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lawump last won the day on August 30

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About lawump

  • Birthday July 15

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    South Carolina
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    umpiring and lawyering

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    Carolina Baseball Umpires Association; NCAA
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    ex-MiLB umpire; NCAA Div. 1; Am. Legion (2015 & 2017 World Series)
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  1. Kneeling for National Anthem

    My comments/reply are in red. Lawump, I heard (ok, read) you for years and respect your (real) profession as well as your knowledge on the field. BUT, I’m not sure you’re differentiating between what you have the right to do and what you should do. Yeah, they have the absolute “right” to sit during the anthem. 1st Amendment, got it. However, you have the Constitutional Right to stand up in Court and yell “the Judge Sucks!”. What you can’t do is do it without repercussions; you will then hear a loud “clang”, and your new roommate will introduce himself. While I agree as to what is likely to happen should I yell "the Judge Sucks!" in Court, these two things are not equivalent (not legally and not to me on a personal level). Before they decided to embark on this course, they needed to think of a couple things: 1. Will this actually accomplish anything? Is there anyone who thinks that the people will see someone kneel and think, “Oh, yeah, I forgot, let’s talk about racism in America”. Really? This same line of reasoning has been used over-and-over to describe various actions that African-Americans have taken over our nation's history to protest racial discrimination. Occasionally, of course, those asserting "but it won't accomplish anything," have been correct. Often, thankfully, they have been wrong. 2. Are you really prepared to teach children that disrespecting America and the flag is the way to demonstrate your disaffection with the current administration? If they get a C in Spelling, do you want them sitting in the corridors during the Pledge of Allegiance? First, a student has the absolute right to sit during the Pledge of Allegiance. There is case law on that, too. But, setting that aside, you (and others who share your view) view the players' actions as "disrespecting America and the flag". Others disagree. In fact, I don't think these players' actions are teaching my children what you assert. I think, first and foremost, this is a great lesson in the first amendment. But, more than that, I believe it is teaching my children that when you believe there exists a significant social injustice...do something (peacefully) about it. 3. Finally, my most important point: What If It Doesn’t Work? So OK, they sit, and nothing happens with America; (see point #1). What’s next? Do they kneel during kickoffs? Burn the Flag at halftime? Exit strategies are important. What if it does work??? What if they are the catalyst for societal change? Saying, "what if it doesn't work," is hardly a reason not to try. It may work...even if the chance of it working is remote. Positive change in this country has never occurred because someone sat back and said, "nah, I shouldn't do it because 'what if it doesn't work'." Positive change has occurred because certain people have refused to be afraid of failure and, because of that refusal to be afraid, have gone out and made change. Finally, an observation: the NFL fined a player who wrote his father’s initials on his shoes after he died. The NFL denied the Cowboys putting a sticker on their helmetsafter 5 police officers died during a protest in Dallas. But, disrespect the Flag, and America, we’re good to go. Hard to have any respect for these people. I will respond by paraphrasing what a legal commentator stated on a website I was reading (I cannot recall if it was ESPN, SI, or another website). The NFL has in the collective bargaining agreement ("CBA") the right to punish players for all of the things you listed. The league and players association negotiated what can and cannot be on a player's uniform and their agreement was memorialized in the CBA. In order to punish the players for kneeling during the national anthem (which you consider disrespecting the flag and America, but others do not) the NFL would have to secure that right under the collective bargaining agreement. So, in summary, according to this legal commentator (who was strictly neutral on this whole issue...he was just setting forth the law), the NFL would have to secure that right through collective bargaining. Maybe the NFL will attempt to secure that right when the next CBA is negotiated. However, unrelated to this issue, from what I have been reading over the last few months the NFL and NFLPA aren't even talking to one another, period, and there is likely to be a strike/lockout anyways when the current CBA expires. In other words, I think NFL and NFLPA are a lot more concerned about a host of other issues than they are about this kneeling issue. But, maybe I'm wrong. We'll just have to wait and see what the NFL demands are when the current CBA nears its end. You and I both agree with Kevin's eloquent response. (I agree with and "liked" your reply to his post.) But, I doubt very sincerely that anything I post is going to change your views of the players' actions. Furthermore, nothing you post is going to change my views of the players' actions. And that's okay. This is America, after all. We can disagree. Just don't eject a player playing for a public institution of learning from a baseball game should he kneel during the national anthem. LOL
  2. Kneeling for National Anthem

