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  1. Keep it simple: If you can hear it, it's a strike. If you feel a breeze go by it's a ball. If you hear a thump and feel something hit your gear or your pants get dirty it's foul. If you perceive a batter scratching a line in the dirt it's an ejection. If you are on an all turf field ask F2 what it was. If he's not sure ask the manager or head coach.
  2. Thank you very much for your replies. Please feel free to continue voting and sending comments. The results are quite interesting.
  3. If you want to give the count ask your assistant official to do it:
  4. Use this: or this:
  5. Just curious as to what you do, or see/hear your partners do. Is it a growing trend, or are only a few doing it? My impression is that a few do, most do not, and those who do tend to work on higher levels of play. Thanks for your help and opinions, please share why your do, or do not, and in your opinion is it a good idea,
  6. Being an Indians fan I am biased, but that looks to me like garden variety INF by the batter, and in the newspaper the Indians' manager Terry Francona after the game said he did not get an explanation why it was not INF. Obvious an ejected manager is not going to be an unimpeachable source here, especially when talking to the press after the game. But to me this has all the earmarks of an umpire who got surprised by a situation he did not expect and missed it. It happens, you have to move on and deal with it. Obviously Cleveland did not, and got shelled.
  7. I also have one sitting around. Make an offer!
  8. Don;t remember hearing him say that in Chicago though I could have missed it. I answered on my test ball is alive R3 out on tag, so maybe we are picking nits here. My bad. I can't get OBS on F2, period.
  9. However, this is the exact quote from the interpretation by Mr. Hiler on the video everyone listening at the NCAA meetings heard: "Wow, this is an amazing play...After watching all of these angles you may agree that if this official had it over again he would certainly call interference on the runner and I would agree with that..." Yes, he is trying to buy OBS, I thought that from the first time I saw the play on ESPN U. But as Mr. Hiler also pointed out it is the PU who has the only good angle to see the play, and get the crew together on it. He didn't tip U3 he thought is was INF or trying toget outside of his baseline, so U3 went with the OBS call.
  10. Extremely disappointing, only got 93% Must have blown three easy questions. This is a great test every year, I enjoy this very much, except for this awful score.
  11. With all due respect, ZM that was not the consensus in my group. Many of us saw INF or nothing on the play. The ruling was that INF by R3 was the better call according to Mr. Hiler, and I bought the DVD to hear the explanation again. . The answer choices for the question are irritating, The only choice for INF has as part of the answer is to get the BR runner out too, and impossibility on this play. so I picked the ball remains alive and he's out on the tag. Probably missed that one.
  12. Sure, tonight or tomorrow I will give you my thoughts.
  13. According to my 2009 copy of the MLBUM (all I have), on p. 31, discussing 4.11 it says: "OBR (sic) 4.09.b provides that when the winning run is scored, as a result of a base on balls, hit batter, or any other play with the bases full that forces the runner on third to advance, the umpire shall not declare the game ended until the runner forced to advance from third has touched home base and the batter has touched third base." I interpret that as saying the umpire can call the game over when both of those thing occur, as others have said above. In the game we are talking about the crew saw Cincinnati players walking off, nobody going for the ball, and so when both the batter and R3 advanced a base, that was it. You can see the PU see the touch and walk toward the dugout. Then the Cincinnati players get the ball from the field guy, whoever he is, appeal something at 2B, something at 1B, and something else at 3B. what they appealed I don;t know, and the crew is off the field when they did appeal, so I assume the crew used the note here to end the game, probably too soon, but used their interp. of 4.09 to get it right. And Cincinnati did not protest officially so they bought it too.
  14. Gentlemen (and ladies if any are reading the thread), At this point I am a minority of one (or almost one) on this mechanic, and in spite of Jim Evans, supposedly what pro schools teach, or other clinics teach, I believe it is a bad mechanic. A dropped third strike is a unique and different situation that any other situation, including a fair hit line drive to an infielder that a verbal catch/no catch call has to made on. I've done a lot of games with dropped third strikes in them and the fact I have not vocalized that the ball was dropped has never caused a problem for any F2 or batter-runner, or base runner. Unless someone wants for every detailed reason why I think it is bad, forgive me for not doing as the rest of you do, and if I get burned by it one day, so be it. Thank you for your kind responses to my disagreement with the mechanic, even if seemed irritable about it.