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  2. End of game situation

    Hmm, this topic is eerily familiar...
  3. End of game situation

    This play, which exists in all codes, might be adding to the confusion (and / or be the basis for the old FED 9.1.1M ruling): Bases loaded, two outs. B6 walks. R1 overruns second and is tagged out before R3 touches the plate. Ruling: R3's run scores because he was forced home on the award. (I recognize the differences, as I am sure do many / most here. But not everyone on some facebook forum or your partner at a particular game will)
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  5. first college game

    You did a great job! It was a pleasure working with you.
  6. How the Hell did I wind up in California?

  7. first college game

    Just had the opportunity to work my first college DH ever with @grayhawk! Just wanted to give him a shoutout. Hope we can work again soon!
  8. West Vest Revamp

    Feel like copying and pasting this into a word document and putting into my umpire binder. God, this isn’t a response , it’s a freakin’ DIY tutorial. I have read full projects in DIY sites that don’t have the detail of this. All I can say @MadMax, to quote a good Canadian Mike Myers, “We’re not worthy; We’re not worthy.” Thank you, this is full of insightful ideas.
  9. Cleaning New Balance Plate Shoe

    Actually it stops in May then comes back in June. Just not with the bone chillin’ wind off the water.
  10. West Vest Revamp

    I've stated this several times on here – tell me you need me to call a game in 10 minutes, and you already have gear for me to use, handing me a Wilson CP, Wilson shin guards and a Wilson steel DynaLite mask in the process, I will gladly do the game without complaint about the gear, and probably hand it back to you saying, "Yup, it did its job just fine." Direct or mandate that I must purchase those same pieces of gear, which have been in unaltered or un-progressed production for over 15 years, at $150+, $90+, and $65+ each, without them using the latest materials or construction methodology, I will raise a bloody awful ruckus. When you peek behind the curtain, and realize where your money is going, and what you and your money represents to a company, your purchasing decisions take on much more power and importance. Otherwise, you're just feeding the machine, and nothing will ever improve.
  11. ....Looks like the 2018 FED powers that be forgot this rule is also mentioned in 8-4-2(h) 1. 1. If a batter-runner safely touches first base and then overslides or overruns it, except on a base on balls, he may immediately return to first base without liability of being tagged out, provided he did not attempt to run or feint to second..... ooops!
  12. West Vest Revamp

    I'm getting this vague feeling you're not a big fan of Wilson.
  13. Does anyone know when their Moving Sale is going to end?
  14. From the taso.org website: Rule 8-2-7 – The verbiage “A player who is awarded first base on a base on ball does not have this right” has been deleted from the rule. The rule now reads: “A batter-runner who reaches first base safely and then overruns or overslides may immediately return without liability of being put out provided he does not attempt or feint an advance to second.” Impact to umpires: Little to none. Now any runner reaching first, even on ball four or an intentional walk, may overrun or overslide without risk of being put out provided he simply moves to return to first with no attempt or feint of an advance to second. And here are the two new 2018 FED case book plays to go along with the rule change: 8.2.7 SITUATION A: The leadoff hitter has a 3-2 count. There is a check-swing situation and the umpire calls ball four. The base umpire upholds the plate umpire’s decision and B1 overruns first base. In (a), the defense tags the batter/runner returning to first base. In (b), the defense tags the batter/runner after the batter/runner attempts to go to second base before returning to first base. RULING: In (a), the batter/runner is safe. In (b), the batter/runner is out. 8.2.7 SITUATION B: The leadoff hitter has a 3-2 count. There is a check-swing situation and the umpire calls ball four. The base umpire reverses the call on appeal and calls strike three. B1 overruns first base. In (a), the defense tags the batter/runner returning to first base. In (b), the defense tags the batter/runner after the batter/runner attempts to go to second base before returning to first base. RULING: In (a), the batter/runner is safe. In (b), the batter/runner is out.
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  16. The rule was changed this year... a runner is now allowed to over run first base on a walk without liability to be put out.
  17. Tips for Having a Great Plate Meeting