    Yeah, 'cause that's what we want: a grizzly old WASP (as many (most?) of them are) conference coordinator deciding what is protected political speech and what is not protected political speech, and when it is protected and when it is not protected.
  3. Kneeling for National Anthem

    As for the suggestion that an umpire should eject a player who kneels for the national anthem (and, as I recall, we previously discussed in another thread last year): If you eject a player on a public school team...there's a good chance you are going to buy yourself a lawsuit. There have been several public schools around the country who attempted to punish players for kneeling during the anthem (including issuing a suspension from their team and/or a school suspension). The players (or their parents) quickly got lawyers. Each and every time the player threatened to sue, the schools quickly removed the punishment, and reinstated the player/student. My guess as to why EVERY school district (no matter where in the country they are located) reversed course is because each district had competent legal counsel who told them that they were going to get hammered by the courts. This issue has been well settled. Schools may abridge a student's right to free speech when that free speech will interfere with class instruction and with the school's core function. Kneeling during the national anthem in no way disrupts the learning process. Each of these students had a "slam dunk" case...whether you agree with their actions or not. If you substitute your judgment for a school district's judgment in this situation, you're going to get sued. (My guess is that the school district will also probably blacklist you from working any of their schools' games in an attempt to head off being a defendant in any such lawsuit.) Now, if you are working for a league/organization that is a private organization (for example we have a Christian League in my neck of the woods) and they tell you to eject any player that kneels, then have at it. The first amendment doesn't prevent private entities from "violating" your right to free speech (it only prohibits the federal government. State governments are prohibited from violating it through the incorporation doctrine of the 14th amendment.) But, if you eject a player on a public school team, you are buying yourself a lawsuit. As for the conference coordinator, he needs to talk to a lawyer. He and the conference (and possibly the NCAA) are going to buy themselves a lawsuit if this actually happens and the kneeling kid happens to play at a public university or college (other than a military academy...which are treated differently under Court precedent.) And legally speaking, the conference coordinator is completely and utterly wrong when he compares a national anthem stand-off to kneeling during the national anthem. The former is a sportsmanship issue. It is done for the sole purpose of playing a game of "chicken" ("who will blink first") against a player from another team, while the latter is protected political speech. If his conference includes public institutions, I hope he speaks to a lawyer before he gets himself, his conference, and his conference's member institution sued.
  4. Force play vs winning run

    No run may score on a play in which the third out is recorded and that third out is (a) a force out or (b) against the batter runner before he reaches first base. In your play, was R2 (the runner on second) forced to advance to third base? The answer, of course, is yes. The out against R2 at third base is a force out. No run may score on a play in which the third out is recorded and that third out is a force out. "Does the run score?" Answer: No. "What should be the call?" Answer: The base umpire should say, "he's out". The teams then move on to the 10th inning still tied. This is a Merkle's Boner play. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merkle's_Boner
  5. Agreed. Just because I am of the opinion that I don't think it was intentional doesn't mean that I don't think they are still RATS.
  6. If you watch the game (which I can do as I pay for the MLB.tv extra-inning package), you can see (and hear) F2, when he returns to the plate area after having walked out to the mound, ask Wolcott, "are you okay?" Wolcott gives a nod of the head and says, "yes" (or something similarly affirmative), and then reaches out with his right hand and gives F2 a pat on the back. Wolcott's non-verbal communication (the pat on the back) was clearly Wolcott telling F2 that "we're good" and that there were no issues between them. This is the only logical conclusion after watching Wolcott and the F2 interact with one another after this incident, but before the next pitch was thrown. It is clear that Wolcott did not feel that this was intentional. The communication between them (both verbal and non-verbal) when F2 returned to the plate area convinces me, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Wolcott did not consider this to be intentional. If Wolcott did not consider this to be intentional, then that is good enough for me. (And I initially believed this was intentional.) (For what its worth, Wolcott did not get hit immediately after having ejected the starting F2 and manager. Rather, after those ejections, F1 faced another batter...a batter whom he proceeded to walk on four non-controversial pitches that were wild and all over the place. Only after walking that batter did Wolcott then get hit. The pitch that hit Wolcott was F1's fifth consecutive pitch that was no where near the strike zone. So, is it believable that a struggling F1 could add to his struggles by getting signals/signs crossed up with an F2 who just entered the game minutes before? I think the easy answer is: Yes.)
  7. ALWS

