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Everything posted by maven

  1. MLB Balk Rule

    That's easy: there are no options. The balk is ignored or enforced depending on play.
  2. Fulmer calls out PU

    That's a fair question. The point of my post was not merely to express that I don't care. As you say, that seems puzzling. Rather, it was to query the motivation of the original post, on the grounds that nobody does (or should) care about players complaining about officials (in any sport). The fact that this particular instance of poor sportsmanship happened to be overheard by a reporter does not lend it any interest. Pouty, overpaid athletes bitch about officials, and it's not news (or meta-news: "hey, this is in the media!") that they do it.
  3. Fulmer calls out PU

    That's a rhetorical question. There's more data about every aspect of the game. Does that give haters ammo? Maybe, but haters gonna hate. Being able to specify x bad calls is kinda beside their point (in this pitcher's case, to deflect blame for a crappy start).
  4. I don't think he wanted HBP, I think he wanted a foul ball. And we have seen that very question in this forum before: but PU here (as we should assume, especially after they conferenced!) made the correct call. The ball is dead when it hits the batter, so it's not a batted ball at all. It therefore has no fair/foul status, and was correctly ruled a dead-ball strike. I could see a skipper coming out and asking whether it didn't hit the bat first, which would indeed be a foul ball (batted ball hits batter in legal batting position). But to get dumped over this? Stoopic.
  5. Fulmer calls out PU

    Who cares? Umpires miss ball/strike calls, pitchers throw crap pitches, fielders make errors. This is news?
  6. Unsportsmanlike Conduct Ejection

    "I know: that's the problem." Good EJ.
  7. end of game

    Game over, pending appeal.
  8. Batter walks

    Noumpere sometimes adds to an answer to help with the question the OP might have wanted to ask, but didn't. He's pretty good at it, too. I had the same thought. But I'll usually wait to see whether the OP returns with a followup question.
  9. LL obstruction at 1B

    You seem to be suggesting that, because F3 set up in the runner's path, and because the runner had time to divert around him, therefore this act is not OBS. That's incorrect. First, the runner cannot deviate from the actual 1BL (approximately) without risking RLI (throw coming from 12 feet up the line from HP). More importantly, it puts the burden on the wrong person: the runner has the right to access the base without hindrance by a fielder without the ball. Even in OBR, this fielder set up in the runner's path: the exception to move into the path in order to field a thrown ball does not protect this fielder because he did not move there. I'd have OBS in all codes. Learning opportunity for a young F3.
  10. Batter walks

    This used to be a rules difference depending on code, but FED (HS rules) recently changed to match the others. The answer is no: the same provisions apply to a walk as to a single.
  11. It might seem legal to you, but presumably you came here to ask whether this appearance is correct. As numerous umpires have told you, it is not. You are free to ignore the answers that everyone so far has given to you, but I recommend not trying to argue against the entire forum based on your guess about what the rules mean.
  12. Not forfeit, just postpone. In most codes, the ball must be live in order to appeal a baserunning infraction (FED is the main exception, as it allows both live- and dead-ball appeals). When the umpire (not F1) calls time, the defense can't appeal until the ball next becomes live.
  13. I'd call it a weird account of a correct call. For one thing, I'd guess that F1 disengaged before appealing, and did not request time (which would have prevented his appealing the missed base). The applicable concept is "last time by": when a runner passes a base (very often 2B) in different directions multiple times during play, he is required to touch the base on the last time by. If he does so, that corrects any prior misses of the base. If he does not do so, even having touched during a prior pass, then he is liable to be out on proper appeal. As I understand the OP, that's what happened, and the call is correct.
  14. The game in the OP was played using FED. Wendelstedt is irrelevant. My answer to the question as posted was correct. The FED rulings posted concern teammates entering live-ball territory during play, which is indeed illegal but also irrelevant. Provided a teammate who is permitted to be on the field during play, such as another runner or the ODB, does not interfere, nothing in FED prohibits such a player assisting a runner. Only coaches are prohibited from doing so.
  15. Even if it were, assistance by a teammate is not illegal. We clearly need to be careful what we mention in this context!
  16. Fair/foul and catch/no catch sequence

    Often, everyone knows it was a catch. What they don't know is whether it was fair or foul. Signals are tools for communication: we prioritize the more informative signal.
  17. Attempt to go to 2nd

    Even then he might not be safe: that can leave a mark!
  18. NFHS changes 2019

    It's common enough, and refers to the fact that U1 initiates the rotation (and usually is responsible for verbalizing that he's coming in, so that we don't end up with an even number of umpires at 2B).
  19. Field of Play

    This is one of the (IIRC, I think 2?) "do overs" in OBR: they're envisioning a fielder running off to use the rest room or something without requesting time or otherwise pausing the game. Whatever happens—all pitches, batted balls, plays, outs, infractions (except ejections)—are nullified when it's discovered. Rewind and resume.
  20. Vacating a base

    This statement is correct. But in your play, once the batter becomes a runner, R2 is no longer legally entitled to 2B (nor R1 to 1B). That's why we say he is forced to advance, and that the play F6 made on him was a force play. The concept of 'legally entitled' applies only to runners on a base, and only when there are 2 runners on 1 base: one runner is entitled to it, so it is not safe haven for the other one. That concept does not apply here, as the play never involved 2 runners on a base (retired runners, yes, but they're entitled only to a seat in the dugout).
  21. Infield Fly with Tagup

    To be clearer: once we have a runner on or beyond 2B, PU will stay home. We have to be prepared for plays at the plate.
  22. Infield Fly with Tagup

    Standard fly ball coverage: BU has the "vee," from his position to the left/right fielders, and all catch/no catch in that triangle. Here, the ball was fielded behind BU, so he does not have the catch: because the ball drifted back, make sure to communicate. 'First touch'? Football has 'first touching', but this is not a common baseball term (at least not around here). PU never has touches/retouches at 1B or 2B, only 3B. PU stays home once we have R2 or R3.
  23. Junior Legion DH Question

    If the DH works like FED's (bats for any defensive position), the DH is also a starter, with re-entry privileges. So, yes, you may sub for a DH and re-enter the starter at a later time.