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JonnyCat last won the day on August 26

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  1. Common BS Comments — Translations Included

    Oh, has that happened to you when you strapped on the gear and actually worked a game?
  2. Common BS Comments — Translations Included

    "You're better than that." (I don't really know what that means, but I heard my favorite Major League manager say it, and I think it sounds like I know what I'm talking about.)
  3. LL Championship Plate

    In LL majors and below, the batters box is in fact 4" from the plate.
  4. Kneeling for National Anthem

    I'll save my outrage for the next time ANY unarmed person with their hands raised gets shot.
  5. LL Championship Plate

    Shout out to my friend Chris Rutz from California District 70. He was just assigned tomorrow's championship plate for the LL World Series. Chris is a great umpire and has donated thousands of hours of his time working games, and instructing here in SoCal. I've had the pleasure of working many games with him, and instructing with him the last 10 years. It's been a long time dream of his. He's an awesome guy, and I couldn't be happier for him!
  6. RLI Called in LLWS Regional Maryland vs DC

    Love the soccer flop. Did you notice the kids reaction when he got called out?
  7. So I finally got around to looking at my notes from my time at TUS/UTA. (Thank you Jimurray for being so patient!) We did cover 7.09h, albeit briefly. Interestingly, I did write down the following two sentences, which seem to agree with Wendelstedt's interpretation of assistance. "7.09h - A teammate, coach, or a runner who has scored cannot assist another runner. Runners chances were improved to accomplish his goal." Not sure if this info was written on the screen from a Powerpoint, or just from the lecture. That's all I found, however, based on the fact that we did cover it, MiLB must have a ruling on this type of play. Granted, my notes are unofficial, but it may shed some light on how they want it called. I'll try and reach out to someone at UTA and see if I can get more info. Hopefully someone there will remember me, and not immediately delete my inquiry! LOL!
  8. Any luck finding anything TUS teaches about who should be called for coach assist?

  9. Thanks, @Jimurray. I don't specifically recall this point being covered in the rules classes. I can look at my notes and other material when I get home. I'm in the beautiful state of Oklahoma visiting grand-kids, won't be home for another week.
  10. Left Coast

    We have earthquakes everyday in California, thousands of them, millions of people are talking about them! Tell everyone not to move here!
  11. Dugout rules

    No such rule.
  12. Strange Play

    Never heard of it either in 16 years of umpiring. I'm sure I've read some of the threads here about that play, but I guess I wasn't paying attention! In our meeting the PU admtted he wasn't sure what to do and when the stalemate continued, he called time and re-set everybody. Some at the meeting argued for abandonment, and our local HS governing body ruled this a legal play. We did not discuss what to do if F1 doesn't pitch and there is a stalemate. I'm most curious on what to do in that situation.
  13. Strange Play

    This is more what I was thinking. In the situation described in our meeting, it seemed that F1 just was standing there off the rubber and made no play on R1. At what point do you get the game moving? Can you call F1 for delay in this situation?
  14. Strange Play

    Just got back from my HS association meeting tonight and I wanted to share and discuss a situation that happened to a couple of our umpires at a game last week. I've never heard of it before, but apparently it's a designed play that a school in our area has run before. Made for some good discussion in our meeting. Just wanted to get some thoughts. After some discussion, I'll explain what the PU did, what some of our members said to do, and what our area HS governing body ruled. Here's the situation. HS varsity, R1 and R3, outs don't matter. F1 is ready to pitch, when R1 takes off for right field, and just stands next to the right fielder. F1 legally steps off rubber and just stands their with the ball looking a little dumbfounded. Obviously, offensive team wants defense to play on the R1, so that R3 will score. F1 never made a play on R1. What do you do now? Thoughts?
  15. Youth Baseball Balk Warnings

    I'm sorry if you interpreted my response as snarky, that was not my intention. The comment was intertwined with the whole "balk warning" discussion. Yes, umpires should know the rules. Yes, coaches should be teaching proper pitching mechanics. Does it always happen? No, of course not. I have no issue with "balk warnings" if that's what leagues want to do. I understand what you are saying, my comment was not intended to demean anyone, but rather just a comment reagrding the whole "balk warning" discussion and how to deal with different situations that may arise with warnings. For the record, I spent 14 years at my local LL, 13 as a manager, 13 as a board member, and 5 consecutive years as league president before my youngest went to play HS baseball. Even though I call HS ball now, I'm still involved with LL on our district level as an umpire and trainer. I completely understand the plight of coaches and the struggles that can face not only volunteer coaches, but league administrators, too. However, I always tried to educate myself on coaching and umpiring as much as possible. That doesn't always work for everybody, but I alway felt it was my obligation and responsibility to do my best whether coaching or umpiring. Being a coach has made me a better umpire, and umpiring has made me a better coach. (Even though I retired from coaching a few years ago.) That's for the feedback. I always appreciate the civil banter we can have on this forum.