    That's it! I'm going out and buying "just for men" tonight!
  8. CP under plate coat

    Nope! Any chance I get to show of my obnoxious gold "W"...I take it!
  9. ALWS

    Yes. And it will not change.
  10. ALWS

    "I saw lightning! I saw lightning!" "Go ask the tournament director if it is close enough that we should stop the game." (He had a lightning detector). A few minutes later: http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/0d7qd88tb8le5sr
  11. ALWS

    This was my second. The experience is amazing. You get a gift basket (shirts, mementos, etc.) when you check in to the hotel, and it just gets better from there. We have a big locker room. A local high school umpire is hired by the organizing committee to be our "clubbie". We have a full spread of food, snacks, gum, drinks, etc. every day. We have an HD TV in the lockerroom to watch the game that is being played so we don't have to sit in the sun before our next game. The baseball is high quality (we have some freshman Div. 1 players, and a lot of high school seniors who are going Div. 1 or are pro prospects). The arguing (by coaches/players) is almost non-existent due to the fact that if you get ejected you are suspended for the rest of the tournament. In other words, it's real good baseball, with almost no arguments, in front of large crowds, on national television, with lots of "free stuff". Other than the possibility of screwing up on national TV and having someone start a "discussion/thread" on this website, what's not to like? LOL
  12. Missed the play

    As the base umpire, that is your call. In a two-umpire crew, on a rundown between second and third, if the plate umpire can get to the third base cutout he make take any plays (i.e. tag attempts) that occur around third-base. (Pro schools say the plate umpire would have anything within 10-feet of third base and the base umpire would "have the other 80 feet".) However, the plate umpire only has plays at third base when (1) he has actually gotten to third base (by the book, this means he is in the middle of the third base cutout); and, (2) he has informed you that he "has this end". Until he informs you that he "has this end," all plays that occur in the rundown are your (the base umpire) call. Since, in your post you stated that PU was "still at home", the play you posted is your call. Obviously, I did not see you officiate this play so I cannot provide any constructive criticism based on direct evidence. I can only attempt some feeble deductive reasoning in an attempt to flush out what may have happened. First, I can state that even the best umpires sometime get "straight-lined" and do not get a good look at a tag attempt. When this occurs, you really have to use good timing and make your call slowly. That is, take a second or two to read other clues that may help you make the correct call...before you actually signal and vocalize your call. I am going to guess, based on your description of the play, that a tag was not, in fact, made and that you got this call wrong. I base this on the fact that after this "tag attempt", not only did the runner continue to run, but the fielders continued to try to make a play against the runner. I believe, if you had taken a second or two to read the players' actions immediately after this tag attempt, you likely would have observed that all players (offense and defense) continued to play...at which point you would have obtained additional information to help you make the correct call, and at which time you should have given the safe mechanic while yelling "no tag! no tag!" Finally, as an aside, if the players are not hearing your calls, this likely means that you need to significantly increase your vocal volume.
  13. ALWS

    If you have the "watch ESPN" app, you can watch the ALWS on "replay"...except for game 14 (the game from which the photos above come from). For some reason, Game 14 was the only game that was not archived. If you want to see me on the plate, I was also on the plate for Game 6.
  14. ALWS

    Photos of me working the plate in the semi-final game of the 2017 American Legion World Series on ESPN U http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/emoq19b5f6b8ck1 http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/avn9o4v9hl768n4 http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/tfpo1hwnye82v1i http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/4368qd2gsymqac1 http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/wvowlvwva9vnsyc http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/9c112lcz38763sj http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/h1hqn4rfkim5mm0 http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/w12h4n536vll4cs http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/mt83o6flja67s0m http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/v2sgizd058o7cke http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/40b3ijt10wnfv9o http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/a77kjjqooy89ovz http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/ilt5mh2treagmh1
  15. Full brawl NYY vrs Detroit Tigers

    And in true RAT fashion, Girardi has blamed this all on the umpires. Because grown athletes acting like pre-schoolers bear no responsibility for their actions.