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Everything posted by Kevin_K

  1. Rundown between 1st and 2nd

    I have been taught recently that the optimal position for a tag play is to have a runner coming toward you. Regardless, wherever you take the play there is a chance that the tag will be difficult to see. The wedge, as @UMP45 mentions, minimizes the likelihood of missing the tag. In the case of a rundown like you mention, if the PU is in fair territory, a swipe tag where F3 is between the umpire and the runner decreases the chances to clearly see a tag. If PU is outside 1B with the runner coming toward the bag, there is a better chance to see that tag and PU would have an opportunity to get a better angle on a play directly at 1B. Being in the wedge allows for adjustments should an unexpected angle develop as well. When I first started, I learned to stay inside on a play like this, but I have been taking the plays outside and I think I see the play much better. While this is 4 man, you can see how the positioning allows U1 to see the entire running lane: https://www.mlb.com/video/cubs-cut-down-perez-in-pickle/c-1824989783?tid=6479266 or https://www.mlb.com/video/hamilton-scrambles-back-to-first/c-1398430583?tid=6479266
  2. Balk call extends MiLB playoff game

    I can't see anything else that might be called. I can see how some might interpret the bottom of his hand motion to be a bounce rather than a stop though. I don't know that I would interpret it as such, but others might.
  3. Balk call extends MiLB playoff game

    Looks like F2 was certainly aware that a balk had been called.
  4. Weight Loss Group

    Eat less and move more. It's a simple formula that works wonderfully.
  5. unpire.org blocked as dangerous

    Maybe the website recognizes you as a coach?
  6. Pitching break

    You betcha!
  7. New Feature - Member Map

    Thanks @Richvee!
  8. Kevin_K

  9. New Feature - Member Map

    @Umpire in Chief ditto to @LMSANS
  10. Pitching break

    And then there is the knuckleball. Which way is it going this time? Had my toughest game this year working with a knuckleball pitcher
  11. Missed the play

    If you see a tag, call it. If you don't see a tag, you might still call it. Sometimes you can use all the information available and make a call that fits the stimuli presented. For example, in your rundown situation, had R2 stopped running after what appeared to be a tag, it is reasonably safe to call him out. Conversely, if you think no tag had been applied, you can signal safe and verbalize,"No tag! No tag!" It sounds as though you may have not verbalized your call enough so that everyone concerned could hear it. The key in all situations is to put yourself in the best possible position to make a call. It seems like you were too close to the play to have a good view of the tag/no tag. One of the axioms of umpiring is angle over distance. If your distance to the play increased while your angle improved enough to see a tag/no tag, you may have been more certain of the call you made. You might get some distance (and a better view) from the play by backing up toward the middle of the infield rather than being in a position where the runner would be between you and F6. My .02
  12. Full brawl NYY vrs Detroit Tigers

    Many moons ago hockey changed it's rules to suspend players 10(?) games, fine franchises several hundred thousand dollars, and suspend head coaches for bench clearing brawls. It stopped the nonsense immediately. Baseball could stop the "fighting" and the silliness of bullpens coming to defend their teammates if it wanted to. My guess is that they don't want to and it will only change when one of it's young stars gets seriously hurt in a WWE style scrum.
  13. Equipment Bag Debate

    Are you dissatisfied with the Diamond? Other than breath-ability, what other concerns might there be? I, like @LittleBlue and @Thunderheads and other I am sure, put my sweatiest gear - shins, CP, even shoes - in the passenger compartment for the ride home. If any have not yet dried by the time I get home, they go into the basement with the de-humdifier overnight for a more complete drying process. It takes some time, but there is no death rot stank in any of my gear. I say stick with the Diamond.
  14. Line Drive Catch

    Here is a way you should not handle it: http://umpire-empire.com/index.php?/topic/66564-3rd-world-play/
  15. Mr

    Thanks @Senor Azul
  16. Mr

    I am asking about FED rule 5.1 . Ball becomes dead immediately when: f. a fair batted ball: 1. touches a runner or an umpire before touching any fielder and before passing any fielder other than the pitcher, 2. touches a runner after passing through or by an infielder and another infielder could have made a play on the ball, 3. touches a spectator, 4. goes over or through or wedges in the field fence, or 5. lodges in players equipment or uniform; or
  17. Mr

    In FED is this a catch or a ball lodged in a player's equipment?
  18. PHOTOGRAPHY from our Umpire-Empire members

    Some pics from a recent trip out west Terry Bison Ranch in Cheyenne On the shores of Loch Vale in Rocky Mountain National Park.... and no it isn't photo shopped.
  19. On this date in history....

    And here's another memorable moment from Rich Garcia's career in the bigs...
  20. Catfight?

    Perhaps it was a can of white spray paint
  21. Mr.

    It wasn't a lot of things. Not a pitch is only one of those. The OP asked what it was. It was a pickoff attempt.
  22. Vicinity balk @ 2B

    Hijack now completed. Thank you for shopping with us.
  23. Rain, No Pay

    The same organization pays their northwest umpires travel fees when games are cancelled within one hour or less of the start time. We organized our group and negotiated a deal with them. That was part of the deal. PM me if you want more of the details.
  24. Decide a bet

    If there is a runner between 1B and 2B or between 2B and 3B (or both), BU needs to be in the middle to take the play.
  25. Decide a bet

    I have been instructed that the distance is not the concern, Rather, it is so PU does not have to take a throw over his shoulder for a play at the plate in the case of an overthrow.