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  1. American Legion Rule Changes

    Around here, during the regular season, senior Legion games have been seven innings for years. They go (went, now?) to nine innings for regional playoffs and beyond.
  2. Just Cancel the Game

    Maybe they did, but neglected to let you know: "Oh, did anyone contact the umpires?" "Nah...."
  3. Kneeling for National Anthem

    Who gets to decide what/when is proper?
  4. Kneeling for National Anthem

    By using the forum available to them, these athletes have stimulated public recognition that racism is a problem, a preliminary step towards solutions. "Doing nothing" is a matter of opinion, not of fact, and I, for one, think these athletes are courageous. Peaceful protest in the face of public opprobrium--how utterly American.
  5. Out or lodged ball?

    What does the word "use" mean? Does it imply an intent? What does the word "lodge" mean? Are there case plays and/or official interpretations that clarify?
  6. Lack of compassion = lack of respect. Break out the white wrist bands again.
  7. Apparently, "short fuse" has replaced "getting his money's worth" as the most important element in the official MLB announcer lexicon.
  8. ALWS

    What was the discussion about in the photo of the four umpires (http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/v2sgizd058o7cke/)? Seems like one fellow was a little animated.
  9. Missed the play

    Maybe because I work with a lot of umpires who never leave the plate until it's time to go get a beer, this has been bugging me: why was the PU "still at home"? The OP's description (e.g., "at one point") suggests to me that this rundown had at least a couple of throws and runner back-&-forths, so, with only the one baserunner, what else did the PU have to do but come up to help?
  10. ESPN MLB Rules Quiz from 2013

    Yes, that is the book. It was so helpful back then, long before all these umpiring/mechanics manuals existed or were available to the amateur world. I wonder how out of date it is now. I also had an amateurishly-printed mechanics manual, maybe 10-12 pages long.
  11. ESPN MLB Rules Quiz from 2013

    Rich Marazzi. About 35 years ago, when I began umpiring, I had a book by Marazzi that was the clearest exposition of OBR rules I've ever come across.
  12. LL Championship Plate

    That's the kind of pitch that Rutz, to his credit, did not fall for. BTW, I was amused by 12 y/o catchers dragging pitches a foot outside back into the zone and holding them there. I thought another LLI instruction to umpires must have been to ignore this. Normally, we'd say to a kid, "Son, you know, don't you, that when you move your glove like that, you're just telling me the pitch was a ball?"
  13. LL Championship Plate

    Your friend did a nice job, I thought. A much better sense of the outside corner than other LL umpires I watched in earlier games.
  14. New ump from PA

    Consider joining your local PIAA chapter. Even if you do not join, some chapters conduct pre-season clinics, which you might attend.
  15. F2 carries ball to DBT

    The OBR rule was amended a year or two ago. Now, the ball becomes dead once a fielder makes a catch and steps or falls into DBT. OBR 5.06(b)(3)(C) and Comment: "If a fielder, after having made a legal catch, should step or fall into any out-of-play area, the ball is dead and each runner shall . . . advance one base, without liability to be put out, from his last legally touched base at the time the fielder entered such out-of-play area.
  16. Base Uncovered

    What does "rim" mean?
  17. A lot of things are happening in that sequence. Whether Torres missed the pitch or not is, to me, irrelevant--if he missed it, big deal. If a coach wants to keep barking about a pitch and runs through a stop sign, he'll watch the rest of the game from the clubhouse/parking lot/tavern across the street.
  18. HOME RUN OR OUT?

    It is an out and not a HR because of the definition of a catch: "A CATCH is the act of a fielder in getting secure possession in his hand or glove of a ball in flight and firmly holding it...." This supersedes the right of a BR to advance to home base if a fair ball goes out of the playing field in flight. OBR 5.06(b)(4)(A). A fielder cannot throw from DBT because the ball becomes dead if he makes a catch and steps or falls into DBT. OBR 5.06(b)(3)(C) and Comment: "If a fielder, after having made a legal catch, should step or fall into any out-of-play area, the ball is dead and each runner shall . . . advance one base, without liability to be put out, from his last legally touched base at the time the fielder entered such out-of-play area.
  19. HOME RUN OR OUT?

    I never thought about this before: if the OF makes the catch and falls into DBT, do we have an out and, after tagging up, runners advance one base?
  20. I'm wrong--there is something still to learn, for me at least: what does IBTL mean? I searched the acronyms forum but did not see it.
  21. Is there anything more to learn from or add to this disagreement? How about a moderator locking it up before it gets personal and ugly?
  22. Tag up and ball out of play

    Jimurray, if you are responding to my point, I was responding to this, in the OP: "Ball thrown back to inf and goes out of play," which meant, I assume, that the ball entered DBT.
  23. Tag up and ball out of play

    One more thing, Guest Eric: under OBR, a proper appeal requires a live ball, i.e., the pitcher on the rubber, with the ball, and the umpire says, "Play."
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