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A SIMPLE PROPOSAL Major League Baseball has probably some of the most exciting players in sports today Players such as Ken Griffey Jr Alex Rodriguez Derek Jeter make watching baseball fun But there are some people in Major League Baseball that I have forgotten who display probably more talent than those 3 combined The people that I am talking about are the umpires You might be shocked when I say that but believe me they are great athletes Can you imagine working in the same conditions they do To do this you would need to be able to stand up to managers kicking dirt at you as well as dealing with players arguing at you for calls you have made that should have no controversy over Working an entire season does wear down an umpire Just think of the torture they go through They work 6 months of the year about 3-4 hours a day Working a schedule like that takes its toll on an umpires body At least they are rewarded for working such tough hours They get the other 6 months off get their travelling expenses paid for and get paid at least 75000 per year and thats for rookie umpires Since they have to travel every few days they are always tired so they are rewarded by getting to sit in first class whenever they fly and when they land at their destination they get to sleep at the best hotels Its hard to believe why kids dont want to be like umpires Its probably because all the kids dont want to work that hectic of a schedule Another good thing about being an umpire is that whenever you have a problem with the owners of baseball teams you can always tell your union about it and then you can threaten the owners by saying you are resigning When they hear the sound of that they will do what
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