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About johnpatrick

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  1. PUC/Indyball b4 Pro-School?

    In my NSHO, if you're ultimate goal is MiLB, the time to go to Pro school is now. You may be perfecting non-PBUC mechanics. 3-man will do diddley for you at pro school. If need be, the extra year you'd spend now can be used to repeat pro school if you're close but not close enough to make it to the PBUC qualifying school.
  2. Coming to Set or Windup, but Not on Rubber

    6.02 (7) The pitcher makes any motion naturally associated with his pitch while he is not touching the pitcher’s plate;
  3. How in the world can you change that call?

    I simply tell the manager that I talked about this pregame with my partners. If they saw it, they would have called it.
  4. Last time by and other fun stuff

    What would you do as U1 if the defense tags the runner and says to you "he missed 2B"? I guess just point to U2 and say ask him?
  5. Rundown between 1st and 2nd

    The PBUC mechanic is, as you say, to stay in foul territory 2BLE at either 1B or 3B with the verbal "I've got this end" when you are in position. You have the call on plays made in the cutout. You could certainly help with back side tags if your partner looks to you for help, but the thinking is that most properly executed rundowns at the MiLB level are going to be over before the PU could get into proper position to help.
  6. Cuzzi's unusual position, mechanic

    Not sure why he didn't stay outside and see the wedge.
  7. Out or lodged ball?

  8. I'm giving Major League ball players the benefit of the doubt in a situation like this. I'm chocking it up to a cross-up.
  9. Time Play Mechanic

    Finger pointed up to the press box with the verbal "score one run". I suppose that could be misinterpreted as an ejection.
  10. Batter's Interference

    It was discussed in this thread: Here's another: It was discussed in a couple of other threads as well, but I'll be darned if I could find them. I didn't come up with the "starting his run to 1B" theory. It was put forward by others and I thought was the general consensus of the group. I certainly could be wrong.
  11. Batter's Interference

    Another example of batter's interference being call on a batter hit by the batted ball while still in the box, but having started to run to first. Clearly, having started to run is the key to calling this in MLB. http://www.closecallsports.com/2017/08/mlb-ejection-124-tripp-gibson-2-andy.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook
  12. Obstruction on a runner

    Always ask yourself what would have happened had there been no obstruction. With a runner standing on 3B, he'd likely have stayed at 2B. That's where is put him.
  13. Batting out of order / substitute

    The whole issue is whether or not Jim is a legal sub. If not, as TD you MUST step in and not allow Jim to enter the game as it is a protestable situation and it's your job to prevent protests. If Jim is a legal sub, he's just an unannounced sub for Abel. Once he takes a pitch, I, as TD, usually ask the umpire to call time and bring the OM to the screen to formally enter his sub. If this is brought to your attention by the DM you tell him it's an unannounced sub, now you would bring the OM to the screen and have him enter his sub.
  14. No way there is any formal or correct interpretation as to how this should be handled. You had a valid argument. TD did as well. All that you had to do is protest it all the way up to the tournament committee of your organization and let them make the final decision.
  15. Whose call on tag appeal ?

    I suspect they get it wrong less than you think. The tag of R3 belongs to the PU.