New for the 2019 baseball season, 12 For 12 with Gerry Davis is a podcast for umpires, hosted by the umpire who has worked the most playoff games in Major League Baseball history. These 12 minute podcasts with #12 give a look behind the mask of Gerry's 38-year career in the big leagues. New episodes are released on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and this page every Thursday.
6/13/19: You Take Care of Your Team, I'll Take Care of My Team Did you know that being an umpire can be just like being a grocery store clerk? Gerry passes along a fable that he was told as a student in umpire school that explains why. He also tells a couple stories about on-field interactions between Hall of Famers and legendary umpires - one between Tommy Lasorda and Terry Tata, and the other between Barry Bonds and Bruce Froemming.
6/6/19: Working Memorable Games Gerry talks about some of the biggest and most memorable games in his career like Kerry Wood's 20 strikeout performance and his first World Series plate job, and the mementos he kept to remember those games forever. He also touches on his relationship with former player and manager Joe Torre, who now oversees the Major League umpires.
5/30/19: Randy Johnson's Perfect Game: 15 Years Later Gerry was U2 and 2019 crew mate Greg Gibson was the plate umpire for Randy Johnson's perfect game vs. Atlanta in 2004. Gerry discusses what it was like to work a plate job with pitchers like The Big Unit and Kerry Wood. What kind of advice did Gerry give to his plate partner during the perfect game? How does a professional umpire prepare for working the plate on a game with one pitcher compared to another? Take a peek at an inside look at some baseball history!
5/23/19: Firm But Fair Gerry discusses his umpiring mentors and how their influences helped him become firm, yet fair in his demeanor and game management.One of the big takeaways in this episode was the word "empathy," and the role it plays in an umpire's demeanor. He explains how National League umpires Terry Tata and the late Harry Wendelstedt were influential in handling situations and leading an umpire crew.
5/16/19: Concussion Protocol Gerry discusses the concussion protocol umpires follow after one of his crew members was taken down due to an injury. He also expands on how calls are handled when they go to replay review in New York, and talks about some of the influential umpires that helped shape his career early in the National League.
5/9/19: MLB's Replay Center Gerry talks about the type of feedback he and his crew members receive from MLB, the unique opportunities he has had to give back to the umpiring community, and then gives an overview of MLB's replay center in New York. Hear what is being said on the headsets between a crew chief and the replay official, and what it's like to work in "the ultimate man-cave."
5/2/19: Handling On-Field Situations Gerry discusses his philosophy on handling on-field situations with players, coaches, and managers. How much chirping is acceptable from the dugout when it comes to your strike zone? What's the "magic word?" He also shares a funny story about an on-field argument with manager Jim Leyland.
4/25/19: The Role of a Big League Crew Chief Gerry talks about traveling as a professional umpire, their clubhouse arrangement, and how he views his role as a crew chief. He also discusses who his major influences were coming up through his early days in professional baseball, and how they impacted the way he handles situations on the field.
4/18/19: An Inside Look at a Crew Pre-Game and Working Together Gerry discusses how umpire crews are put together before the baseball season, as well as what is involved in a typical MLB pregame and the plate meeting. He also talks about getting feedback from crew members and addresses whether an umpire, if asked, should give feedback to a senior umpire.
4/11/19: We're Human - When a Call Gets Overturned by Replay Gerry talks about what his mental process is after he gets a call overturned by replay, or when he may have missed a pitch. Gerry also talks about umpiring in the World Series, dealing with pressure, and his game day routine.
4/4/19: Spring Training and Earning a Spot in the Big Leagues Gerry Davis discusses how a spring training schedule works, how spring training crews are put together, what it's like to work with minor league umpires trying to earn a spot onto an MLB crew, and what he looks for when mentoring umpires.
3/27/19: Meet MLB Crew Chief Gerry Davis Gerry Davis sits down to discuss the start of his record 38th consecutive year of service, his experience in umpire school, the minor leagues, and his call to the big leagues.