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  1. 10 points
    I received my 2018 NFHS Casebook. And...R1 means runner on first at the start of the play, R2 is runner on second, etc. And it appears that all of the plays throughout the Casebook have been updated accordingly. We (NFHS) are now in agreement with all other casebooks.
  2. 5 points
    ....but he can bypass his mouth and adjust his cap...that doesn't simulate the same motion.
  3. 5 points
    For the shins, do yourself a favor and get the Force3. I like all of the Force3 line, but can certainly understand the pros-and-cons of the chest protector and mask. For shin guards, there is nothing else comparable.
  4. 4 points
    Next month I will be launching a series of weekly YouTube videos. These will be short videos to help umpires develop. I already have over 100 topics on my list and have created nearly 20 which are ready to be launched right now. What I'm looking for from you is your ideas for topics. Your honest feedback on the videos as they come out or other pertinent feedback. Thanks and I hope you enjoy!
  5. 4 points
    Needed somebody that could speak kid.
  6. 4 points
    "Going to the mouth while in contact with the pitcher’s plate is a balk, not because the pitcher goes to his mouth, but because the action simulates the start of the pitching motion." They can't let go of that one, can they?
  7. 4 points
    Probably so he wouldn't trip on it.
  8. 4 points
    The award is based on umpire judgment, as it must nullify the act of OBS. Without video, we cannot legitimately comment on the correctness of the judgment call in a particular case. As a general rule, if a runner is tagged out on a close play after having been obstructed, he probably should have been awarded that base, all else being equal. If the awarded base is 2B and the runner advances beyond that base, he advances at his own risk. Any outs made at bases beyond (or even back into) the awarded base will stand.
  9. 3 points
    While not too far from the truth........I thought y'all might enjoy this.
  10. 3 points
    Voluntary release is one way to judge if a catch has been made. In this play , 2 outs, R2. The guy caught the ball, slammed hard into the other outfielder. Didn't move after the collision. R2 and batter runner circled the bases. Outfielder stayed motionless , ball in glove. Confirmed by U1. Voluntary release or voluntary showing of the ball is not a prerequisite for a catch. Just indicators that can help us determine if a legal catch has been made. A ball secure in the glove a motionless body would also indicate a legal catch has been completed.
  11. 3 points
    I gotta say, I enjoy your website. Some of the stuff on it is brilliant. This award, and the award for "worst umpire", are NOT two of the things I enjoy on your website, however. Honestly, I feel they significantly detract from your website.
  12. 3 points
    "Look, I'm just here for the kids." (I don't know the rule or interpretation you're trying to explain to me, and I'm sure as hell not going to take the time to learn it, so I'll do my best to shame you into thinking you're taking this too seriously.) "Control the things we can control ... don't worry about the stuff we can't." (The Plate Umpire sucks. Deal with it.) "Come on, Blue, call it both ways." (Blue, I really don't want you to give the opposing team that call, but my son's pitching, and I expect 4-5" off the plate to be a strike.) "Balk? What'd he do?" (I can't stand umpires who enforce balks ... they don't enforce them in MLB, so why should I learn the balk rules.) "Interference? He was trying to get out of the way!!" (F2 was throwing to 2nd) (I hate the interference rule, mostly because I don’t know it.) "Blue, that's Interference! He didn't even try to get out of the way!!" (F2 was throwing to 3rd) (I hate the interference rule, mostly because I don’t know it.) "It's not where he catches it, Blue ... it's where it crosses the plate!" (I don't really know what that means, and I can’t see anything from here, but I've heard my husband say that 1000 times and it sounds like it raises my “Baseball IQ.”) "Appeal 1B ... he missed 1B!!" (That 3-run bomb is really gonna hurt.) "Blue ... is he coming set?" (I can't stand umpires who enforce balks ... but I think I can piss this guy off.) "What do you mean he was out for running lane interference???" (Ball was bunted right in front of the plate) (What's the running lane???) "Why isn’t he out for running lane interference???" (Ball was hit to F6). (Blue just changed the running lane rule.) “What do you mean Obstruction on my 1st Baseman? The batter ran around him ... he was out of baseline!” (Ball was hit to the RC gap) (What's Obstruction???)
  13. 2 points
    A misspelled name results in no penalty. It's not batting out of order, because the right player is batting. Fix the card an move on.
