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Kevin_K last won the day on March 26

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  1. The shoes are falling apart and you expect your son to use them to umpire? What am I missing?
  2. Whenever making a call, use all the information you can before making a decision. Think about plays at 1B. We watch for the foot hitting the bag and listen for the pop in the glove. HBP is no different. What sound(s) are heard as the ball passes hits the batter? Thwack? Click? Ping? Did the batter make an "Ooof!" sound? I don't know if I would offer that I only heard the ball hit the batter, but I know that I would come up big, call time, give myself a second or two to process the situation, and then make my call. Should a coach question my call I would likely respond that I had a HBP and move on. YMMV.
  3. Computers and their software cost a lot more than the microscopic game fees some think umpires should be paid.
  4. You won't go wrong with the Force 3. Comfortable, protective, light, and no metal clips to rust. The only drawback I have seen is that the length of the straps are enough to fit around most elephants' shins and are an annoyance to me. Most people, however, probably do not care.
  5. I guess that @Matt and @ElkOil are going to agree to disagree on this one.
  6. Seems to me that the article was written by someone who writes about the Cardinals. Last I checked, St Louis was not in the northeast, unless you consider its relative position to Phoenix or San Diego.
  7. #gotmavened
  8. Perhaps the better approach would be to say it is addressed by the rules rather than within the rules. Within the rules has the connotation that the actions are allowed or endorsed by the rules the way in a manner similar (albeit opposite) to how an intentionally dropped pop up to F6 is disallowed to protect the offense.
  9. When players leave their positions or their dugout to participate in a fight they should be ejected. If this is the end of the game because there are no eligible players to finish the game, so be it. What justification can there be for ignoring the clearly worded rules that indicate: ART. 1 . . . A coach, player, substitute, attendant or other bench personnel shall not: p. leave their positions or bench area during a fight or physical confrontation; PENALTY: The umpire shall eject the offender from the game. Failure to comply shall result in game being forfeited. In (m), the ball is immediately dead, if on offense, the player is ejected and declared out, unless he has already scored. If the defense commits the malicious contact, the player is ejected; the umpire shall rule either safe or out on the play and award the runner(s) the appropriate base(s) he felt they would have obtained if the malicious contact had not occurred. In (p), a coach who attempts to prevent a fight or restore order is not in violation of the rule. Suppose for a moment, there was another brawl and some one was seriously injured. Guess who is liable?
  10. Was?
  11. I have not yet experienced an ejection I have regretted. The two I have had this season are very similar to the one you describe. No doubt in my mind about either, one of which was in the 10th inning of a HS varsity game. Think of the ramifications if you did not dump the offender. Allow one of the monkeys to fling poo and soon the entire troupe is flinging and you have a real sh&*%show. My .02. YMMV
  12. Wrong thread sir....
  13. Now, if he could only learn how to umpire. WTG @Richvee