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  2. A critical obstruction no-call by 1B Umpire Jeff Kellogg capped Samurai Japan's 6-5 win over the MLB All-Stars in Game 5 of the international series as contact between first baseman Hotaka Yamakawa and batter-runner Mitch Haniger during an overthrow preceded Haniger's game-ending retirement at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
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  4. Jimurray

    2019 Casebook now on Arbiter

    "*6.1.1 SITUATION A: F1 pitches with the toe of his pivot foot (right foot for right-handed pitcher) in contact with the pitcher's plate but his heel is outside a line through the end edge of the plate. He pitches from (a) windup position, or (b) set position. RULING: Legal in (a) and (b), provided that F1's pivot foot is parallel to the pitcher's plate." It would make sense to me if the comma was after (a) but I'm not a punctuation expert. "*6.1.3 SITUATION A: F1 takes the set position with his pivot foot entirely in front of and parallel with the pitcher's plate. F1's non-pivot foot is entirely in front of his pivot foot (toward home plate) but is not within the plane of each end of the pitcher's plate. RULING: This is legal, since only part of the pivot foot is required to be parallel to the pitcher's plate, within the plane of each end of the pitcher's plate, and in contact with it. The non-pivot foot is required to be entirely in front of the front plane of the pitcher's plate but does not have to be within the plane of each end of the pitcher's plate." Luckily the foot does not have a pivot in the instep allowing the part not in contact to not be parallel "*8.3.2 SITUATION L: R1 is advancing on the pitch and F6 drops to a knee while taking the throw, partially blocking the inside edge of the base. R1 slides to the inside edge of the base, contacts F6's knee, and is then tagged out. The head coach of Team A argues this should be called obstruction. RULING: This is not obstruction as F6 did provide access to part of second base, even though it was not the part of the base that R1 wanted or believed was most advantageous." I think this was just an interp before and now it's a caseplay.
  5. Lou B

    Jim Evans School

    In the past I've always gone with the foul (fair) pole ruling. If any part of the ball hits the pole it's a fair ball. So, previously, if any part of the ball was over the foul (fair) line, it was fair.
  6. Double Up

    Jim Evans School

    Shows how much I know... I would have always called the ball foul unless the ball was in anyway in contact w/ the line. Soccer has a rule whereas any part of the circumference of the ball over the line is in bounds. I've never once thought this to be the same in baseball myself personally. again, just goes to show how much I know.
  7. Jimurray

    Jim Evans School

    Most of us and Jim Evans would have that ball fair until the MLBUM made this interp this year as addressed in this thread and a CCS blog, also referenced in the thread, about the "change".
  8. Double Up

    Jim Evans School

    sounds like a dang soccer ruling... that ball is foul all day and twice on Sundays. I'll ask him.
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    Transaction Experience Thread

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  12. Jimurray

    Jim Evans School

    What if the ball is stationary and a third of the ball is over but not touching the foul line and 2/3rds is over foul territory and touching foul territory. Evans clinics used to show that ball from various angles and ask the students if foul or fair. Back before the MLBUM interp Evans and his instructors had that ball fair. Did they do that demo at the SD clinic and, if so, what did they have?
  13. Double Up

    Jim Evans School

    if it’s in regards to a fielder making contact with the ball. If any part of that ball, in your judgement, is on the foul line then it’s a fair ball. Just like if any part of the ball touches the foul line
  14. Double Up

    Jim Evans School

    he didnt understand the question and asked me to specify. I imagine you mean part of the ball os over the fair foul line... what is the call
  15. Following our Awards and Final Standings, the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League announces its 2018 UEFL Rules Summit, our annual forum for discussion of controversial issues which may have surfaced during the past season, setting forth a framework for rectifying these issues by amending the existing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
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  17. umpstu

