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  1. I also say don't beat yourself up -- but you did miss the call if no one was there to catch it. ORDINARY EFFORT was not present. The only one who could have caught it was not an infielder. Where the ball ultimately lands, who ulitamately catches it are both irrelevant.
  2. Thanks, guys. It was fun to try to figure it out on my own, but I didn't even think to look at the MiLB site. (DUH?)
  3. I went to a AAA game (PCL) last night and, without looking anything up, I studied the pitch clock operator to try and figure out the "system" in place. 1) Between most half innings, when the defensive team left the field, the clock was set at 2:25 and allowed to run. It seemed that the pitcher always made his first move before it elapsed. 2) With or without runners on, the clock was set to :20 between each pitch and was started once the pitcher had the ball in the vicinity of the pitcher's plate (not necessarily engaged). Once he started his motion (Windup) or came Set (Set), the clock went blank. 3) Twice, when the grounds crew came out to re-drag the infield (after innings 3 & 6), the clock started from 3:00. 4) With no runners on, the clock would start from :30 seconds after an out was made. This was very inconsistent. If the out was a strikeout, the :30 clock would start running as soon as the F2 started throwing it around the horn. If it was an infield groundout or outfield fly ball, the :30 clock most often started on the final toss back to the pitcher. 5) There was never a pitch clock on the pitch following a foul ball or a time out. I don't know if that was by rule, or if it was because the PU never gave a visible signal to put the ball back in play. 6) Never once was the pitch clock "violated" according to my observations, although it was close on several occasions. 7) There were two clocks in unison — one behind the plate for the F1 and one in CF for the F2, PU and batter presumably. What pro leagues are using the pitch clock this year as a study only? Independent leagues? What pro leagues (if any) are enforcing them with penalties assessed for violating them? Only MLB affiliated Minor League teams?
  4. RLI

    Going back to the OP, isn't this poorly worded to simply state, " ... B1 is running in foul territory when F2, in fair territory, throws errantly and hits B1 in the back ... " I gather that the intent is to say, "B1 is running in foul territory to the right of the running lane." After all, the running lane IS in foul territory except for the foul line itself.
  5. Just like all the guys who go to a one-day camp to learn three-man, and then they boast to the world that they now are an expert in three-man mechanics. Then comes the day when we are assigned to the same crew in the postseason, they feel like a pregame is beneath them, and we end up running into them all night because they don't know the difference between counterclockwise and clockwise. It's work. It's a matter of pride. It's a matter of professionalism. And, it's a source of embarrassment. When I first learned three-man, I went out of my way to find games that I could join for no pay, just to give us practice at three-man, so when a big game came up, it would be engrained and habitual.
  6. And I agree. And as I stated, it happened FIRST, and have created what turned out to be UI. So, handle the first Infraction of BI. PI need not be mentioned unless the coach or player asks.
  7. Just a question, Sir Maven ... is this not virtually the same answer I gave above? I'm not being sarcastic ... trust me, you've been an inspiration to me on this forum. And yes, yours is worded more clearly.
  8. I, fortunately, can read & comprehend. And I answered.
  9. Whichever happens first — in your hypothetical, that's UI, — is the only form of INT that can be called. Theoretically, the umpire could have changed the direction of the throw and made it "appear" like BI when otherwise it would not have been called.
  10. Using Gray's words, I'd say "evident" as opposed to "difficult." I agree with his policy of BU working inside has ALL outfield flies unless PU calls him off My best example is a fly ball hit to RF, F9 starts after it by running toward the line, then fades back toward center, then fades right again and makes the catch — 30 feet from the line! The first few steps shouldn't dictate who takes the ball. Only when and if the ball is coming down near a line, should PU call off BU.
  11. We use 6-Man at all five levels of the State Champ Games. I'd hate to see 2 umps call out and 1 call safe just because they're bored and no one really knows 6-man ...
  12. Are you stupid? The bases that inspired this OP were dark reddish brown. The plates had been sprayed white. We're having this conversation because it's worthwhile. Keeping the bases viewable is a worthy cause. It helps the umpires get the calls right. It is far different than all the other grounds keeping tasks that we've all mentioned. If you're just starting out, don't wear a ball bag in the field, but if you want to use your foot or a brush to clean the bases, do it. If you would like them sprayed white, ask your partner if it's worth asking the groundskeeper to do it and either live with them being dark, or thank him for spraying them. If you're a veteran, ASK before you spray. That's my only regret. If the groundskeeper refuses to spray them, live with it ... but he doesn't get to say, "We'll do anything you want … just ask," and then refuse to spray the bases. He can say, "We spray the plates, but not the bases. That's off the table."
  13. HOGWASH DOUBLE HOGWASH
  14. Excellent, Gray, as always. They say we should never assume, but if you signal the rotation at the top of the At-Bat, and your partner(s) acknowledge, the BU really should be able to at least "anticipate" or "surmise" that PU will be at 3B for this play. Yes, he may screw up, but that's the purpose of signals ... to remind yourself and your partners not to. I'll say mechanics-wise, BU gets 80% of the blame. I'll say PU most likely didn't give it a 100% hustle effort to get in position, and probably didn't verbalized at all. No clue on the call. Video not clear or close enough. If I'm PU, and I DID hustle and I DID get a great look, and I DID come set, it's easy. We are going with my call. In this sitch, start digging a trench for both umps to hide in.
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