leagues plus running the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring for nearly 20 years, Evans should know a thing or two about dealing with more than just calling balls and strikes.
Friday, May 05, 2006
LONGTIME MLB UMP LOVES ATLANTIC LEAGUE STADIUMS
Former chief spokesman for Major League Baseball Commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth. Six years as publicity director for the Kansas City Royals, and a background in newspaper, radio and television. Started Wirz & Associates, a sports PR and consulting firm, in 1985. Has written extensively on Independent Baseball since 2003.