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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
    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!
  3. 5 points
    Mizuno 122, striped and powder coated matte black w/ SSK tg also pc’d. Im playing around with the mask pad combo, but I’m probably gonna stick with this or the fonzie look
  4. 5 points
    ....but he can bypass his mouth and adjust his cap...that doesn't simulate the same motion.
  5. 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.
  6. 4 points
    Needed somebody that could speak kid.
  7. 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?
  8. 4 points
    Probably so he wouldn't trip on it.
  9. 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.
  10. 3 points
    While not too far from the truth........I thought y'all might enjoy this.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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???)
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 2 points
    USMC 1984-1996 East Coast, Left Coast, Okinawa, (Saudi/Kuwait/Iraq) Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
  17. 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
  18. 2 points
    Propose to get rid of the award during the rules summit that comes up after all of the awards are released.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.”
  21. 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.
  22. 2 points
    "Son, if the catcher can reach it, so can you."
  23. 2 points
    And Rich, you're taking the entire post too personally since you're a coach. I'm just here for the kids.
  24. 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.)
  25. 2 points
  26. 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.
  27. 2 points
    This is brilliant. Someone should make a TV show about it.
  28. 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!
  29. 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.
  30. 2 points
    And for the question everyone is thinking... Will there be a "Third Team" special this year? Two year cycle broken last year.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 2 points
    OBR: This is type 2 OBS, the penalty for which is to award bases to nullify the OBS. If the umpire judges that the BR would have gotten to 3B without the OBS, then he'll kill it when the defense begins to play on the BR between 2B and 3B, and award 3B, advancing R1 to score. More likely on such a play (at least in pro ball), the umpire will judge that no award is required to nullify the OBS between 2B and 3B, because the BR couldn't have reached 3B safely (not least because R1 is standing on it). In that case, the BR is advancing at his own risk, and the results of the rundown will stand. If the defense tags both R1 and BR on 3B, the BR will be out. FED: When BR is obstructed between 2B and 3B, he must be awarded a minimum of 1 base beyond his last legally touched base. So he'll get 3B at the end of playing action, and R1 will advance and score.
  34. 1 point
    I took the survey. My issue would be that on close plays whether or not it lit up, buzzed or honked there will be those that disputed which came first...........then we would still need super slow mo cameras to "check the checker"
  35. 1 point
    Autumn, It was very astute of you to post this on this forum. There is a wealth of knowledge and skill here and more wiser sages than I. I am just lucky if I comment on something and it makes sense. I think what would be helpful is to know what our process is when we make safe and out calls. For example: try to be 90 degrees to the throw on force plays and 90 degrees to the tag on tag plays. On force plays listen and see. Dont jiggle the camera when taking your mental snapshot. Knowing an umpire's positioning, mechanics and reasoning on these plays may assist you in designing a tool that would complement umpires on these types of plays.
  36. 1 point
    JUST on this product. Not on my shirts. The Smitty convertible jacket is cut pretty big. Thanks!
  37. 1 point
    So the players have to take the device out of their shoe when they go on defense? I agree that I don' see this as a practical system. I applaud the forward thinking, but I'm skeptical.
  38. 1 point
    I'll take the survey, but how does it know who's foot touched the base first? Also, with all technological advances, if we rely on it, we will lose that skill when the technology fails.
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    USMC, '72-'76. Ran a section of Marine One Security Guards in the Nixon/Ford Administrations. I'm the tall one under the "U"
  41. 1 point
    Yes it is. It's that same mask that I bought from you. I couldn't get my pictures to upload so I "borrowed" your picture of the mask
  42. 1 point
    I’m in SoCal so any time under 65. Say what you want
  43. 1 point
    Those shin guards are the best I’ve had. Worth every penny. You get what you pay for
  44. 1 point
    Oh, has that happened to you when you strapped on the gear and actually worked a game?
  45. 1 point
    I had my kids with me and after all the B!+ching I do about them using so much data, I wasn't going to be a hypocrite (in front of them )
  46. 1 point
    Mizuno Japan 2QA-121
  47. 1 point
    I'm of the opinion that it shouldn't be Torre doing the actual interps. How about getting an umpire in that position? Just like some years back.....and I don't remember the actual play........but Joe Buck jacked the interpretation. Steve Palermo (was supervising the game) was brought up into the booth (Yes, he was in a wheelchair) for an interview and questioned by JB. Steve Palermo gave the rule reference and explained why it was called correctly. Joe F Buck looked at him and said "you're wrong". Some have been called arm chair quarterbacks......Monday morning Quarterbacks....etc..... Get someone in there that does it for a living.
  48. 1 point
    I agree with Grayhawk's analysis, and will add -- you can get (most of) the plays at second from either side of the mound. You also have less time to react to a play at first. And, of course, I've been burnt by a PU going to third when there was a swipe-play, so I much prefer the PU got toward first and then react.
  49. 1 point
  50. 1 point
    I have nothing of value to add here. I just hate that anybody ever calls the follow-through a "backswing."
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