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  1. 8 points
    I think the largest thing with OP is missing is the glamour, night life and chicks that come with the gig! Just cannot keep those umpire groupies away! Oh, wait... that's Rock Star... I get easily confused! Bottom line... I take the 25 or so HS game fees a season and pay off or pay down a bill, take a vacation, or something similar. Am I going to pay my house payment with this extra 'side job'? Nope. I could work games almost every day of the year, but as other posters have already said, this is a hobby. Get out there, get some exercise, see the sun, make a 14 year old cry... all the important things!
  2. 5 points
    Slightly different angle, I believe umpiring to be the best job a high schooler could have. Where else could I make $20 an hour, while setting my own schedule, and doing something I love? Even after spending close to $1000 to overhaul my equipment, get stuff to do basketball, and pay for gas, I still came out way ahead last year, and I'm getting even better games and pay this year, with way less overhead (driving a way more gas efficient car!).
  3. 5 points
    I am continually i impressed by the many things I learn on a baseball field. Some are related to baseball rules and others are thins that often leave me dunbfounded. In today's version of I am an idiot so you must be as well... Top 5; R2 only; no outs. I am in C. BR hits a shot to RF that is being blown toward the right field line, F9 running to his left makes the catch as R2 tags once the ball is touched. I have dropped deep enough to see R2 on the bag and F9 make the catch. R2 advances on the play. DHC instructs his players to throw the ball to 2B to appeal the runner leaving early. I signal safe. DHC comes out of 3B dugout to talk to me. The following conversation ensues " Kev, you didn't have him leaving early?" "No Jim. That's why I signaled safe." "But he clearly left early." "I didn't see it that way Jim." "How could you possibly see whether or not he left early from where you were?" "When the ball was hit to right, I dropped back toward the the 3B line so I could have the runner and the fielder in my field of vision." "There's no way anyone could have seen both at the same time!" "Even you?" DHC returned to the dugout.
  4. 4 points
    Ok, I can't access my shoes at the moment, but I'm pretty sure of what I'm about to tell you: When I first got these, . .on the last eyelet, I'd continue to cross into the opposite side (up to the very top eyelet which is the met plate) like you'd typically do ...and I was getting what you're talking about. NOW ...... I take the string from the last shoe eyelet and go straight up (same side) to the very top metatarsal plate eyelet (DO NOT CROSS UP AT THE VERY TOP) , ... ....when finished, ....then you can tie like you typically tie them and it'll cinch up nice! CRAP, I hope that makes sense! LOL
  5. 4 points
    Did his ass get a concussion?
  6. 4 points
    "Time" (not like "normal" -- louder) "Stay here" (right hand out and up; index finger pointing down at the ground) "That's a strike" (hammer type indication) Give the count
  7. 4 points
    So basically none of you spent any time in 12U rec ball.
  8. 3 points
    "John, If you feel he missed a base, then you can appeal that when the ball is live." Alternatively: "I can't rule on appeals when the ball is dead, John." Or ask if he's appealing if the rules allow a dead-ball appeal.
  9. 3 points
    As a coach, I wouldn't start the game without clarification on the rule. "That's my rule" doesn't make it a rule.
  10. 3 points
    I believe it's named after a Spanish burro living as a king in South Korea.
  11. 3 points
    Time, don’t do that. Keep your hands apart when you take the rubber.
  12. 3 points
    Runner is awarded 3B but must retouch 1B before going. If he fails to retouch he can be out upon a proper appeal by the defense (but not by the umpire without the proper appeal).
  13. 3 points
    @JSam21 is correct. If the umpire calls a foul ball, then nothing can change it. I am interested in what a "linesman" is in baseball, though.
  14. 3 points
    Female Umpire story; I trained a number of females, and nearly all of them did a fine job. One girl (about 17) worked her first game on a Coach Pitch field. I watched from behind the fence. The ball rolled to her and she picked it up. The Coach Pitcher, about 25 feet away, held his glove hand up and said “throw the ball here, HONEY”………she was the CF for her Varsity Softball Team. She nearly took his hand off….. I almost chewed through my lower lip….
  15. 3 points
    There are no official mechanics to communicate our ruling of "failure to attempt/permitting to hit." Intentionally moving into the pitch satisfies either test for denying HBP. We do need to kill it immediately, which I follow with "Stay right there!" to the batter. I will also sometimes do an exaggerated motion like the batter moving into the pitch: typically arm or leg turning into the pitch. I don't put much stock in the imitation part: it generally does not stop a coach from coming out, and serves little other purpose. But if it works for you, it can be a communication tool, which is of course the purpose of any signal, official or not.
  16. 3 points
    Track. Decide. Announce. Three. Separate. Steps.
  17. 3 points
  18. 3 points
    It will occasionally happen. So flash your “what’s the count sign” to your partner. He doesn’t know it because he doesn’t carry an indicator on the bases and goes by your count, ask the catcher and the batter what the count is, explaining that you need another cup of coffee. Or do nothing and the baseball gods will take you off the hook. The trick is it can and will happen even at the MLB level. There are guys that will tell you they don’t use an indicator at the plate. It’s skill worth emulating if you can do it. If you can’t and lose the count my above advice is what I recommend.
  19. 3 points
  20. 3 points
    Thanks fellers! It really is a great protector. I've had all of the usual suspects over the years, and none of them feel like the Power. "Cool Factor" aside, Riddell figured out the magic potion for the most comfortable, best fitting protector I've ever seen. It's a shame that it hasn't been made for so long. If the big gold W pulled their head out of their behinds, they should reproduce this exactly how it was made back when Riddell made it, but apparently they don't really care about the voice of the umpire, or don't realize that they can perhaps?. (Get ready for @MadMax to weigh in, in t-minus 10, 9, 8,....) Now that I put the W "batlight" in the sky!
  21. 3 points
    I wouldn't be opposed to having 1 set of rules....... wait...... nevermind
  22. 3 points
    What’s the point? The Head Coaches are at the Plate Meeting with the umpires, right? Do you actually believe that Aaron and Zack are going to leave that “highly informative” Plate Meeting you just conducted and relay to their Assistant Coaches that they better not step out of the dugout to argue a call because the umpires will only allow or tolerate Aaron or Zack to approach them, and even then, that they should only approach the calling umpire, and that if needed, the calling umpire will get together with his fellow umpires, and still get the call wrong... I mean, right. That long run-on sentence is trying to prove a point. It’s all unnecessary. Aaron and Zack don’t give two craps about you and your “instructions”. And when it comes down to it, there are some HCs who have little or no rein over their ACs, and frankly, don’t care if they get tossed. Try it. Stop giving instructions or reminders on procedures, protocol, or sportsmanship, and just see what happens ( @Richvee, @conbo61 and the rest of the NJ boys don’t get this luxury). How you conduct yourself as an umpire – positioning, hustle, projection, communication – is much, much more effective than what you espouse at the plate meeting.
  23. 3 points
    @Rock Bottom, meet @maven............ @maven,..............Rocky
  24. 3 points
    I might consider wiping those pads with $40 at Ump Attire
  25. 3 points