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Cav last won the day on January 31 2016

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  1. Good call; screw the displayed zone. I try very hard to call that strike all day long. (It's just one of several reasons I get so many greeting cards from pitchers during the holidays.) In my games, I seldom, if ever, see a Maddux and a Jenkins on the hill, although I've worked several with Billingsley back in the day.
  2. We have one HS league assignor who posted our games back in April for...wait for it...2019! He's taking a heck of a chance assigning games to me at my age.
  3. Emphasis above is an important consideration.
  4. 2010 NFHS Interps SITUATION 7: B1 lays down a bunt that is fielded by F2 in fair territory a few feet in front of home plate. As B1 is 60 feet from home base, he is running outside the running lane with one foot completely in fair ground and not touching the lines of the running lane. F2 fields the ball and (a) attempts to throw to first but throws high into right field as he tries not to hit B1, or (b) does not attempt a throw. RULING: B1 is required to be in the running lane the last 45 feet to first base when the ball is fielded and thrown from an area behind him. In (a), this is interference and B1 is out and the ball is declared dead. In (b), since there was no throw, there is no interference. F2 is not required to hit B1 to demonstrate that B1 is out of the running lane, but a throw must be made for the interference to be declared. (8-4-1g)
  5. I've got RLI if it were a NFHS game.
  6. 8.3.2 SITUATION K: F6 fields a ground ball and throws to F3 in attempt to retire B1 at first. The ball is thrown wide. As F3 lunges towards the ball, F3 collides with B1, knocking him to the ground prior to possessing the ball (a) while the runner is short of first base or (b) after the runner has contacted first base. RULING: (a) Obstruction; (b) legal. Expanding on the OP and in regards to the collision in (b), I would still call obstruction after the collision if F3 doesn't "possess the ball" and the contact "...hinders a runner or changes the pattern of play" after an overthrow; such as, F3 may be judged to delay B1's recovery to advance while F2 or F9 chases the errant throw. I still have to judge that B1 had a viable chance to successfully advance or else it's nothing in NFHS. OBR's two different obstruction criteria (1/A and 2/B) would be useful here in a NFHS game.
  7. And Yogi said, "If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be."
  8. Someday, player contracts will include negotiations on each individual batter's strike zone dimensions: Rookies get the rulebook; someone with <5 years seniority gets an inch up and two balls above the belt; someone with <10 years seniority gets mid-thigh, belt high and one ball diameter in from both sides; and, someone with >10 years seniority gets to call where he wants each pitch...oh, wait, we already tried that back in the day.
  9. I have used for many years an all leather (which is important for durability and flexibility) Wenger (www.wenger.ch) that fits in my back, pants pocket. It holds a Wenger note pad, a Pilot Precise V5 RT pen, a laminated card listing prohibited bats, and will also hold and keep dry a game check or cash during the sweating season.
  10. Thanks, umpstu. I've been a NB aficionado for a long time. My 950s finally gave up. New 950v2s are inbound. I was concerned about the v2's partial mesh exterior, with dust, dirt and my inherent laziness being what they are. I don't want to be "that guy" out there with dirty shoes, but I also don't want to have to revert back to my memorable military days.
  11. Can anyone give a report on the performance/maintenance of the NB950v2?
  12. Either or, depending on how he wants to take R1 into 2B. Personally, I like deep C.
  13. HTBT. 1. I would need to know if R2 ran "into the shortstop" before or after U5; and, 2. If before, I would need more info, particularly about R2's path to 3B in order to "...run into the shortstop who was moving over to back up the play..." What did you have? I offer you this case play wherein R2 was DOA with or without the obstruction: NFHS 8.3.2 SITUATION D: With one out, R1 on second and R2 on first, B4 hits ground ball directly to F1 who throws to F5 for force on R1 at third. F5 then throws to F3 in time to put out B4. F6 holds R1, preventing him from advancing to third. RULING: The umpire will call obstruction when it occurs, and then call time after runners have advanced as far as possible, which in this situation would probably be second for R2. R1 will then be awarded third. Because of the obstruction of F6, the out at first stands. B4’s out stands. B4 was not affected by the obstruction. B5 will come to bat with two outs and R1 is on third and R2 is on second base.