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cyclonehokiece

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cyclonehokiece last won the day on October 26 2012

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  1. Ours matters on notification period by the different leagues (range is 1.5 hours to 3 hours) for teams to notify assigner who then communicates it by Arbiter or text/phone. Half game fee to umpires if they don't comply billed from the association. Most of our leagues collect a bond from the teams for these situations and most league rules state they have to renew their bond within a stated timeframe (usually about a week) or they can no longer play games. Works pretty well, I had one game on a perfect sunny day called 2 hours before game, assigner texts me and says those games cancelled go to this other site I need you there. I wasn't expecting it but got my show up fee because of the late cancel. Tournaments are a bit of a different story, pretty much you have to start a game to get the fee, and cancellation windows are tighter, but never had an issue of not being notified.
  2. One of the tournaments I worked this year said to eject any offender for time wasting, and the tournament director could forfeit the game to the non-offending team. Nothing about stopping the clock. Other ones are silent. Other than not allowing for the stalling tactics to happen (ending conferences quickly if you are sure they are stalling, getting batter in box, etc.) ejection is really your only legal tool IMO unless clearly called out on white sheet or by tournament director.
  3. You gave him enough rope to hang himself (and he was on his way to doing so), but coach did his job, stayed the execution, and cut the rope off. Wish we had more coaches like that, discounting his comment you should of EJed. And I wonder why he would want that with playoffs coming up and mandetory suspensions.
  4. Since Tapatalk stopped working, it has been awhile. Getting some ball in, having great days and a few not so great, but finally getting a grove working weekend ball. But good news and bad news came last week. SWMBO got her dream job, but it will mean we will have to move to make our commutes manageable. It will also make it unfeasible to continue to call games for the great group I have been calling ball with for the last three years. The worse part is that the move will probably occur in July or August, meaning an early end to my year, again (had one last year due to injury), as most groups tell you "call us in January" unless they are really hurting. Any advice on keeping the not calling games blues away?
  5. Wow, this is one I have never seen before. http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=71937583&sid=milb Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. New pitcher brought in in the middle of an inning. His warm up pitches didn't even begin until he was on the mound for at least 2 minutes, being trained by his coach to pitch from the set position without balking. Then after each of the first 3-4 pitches, there was more instruction, as he was initially having difficulty grasping the concept of starting and stopping properly. This took at least 4-5 minutes. I normally move this along. He is making a change, get warm ups started asap. He gets his eight, coach can't slow him down. Charge a conference after giving coach warning (not required, but good preventative umpiring) if he persists. If he becomes unglued, go through your procedure for dealing with problem coaches. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. This was opening day for me in MD. We got all the games in. Stupid white stuff off the Bay. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Yes, he is. Opens up the possibilities for even more games and advancement. BTW got my start with WUA. Great organization. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. 1. Lose some lbs 2. Don't get hurt 3. Rotations 4. Pivots Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Ok, I am back after a break (work is a bear, and it will not be getting any better). But the rats decided to strike early this year. Ok, it was more like a mouse. Little rodent got into the SUV. Chewed through a bag of holiday brownies from my mom and some ketchup packets that SWMBO left in the door. Sticky traps worked like a charm (have the picture, but won't post here in case people are squeamish). Just trying to figure out time to get it in to get detailed to clean up the mess he caused. Just hope it isn't a bad omen to the season.
  11. September was go time, the I took off first weekend in October and now I am on the DL Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I can think of a few that mainly involve large sporting events on TV. The injury has to be bad enough to stay home from work but not bad enough that the event can be enjoyed. : Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Our association has its last huge tournament this weekend (since it is a three day weekend). I get a nice haul of games. Then my left foot goes "I am going to give you a nice shot of pain every step you take." Grrrr, something always seems to go wrong when things are going great. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. As a manager or player, I would have no problem with that pitch being calling a strike by an objective monitoring system. The reason we don't call that a strike is mostly because we don't want to be yelled at. Computers don't mind being yelled at, so if anything, I think this is a perfect example of why computers should call balls and strikes. Until bat meets computer. A former mlb umpire said it, that there can never be a machine because the players would destroy it when the call didn't go their way. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk