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Distant Slot?

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This was a HS district playoff game in Iowa a few years back.  Talk about distant slot positioning, lol!

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I know we have a shortage of umpires to cover all the games, but come. on. dude. If I was a UIC or Trainer/Mentor in this guy's league or tournament, I wouldn't let him do this. Nothing good – for the game participants, nor this umpire, nor umpires in general – comes from this sort of positioning.

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Wow - how does he even call the right half of the plate?!?! There's no way he can see anything but inside corner.

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48 minutes ago, MadMax said:

If I was a UIC or Trainer/Mentor in this guy's league or tournament, I wouldn't let him do this.

His head IS a little low...

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57 minutes ago, wolfe_man said:

Wow - how does he even call the right half of the plate?!?! There's no way he can see anything but inside corner.

I have a hunch he can see both corners, or whichever one the catcher's body isn't blocking. This guy isn't in any sort of slot. He's centered on the plate.

He must be incredibly immobile or absolutely mortified about getting hit.

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7 minutes ago, MadMax said:

I have a hunch he can see both corners, or whichever one the catcher's body isn't blocking. This guy isn't in any sort of slot. He's centered on the plate.

He must be incredibly immobile or absolutely mortified about getting hit.

I'd go with the latter. LOL - if he gets any further back, he may as well go behind the screen and sit down and call from there.

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funny that you post this, we had a game last week, the position shown in the picture was exactly where PU was set up nearly the entire game.  I wanted to post about it, but chose not to, so this is timely for me.

 

now in his defense, the F2s in the game were not strong players, mostly due to inexperience.  However, it frustrated me to no end, that and his calling a play at the plate from pretty much that same position, instead of rotating to to 3BLX and working back toward the infield as I've learned here.  IMHO, he totally missed the call, hard to see the foot under the tag from that spot with F2 in the way.

 

So as a coach can anyone suggest if one sees a umpire set up like that what to do or say to get him to adjust his positioning?

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9 minutes ago, stkjock said:

funny that you post this, we had a game last week, the position shown in the picture was exactly where PU was set up nearly the entire game.  I wanted to post about it, but chose not to, so this is timely for me.

 

now in his defense, the F2s in the game were not strong players, mostly due to inexperience.  However, it frustrated me to no end, that and his calling a play at the plate from pretty much that same position, instead of rotating to to 3BLX and working back toward the infield as I've learned here.  IMHO, he totally missed the call, hard to see the foot under the tag from that spot with F2 in the way.

 

So as a coach can anyone suggest if one sees a umpire set up like that what to do or say to get him to adjust his positioning?

The real mystery is how this guy was assigned a playoff game.

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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.

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