\ ˈəmp How to pronounce ump (audio) \

Definition of ump

 (Entry 1 of 2)


umped; umping; umps

Definition of ump (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to act as umpire

Examples of ump in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s no one to grumble with when the ump makes a bad call and, worse, no one to celebrate with when the ball sails out of the park. Alan Smolinisky, WSJ, "Ballgames Aren’t the Same Without Crowds," 4 Oct. 2020 Plate ump Rob Drake rang up three Giants hitters in the final two innings on strikes that weren’t strikes. Scott Ostler,, "Surprise: In an irregular season, the Giants were regularly entertaining," 27 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, veteran ump Andy Fletcher, who had been scheduled to work at Tampa Bay, instead traveled to Miami and joined three young umpires as the crew chief for the Boston-Marlins game. Ben Walker, Star Tribune, "AP sources: MLB umpire tests positive for virus, crews shift," 16 Sep. 2020 The league hired Young in 2018 as vice president of on-field operations, initiatives and strategy to deal with ump relations, rules changes, scoring changes, discipline and the like, working for Joe Torre. Henry Schulman,, "Giants Splash: MLB should send Nick Hundley, Gregor Blanco into talks with union," 17 June 2020 Video quickly circulated of Giants youngster Jacob Heyward getting called out on a pitch that nearly bounced, then being ejected by a human ump for arguing. Ben Walker, The Denver Post, "With each pitch at World Series, call gets louder for robot umps," 29 Oct. 2019 The plate ump received the computer reading and raised his right arm to signify strike three. John Shea,, "Robo umps need work: Giants prospect Jacob Heyward ejected after bad call," 19 Oct. 2019 The home plate ump would be replaced by an electronic strike zone. Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "We can't stop watching TV during the pandemic — and that's ok," 10 Apr. 2020 The home-team defenders wink at the vaguely embarrassed umps. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "It Is Time to Rethink Foreign-Intelligence Surveillance," 4 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Only three men have umped more major league games than Davis, and no one has been on the field for more playoff games. San Diego Union-Tribune, "MLB umpire, former official concerned with technology replacing ‘human element’," 29 June 2019 West, who ranks third in games umped over his career, was suspended for three games for answering a USA Today question on baseball's biggest complainer. Paul Sullivan,, "Will Cardinals' Rally Cat and Dodgers' Rally Granny step up in rally lore?," 11 Aug. 2017 The third baseman was visibly and vocally distressed and finally ump Mike Muchlinski ejected him. John Hickey, The Mercury News, "A’s escape from Minnesota with a win in finale, 8-5," 4 May 2017 In Pittsburgh to ump a game between the Pirates and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, Tumpane saw a woman contemplating suicide on the city's famed Roberto Clemente Bridge. Jason Kurtz, CNN, "Umpire saves suicidal woman on Pittsburgh bridge," 30 June 2017

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“Ump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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