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About johnpatrick

  • Birthday 12/31/1957

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  1. I believe this is a judgement call, at least in OBR. The fact that no other fielder had a play on it doesn't really matter. The judgement is whether the ball went through or by (within a dive) a fielder and the runner had a reasonable expectation of that fielder making a play. This is why it's a judgement call. In OBR a runner hit by a batted ball is expected to be called OUT, unless the ball went immediately through or by a fielder, and even then he might be out of another fielder had a play on the ball.
  2. "Ball, strike, fair, foul, safe, out are words reserved for me. Knock it off! You back to 1B."
  3. Discuss it with your league's UIC. Have him watch a game. If he agrees, he can train him as to what is expected. If he refuses to be trained, umpires serve at the discretion of the President. The league can choose not to assign him. Real time...nothing can be done except tell your hitters to foul it off and not let the umpire make the decision for them.
  4. Tough call. He appeared to be in the lane the whole way until the last couple of steps which gives him protection "close" to the base. I guess the PU held to the literal definition of "a step". PBUC 7.10 " The batter is permitted to exit the three-foot lane by means of a step, stride, reach or slide in the immediate vicinity of first base for the sole purpose of touching first base. However, a batter-runner who runs to first base in fair territory and ignores the three-foot lane violates the spirit of the rule and would be out if he interferes with the fielder any distance from first base."
  5. Two things when the defense argues for an IFF: 1. I know I got it right 2. My stock answer: "if it was so easy skip, why didn't your fielder just catch the ball?"
  6. D3K

    Ha! I wonder if this question comes from my district from which I ruled as TD on a protest on this exact play/question a couple of days ago.
  7. Learned something there, thanks. I thought it was all fielders, but you are correct.
  8. Well, if you're 100% sure it hit something (I'm surprised you could be from deep C) then it's definitely a dead ball and you should have called TIME after a brief pause to see if your partner comes up with something. Either way, it's a dead ball if hit hit the batter or the bat. Now you have to get together and decide what happened. I'd suggest in that situation that you'd tell yourself that I'm 99.9% sure that it hit something and just keep quiet (what you did). Telling yourself that I can't be absolutely sure that it hit something from way out here. Then you wait for your partner to come to you if he chooses to and you sort out what you had.
  9. I really have a hard time with you having "Coach" in your screen name and asking questions about intentionally colliding with a fielder or throwing at a runner's head. Maybe you should remove "Coach" from your resume.
  10. Not under OBR. Ball needs to be live and handing a ball to F2 doesn't make it so.
  11. Patient: "Doc, it hurts when I do this." Doc: "Don't do that."
  12. I'm not sure why the 6.05(f) quote from the 1017 RIM already quoted doesn't satisfy your question: (f ) a fair ball touches said batter before touching a fielder; INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS: When this happens it is almost always as a batter leaves the batter’s box. Make sure the batter is entirely out of the batter’s box when you call this,otherwise, call “foul ball”. Was the batter in your situation out of the box? it foul as it says.
  13. I wouldn't stop it. Probably has a wicked pull hitter and fears for his life.
  14. Sure, had the obstruction not occurred (just past 2B) and a quick back-up by F4, there is no way R1 would have made it to 3B. So there is nothing to fix. Out.
  15. No out in a Little League game. Normally the player would be substituted for by an eligible sub, if none available, opposing manager would choose someone on the bench. Continuous batting order you would just close up the lineup and the next player to bat would come to bat. Never an out. However, can't play with less than nine in LL. Game should have been suspended to be finished at a later date as directed by the BOD.