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  • How did you hear about Umpire-Empire?
  1. Depends. Sometimes the better solution is to punish, other times it's to ignore.
  2. The only time I've ever heard a fan make mention of video was after I tossed an offensive assistant coach on a play at 1B...the next half-inning, a fan of that team decided to inform me that I was correct after all.
  3. I can think of another one that would probably get me banned.
  4. No, it's just a symptom--whether it's green or yellow helps to determine the ailment.
  5. The coach is. By the letter of the rule, a player in possession of the ball can never be guilty of obstruction. By interpretation, a player with the ball can be guilty of it if they do something intentional and unrelated to making a play on a runner (tripping, for example.)
  6. I wonder if there's a inverse correlation between mandatory state logos and the flexibility of colors. Ours has none, and we can wear pretty much whatever the hell we want as long as we match.
  7. You're never going to be able to get a hard-and-fast line on what to do here. In your case, the outcome proved your management was appropriate for the situation. In the future, it might or might not be, and the downside is that you won't know which way until it's a problem.
  8. Forget the last sentence. Even if he is intending to break it up, the opponent is going to feel it's 2 on 1.
  9. More likely to make it more black-and-white.
  10. I find the clacking aesthetically pleasing. I guess different strokes for horses of different colors.
  11. Perfect. Thanks.
  12. 78. The batter will be declared out when: An attempt to bunt on the second strike is foul. The third-base coach interferes with the third baseman attempting to catch a foul fly ball. With two outs and a runner on first base, the missed swinging third strike is not caught. A, B and C. Ok...I have A and B as being true, and C as false. The only thing I can think of is that I'm misreading A, and that the foul bunt results in the second strike, whereas I'm reading it as the situation starts with two strikes. Am I going crazy?
  13. I had a 27-degree game last year.
  14. Holy micromanagement.
  15. Oh?