    @MadMax Great points. And thanks for all the tips. I just got in a nice 96 LED light to help the lighting pointing at me and can point my desk lamp at the wall behind me. Great idea about the poster maybe I'll get a big U-E banner made. With some of the new equipment I just bought I can move away from the little webcam. I'll now be using my Galaxy S8+ for the video which can have better video quality and the mini shotgun mic will improve the audio. Below is the rig I bought for light and sound. This is all new to me so I'm in very much need for any tips or advice so it is very much welcome. I plan on recording a couple tomorrow and will put this to use.
  18. NFHS Rules: 3-1 count, next pitch is a ball, batter jogs down to 1st base, after he touches 1st base he continues past it a few steps but DOES NOT make an attempt to go to 2nd base. Ball is thrown over to 1st baseman and he tags the runner who has passed 1st base a few steps but returning to the base. In NFHS is this an out. In OBR it is not an out. In 2018 edition rule 8-2-7 it doesn't give a definitive answer
  19. I have a pair of the base and the plate. Size 40 in both. They are at least 32 in length because that’s what I normally wear in slacks but I always have the tailor make them longer so they don’t flood when I’m crouching. Permanent crease in both thanks to Men’s Wearhouse. Just used through last season. $45 each Or $80 for both PM for pics. Shipping included. PayPal only.
  20. West Vest Revamp

    How does one clean an old sofa? or how about this? That looks really appealing to sit on down and take a snoozer on, doesn't it? I've said it time and again, Wilson's nearly 20-year old West Vest is not doing any of us any favors in terms of using modern materials for improved protection, breathability, and lightweight-ness. In addition, while Douglas will (for a price) take back in your Douglas CP so as to recondition it, Wilson won't even take your phone call on the matter. Prior to Team Wendy having to drop the service, a number of us would have recommended that you send your Platinum CP in to Team Wendy and have them build a new padding jacket using – anybody from Wilson reading this? – technical wicking mesh and their advanced, proprietary foam called Zorbium. Not only would it be (dramatically) more breathable, but it would noticeably reduce the bulk (half the thickness / volume) while offering increased energy absorption. That service, unfortunately, is no longer offered, and there are several of us here on U-E who are endeavoring to address that absence. The problem isn't the West Vest Platinum (or Gold, for that matter) itself, as a piece of protective equipment. The problem is what Wilson does with it, and how Wilson treats us, as umpires, in regards to it. With that said, here's what can be done to revitalize your existing Platinum CP: Separate the padding jacket and components from the carapace plates. The body of the padded jacket does unfasten from the carapace with velcro tabs. Even the shoulder pauldrons unfasten from their domed plates with velcro tabs. In a wash tub, or a soaking tub, or a large Tupperware / Rubbermaid tub-container, or even using your bathtub (if it doesn't have a slow leak, and you don't need to shower for several hours), you'll want to place all the foam jacket pieces. The real shameful thing that Wilson did with their CP's is they use brushed nylon for the casings (cheap, cheap, cheap) and sofa-cushion foam for the innards. Every manner of microbe, bacteria, and grime is squatting in there, and we need to evict 'em. So, get a Technical Wash. Nikwax makes one, often sold via retailers like Campmor, REI, Cabela's, Gander Mountain, and (dare I say) Bass Pro Shop. Why? Because most outdoors gear is comprised of nylon. A Technical Wash is going to be devoid of perfumes and detergents that will coat the fibers in the name of "stain protection" that only defeat the material's ability to wick and transfer moisture. I'd rather you use a bacteria-killer, like Odoban, to kill the smell-causing bacteria than to mask it with a perfumed detergent from Tide or Gain, despite it using Febreeze. Make a solution of water and technical wash, agitate it (stir it up), and then immerse the padding components into it. Use inexpensive dinner plates to hold the padding down if need be, and let the components soak in there for a few hours. While the padded components are drowning soaking, take stock of your carapace components. Now's a great time to clean the plastic. If you have corroded or broken rivets, these can be replaced with Chicago Screws (ask for details) rather easily. If you are planning to repaint the carapace, use an alcohol-based solution so as to prepare the plastic to receive paint. Use a fine (200+) grit sandpaper to take the lacquer sheen off, and the plastic will be more receptive to binding to the paint. Oh, and go ahead and erase all that Wilson -applied nonsense about patent numbers and MLB logos and stuff – no one really gives a hoot about it. By all means, remove the stupid superfluous upper-chest / neck billow (yes, I spelled it right) cushion. It serves absolutely no purpose or function other than to deaden the "CLACK!" of the dangling throat guard against the CP when struck. You'll find that the CP's carapace isn't notched or isn't lacking under it. Once you remove it, you'll hold it in your hand and go, "Huh! So this is all it is?" and realize that it's just a silly gimmick. Consider drilling holes in the carapace to reduce weight and aid in ventilation. You won't compromise the protective integrity of the ABS plastic – it can take it! It's far denser than it needs to be anyway. Why? Because the plastics industry has come a long way in 20 years! Once prepared, paint the carapace. One coat may suffice if you allow for adequate drying time (at least a day). Two coats, with a 4-6 hour curing time between them, will likely do the trick. By all means, consider purchasing and using a sealant (clear finishing spray), either in matte or gloss finish, so as to seal in the color and reduce the abrasive transfer of paint to your shirt. Again, allow adequate curing and dry time of at least a day when it's all said and done. If you want to affix decals and stickers, do so before spraying the finishing sealant on, and that way, everything looks intentional and uniform. Expand your imagination... why do black when you could do liquid gunmetal? Perhaps a vinyl wrap of carbon-fiber print appeals to you? Or, maybe take a walk on the wild side and do it in digital camo, or do a fade-blend of two different paint colors, or paint it in purple (so they don't see the bruises!), or... Oo! Oo!... paint it in royal blue or cobalt so it looks like a Carlucci! Live a little! Who cares what color it is? No one does! If they did, the Platinum would have been black from the start! After a few hours (2-3) of soaking, take the padded components out of their bath and, using a kitchen or utility brush, scrub out the loosened grime from the nylon. Squeeze and rinse, repetitively, a few times, and then hang the components out to dry for several hours. After a few hours, squeeze them some more to push water out, and rehang them. Painting these pads is exceptionally problematic, because painting is applying a coating to the fibers, something you really don't want to do, because that defeats the material's function of wicking moisture and heat away from your skin. Invariably, the paint will come off and transfer onto your under-clothing and skin. The only other option you have, then, is to dye it, wherein the process infuses the color – dye – into the fibers. Most off-the-shelf dye doesn't work too well with synthetics, like nylon, but Rit has recently developed a dye for synthetics called, oddly, Rit II Dye (or Dye-II or Dye-2). The process relies upon heat, and you have to get the water up to near-boiling, stir in the dye, and then soak the items in the solution for 30-45 minutes. I tried this with polyester umpire pants, and while the color came out a beautiful, near-perfect shade of deep charcoal grey, the pants did, irrevocably and irreversibly, shrink. This might happen with the padded components, but it might not to any great detriment. A benefit of getting the water that hot – near boiling – is that it will kill just about every bacteria and microbe hiding out in the padding. A few days later, reassemble your CP and reattach your RayFlex harness. Go volunteer at the nearest baseball game you can find and test it out!
  21. PHOTOGRAPHY from our Umpire-Empire members

