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Everything posted by ElkOil

  1. That's your strike zone, huh? What happens when the catcher comes to bat? Do you ring him up on a pitch in the batter's box, then spend all of the next half inning chatting with him about it? That must be quite the conversation.
  2. It was a night game.
  3. Those look like a pair of worn out old bowling shoes. Your feet are too important to put on a tired pair of shoes. If you invest good money into anything, put it into a good pair of new kicks. They're worth the money.
  4. It's a common misunderstanding of many umpires to believe that by upholding the rules and correctly managing a game, they are creating sh**storms. But such cannot be further from the truth. The player who flipped the bat is the problem and by not doing the proper thing, the umpire would be compounding that problem. Handling this situation correctly is why you are paid to be on that field. Doing anything but is shirking your duties. There will be strong reactions by players, coaches and fans to you properly executing your duties. These require your fortitude and unfaltering dedication to your job and craft as an umpire. These will test your resolve and perhaps have you questioning your desire to continue as an umpire. These may have you second guessing yourself. These situations are unsavory, to be sure, but they are a time-honored part of the game. Umpires have been doing it since baseball was invented. People won't be happy with you, but your integrity demands you do the right thing, regardless of how difficult it is, particularly when it's in response to a safety issue like a thrown bat.
  5. Treat it the same as you would an in-game scenario. Since you can't eject him, ignore him. What he said is of no consequence.
  6. I'm just happy he'd berate people for it. After all, that's what coaching baseball is all about: Teach kids to play a game, have fun, get some exercise, instill the important life lessons of good sportsmanship... then tear into an umpire if something doesn't go your way.
  7. The OP asked if "the umpire and/or scorekeeper recognizes..." and my response was directed to that and your statement that @Richvee mentioned. Your suggested reaction (solution?) that the umpire should be berated won't help the situation in the slightest.
  8. Of course I disagree with it. A coach of Ives' ilk will berate the umpire, but here's a little nugget he doesn't know: BOO rules -- like a missed base, not tagging up and the like -- are designed to ensure the coaches keep their heads in the game. Umpires are not to initiate action and have to wait until a coach brings it to their attention. In addition, there are game tactics at play regarding when a coach says something to the umpire about BOO, so it would be senseless to give the umpire any responsibility for calling attention to it or acting upon it. It keeps the coaches coaching and apparently some of the coaches take issue with that.
  9. I always enjoyed "Mother pus bucket."
  10. When someone asks you if you're a god, you say yes.
  11. Are you a god?
  12. I don't disagree, and your point is well taken about taking the time needed to evaluate the play before taking your turn to 1B. But it's doable since you're right there at the time and if your position is good, you only have to do a quick turn to get the play at 1B. And you can get that turn in less time than the throw.
  13. It kinda seems like according to you guys, I can't do this. And yet...
  14. Asking umpires how to coach isn't what this is about. That's your job. There are worse things in this world than teaching kids playing a game to concede the out in favor of a dirty play or causing injury. No, you don't teach the defense to block the base, but they do have the right to field the throw. And how to handle that is up to you, Coach.
  15. Cut two eye holes in an old sofa cushion and tie it to your face with dental floss?
  16. The injury the runner experienced is irrelevant to the situation and has no bearing on the call. To second guess the umpire would be foolish since none of us saw what he saw. However, it's highly unlikely that given your scenario, the first baseman would be guilty of obstruction since the defense is allowed to field a thrown ball and make a play on the runner. Obstruction usually occurs when a fielder -- without the ball or not in the process of making a play -- hinders a runner.
  17. This call gets more difficult the more you try to make your point. I don't agree that it's as difficult as you state. Many calls are more routine, yet more difficult like trying to see a tag from a proper position, yet you're straight-lined. By comparison, two force outs are much easier for me. For you and perhaps others, this is a difficult call. I have no issues with it. We all have our kryptonite.
  18. Eh, I don't see a lot to talk about. Beckham and Barrett were thoroughly engaged just before. It's not as if something was said from a distance that should have been ignored.
  19. Maybe if you were, I dunno... nice about it, @MadMax would indulge you. That's a lesson most of us learn in kindergarten.
  20. I've worked this into a pre-game with partners with whom I'm unfamiliar. I have no issue taking INT on the back half if I'm BU, since I can watch for it, then get the play at 1B. But I'll be sure my partner knows it's PU's textbook responsibility.
  21. As others said, there is no rule, so you won't be able to find it. What happens among umpires is, at one point someone misinterpreted the rule and called a runner out for high-fiving a base coach. Other coaches file protests or call umpiring associations and those umpires who are Rules Interpreters weigh in and send out memos to umpire associations and its members. So we get emails about it and the subject gets worked into clinics and training. These things can also work themselves into tests many of us take to qualify for playoff assignments and other types of games. The upshot is that instructors tell us something like, "A high-five does not constitute an assist;" or it becomes a test question and that's about as official as it gets. UNFORTUNATELY, new umpires come along who don't have the benefit of all this information; they haven't read the case plays book, haven't been to training, haven't read the previous emails, haven't been to clinics. Maybe they used to be a coach and believe the old myth. I've had partners of mine who actually believed a batters hands are part of the bat. AND, maybe there's some seasoned umpires who have been around forever, but have never bothered to be students of the game and learn these things. Oh, there are reasons why these myths persist. But they are myths. We can't produce something that isn't in the book, but we can give you the benefit of our knowledge and experience.
  22. Specific to springs in these applications, do they truly dampen? My rudimentary understanding of springs is that they transfer energy rather than actually dampen it.
  23. It's exciting to me to know you and people like you are working on the next iteration of these things. I've worn a TM a few times, but have otherwise worm the Wilson Shock 2.0 HSM. The other day I decided to upgrade and ordered the Force 3 HSM from Ump-Attire (as well as a new pair of plate shoes). I'm stoked to see it in person.