Indie league umpire Eric Sawchuk talks his trade: “There’s a game within the game”

Eric Sawchuk

Eric Sawchuk

Independent league umpire Eric Sawchuk of the Fox Valley Blues Umpire Association joins Mark Carman and Jarrett Payton in-studio to discuss all things related to the men in blue. They talk about the process of becoming and umpire and moving up the ladder, the ‘game within a game’ that umpires have to play to maintain control of the game, the approach to making ‘bang-bang’ calls on close plays, the current crop of issues surrounding Major League umpires, including replay and pace of play, and more.