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It didn’t take long for players of the North American League to try to ruffle the feathers of a rookie man in blue.
Nor did it take long for the man in blue to squawk back.
Local umpire Doug Weiss got a chance to call balls and strikes this summer for the North American League professional baseball organization. Weiss, who has worked in every baseball level from Little League to the pros, did 24 games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for the independent professional league.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Weiss said of his stint calling pro ball. “Baseball at that level is very different. It’s a lot faster. The pitching’s a lot faster and a lot better. The amount you have to know and retain is a lot higher.”
Weiss started his umpiring career in 2005 doing local little league games. A year later, he was calling prep baseball games, but said that through umpiring, he met people with connections to college baseball.
This year, he started calling Mountain West Conference baseball games. Through those he met during the MWC season got Weiss connected with the North American League, which needed help north of the border.
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