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Everything posted by stl_ump

  1. Does the runner go back?

    Thought so. Thanks
  2. Does the runner go back?

    OBR - R1 Classic situation where the batter steps out of the box with no time called and the pitcher stops his delivery. Right before this happened, R1 takes off for second and is about half way there. Since this is not a balk, do we just reset and have R1 return to 1st? Thanks
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  4. Strike 3 Mechanic

    If the coaches and players don't care then should we? He's a rec ball umpire and if that's what he aspires to then good for him. As long as his zone and judgement are good then I suppose his strike three call shouldn't be an issue. I umpired with a guy that had an "interesting" strike 3 call but he was also a terrible umpire. Terrible zone, terrible mechanics, no hustle on the field. his strike 3 antics just seemed to magnify his poor performance. That being said, his indicator is in his right hand and you can't punch out a swinging 3rd strike.
  5. Dropped 3rd strike - Interference?

    OBR It's probably around somewhere but after some searching I couldn't find it. Dropped 3rd strike and as the BR starts running towards first he accidentally kicks the ball. Interference? Thanks
  6. Dropped 3rd strike - Interference?

    So even though it was unintentional, if he kicks the ball out of the catchers reach (clearly hinders the catcher) then it would be interference. Thanks
  7. Dropped 3rd strike - Interference?

    Sorry.. should have said OBR.
  8. Last nights game STL vs. BOS Critical part of the 9th inning. Pitcher is set and remains in this pre-pitch state for seven seconds. (mostly looking at the runner on 2nd) Just before the pitch, plate umpire calls time. OBR 5.04(b)(2) Comment: "If pitcher delays once the batter is in his box and the umpire feels that the delay is not justified he may allow the batter to step out of the box momentarily." The batted need not request "Time." Catcher gets pissed about it, MGR intervenes to protect catcher and gets tossed. I've never seen an umpire call time like that before without the batter or catcher asking for time. Unusual?
  9. Batter didn't step out. Catcher didn't ask for it. Evidently the umpire felt it was to long and decided to call it on his own. That's what everyone was pissed about. Not to common for this to happen it appears.
  10. RLI Called in LLWS Regional Maryland vs DC

    He's rolling on the ground in agony and when he hears the call he all of a sudden stops and is like "What?"
  11. Seeds

    I go the gum route as well and have actually found it unintentionally useful in a couple of instances. After an inning where there had been a bit of a "discussion" about a safe and out call, I took up my usual spot about 10 ft up the 1st base line and watched the warm up pitches proceed. (I had the plate) Coach comes out of the 3rd base dugout and starts going on about that "play" He's yaking at me from the 3rd base side and with my arms folded, I just look at him as he is going on and proceed to blow bubbles with my gum. After about a minute, without a word from me, he stops and looks at me sort of quizzically and turns around and walks back to the dugout. I'm hoping my bubble blowing gave him the message. (go away, I don't care what you are saying.)
  12. Seeds

    I like it like that because then I don't have to figure out where to stand.
  13. My Fantasy Last Career Game

    I make an out call that invariably one of the coaches disagrees with. I change my call. Now the other coach comes out to disagree with that. I change it back. The other disagrees with that. I change it back. I let this go on for a bit and I finally say "Well you think he's out and you think he's safe. You guys figure it out. Have a nice day" And I leave.
  14. First Time UIC

    We had one of those guys at our park. Started when he was 14 and one year out of H.S. went to umpire school and made it all the way to AAA and lasted there for 3 years until they said his services were no longer needed. :-( Now's he's back helping us out.
  15. First Time UIC

    That team, and especially that coach, will be on the "not welcome back next year" list?
  16. So we got guys who retired because of health and one guy back in '85 who was fired for lack of mobility. Still doesn't seem like getting around is a major criteria for continuing to umpire. But as STK004 said, with 4 guys it's not as important on a 2 or 3 man system.
  17. Runge's was drug related. How about just physically unable to perform? Don't they have any standards?
  18. That being said.. how are some of these guys able continue to be MLB Umpires? You've seen how they move, or should I say don't move. The lack of mobility of some of these guys is pretty surprising. Once you become an MLB umpire do you have life time tenure?
  19. I believe you are correct! nice. On a completely unrelated note, did you see that West took his mask off with his right hand right before the picture.
  20. OBS at Home Clarification

    So a straddle would be considered NOT blocking the plate?
  21. Who is in Missouri?

    Me too.. but not Fed.
  22. Mound meeting won't break up...

    So... After what I figure is a decent amount of time I head to the mound to break up the meeting of the coach and players. "OK guys, let's play ball" Coach makes no acknowledgment that I said anything (players looked at me so I know I was heard) I say the same thing again and this time he looks at me but keeps on yapping. "Time to play" a little more forcefully and he says, "yeah, yeah, yeah. Just a minute" Just as I'm about to get really loud they break it up. This got me to thinking what would you do if they pretty much ignored you and keep on yakking.
  23. Second guessing...

    1st game of the season and wouldn't you know it, I get 5 bangers in a 6 inning game. 1 for the home team and 4 for the visitors who ended up losing. I second guessed myself on every single one of them. As soon as I start getting complaints, especially the really "strong" ones I start to wonder maybe I didn't get it right. I do this a lot and tonight it was particularity bad as I had so many of them. I'm not sure there is really anything i can do about it because maybe that's just the way I'm wired. But man, I'd really like to make my calls and just KNOW that I got it right no matter what any one says. Either that or just do the plate all the time. Any of you guys ever find yourself doing that? Suggestions? Thanks
  24. Second guessing...

    Curious as to why you would call an out on a swipe tag if you didn't see the tag? Any chance to get with your partner to see what he might have seen?