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    Here are my suggestions for having quicker games (when you are the plate umpire): (1) Stock up on your baseballs between innings. At the time of the first pitch of the game, I have 6 baseballs (3 in each ball bag). I make sure I start each half inning with 6 baseballs. If I run low during in an inning, I look at the home dugout and say, "I need (insert number) baseballs, please." I then make sure that someone runs out to me with the baseballs during a natural break in the game. (2) Stand on the foul line a few feet up from the dirt circle between innings. Stand in front of the dugout of the team that is coming to bat. Except for the first inning (or when there is a new pitcher), quietly tell the catcher after the pitcher has thrown 3 warm-ups, "he has two more, (insert catcher's name)." After the pitcher throws his fourth warm-up, hold up your right hand above your head while giving the "number 1" signal, and look at the pitcher and say, "last one!" Then, turn to the on-deck batter and say "one more!". Usually when I do this, the batter immediately removes the weight from the bat and starts strolling toward the plate...even before the catcher has thrown it down to second base. Saying "one more!" usually causes the third base coach to start moving toward his coaching box, too. (3) If someone doesn't come out to warm-up the pitcher, sternly say to the coach, "coach, I need someone to warm-up the pitcher or your pitcher is not going to get any warm-ups this half-inning." Usually the coach turns to the kid who is supposed to take care of this and says, "Johnny, pay attention. Go warm up Mike!", or an assistant coach trots out. (4) Have a short-hand system for quickly notating substitutions. [All substitutes are required to be listed on the line-up card. So, if the head coach comes up to me and says, "I have number 14 for number 22 in the ninth hole,"...and this is his first substitution of the game...I go to the bottom of my line-up card (where the substitutes are listed) and I put an "A" next to number 14. Then, I go up to the ninth spot in the line-up and write the "A" again. I also make a "22" through the starter's number. If the starter re-enters later, I just strike through the "A" and write a "Re" next to the "A". For the second substitute, I write a "B", etc. However you do it, having a short-hand system for substitutions will shorten your game.] (5) We always say, "don't signal or verbalize obvious foul balls". (For instance, if the batter hits a rocket straight back to the backstop behind home plate, we shouldn't throw our hands up and yell, "foul!".) I suggest that you take this a step further: don't watch obvious foul balls! If a batter hits a towering fly ball that is going to land in the softball field behind the first base dugout and well out-of-play...don't stand there and watch it. I guarantee you that if you watch me (and most, if not all, pro and college umpires), F1 will have a new ball before the foul ball even lands. This can literally knock 5-10 minutes off of your game time. (6) If your state uses the FED batter's box rule (mine doesn't) enforce it. Even in my state, I will tell a batter, "let's go" if he is strolling between pitches. (7) Call strikes. I know that there are some games we all have (especially in high school) where neither team has an F1 who can throw it in the ocean standing knee deep at high tide...much less throw it in the strike zone. But, if you want quick(er) games, you must enter each game with the mentality that every pitch is a strike until it proves to you that it is not a strike. (8) Unless it absolutely gets buried in dirt, don't brush the plate off except when there is a natural break in the game (for instance, between batters.). The plate doesn't move. If you've been umpiring for more than a few games, you know where the corners are located. (9) Break up mound visits in a timely manner. Here is what drives me crazy: after deciding that it is time to go to the mound to break up the defensive conference, some umpires take an eternity to get to the mound. I watch some guys, when they start walking to the mound, walk up the first base foul line to the 45-foot line. Then they turn left and actually walk toward the mound, but they go to the back of the mound. Then, they walk up the back of the mound. It is like they are afraid to get to the mound; they take the most non-direct route possible while strolling. When a defensive conference occurs, I immediately note it on my line-up card. By the time I put away the card, it is just about time to break up the visit. I walk directly and with purpose in a straight line from the plate to the mound. Once I am sure that the coach and players (other than F1) are leaving the mound, I jog back to the plate area. As i am jogging back, I glance over my shoulder to make sure that the coach and/or catcher isn't trying to return to the mound. (10) Hustle. When you hustle, it will encourage others to hustle. If you are "popping out" from behind the plate and trailing the batter-runner on grounds balls (with no runners on base), or having a crisp first-to-third rotation...it encourages the game participants. This won't work for all teams, but it will work for many. This stuff works. I have the game times to prove it.