  14. 2 points
    In my NSHO, if you're ultimate goal is MiLB, the time to go to Pro school is now. You may be perfecting non-PBUC mechanics. 3-man will do diddley for you at pro school. If need be, the extra year you'd spend now can be used to repeat pro school if you're close but not close enough to make it to the PBUC qualifying school.
  15. 2 points
    USMC 1984-1996 East Coast, Left Coast, Okinawa, (Saudi/Kuwait/Iraq) Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
  16. 2 points
    Another great transaction with@Stk004 .. He got the mask shipped super quick, and I was able to try it out in my last two plates of the year. Always a good transaction with him! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  17. 2 points
    Propose to get rid of the award during the rules summit that comes up after all of the awards are released.
  18. 2 points
    OK Right tone ? Your description of what you mean by ”How ‘bout that?” reeks of sarcasm. I'm not skilled enough in the art of deception to make that response not sound sarcastic. Sarcasm is an escalation trigger. The point being, use whatever response that you need to: 1. not escalate the situation; 2. not give the coach any ammunition to keep the discussion going; 3. end the conversation ASAP; 4. get back to baseball ASAP.
  19. 2 points
    Truly sorry if that’s the way it is where you work. Not the case here. In fact, our State Director preaches repeatedly, “If you guys go by the RuleBook, we can back you up every time and we won’t even entertain Ccoach complaints. “Vary from the RuleBook and we have a hard time supporting you.” Coaches have been disciplined for trying to vote out (blackball) an official from a postseason District Tourney for being “too black & white by the book ... e.g., delaying the game to put the kids in the dugout ... making cheap INT calls ... calling balks that didn’t deceive anyone ...” These coaches are usually told, “Ya know, it’s a privilege to play, and especially to “host” the postseason tourneys. If you’re gonna knock one of my best umpires for going too literally by the book, all that means is you don’t like the rule ... it tells me he’s doing precisely what he should, and what a lot of guys refuse to do. Lodge a written complaint about the rule ... not the man who enforces it.”
  20. 2 points
    I just got off the phone w/ Honigs. They have about a dozen black plate coats left and they are going to be placing an order for about another 40 or so real soon. I got the last 42 regular they had. Sorry guys.
  21. 2 points
    "Son, if the catcher can reach it, so can you."
  22. 2 points
    And Rich, you're taking the entire post too personally since you're a coach. I'm just here for the kids.
  23. 2 points
    "No one paid to see you, Blue. You're not bigger than the game." (I really don't like having an umpire who has the guts to properly enforce a rule...and award the proper penalty for a rules violation against my team...late in the game.) "That'll (pitch) get you 20 (wins) in the big leagues." (Why yes, I can see the outside corner better than you from my position over here in the dugout.) "Throw it there again!" (Are you f*****g blind, blue?) "Blue, can you get help on that?" AND/OR "Blue, you don't have to get help just because he (the other coach) asks you to get help." (I only want you to get help when the initial call goes in favor of the other team.) "We've been doing that all season." (I am a liar.) or (We've had crappy umpires all season who don't enforce this rule.) Truthfully, either could be true. "I'm not talking to you blue! I'm talking to my pitcher!" (I'm acting like I'm in kindergarten by pretending I'm talking to my pitcher when I'm really arguing balls and strikes from the dugout.)
  24. 2 points
  25. 2 points
    Nice post Warren. If last night wasn't a testament of how calling strikes can get hitter to swing the bat, I don't know if a better example exists. Miller put on a clinic last night.
  26. 2 points
    This is brilliant. Someone should make a TV show about it.
  27. 2 points
    Well, geez... it seems that everyone is already coming on here and saying how awesome the UmpLife CP harness from @Razzer is.... Should I bother adding to the litany of praise? Yeah, I'm gonna..... The harness came personalized exactly as I asked, the straps are plenty long (and I'm a pretty large dude) for my WestVest Platinum (as reportedly the DeltaFlex is not) and comfortable (as is the center triangle), and it seems quite well-made. I paid him via PayPal last Wednesday, and it arrived one week later (yesterday). I am GREATLY looking forward to getting some work in while wearing this. Fan-freaking-tastic. THANKS, RAZZER!
  28. 2 points
    Call TIME quickly and prevent the WTF crowd from gathering any momentum. The longer you take to kill this, the harder its gonna be to sell whatever you are selling... ... easier said than done though, when you're included in the WTF just happened crowd.
  29. 2 points
    And for the question everyone is thinking... Will there be a "Third Team" special this year? Two year cycle broken last year.
