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Mudisfun last won the day on April 11

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About Mudisfun

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    OCBOA, D62 Staff Umpire, Pacific Coast
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  1. Not balls and strikes but had a pick off at 2nd in the top of the 1st inning. Called the runner safe, under the tag. Defensive manager "come on blue, you cannot over officiate the game!"... whatever the heck that means. Guess I should call a player out just cause it was close? Coach, that's enough, you are done arguing judgement calls blah, blah, blah. His reply? But the game just started!
  2. I resemble that remark!
  3. The rumor I heard (think it is more that rumor since the guy I was speaking with knows the principal) was Honigs was purchased in whole by an NFL ref and will be reemerging very soon after completing all of their movement. The new plan from what I understand is to be a pretty much exclusive internet/mail business model versus the combination of local outlets and internet/mail.
  4. The one play that causes me more issues when outside is R1 and I am in B. Ball hit to the left side and F4 acts like a first baseman for the force throw... when does the ball get there in relation to the runner if there is a banger. This is where using your ears is essential since you are on the back side of the fielder and thus cannot see the ball enter the glove. Your PU needs to help on this play by watching the catch and making sure there is secure possession or was there a drop on the transfer? If there is an issue and Skippy comes out to talk to you your partner will be the only source of information you can rely on since your on the back side of the play and cannot really see 100% if there was a dropped ball versus a transfer attempt.
  5. But that makes sense... a ball being thrown from 3rd, SS or 2nd? How would the runners lane come into play really? The B/R is not going to interfere with a quality throw with a ball coming from that direction and more than likely a crappy throw that takes F3 off the mark is going to bring F3 and B/R together at the last moment and most likely at the point on the track where we would expect B/R to come into fair territory to achieve 1st base. Getting RLI on that? I would expect an EJ to promptly follow.
  6. Yes he has lost weight. On another note he just opened a new store in Orange County I believe in Santa Ana.
  7. To answer the OP... I love watching Dad's play catch with their kids. Have fun and enjoy that time as it will be gone sooner than you think! So answer #1, yes absolutely you may play catch and warm up players, including the pitcher until he starts acting as a pitcher. This includes down the lines in the outfield prior to the game. When you go from playing catch to squatting you are now 'catching'. This is the time you need a player in there even if your 'pitcher' is not throwing hard. LL wants PLAYERS playing the game. They fully understand that not every kid on the team is going to receive optimum playing time and want them to have the opportunity to participate as much as possible. Warming up the pitcher gets them playing time even when not in the game. It also possibly gives them additional experience in a position they may not normally play even though it is not a live ball situation. Lastly coaches catching using the excuse of "I need to see how he is throwing" or other such dribble need to realize that the time for correcting and practicing was during practice and not just before or during the game... this is the time for the players to play... If they have not digested what you have been teaching I highly doubt the extra 5 minutes you want to work with them is going to make a difference.
  8. No... but the BU can overrule to plate! Can you check it? Did he go? Yes he did... then that is a strike! Can you check it? Did he go? No! But it caught the corner! :-)
  9. So true... did 3 plates a few weeks back.. 9:30 game roughly 80 at 1st pitch. Went through 2 water bottles and one on the drive to games 2-3. 1:15pm 84 at 1st pitch with decent humidity - Went through 3 bottles during the game. Typical tournament where they were WAY behind from game one... 1:15 game ends after 2:05 game time... take a 20 minute break and game 3 starts at 85 degrees... went thought 5 water bottles but could still feel the impact of the heat. Example: R2/R1, 1 out. Fly to F8 for out 2 in the later innings. R2 gets into a run down after retouching for out #3. F6 fires to F4 and gets R1 into a run down which I am officiating for the 4th out! Normally I am aware of the out count but I could tell my focus was starting to suffer due to heat, fatigue and dehydration. Thankfully the game ended an inning or so later but I had to make a conscience effort to concentrate harder on pitches and pickoff attempts for example. Got home, cracked a couple of cold, frosty adult beverages and decided that 3 plates in a row are dumb with little to no time between games to rest, cool down and get some hydration in ya!
  10. Depends on where you are I guess... the majority of the umpires in my district are volunteer but if as the UIC I get into a pinch and cannot cover a game? Time to go to the pro and get an assassin for $50 to get the game covered.
  11. Just looked at their site and they have lots of more up to date options... I own 5-6 of their shirts and love it when I can use them, especially going into summer.
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  13. I think this falls right up there with 'but they are stealing signs!'... well do a better job of hiding or changing signs. Pitchers grunt sometimes... I have yet to have one grunt so hard and loud that it distracted me behind the plate so I find it hard to imagine that it will really distract a batter who is focused on the pitch... maybe the first time just out of surprise but after that? The uniqueness should be worn off. Kind of bush but nothing patently illegal.
  14. Had a 1st base coach try and get a call for illegal pitch this weekend, I was U1 in A... pitcher is on the rubber but of course there is a divot in front of the rubber so when he made his pivot in the windup or started in the stretch his foot was maybe a WHOLE INCH off the front of the rubber. Asked the coach if he wanted me calling that illegal against his F1 all game as well since the condition of the mound was the issue and not the pitcher trying to gain any advantage. Conversation ended real quick from there :-)
  15. Do you have an example of a 'had to' ejection you can cite? That would be more helpful for us to give you valid feedback... Something like he threw his bat would fall under a maybe... has the player been warned prior in the same game? Well then maybe the next time he has to go by rule in your league.