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    C'mon @JaxRolo...........That's just so you can personalize it. To assist, I have provided some useful possibilities below............. Right ear Left ear JAX ROLO or STRIKE THREE or YOU'RE OUT
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    “People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Rogers Hornsby quotes
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    To all three of you gents, I'd like to say, excellent question and responses. MT73, if you are a relative newcomer to this forum, you've asked about a rule that I consider to be very misunderstood both in its proper execution and its origin. A play happened in the 2016 World Series with Javier Baez playing 2B for the Cubs where I truly believe he allowed a soft line drive to bounce when he could have caught it in flight ... and turned it into a legit double play. I've seen other MLB infielders blow this same play by letting it glance off their glove first and the umpire is never fooled. http://m.mlb.com/video/v1207038383/nlcs-gm2-baez-starts-headsup-double-play-in-6th Your browser does not support iframes. Another version of this "savvy" play done correctly is to get a speedster off the bases as Elvis Andrus displays: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/9782246/v1154394783/texlaa-andrus-lets-ball-drop-to-swap-runners Your browser does not support iframes. A third version is when an infielder notices that a batter is not running out of the box when he pops it up with R1, and the heads up infielder can let the ball drop, fire to 2B, pivot man fire to 1B, and get a double play on the lazy batter. I saw Craig Counsell do it to Rich Harden about 8 years ago (on a Sac Bunt) when Harden was pitching for the Cubs. Harden never even left the batter's box. Counsell made Harden look terrible. (Can't find a video) And another reason I say it's misunderstood ... listen to the ignorant banter between the commentators who think Ian Kinsler did something illegal ... and even the umpires huddled presumably to make sure he didn't let it touch his glove. And one last example: This time it's a screaming line drive to 3B with bases loaded that Mike Lowell knocks down. Ump was all over it and killed the play. Not sure what in the world his manager Jack McKeon was arguing.
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    FWIW, my new group wants HOK as soon as F1 engages the rubber.
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    Although not part of the rule, that's how we ordinarily judge "intentionally dropped." When the fly ball hit Canseco in the head and bounced over the wall, that was not an intentional drop. But if, say, a player from Venezuela did a chest trap and let the ball fall to the ground, I'd rule that an intentional drop. I've never heard of that — and it sounds painful. IOW, touching is necessary but not sufficient for an intentional drop: we need more than touching to judge intent. Usually that involves the glove, sometimes the hand, but in principle it could be another body part.
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    Look... stop it with your reason and logic. We don't need that kind of making sense around here.
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    Why don't the schools just self assign in Arbiter? They're picking their own anyway. Horrible system.
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    Sold! To me! Just made a deal with VAUmp. My friend Jim (Ironman on here) has one. It's awesome. Gotta try it myself. So, I'm locking this one myself.
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    Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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    Luckily I built up a pretty good collection of pants over the years, and now I'm trying to find all the ones I've lent out, and kindly ask for them back at some point. Should have a dozen Harwicks by seasons start, and will keep them out of the machine from now on. May last until I "retire". I've got those waist bands on my CHP pants, and I get why folks like them (read: Italian dinners the night before). But I never get used to the extra bulk on the hips when wearing ball bags.
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    Yes it was. I liked it because you can tell where hes looking too
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    That's exactly what I was thinking.
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    Out of my association's hands...but our coaches can scratch 3 umpires no questions asked. I had one head coach one year specifically ask for me to work the plate in Game 3 (best of three series) of the state championship series (even though he had no actual input.) Two years later he black-listed me as I had restricted him to the dugout in a game...which he didn't like. Yup, I went from him wanting me to work the plate in one of the biggest games of his career to him not wanting me to work a meaningless pre-season tournament game at his school. LOL
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    That is an excellent idea!
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    It bothered me a little that he had so many.
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    Often (at least enough to note), I am conducting a game with a complete rookie or novice. Back in Wisconsin and now here in Arizona, my assignors, LD's and TD's know that I am reliable enough of an umpire to conduct my own business well, and I have the personality, demeanor and aptitude to be a trainer. We cover as much as we can (as time allows) in pre-game, but during the course of the game, we get together between innings at the 1BL to check in. Feedback is of course exchanged – positioning, angles, timing and projection. Rules clarification if/after it arises ("So you called FPSR because... ? What were the signs of that?" or "Why did that coach want to talk to you about interference?"). We never talk about strike zone during a game, regardless if this novice PU is struggling. Calls themselves are never discussed either ("If you had him out at 2B, then that's what it is."), even if that novice is seeking validation after ending a team's rally with a caught stealing call. In a case such as that, I would postulate to my partner what might he do differently so as to be more effective (angle, timing, projection) in selling the call, but I do not object or disagree whatsoever. A lot of feedback can be discussed in 1 minute. And, we get a more composed, experienced, confident umpire out of those moments! Now, on the converse, if I'm working with a veteran, experienced umpire, I'll rarely if ever see the guy within ten feet of me. Inning ends and he's about where he needs to be and I'm where I need to be. With veteran guys, I have a send-off at the close of the plate meeting, "See you at the end", and I try to uphold it. So too, after the game, there is an opportunity to discuss. With novices, it is a quick review and an encouragement to either remedy some things, or in some cases, to take another step in involvement ("Tell you what, you did really well with this. I'll talk to Boss, and see if we can take this up a notch and do 10 year olds Showcase"). With veterans, barely a hint about the game is discussed. Perhaps having a good laugh over a coach's reaction, or dissecting the complexities of a play-we've-never-seen-up-until-then, but for the most part, we're talkin' about the family, and football, or baseball in general. Some experienced guys will remark about my plate work, especially how smooth I make it look, how my zone is very consistent and engaging, and how I work completely without an indicator. The guys who I've had a bad experience with – and I can count them on one hand – are not interacted with much beyond civility after the game (make sure we walk together to the parking lot, make sure his car starts and he's able to drive home, etc.).