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    Another month has come and gone and that means it is time once again to name our Member of the Month. April's winner is @Richvee. Rich has been a valued member for nearly 6 years. His contributions to the site are invaluable and help make Umpire-Empire the site I envisioned it to be. Our membership as a whole has expressed their appreciation by making him among the top all time in liked posts. Thanks for all you do Rich and congratulations!
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    The batter's box would be a bit crowded.
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    12U 50-70 baseball. The Home team is called the SeaBees, because they're from a community named Colgate, sponsored by the local Honey-jarring/bottling company (thus, Bees). We're in Wisconsin... no where near the ocean. Well, the SeaBees are trying furiously to close the door on the Pirates, who are visiting from just down the County Trunk Highway, and who have mounted a heated comeback here in the seventh inning. The "closer" is starting to come unglued, and has issued walks, wild pitches, and has thrown pickoff attempts into the neighbor's backyard. However, he has played the previous 6 innings at F6, and probably has the arm most likely to throw strikes... when he's not trying to throw goofy sh!t or pick a runner off. With 2 runs across, a third at 2B (after yet another ball gets away from F2) and the tying run at the plate, HTHC calls for Time and heads to the mound, gesturing all other infielders to gather around. The F2 just wears his HSM, and gets there first. F1 suddenly exclaims, loud enough to frighten birds, to his coach, "Make him stop talking to me!!!", his eyes fixated on his coach while pointing... at his F2!! I watch all of this intently, and as I walk out there to break it up, the conference disperses, and I ask the pitcher "That ball good, Rooney*?" as there had been drizzle earlier and parts of the field, especially at the backstop where the ball kept going, were still damp. I turn back to the plate, walking behind the catcher, and see "Ro][ey" on the back of his jersey, peeking out from underneath the CP straps. "So you two are brothers, huh?" I ask as we settle back in. "Yeah, twins," the catcher replies, "but he's the crazy one."
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    Here's your diagram of the day:
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    That's OBS. the way I see it. 1. F3 F1 obviously the isn't a protected fielder 2. F1 obviously hinders BR. 3. OBS before 1B on a ground ball is immediate DB. 4. The fact that F3 would have undoubtedly made the tag on BR is irrelevant.
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    Unless the previous pitch meets one of the specs that allows the batter to legally leave the batter's box, (swing and miss, catcher misses ball, etc.) the batter does not get 20 seconds to get back in the box. In my opinion, the easiest and most rule friendly remedy is to instruct the batter to keep one foot in the box. When he gives you that "arrogant" look, call a strike. No need for the pitcher to even throw. Then tell him again to get a foot in the box. After another sneer, call another strike. Then you get to eject him and his coach! 7.3.1 If the batter leaves the batter’s box, delays the game, and none of the above exceptions apply, the plate umpire shall charge a strike to the batter. The pitcher need not pitch, and the ball remains live.
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    Yes, the ball is dead, and yes, Santana had not yet scored (might have started sliding). The obstructed runner must be awarded the next base (for Type A/1), AND other runners awarded bases to nullify the act of OBS. We wouldn't want to allow the defense to negate a run by tackling the BR between 1B and 2B, so we're going to score the runner by award. Another month, another few Gibbons ejections.
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    yes, like all umpire pants come ...........
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    Great article. I'm sure most of seen it, but it's a good reminder that this beautiful game is more then just a game. https://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/keep-yourself-at-17-inches/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    There's another OBS video on the internet? Are you sure?
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    I'd say that's a given on ANY video. LOL Unless Vin Scully is calling the action.
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    I'd say U1 has a better angle than this camera view, but his initial call may well be correct. The fielder then raises his glove over his head, controlling the ball. It's only when he drops his glove to his side that the ball comes out, but at that point, the playing action is over. One problem I have with U1 is that he is still moving as the play is at the critical stage. IMO, video would be better viewed with the audio muted. I've got an out.
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    Good luck to all those who are doing post season and league/legion ball! Stay cool! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    This didn't actually happens, But a base got knock out of his anchor last night and got me thinking. Lets say for example we have Runners on R1 and R2. double steal. when R2 slides into third he knocks the base loose. The ball is thrown away and runners have the opportunity to advance. let say there's going to be another play at third on R1, or R1 has the opportunity to round third and possible head home. What the proper procedure for this, Do we kill it when the base come undone, and if not what about plays or touches at third? I'm sure some of the LL guys that have those break away bases can answer this.
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    Thus the reason I posted it.