    Wait! I GET IT..................I really do!!! Kind of...............like................coaches vs rats!
  22. Passing Runner

    I have yet to see ANY runs score after the last out of the game is made. Maybe I wasn't watching closely enough though.............
  23. End of game situation

    First, I never said it was MY state interpreter. Second, that's an excellent question. If I learn the answer, I'll post it.
  24. End of game situation

    The BRD was not wrong when 9.1.1M existed. FED was different from NCAA/OBR in past years.
  25. End of game situation

    That's my problem with the 2006 Interp (which is way beyond unreasonably old to be expected to be known IMO)....it says "therefore, since it's not force out, the runs score". Well, no #%@#, no one argued it was a force, so the 9.1.1 exceptions for force out negating runs wouldn't apply - but that's not the situation at hand. It's timing rules that should apply. The incorrect rationale in that interp point to how sloppily it was written - and maybe why it disappeared for 12 years till someone dug it up on stevetheump.com. I keep coming back to why timing rules don't apply to awarded advances - the only way those runs could score is if awarded bases are exempt from the timing rules that apply to any other 3rd out situation. Absent a specific guideline, exception, case, or even another interpretation that addresses timing rules rather than irrelevant force out rules, I can only logically go with the general 9.1.1 application of no runs score after a 3rd out. I'm open to being convinced otherwise, but as I read it, both the 2006 interp and the BRD are simply wrong. And rules aside - if a batter-runner is this incredibly stupid to do this and create this exceedingly rare unicorn play? Stupid needs to have a price!
  26. End of game situation

    Was your state interpreter privy to other info or was he just infering from the removal of 9.1.1M?
  27. End of game situation

    I saw it. 8.4.2L is not relevant to the case in the OP. It is a a straight live-ball time play. The problem posed by my play is the conflict between calling this a time play, which shouldn't occur during a dead ball, and the dead-ball awards after a HR, which shouldn't count after the 3rd out. I have no objection to FED going with the other option for this play, if that's what the deletion of 9.1.1M signals. There's no intrinsic reason why either option is better (pretend it's a live ball and treat as a time play, or pretend the awarded bases count after the 3rd out is recorded). Consistency with the other codes is as good a reason as any for picking one. Perhaps a new case play will appear in the 2018 Interps.
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