  30. 2 points
    Yep -- stay if I can; be very apologetic (and as specific as possible as to the reason) if I can't. It goes a long way toward getting assignments and being seen as someone who the assigners and teams want on the games.
  31. 2 points
    Okay...I need to revise my initial post. When I read the play I missed where it said that the throw went to the plate. I thought the throw from the outfield went to 3rd and was having a hell of a time wondering why you guys didn’t think that was an appeal with R3 retreating and F5 catching the ball in contact with the base. I went back and re-read the original post and now see... I agree that it’s a Had To Be There situation. I’d want to see how the 3rd baseman reacted when he caught the ball in contact with the base. I would agree that the act of catching in contact in that situation does not, in and of itself, constitute an appeal.
  32. 1 point
    @BCBrad https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx9A0qTeJ-8&feature=youtu.be
  33. 1 point
    My 2012 BRD has a cite from Fitzpatrick (OBR) that only allows one coach on the diamond for a visit. Which, I believe, is why the MLBUM added an interp to allow a translator to come out.
  34. 1 point
    The survey needs work. Q.3: "What field position do you typically monitor as an umpire?" I don't know what that's asking. If it's asking whether we work bases or plate, we all work all positions. Q.4: "During a baseball game, have you or one of your coworkers ever had to made a call based on inadequate information?" This question won't yield interesting data. Almost every game has one or more calls based on less info than we'd like. Q.9: "How often do you feel umpires must make decisions based on limited information?" Information is always limited. What would be the contrast class, unlimited information? The "inadequate information" question was more apt. Q.10: "Do you or other umpires currently use any device to assist in make accurate calls during a game?" I hope all the HS umpires are answering "no" to this, or else they need to look at FED 10-1-5. I am skeptical. As it is, our brains have to integrate a great deal of sensory information, much but not all of it visual, before we rule on tag plays. Having to wait on a device to register won't improve the situation much, if at all. This device offers additional sensory information to integrate, and moreover mostly redundant information. Also, it seems like an expensive solution to an uncommon problem, given that we usually have sufficient information to make a correct call. Beyond that, I sincerely doubt that you'll get FED to buy into this, if it's a real proposal and not just an MBA exercise. Also, Autumn, I recommend NOT posting your school email address on the internet! If it's in your profile, folks can contact you, and you won't draw boatloads of spam.
  35. 1 point
    If BR is out at 1B, FPSR isn't applied? Where did you get this? If there is a violation of FPSR, call it immediately and apply the penalty. I don't give a hoot what happens on that throw to 1B. See FPSR, call FPSR. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  36. 1 point
    Army - Finance Specialist. Fort Benning, GA 1976 - 1978.
  37. 1 point
    "Rose goes in the front Big Guy"
  38. 1 point
    I’m in SoCal so any time under 65. Say what you want
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    Get the new Smitty "golf" pants, in plate and base. They're revolutionary.
  41. 1 point
    It is not a new notion that "encouraging" batter's to swing (calling lots of strike) makes for a better game. Should the PU be "blamed" for causing one of the most entertaining WS games in recent years ?
  42. 1 point
    156/159 Balls + 67/79 Strikes = 223/238 = 93.7%. +1 LA.
  43. 1 point
    You mean that wasn't the Home Run Derby portion?
  44. 1 point
    Yes, different model than the 2qa-122 which is more what we’re used to seeing from Ted Barrett.
  45. 1 point
    I bought the throat guard from him and he said he would ship it out on 10/11. I haven't received the item and he hasn't responded to my messages.
  46. 1 point
    A seam ripper would likely do less damage if you are heavy handed. And it should only cost $2 at your local fabric/sewing store.
  47. 1 point
    Correct by rule; correct by the CS&FP handbook.
  48. 1 point
    On the bases today and I swear we had a ball put in play on the follow through. Swing and miss and before it hit the catcher the bat makes contact and the ball dribbles in front of the plate. My partner casually killed it and no one said anything. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  49. 1 point
    Latin is useful if you want to be a doctor. If you want to be a veterinarian, you should learn pig latin.
  50. 1 point
    I agree, as BU I'm getting this most of the time. If the slide is late and perhaps contact happens behind the bag I'd depend on my partner to get it. If I have it before I turn, I point and announce "Time, that's interference". Turn to 1B, point at the BR and say, "He's out!" with my out mechanic. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk