A different dream for some baseball fans

By Alicia Nieves

January 11, 2014 Updated Jan 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Baseball fans who didn't dream of becoming a player in the game, but rather calling the shot of the game, attended a New York Baseball Umpire Clinic in Vestal.

It's the second annual clinic and the only umpire's clinic to take place in New York.

"It's never been done before," said Tom Augostini of the New York State Umpire's Association.

Nearly 80 umpires attended the clinic, and the range of experience varied.

"We have people who are first year umpires that have just started as of a year ago, to people who have over thirty years of experience,” said Eric Olsen, also with the New York State Umpire's Association.

Three umpires from the major leagues and four umpires from the minor leagues worked with the attending high school and college umpires.

"We're helping them polish up their mechanics on the bases, working with them on plate stances, just trying to build that solid foundation for them for when they get ready for the regular season," said Lance Barrett, a Major League fill-in umpire.

The clinic was held at The Edge Sports Complex, and lasted until 5 p.m.

Representative from the NYS Baseball Umpires Association said they will have another clinic next year.

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