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Everything posted by maven

  1. So, "optics."
  2. Yes, ability is one variable, though the correlation with level is far from perfect. Some folks might interpret your first post as suggesting a short cut to use instead of judging hindrance. That would be "short cut umpiring," and so inadvisable.
  3. He showed you a rule that says a runner is out when hit by a fair batted ball. The batter was hit by a foul ball. Not out.
  4. I don't care about the level: judge the hindrance. There are several variables in this play (fielder's ability, wind, runner's intent, etc etc), and it's impossible to say anything concrete about the actual play without video. If the runner hindered the fielder, it's INT; otherwise, it isn't. Don't care about intent or anything else, even the catch: in some versions of this, F3 can make the catch despite being hindered (still INT), in others, he can boot it on his own without hindrance (no INT).
  5. I'm glad you didn't call it the "Mike Carey" model.
  6. It might be 8.01(c). I agree: fix it. The pitch to the next batter is nullified, the previous batter is returned to the plate with his previous count, play on.
  7. ...and according to Gil I'm right.
  8. It's false to claim that all foul balls are dead. A foul pop up caught for an out is not dead.
  9. If it was OBS, there was an award. If the award was 2B, and the runner advanced beyond the awarded base, his out would stand. That would be my guess.
  11. So we know it's not catch and carry. Lodged fielder. 2 bases. Just kidding. If we judge that the fielder has left LBT, treat as a throw OOP.
  12. How many angels fit on the head of a pin?
  13. First: the runner was safe, tag or no tag. Bracket that, it's not Johnny's question. The way the NCAA rule is written is potentially misleading. What it says literally is that voluntary release is sufficient for complete control (and thus a tag). What some coordinators seem to read it as saying is that voluntary release is necessary for complete control. That's always bothered me. As I don't work NCAA, I haven't had to deal with it. I feel better now. For this play, I have the fielder losing the ball as he stands up. I do not see him "regaining body control," as he is in control on a knee as he makes the tag, and he could have remained there holding that sno-cone indefinitely. It's definitely a second act of standing up that causes the ball to come loose. So, as I read the rule (voluntary release is sufficient proof of control but not necessary), this is a [late] tag. The delay between tag and standing up is sufficient proof of control. Compare an outfielder who makes a sno-cone catch for the third out, regains his feet, runs to the infield, and 5 full seconds after the catch the ball comes out (involuntarily, and probably nobody notices). We're not ruling a catch there because the release is not voluntary?
  14. When an umpire changes a judgment call, by rule he must make any additional changes to avoid putting either team at a disadvantage. In your situation (which is just this side of a TWP), doing so could involve calling the out at 1B after the fact. We signal to communicate our rulings, and after the third out, there is no play on which to rule. No signal.
  15. It's like shoestring catches in football: you can have 6 views that make it look like a catch, and one where it clearly isn't. Incomplete.
  16. It's not an appeal unless it's an appeal to an umpire. They know how to get your attention.
  17. duplicate
  18. Don't do anything different. When the "winning run" scores, I usually return baseballs to the home team, wait for my partner at the gate, and leave. I'd do exactly the same in your sitch. See #1.
  19. Correct. Tell Hunter.
  20. If you indulge them, they'll just keep returning. Ain't the interwebs grand?
  21. As long as you're not attached to the number of years, you'd be correct.
  22. Some people allow a 4th out play on the BR at 1B to discount the run. Otherwise, I agree, this is a time play.
  23. I recommend appealing at 3B.
  24. That's the right question to be asking. A "crash" by itself is nothing yet: we need to know whether the runner was hindered, and what happened next. The BR could be hindered in advancing to 2B or returning to 1B by contact with F4. If it's a FED game, either way he'll get 2B for OBS. Otherwise, it matters where he's going.