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    That's why it's called an uncaught third strike, not a dropped third strike.
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    Not exactly! see 6-2-4d,1
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    In my mind, if we have to analyze this and that to try and not penalize the offense, it's probably an infraction. Call it an move on.
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    LL is ALL fielders leaving fair territory
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    You don't kill it. The base is still the spot in the ground where the bag used to be. make R1 touch (about) the base. A BASE is one of four points which must be touched by a runner in order to score a run; more usually applied to the canvas bags and the rubber plate which mark the base points. APPROVED RULING: (B) If a base is dislodged from its position during a play, any following runner on the same play shall be considered as touching or occupying the base if, in the umpire’s judgment, he touches or occupies the point marked by the dislodged bag.
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    Full disclosure : I'm still wearing my WV 3009 steel mask that I bought in 2008.
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    No problem! Brad Jurga ..... All Star is a family company owned by Brad's family Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
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    Brian, ... All-Star's LUC pads are fantastic! They don't stick to any stubble ..... they're protective, soft, and light! Remember, ...All-Star is the only company using their own cannon and firing baseballs at their product at 95mph +! When testing their FM4000, they used the LUC pads .... I'll ask Brad if the FM4000-MAG has more a more beefy version of the original
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    You will love them.
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    It is injection-cast magnesium alloy. That's an "alpha process", meaning the first of its kind in this sort of application. There are no welds, so it has to be injected, cured, and finished in a very exacting process. I don't think these are churned out by the hundreds. Probably a few dozen per batch.
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    Or compression tights. Why add more unnecessary layers? Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
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    Great story ! I believe that I first encountered this article right here at U-E.com. And this small piece of the article is exactly what I had in mind when I was reading the post about the 10 year old who told his mother to "Shut up", along with similar anecdotes : "...to educate and discipline our young people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?” It may seem to some that I am beating a dead horse on this topic. Fine. I'm not concerned in the least about it. The reason is very recent. One of those instances where we second-guess ourselves. One of those games where we - after the fact - wish we had managed things better. "I should have done _____ better." My most recent was yesterday. Level III (Freshmen, mainly), with an arrogant kid who was mouthing off during the game, but just skirting the edge. I call 'Strike 2' on him in the middle of the game. He immediately gestures and gives an incredulous look about his opinion on the pitch being wide. My response was equally immediate: "If you're looking for the fastest way out of this game, you just keep it up." Two innings (now bottom 7th) later, he's back. Same pitch location. Same 'Strike 2' called. This time he takes a step back, and says just loud enough, "Well that's OK, I guess these umpires just don't like me." BOOM. Mask comes off.... I call 'Time', and inform his HC (at 3B box) "This is his warning! This stops right now!" I caved. I failed here. After the game, my partner tells me "I was sure you were going to dump him right there." My (lame) excuse was that I had not "formally" informed the HC of our previous exchange, and so I opted for the 'official' warning instead. Major cop out on my part. I should have dumped him in a New York minute. But I didn't. I failed. If he's 15 years old and getting away with this sort of behavior, I guess we shouldn't be surprised when he expect to get away with all manner of things when he's 25, 35, etc. End of rant.
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    One of the best pieces of rule advice I have ever got was to, learn one code (preferable OBR), then just learn the differences. It turly simplified the rule book for me. Although there is a lot of vernacular differences and other minior, there are only 12 big rule differences or areas that are treated differently. appeals, Illegal bats, illegal gloves, throwing from DBT, Trips to mound, positioning at time of pitch, fighting, defacing ball, pitcher going to the mouth, hidden ball play, illegal substitutions. ( these are outlined in a book called BRD, baseball rule difference, I didn't make them up)
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    Totally fine with the call.
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    I think the "MJ" part is in remembrance of the following former MLB umpire: Mark Stephen Johnson (November 18, 1950 – October 26, 2016) was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1979 to 1999, wearing uniform number 25 when the AL adopted them in 1980. Johnson was an umpire in the 1993 World Series and the 1990 and 1999 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In his career, he umpired 1,979 Major League games.
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    After you officially "warn", a strike should be called on every batter who violates the rule. Removing a helmet during live play or faking a tag without the ball after an "official" warning, the penalty is ejection A strike is the penalty for delaying for a batter as a ball is the penalty for delaying for the pitcher.
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    Congrats! I called one last year myself. There are so many umpires that will go their entire career without one.
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    Check out the post regarding list of facemasks mlb umpires wear.