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About johnnyg08

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  1. that's right...the "in my judgment" piece is far from the be all end all. We must be cautious w/ blanket statements.
  2. Could it be called a strike? Sure. Would it be correct? No.
  3. This is not one of those situations. The rule is pretty clear on this play in all codes.
  4. Yes. Will edit for clarity. Nor can any runner advance.
  5. On the field they likely had to stick w/ the out unless somehow, somebody else on the field saw something. While it may have been ruled an out on the field, by rule it was incorrect. The calling umpire would be the first to agree after reviewing the play.
  6. Dead ball ball or dead ball strike. I think you're looking for an out and the only out that could occur here would be if the batter was hit by a pitched ball that was in the strike zone on strike three. Home plate is only relevant here as a guide to determine a strike. That's it.
  7. Where was the pitch when it hit him? It's a dead ball strike or a dead ball ball.
  8. I see where you're going w/ this, but on the field it's splitting hairs. While I'm not overly interested in a engaging in this debate since I'm confident that we both know what is and is not OBS on the field I'm curious to read your examples for incidental vs. accidental or unintentional. I contend that there could be cases on the field where accidental and incidental can be synonymous. Thanks for the discussion.
  9. Incidental contact is a thing...but it also can very easily be obstruction. Obstruction can be, but does not have to be intentional.
  10. Remember that they can hit and advance on the illegal pitch in OBR.
  11. 3) Slow down...this will come when with proper use of your eyes. It really is that simple. Taking longer just to take longer is something called false timing. It looks and feels good for a while, but you'll still miss several pitches that are easy to get w/ proper use of your eyes.
  12. Do they get health benefits in MiLB other than work comp? That would make a huge difference w/ respect to potential costs due to an injury. Get injured in're on your own. The money in D1 NCAA is much, much better along w/ the travel. No doubt about it.
  13. When we understand our terminology we don't make these errors. Part of a force out is when a batter becomes a runner. The entire intent of the IFF is to remove the batter as a runner which eliminates all forces. Umpires should spend the most time in the definitions portion of the rule book. IMO it's the most important part of the entire book. We must understand the terminology to understand the rest of the book.
  14. Not the thread for posting about frustrations w/ mediocre officiating. The reality is that in our area, there is such a shortage of officials that one can go an entire career being average to below average and still get a full schedule including post season. There's little extrinsic incentive to improve. I've been doing it long enough now where the energy that was once there for this stuff is waning at a very fast pace, I care a lot less about that stuff now than I used to. I go out and work my game, if people ask for feedback they will get it or calls/emails wanting advice, I will help them until the end. Forums like this allow me to keep my energy because generally speaking we are like-minded people here who actually give a crap about doing something properly and at a high level. Places like this allow me to direct my energy where it's desired. I'm not saying I'm more right than you...just where I'm at in my career.