The BAT Cave
Lee "Batman" Batterman's Web Page

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                                                                          Last Updated    08-29-2016

This WEB Site is dedicated to ALL Youth and Intramural Umpires wherever they may be across this GREAT NATION called AMERICA, and everywhere in the Baseball World

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Me and Mine

Hi.  My name is Lee Batterman, my friends call me "Batman" (for obvious reasons). 

I am 72  years old, but don't feel that old, and some say I don't look that old.  I've been married for 43 years to a wonderfully beautiful woman named Lauri, who I could not imagine being without.  I've got 3 adult children,  Michael, Bryan, and Regan, and my wife and I currently live with our two best friends...  Murphy, a beautiful 11 (last December) year old Golden Retriever, and Quincy, a 9 year old and very sweet 105 pound Flat Coat Retriever.
   A "Flat Coated Retriever" is a 200ish year old 'AKC Recognized' breed that is a Labrador Retriever and a Newfoundland mix.  I worked for the Southern California Edison Company, the 3rd largest electric utility in the USA, for 30 years.  I had the 2 best jobs in the entire world.  For 15 years, I was a 'High Voltage' Lineman, and for the last 15 years, I was privileged to Supervise 'High Voltage' Linemen.  I retired at the Superintendent level

I have been a Youth Baseball Umpire for over 40 years.  Most of my career has been spent within the Little League program (with some High School and College) and I'm currently associated with California District 62, which is located in the North Orange County area of So. California. My business card says I'm an "Umpire", "Instructor", "Consultant", and I guess I'd have to agree with that.  I Umpire where I'm needed, I Consult when I'm asked, and I Instruct throughout the LL Western Region.

My current position with LL Western Region, is NON-exsistant, and that is vary disappointing.  My "Outspoken" personality, has put Western Region and myself at odds.  As a result, I am no longer associated with the instuction aspect of that part of Little League Baseball. 
It was my sincere hope that we could resume our relationship after a period of time.  That is not going to happen.   The only negative thing I'll say about Williamsport is...  Beware, Little League has a LONG and UNFORGIVING memory.  I will concentrate my efforts at the District and Local league levels.  My commitment to Little League Baseball Inc., and it's program, is strong.

I am however, still very proud of my past relationship and accomplishments with Western Region.
  In the past, I have been the Lead Instructors for Mechanics and Rules, and a member of the "5 Member Core Adviser Staff" to the Region UIC.  I also have been the Lead Instructor for the Weekend Mechanics Clinic for Western Region, and a co-Host and co-Lead Instructor for the (now eliminated) "Western Region Junior Umpire Training Academy" (JUTA).

During my career within Little League, I've had the great honor of being invited to work the Senior Baseball Regional in Garden Grove, CA in 1998, the Little League Western Regional in San Bernardino, CA in 2002, the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) Little League Regional in Kutno, Poland in 2004, and the Junior League World Series in Taylor Michigan in 2005.  As you can see, I've already had the Little League  version of a "Banana Split".  In 2011, I added the "Cherry" for the top.  I worked the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.  The experience was amazing and disappointing.  More to say on a later page (maybe).

In addition to my Little League training and skills, I have attended the "Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring" in 1998.  This a 5 week, very intense, Umpire training geared towards aspiring Professional Umpires.  Although it was very difficult at the age of 50, I was honored to have completed the course and graduated along with 78 other attendees that completed the instruction that year.  There were "hopeful" students from all across this great nation of ours, and also Canada, Australia, England, and 12 students from Japan.  They ranged in age from 19 years old, to well above 50. Obviously, not all of the students were looking for jobs in "American" Baseball, and some of us were...  well...  just too old to be starting a Professional career.  However, the experience was great, and I wouldn't trade one minute of it.

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