Posted 15 December 2011 - 10:06 PM
Since you are doing a men's league, they pretty much know exactly what they are doing when they do their verbal antics or try to show the umpire up. If they do not cuss, they think they can get away with running all over you. They must be aware that you can just as easily get ejected without profanity, just like the example of drawing a line. In the Earl Weaver/Bill Haller case, when Earl comes out and says, you and this crew are out here for one reason, to $$$$ us. Earl could have easily used the word "hose" rather than profanity. He should also be ejected for the word hose. The men's league guys are going to go on and on about how they didn't even cuss and how bad you are for the ejection. Tell them that thinking is a bunch of crapola.
These must be delt with immediately, even if you do not eject. Remember, each side is watching how you handle the other side.
1. Drawing a line. Pointing with the bat several times at the outside corner while the bat is in the air and they are telling you it is outside. Smashing the bat on the plate.
2. Batter backing out on every pitch they think you missed along with shaking their heads, or other body language.
3. Batter putting his hand up at the chest if he thinks the ball is too high.
4. Batter dropping the bat on plate, not picking it up, and continuing on to the dugout on the 1st or 2nd out. Watch out for the bat boy quickly trying to get the bat for him if you tell the batter to pick it up or you are done.
5. Manager or head coach flipping you off with their hands.
6. Coach starting a count of misses they perceive on calls. That's 2 ump.
7. Coach telling you or the team, "well its 11 on 9 tonight guy's and making sure you hear it. Then when you respond, they are going to tell you they were not talking to you. They are trying to make you look bad with their cheap shot loud enough for you to hear. Tell them you don't care if they were talking to a fence post, knock it off.
8. Be ready after telling them to knock it off, for them to call you rabbit ears. Or, "get your head out of our dugout".
9. Be ready for the word "brutal" to come up in the men's league. They will also use the phrase "bare down out there" like your not working hard.
10. Where was that pitch?
11. Call it both ways back there.
12. Catchers picking up dirt to let the coach know you missed a pitch. This is done very subtly and easy to miss. Could be some other signal.
13. Catcher breaking down like he is going to keel over when he thinks you missed a pitch.
14. Catcher getting up slowly and double pumping on throws back to pitcher when he thinks you missed one. There could be other body language the catcher uses for this also.
15. Pitcher scoping pitches from the mound.
16. Pitcher using arm motions sign for the "where was that pitch" verbal phrase.
17. Pitcher yelling in from the mound. Fielders yelling in including outfielders or throwing up their hands on pitches.
18. Pitcher rolling the ball in to you on the ground if he doesn't like your calls when you ask to check the ball.
19. Coach waiting on the mound for you so he can start a ball/strike discussion.
20. Coach wants to come out on every close call. They do not get unlimited trips on close calls. They do not get to question every close call. Do not let them hide behind the "I'm only asking a question" excuse. They know exactly what they are doing, and they know if you dump them, they can loudly tell everyone they were only asking a question and can call the assignor telling them how they didn't cuss and were only asking a question. Once again, these guys know exactly what they are doing.
21. That's a Little League call. Well here's a Little League ejection. Boom.
22. Coach who wants to come on field and touch the ground where they think the ball landed fair foul.
23. On an all dirt field coach going to the outfield to point at spot on the line.
24. Any other coniving tricks they will try and use to show you up and look like innocent choir boys.
Every now and then a quick, "that pitch is low" or high" should not warrant a response. A running commentary, should immediately be delt with.
It is perfectly OK to get ejected if that is what you really want, as that is part of the game. In your manual, tell the manager/coach to just throw his hat in disgust, tell you that you are terrible or that you suck and then leave. Quick, to the point and get off the field after the ejection is OK. Trying to get your money's worth is not OK.
Yes you were correct for dumping the batter. You are very fortunate to have other umpiring alternatives. Many would not be able to feasibly do anything other than quit altogether.
And it is always good to remember the words of Hall of Famer Al Barlick.
"Though it's very bad to eject a player when he shouldn't be ejected, it's far worse to keep someone in the game who should be ejected."