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Steeee-ryyyke three! Umpires' calls mix style with substance

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Umpires deliver theatrical strike-out calls to reduce the chances that coaches and fans challenge them. (Courtesy of Little League International)

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Steeee-ryyyke. Umpires behind the plate at all levels of baseball spend years perfecting the delivery of their strikeout calls. It's one of the only aspects of the game that allows umpires to display a little style and personality.


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