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JonnyCat    135

Shout out to my friend Chris Rutz from California District 70. He was just assigned tomorrow's championship plate for the LL World Series. Chris is a great umpire and has donated thousands of hours of his time working games, and instructing here in SoCal. I've had the pleasure of working many games with him, and instructing with him the last 10 years. It's been a long time dream of his.

He's an awesome guy, and I couldn't be happier for him!

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LRZ    122

Your friend did a nice job, I thought. A much better sense of the outside corner than other LL umpires I watched in earlier games.

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Richvee    1,724
2 hours ago, LRZ said:

Your friend did a nice job, I thought. A much better sense of the outside corner than other LL umpires I watched in earlier games.

Agree 100%. He should be proud. Well done!

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Thunderheads    2,363
13 hours ago, LRZ said:

Your friend did a nice job, I thought. A much better sense of the outside corner than other LL umpires I watched in earlier games.

AGREE!  And ...  baseball mechanics!! :D 

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stkjock    272

anyone watch much of the LLWS, having a son who played LL Majors last year I've been watching a lot of the games the last few years, my question re: the zone.

 

Anyone think that pitches two balls off the plate being called strikes was an instruction from LLI?  Seems a lot of these pitches with the catcher in the opposing batters box and the pitch coming in around the line of the opposition batters box were consistently called strikes. 

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Thawk    42
1 hour ago, stkjock said:

anyone watch much of the LLWS, having a son who played LL Majors last year I've been watching a lot of the games the last few years, my question re: the zone.

 

Anyone think that pitches two balls off the plate being called strikes was an instruction from LLI?  Seems a lot of these pitches with the catcher in the opposing batters box and the pitch coming in around the line of the opposition batters box were consistently called strikes. 

Maybe, but you said the key word - "consistently".  How many times have we as umpires heard the coaches complain about calls not going the same both ways.  Once he established his zone, it did not change at all.  Hitters and pitchers adapted to him.

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LRZ    122

That's the kind of pitch that Rutz, to his credit, did not fall for.

BTW, I was amused by 12 y/o catchers dragging pitches a foot outside back into the zone and holding them there. I thought another LLI instruction to umpires must have been to ignore this. Normally, we'd say to a kid, "Son, you know, don't you, that when you move your glove like that, you're just telling me the pitch was a ball?"

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stkjock    272
1 hour ago, LRZ said:

That's the kind of pitch that Rutz, to his credit, did not fall for.

BTW, I was amused by 12 y/o catchers dragging pitches a foot outside back into the zone and holding them there. I thought another LLI instruction to umpires must have been to ignore this. Normally, we'd say to a kid, "Son, you know, don't you, that when you move your glove like that, you're just telling me the pitch was a ball?"

I'll have to see if I find any clips. I don't recall the Sunday game well. 

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