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CJK

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About CJK

  • Birthday 04/22/1967

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  1. When a bat comes that close to me, I pick it up and deliver it to the coach personally along with the message. I know that's not necessarily the right move at every level, but I also know that it's reasonable at my level.
  2. And that same dude would have been chewing your ear off about how "nobody learns if you don't go by the book" and "you're taking it away from the kids" if you'd have called his runner out when the other team made the same crappy play.
  3. HC: "Can you try to get in the right position for that play at home next time?" My Mouth: "C'mon, Mike. We're done with that one. Let's move on." (Especially hilarious if his name is Mark.) My Brain: "Why am I running all over the stupid park when I could just sit on a bucket in the dugout and be right about everything all the time?"
  4. Call what you see. ALWAYS call what you see. Your integrity depends on it.
  5. Tricking the runner is not the same as hindering the runner. If the R2 slides into 3B and stops, how did F5 hinder R2? F5 didn't keep R2 from doing anything, especially if F5 "straddles" the bag by putting the left foot on the LF side of the base and the right foot on the foul side of the base. F5 isn't taking the turn away from R2, so there's no hindrance.
  6. Given how much excellent advice is contained in this thread, particularly in KenBAZ's post, this might sound kind of silly, but I find high value in it, so here you go: RELAX between pitches. Do things like rolling your neck around, flexing and snapping your fingers, clenching your butt, moving your knees, stretching your back, blinking your eyes, and smiling. Relaxing will decrease your stress, help you focus more clearly in short bursts, and keep you fresher longer.
  7. The rules against those things are Unwritten. In general, the penalty for violating an Unwritten Rule is assessed by the other team's pitcher.
  8. "Protecting the player" in this context could really only mean getting himself ejected instead of the player, and it would already have been too late for that. In any event, if he wanted to stay in the game, he needs a better plan than charging the umpire, jawing in his face, and waving around him back toward the plate. If he had run in, rodeo-clowned the pitcher, and then turned to the umpire to de-escalate the situation, maybe I would view it differently.
  9. Certainly no later than when he left the mound to argue. And that coach that came charging in could hold hands with him on the way out, too.
  10. I know a guy who got reprimanded for "harassment" last year because he said something to a player that I don't think anybody in their right mind could consider inappropriate. A coach who was mad about a call in the game reported embellished the "misconduct," and the league followed the money to its decision to discipline him. I could imagine him coming back after that situation and calling games from this position.
  11. I wasn't there, and each of us has his own "feel" for what it takes to cross the line, but I think it sounds like you passed the problem on to the next guy. The kid still doesn't know where the magic number is, but he thinks it's at least 8. The first time it happened probably wasn't prolonged, profane, or personal, but I think it would have prompted me to have an aside with the coach at the inning break. "Mike, we both know that's not appropriate. I wanted you to have your chance to address it first, and I didn't want whatever happens next to come as a surprise."
  12. Anywhere I work, it doesn't matter what I say at all, because half the people in the park are screaming "RUN!" and the other half are screaming "THROW IT!"
  13. Is it wrong for the other team's coach to teach his shortstop to try to hit your runner in the face with his throw? (Hint: yes.) If it's wrong for them, it's wrong for you. Teach your players how to move their feet to avoid being vulnerable and make an on-target throw without regard for what the runner is doing.
  14. Perhaps the consideration for the offense comes when the same people require a similarly high threshold for interference.
  15. No doubt easier said than done, but most of our job is that way, right? I just don't think it can possibly be emphasized enough that we need to be locked in for the next play and (especially during the game) can't afford to dwell on things.