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ElkOil last won the day on May 17

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  1. In order for a strike to be called, the batter must offer at the pitch. Merely holding the bat across the plate is not an offer. You specifically mention moving the bat forward, but the direction of any movement does not matter. If the umpire believes the batter offered at the pitch by attempting to make contact, he'll call a strike.
  2. Well, the good news is that you lived to tell the tale. The bad news is that my Magic 8 Ball isn't worth a $%!*.
  3. FED agrees with you, too. 10-1-4 states: Any umpire’s decision which involves judgment, such as whether a hit is fair or foul, whether a pitch is a strike or a ball, or whether a runner is safe or out, is final. But if there is reasonable doubt about some decision being in conflict with the rules, the coach or captain may ask that the correct ruling be made. The umpire making the decision may ask another umpire for information before making a final decision. No umpire shall criticize or interfere with another umpire’s decision unless asked by the one making it. There is no provision for one umpire to overrule another, nor is there a provision for a different umpire than the original one to make a ruling.
  4. Unless the rules are different for this than in baseball, yes the run counts since the runner is not out on a force play for the third out. This is called a "time play," where whether or not the run scores depends on when the third out was made. Some erroneously refer to it as a "timing play."
  5. As one would expect.
  6. I have it on good authority that he spits into the wind, however.
  7. He was wrong on top of wrong. Squaring to bunt is not and attempt, and he better not volunteer that kind of info again.
  8. I'm in the camp who believes somebody must clean the plate, and I'm the dude with the brush. That's not a false premise in my mind. Maybe it's a camp of just one, but I'm fine with that because there's more room around the fire and more s'mores for me.
  9. So how would you answer @LRZ's question? What do you do?
  10. Thank you. That's why this whole things seems like we'd be asking for more trouble than it's worth if we don't clean the plate. I seriously don't think anyone but another umpire would look at this situation and think we're being shown up, walked over or taken advantage of. It's a problem of our own making, and specific to us. Dump the coach, brush the plate, play on.
  11. There, there. No more questions.
  12. No it doesn't. You need Force 3.
  13. In my association, we tend to say in the pre-game, "I'll take both lines unless I see your back." That way, as PU, we take our lead from BU. If he goes out, we follow the runner. If not, we take the catch/no catch.
  14. I agree with @Matt to use any and all senses, and not tell the coach which one(s) they were. "Coach, the ball hit him," is all you need to tell him. It's easy to fall into the trap of explaining too much for any questioned call. Keep it short and simple every time and the game will go smoother. If the coach insists on questioning you, "Coach, I already told you what I had. Let's play," should suffice.