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  1. Backswing INT vs foul ball situation

  2. Starter uniforms for rookies

    We all have to start somewhere. The official uniform is all well and good but the expense can be one more obstacle to getting new umpires. If people can where what they already have in their closet to give it a try without a big investment that is a good thing. If khakis are good business attire that's good enough for umpiring. Let's not take ourselves more seriously than we need too. Life is hard enough.
  3. Unorthodox rotation situation

    What is "by the book" for this? Does "the book" cover this type of thing? You need to move as the play dictates. I'd say they got it right.
  4. Kneeling for National Anthem

    I'm not sure. I will simply say that we should not confuse freedom of speech which prevents the government from punishing someone, and an employers right to fire someone. They are totally different things.
  5. Kneeling for National Anthem

    I would think that the schools, venue owners, team owners etc all have the right to say don't do that here on my turf. That doesn't infringe on anyone's right to free speech. How many of our employers would simply "Get back to work!" There are proper times and places to peacefully protest. Also, never mind the fact that the whole BLM/Antifa/Occupy movement is based on lies and propaganda.
  6. Farewell for now

    Wow! It's a long way from Dillsburg to Indianapolis, if you know what I mean. Best of luck!
  7. Runners Returning to Base

    To add to the part about the ball becoming dead, the umpire does not call time until the ball is controlled by the defense in the infield and no runners are advancing (or retreating). If there is action on the bases the ball doesn't become dead just because it is returned to the pitcher.
  8. Baseball

    @maven and @noumpere Sorry guys! I guess I was reading it too literally. Now I get it. I need to remember where this question was asked.
  9. Baseball

    I am a bit confused as to what is so difficult here. The OP said "If a ball bounces in bounds before first base then bounces out of bounds before first base". That would mean it passed over foul territory before going out of bounds. It did not pass 1st base, nor was it touched in fair territory. FOUL BALL!
  10. Why wasn't an out

    That's exactly what I'm saying. The player's reaction is just one thing we can use to help us determine what happened. It can be more of a reliable indicator in some situations and not so much in others.
  11. Why wasn't an out

    This is true, BUT player reactions can help us make our decision as to what actually happened. Proper timing would take all information into account.
  12. Ball bounces

    Rich, thanks for bailing me out!
  13. Ball bounces

    It also cannot be a caught 3rd strike.
  14. I couldn't disagree more, call what it is, not what everyone perceives it to be. If it passes through the strike zone it is a strike, no matter where it ends up.
  15. Batting out of order / substitute

    I was coaching in a game where our sub forgot to report. He was listed on the lineup card I gave to the other team. After a BB they appealed BOO and the umpires agreed and called him out. I could not get convince anyone that it was not BOO, but an unreported sub. My son, who was a player, knew the rule as well. He actually told me to get myself thrown out (I didn't). If I had called the UIC of the league it would have delayed things and we probably would not have gotten the 8th inning in. We won in 8. I did call the UIC after the game about another matter and mentioned this to him. He said an unreported sub is never an out under any rule set and that the umpires should have known better!.