Bentons Baseball Umpires
Concerned parent

Saint Louis, MO

#1 May 17, 2013
Where does Benton get these baseball umpires for in house baseball? Heard they hire highschool kids to ump the games...Is this true? Do they get paid? The game I watched Thursday night had one horrible umpire! Heard through the grape vine that his name is Jeremy Kinkade. Made not one, but three bad calls on the same player! Called him out twice when he had clearly beaten the tag! This is unacceptable behavior, especially when Tyson has an issue with his(player mentioned above) older brother. When confronted him after the game about this matter, he wouldn't look at us. Then his Mom yelled out the window "Yeah, he called him out" then gestured to us that we were #1, with all of her foster kids with her! Lol! Really setting a good example there! I vote Tyson's Mom, Mother of the year!
Concerned parent

Saint Louis, MO

#2 May 17, 2013
Insert Tyson instead of Jeremy* Sorry, Jeremy is the father of the Ump.
seen them all

Marion, IL

#3 May 17, 2013
Concerned parent wrote:
Insert Tyson instead of Jeremy* Sorry, Jeremy is the father of the Ump.
appears to me there were two adults acting like children to me try to umpire a game once(that's all it will take) and see how many mistakes you make, three is not bad at all. childrens attitude at the ballpark are a direct reflection of the parents, parents acting like children are more of a shame than anything a young umpire can do.

reactions like this mothers is exactly why it is so hard to get umpires.
seen them all

Marion, IL

#4 May 17, 2013
can tell little league baseball has started the mothers are already fussing, crying shame,nothing new just different mothers. your child would enjoy itself a lot more if the mothers would stay home. most dads too.
Concerned parent

Arnold, MO

#5 May 18, 2013
Three mistakes on the same player, is unacceptable! I'm not one to argue with the umps, but I will not let this kind of conduct continue...espeically first game of the season.
son of an umpire

Saint Louis, MO

#6 May 19, 2013
All I have to say is this... The umpire is out there on his own time trying to help out. If you think you can get out there and call a perfect game, then why dont you go and volunteer your own time to umpire. Its sooooo very easy to call a game from the stands isnt it? Try getting out there and actually calling a game for once. Umpires are human. They make mistakes. I am so sick and tired of hearing about parents complaining about coaches,, umpires, board members, etc. Its so easy to complain but yet you cannot find time to volunteer your time. In all honesty, you are setting a bad example of sportsmanship for the children. And you wonder why more and more kids these days are showing lack of sportsmanship in games. Because they learn it from their parents.
Black and White Stripes

Johnston City, IL

#7 May 22, 2013
Uhm, do any of you know what it would take to get true HS licensed umpires out there? Do you think the guys licensed by the IHSA want to go out there for $10 a game? No way. Hiring these HS kids is fine by me.
Old Blue

Benton, IL

#8 May 30, 2013
Black and White Stripes wrote:
Uhm, do any of you know what it would take to get true HS licensed umpires out there? Do you think the guys licensed by the IHSA want to go out there for $10 a game? No way. Hiring these HS kids is fine by me.
I don't know any seasoned umpires at all that want to go out there and do games for $10 a pop...and I know A LOT of umpires! On top of that, none of them want to put up with mom, dad, grandpa, and grandma who think Junior is there little all-american. The parents are what is ruining in house, summer league sports. I will agree with you 100%. Let the high school kids go out there and earn an extra buck because the seasoned guys do not want to/will not go out there and put up with the bs, especially when we are getting $30-$50 a game doing travel ball. And to the "concerned parent," if you confronted a seasoned umpire after the game you would either (a) get put in your place really quick, or (b) get smiled at and totally ignored.

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