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basejester last won the day on August 13 2016

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  1. I'd draw it with all of those examples on the legal side. If you have a problem, this is a rule available to use to solve it.
  2. LL 4.06 - No manager, coach or player, shall at any time, whether from the bench or the playing field or elsewhere - (2) use language which will in any manner refer to or reflect upon opposing players, manager, coach, an umpire or spectators;
  3. It's true that softball has a lot of annoying cheers. There's nothing about that experience that makes me want to import that behavior into baseball.
  4. For Little League, there's a case play in "Make the Right Call" which explicitly states that high-fives, etc. are not physical assistance.
  5. Supposing the ball was thrown out of play during the rundown. Now what?
  6. Here's the OBR rule governing that. You might find some traction there. The avenue for the coach is through the calling umpire. If the umpire is making calls he shouldn't, then that guy shouldn't be assigned in the future. 8.03 Umpire Position (a) The umpire-in-chief shall stand behind the catcher. (He usually is called the plate umpire.) His duties shall be to: (1) Take full charge of, and be responsible for, the proper conduct of the game; (2) Call and count balls and strikes; (3) Call and declare fair balls and fouls except those commonly called by field umpires; (4) Make all decisions on the batter; (5) Make all decisions except those commonly reserved for the field umpires; (6) Decide when a game shall be forfeited; (7) If a time limit has been set, announce the fact and the time set before the game starts; (8) Inform the official scorer of the official batting order, and any changes in the lineups and batting order, on request; (9) Announce any special ground rules, at his discretion. (b) A field umpire may take any position on the playing field he thinks best suited to make impending decisions on the bases. His duties shall be to: (1) Make all decisions on the bases except those specifically reserved to the umpire-in-chief; (2) Take concurrent jurisdiction with the umpire-in-chief in calling “Time,” balks, illegal pitches, or defacement or discoloration of the ball by any player. (3) Aid the umpire-in-chief in every manner in enforcing the rules, and excepting the power to forfeit the game, shall have equal authority with the umpire-in-chief in administering and enforcing the rules and maintaining discipline. (c) If different decisions should be made on one play by different umpires, the umpire-in-chief shall call all the umpires into consultation, with no manager or player present. After consultation, the umpire-in-chief (unless another umpire may have been designated by the League President) shall determine which decision shall prevail, based on which umpire was in best position and which decision was most likely correct. Play shall proceed as if only the final decision had been made.
  7. You talk to the umpire who made the call, not the one you think should have made the call. You might argue to the calling umpire that his partner would have useful information from his angle. But there's no correct umpire by rule to have made a call. That's at the umpires' discretion.
  8. You're doing it wrong. Give the helmet and mitt to a player before the half inning ends. He should hold them in his hands. When it time to warm up, send out that player with the helmet and mitt (and his hat and glove if he plays another position in this inning) while the actual catcher puts on the shin guards and chest protector. When the actual catcher has on the shin guards and chest protector on, he should run out to the plate. The other player hands him the mitt and helmet. If he's sitting out, the other player returns to the dugout. If he's playing a position, he picks up his glove and hat and goes there.
  9. Not a balk.
  10. "Was he shooting at Mr. Johnson?" "No, Mr. Johnson was hit by a stray bullet." I hear intent in "at", which is clearly the way bunts are interpreted; it's not the position of the bat.
  11. BU is in the wrong.
  13. I think we need to be calling all those start/stop balks throughout the game. I find the current MLB situation to be ridiculous and in need of a clarification. Pitchers, imho, shouldn't be allowed to simulate or feint the set position. And no, I don't want to hear that he's still moving because he's twitching a butt hair.
  14. Odd is not illegal.