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  1. Some folks think that 'force play' means something about tagging a base instead of a runner. So, they reason in reverse, if a fielder tags a runner it isn't a force play. That's incorrect. noumpere posted the correct thinking.
  2. "Where they are supposed to be" and "doing what they are supposed to do" are not rules, but cheap rules shortcuts. Their use only worsens game management issues. This will be OBS if it occurs in front of the base, and usually nothing otherwise. FED has a case play that is exactly your play: IIRC it's 8.3.6K. I'll look it up and post it later if nobody else does so first.
  3. The distinction you mention is relevant to a batted, not a thrown, ball.
  4. That can't be batter INT because you no longer have a batter. It can't be BR INT because the BR didn't interfere. There's no such thing as bat INT. Unless the offense intentionally interferes with a thrown ball, the defense is responsible for what happens to it. Here, play the bounce.
  5. Sounds like tangle/untangle.
  6. In my experience, most umpires think that their timing for calls at 1B is really good. Empirical evidence demonstrates that it isn't. I video them. After, I ask: how long, in seconds, between the play and your call? Most will say 1-2 seconds. A stopwatch reveals that nearly all are less than 1 second, most less than 0.5 seconds. I'm not suggesting that there's a proper time interval. I'm suggesting that it FEELS like a long time when we learn to use proper timing. Proper use of the eyes, for an umpire with bad timing, FEELS like 20 minutes. Focusing on using your eyes correctly, as grayhawk has explained, is the proper approach. Timing will take care of itself, and you'll also give your brain time to process all the evidence. That last bit is important: since we're using both visual and auditory evidence, we have to coordinate two distinct parts of the sensory cortex, through the pre-frontal cortex (for decision making). The brain sends signals fast, but with more information across different parts of the brain, it takes correspondingly longer. Failing to give your brain time to coordinate its evidence is the cause of so much second-guessing.
  7. Q: How many software engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? A: None. That's a hardware problem.
  8. Mr

    If he swung enough to tip it foul, then it should be strike 3 in any case. Sorry, coach.
  9. I got a phone call to decide a mechanics bet between two crewmates today. See if you'd give the gift card to the same umpire. 2 umpires mechanics. SITUATION: R1, outs don't matter. Batter hits a ground ball single into the outfield. PU rotates up to 3B, moving to the cutout when R1 commits to 3B. The ball is overthrown to 3B, and R1 starts toward HP. QUESTION: Who covers the play at HP, and why? PU's bet: BU should rotate home in this situation and take the play at the plate. BU's bet: PU has to bust home and cover the play at the plate. Who gets the gift card? Does it matter which 2-umpire system we're using?
  10. In other news, John Gibbons's anger management training is paying dividends on the field.
  11. The suggestion that umpires "work harder" to do anything is objectionable on its face, as it is vague. Harder than what? It's generally doubletalk motivated by fanboy attitudes toward some call or action of an umpire and utterly unsubstantiated by data.
  12. The bears don't mind.
  13. That's a very good question indeed.
  14. Yeah, occupational hazard from my day job.
  15. Had this today in a showcase game. R3, no outs, batter hits a fly ball to the LC gap. F7 and F8 converge, and F8 gloves the ball as they collide. Both fielders go to the ground, and F8's glove comes off with the ball in it. R3 tags up and scores. After a moment, F8 recovers, gets up, picks up his glove with the ball in it (the ball never touched the ground), and throws it back into the infield. The defense appeals R3's retouch. Ruling? Cite applicable rules for full credit.