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LittleBlue

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LittleBlue last won the day on November 3 2016

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About LittleBlue

  • Birthday 07/21/1994

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    New Jersey
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    Baseball, history, law, education, psychology, sociology, philosophy, writing, reading

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    NJSFU, NJSAB, CJUA
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    Student (Rutgers)
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    High School, Men's, Travel, Rec
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  1. WS crew..

    I think it might have come across better if you told us after the crew was announced. This just comes across as bragging about non-public information. In any case, congrats to your friend and hopefully he and the rest of the crew does an excellent job like we all know they will.
  2. Umpire

    No run. This question makes me remember why I'm not too keen on working wreck fall ball. The amount of times I've had runners try to score after the ball gets away from the pitcher following a foul. What's worse is the third base coach yelling "run run run it's a live ball".
  3. I think the equipment fine was good for the spike of the helmet and the ej was unnecessary for flipping the elbow guard as I didn't see that directed at the umpire. As far as the play at the plate, I think he wants to be more to the left. I think he over rotated and got stuck when F2 dropped down and slid to his left to apply the tag.
  4. Tough night for crew in angels-rangers game

    PU has everything up to he front edge. I would say PU has this call all the way and that U3 has only calls that are obviously his. If there is a "gray area" it's PU's call. I'm not sure if that's the correct mechanic but that's how I would handle this situation.
  5. Equipment Bag Debate

    I can't really comment on either bag because I don't have either (I have a Wilson), but I will say that after a long game on a hot day I usually put my gear in the back seat to air out in the AC on the drive home and then I take them in the house to further air out in the AC. I can't stand the smell if you put your gear right in the gear bag. You open the bag a day or so later for the next game and oh boy the smell can be bad.
  6. Seeds

    For me it's good old gum. I've tried seeds but I get too preoccupied with unshelling and spitting. The gum helps me concentrate. Maybes it's placebo at this point because I don't always chew gum but if I'm going to use something it's gum.
  7. Only One to Not Know it's the Championship

    I agree that we shouldn't umpire a championship game any differently than we would a regular season or rec game. We should give 100% for all games we do, but it's nice to know before hand what we're getting ourselves into. In this case the teams didn't seem to treat it much like a championship game but I could see us getting ready for a run of the mill high school summer league game and then getting snapped back to reality when both teams being more competitive than normal. Again, it wouldn't change how we work the game, but it's nice to know in advance.
  8. Have you ever been assigned a championship game and not known it? I was moved from a 9u to a varsity summer league game. All went well and when the game was over the catcher ran to hung the pitcher and the team celeberated. Seemed odd. As we're walking back to the car a woman says "good job guys, see you next year." I was confused and she said "that was the championship (of that summer league)." I checked Arbiter again to make sure I didn't miss anything but me and my partner confirmed that nothing pointed to this being a championship game. Even the game it didn't play like a championship. Odd to say the least.
  9. If a coach told me to read the rule book he probably wouldn't be long for the game. That's just me though.
  10. Balk...Yes or No?

    I see what you're saying and you're right about a pickoff. OP said that F1 leaned in for a sign, took the ball out of his glove, put it behind his back and then came set. The hands coming together the breaking before coming set is where I'm balking this.
  11. Required Shock absorbers on catcher's masks?

    Anyone know when Wilson's exclusive contract with MLB umpires ends? As has been said here time and again they don't care about advancement in protection nearly as much as they do their bottom line. I figure that with Joe West partnering with them on the West Vest, it wouldn't end soon, but I was curious. Also wondering if Force 3 could ever take over as the official gear supplier in the future. Wouldn't that be the day.
  12. T-Pos

    Mysterious lol
  13. Stalling

    In all the tourneys that I've worked, I don't think any have had any explicit penalties for stalling aside from saying that it's unsportsmanlike. In some of those same tourneys there were rules that said a team would be disqualified or told not to return if they committed multiple unsportsmanlike acts. Even when I know a team is stalling or when an opposing coach complains to a TD I've never seen anything done about it. I've never even seen a team told they wouldn't be welcome back. That being said, it seems most coaches stop stalling (or at least make it less obvious) when they are called on it early in a tourney.
  14. Balk...Yes or No?

    Balk. Even if he started to bring his hands together and stopped, that's a balk. He has to come set and then step off if he wants to take the ball out of his glove without pitching.
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