    Bunt to Chop Swing

    Was 12 years old and playing pickup game with a bunch of older players and was cheating in for a bunt. Guy had squared around and instead of bunting hit a line drive which hit me squarely under my left eye. After that I never wanted a line drive or hard hit ground ball hit towards me. Also could never crowd the plate again. In younger kid game I do believe it should be banned.
  18. The Florida State League inducted alumnus and 28-year AL and MLB umpire Jim McKean into its Hall of Fame. McKean umpired in the FSL from 1970 to 1971 and eventually joined the American League staff in 1973. A member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Quebec native also worked as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  19. Jimurray

    Jim Evans School

    Would you ask your friend whether they did the ball over the foul line demo at the clinic and whether they are calling it foul or fair?
  20. Double Up

    Jim Evans School

    A friend of mine was just at the Jim Evans clinic in SD... He's preparing for a training class in Vero Beach. I can give you his number if interested in speaking with him directly.
  21. beerguy55

    Bunt to Chop Swing

    There are two factors to consider - what is the degree of injury that could happen (and its likelihood)...and, is modifying the rule going to change the game to any significant degree. (combined with how much the change is estimated to reduce the risk - going from 10% to 9% might be not worthwhile, going from 20% to 1% might be worth discussing) Many youth leagues do make face masks attached to batter helmets mandatory, especially in fast pitch. Many leagues encourage, or mandate, the on deck batter stand in the circle behind the batter, regardless of where the bench is. Any umpire who forbids it is a dinosaur. The breakaway base issue is an economic one, and is difficult to enforce without reducing the number of facilities that can host games - especially at the rec level. Where it can be done, it is in many cases. Having said that, a broken ankle is a far cry from total reconstruction of a face, or brain damage, or death. Why do you think LL forbids head first slides - it's to reduce the chance of a broken neck. Is the rule 100% as written...no, but that's not the goal. Minimize risk, not eliminate. I'm not trying to put the kids in a bubble - I'm trying to reduce risk where the risk has no necessity. As to your overall question - why aren't they doing it? Stubbornness, a blind resistance to change, an archaic attitude about what is "tough", money, "tradition", etc, etc, blah blah blah. Same discussion is happening in football - despite all the evidence to the effect of concussions on kids before their skull is fully developed people still insist on letting and demanding five year olds play tackle football. The top two passing leaders in NFL history didn't play tackle football until they were teenagers. Three Super Bowl rings between them (one against each other). And one of them has a younger brother with two more rings who had the same restriction. And those two brothers had a dad who played in the NFL. But, we need to toughen those kids up, and flag football isn't real football, and you're ruining the game, and, and, and. The fact that you're asking the question assumes that the general position those leagues hold is "right", simply because of the fact that none of them are changing, so it must be right. Once the kids get into their teenage years, get a little more skilled and athletic, and understand not only the game, but their bodies, then they can play like the big boys. We had the same resistance with batting helmets. And hockey helmets. And hockey face masks for youths. And running over the catcher. Just because it's always been done that way isn't a defense to keep doing it.
  22. Sut'n Blue

    Bunt to Chop Swing

    Cal Ripken added a rule against fake/slash bunt in 2016. Batter is out. I think it is a good rule for most of the reasons Beerguy points out.
  23. Lou B

    Bunt to Chop Swing

    Ever seen a kid break his ankle sliding into a base, I have. Why aren't breakaway bases mandatory in all youth leagues? Ever seen a kid take a pitch to the face and break his nose, I have. Why aren't facemasks mandatory in all youth leagues? Ever seen a kid standing in the on-deck circle get hit by a foul ball, I have. Why aren't on-deck circles prohibited in all youth leagues?I etc,etc,etc...
  24. beerguy55

    Bunt to Chop Swing

    Do you need to see it once to do something? Do you need to see it more than once? I've seen it once, and that's enough. (and for the record, I held my opinion before the incident occurred - and it happened in a game I was not coaching, but watching) Your instruction is fine - but not all kids listen or get it right away...and less experienced coaches don't know better. I taught my kids to creep, not charge - that at least keeps them in a defending position...the "charge" assumes they will need to go to the ball, rather than the possibility of the ball coming to them.
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