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    Some dude in Ohio? Rhymes with "Raven"?
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    Hey all! My name is John, and I'm new to umpiring. I'm 14 years old, and baseball is pretty much life for me. I've played baseball since I was 6, mainly as a catcher. Therefore, I have a love, or hate, for umpires. I've always wanted to try, and I recently finished umpire school. I'm technically OHSAA certified, even though my age won't allow me to umpire high school. I just thought that would be a good place to learn, and I feel like I'm ready for the job. I'm going to be reading these boards a lot, and hopefully learn a little bit. Any advice? Where is a good place to buy gear? I've been recommended to buy the OHSAA starter pack, but I don't necessarily know a good place to buy that. Hoping my first game will happen soon!
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    Gives the pitcher a ball, puts it in play (even without a batter), and has the defense execute an appeal.
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    Carlucci. I think he is the only MLB ump that uses that type.
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    Shuttup. DH Friday got cancelled (and I was happy about this, on my drive home it was 18 and 20+ mph winds). Saturday youth DH got cancelled, but got another call to work a small tourney about an hour further away. It was cold (high was 42) and there was a little snow in the shadows (but none between the foul lines). We had about 2 hours of "this really isn't too bad" when the wind had calmed down and the sun was out. The last game, my partner gave me crap about keeping my hands in my pockets when on the bases - yes, I know it's not "professional" but I quite frankly didn't care.
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    That was cool, Rick. Even though we have been playing baseball north of the 49th for almost as long as all of you below, I wonder what the Canadian version would look like with either hockey, curling or lacrosse. Two of those sports are based on whacking each other with sticks, then shaking hands after it’s over. Humboldt strong.
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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think FED addresses this exactly like OBR does. If it happened to me tomorrow in a FED game, I'd get two. I think it's easier to explain that once R3 retreats behind 3B with R2 on 3B, R2 has passed R3 and is out immediately. Then R3 was tagged off the base. I remember the lengthy discussion about this before the case play found it's way into the rule book. Always seemed most logical to me that this is a "passing" event and treat it as such.
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    I can think of a few “issues”: ”Do you have anything new to show us for your ‘Exclusive Supplier’ status?” ”What technical proof do you have that Titanium is ‘dangerous’ or ‘unsafe’ to use?” ”Do you have a one-piece helmet (ie. HSM) that will fit Gary Cederstrom’s head? If not, why did you terminate the one model that (kinda) did?” ”Where has all that money that you’ve reaped in from North American amateur umpires actually gone to, because it doesn’t look like it’s been invested in improving your gear catalog for umpires?” ”Why are DynaLite Aluminum welds popping? Why aren’t you willingly recalling or replacing them?” ”Why do Gold and Platinum shinguards require such big-@$$ Plate pant leg openings?” ”Why does my Gold (or Platinum) CP feel like a soggy ol’ couch after a game or two?”
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    Is anyone going to the camp in Kansas City next month? Here the info if someone in the area doesn't have it. I'm going, injured, but I'm going. Sent from my SM-G920P using Tapatalk
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    I would say that the best way to "undo" habits is to learn the mechanics for the other system through one of the many 3 man clinics hosted by one of several highly regarded organizations across the country. Many have been discussed on this board so naming them would end up in me forgetting one or two, or maybe more. Do some research to find ones close to you. When I went to one of these clinics I worked hard to learn the systems right the first time so I would not have to undo any bad habits. Once learned, continue to reinforce the different mechanics by reading, watching, and working the system. My .02. YMMV.
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    2018 Official Baseball Rule 6.01(d) Comment PLAY: Batter hits ball to shortstop, who fields ball but throws wild past first baseman. The coach at first base, to avoid being hit by the ball, falls to the ground and the first baseman on his way to retrieve the wild thrown ball, runs into the coach. The batter-runner finally ends up on third base. Whether the umpire should call interference on the part of the coach is up to the judgment of the umpire and if the umpire felt that the coach did all he could to avoid interfering with the play, no interference need be called. If, in the judgment of the umpire, the coach was attempting to make it appear that he was trying not to interfere, the umpire should rule interference. And here’s how the 2010 Jaksa/Roder manual describes coach’s interference: “It is interference if a base coach…blatantly and avoidably hinders a fielder’s try to field a fair or catchable batted ball or thrown ball. A coach must try to avoid a fielder trying to field. If he tries to avoid, but contacts a fielder, it is not interference. In most cases, a coach who does not try to avoid contact with a fielder will have interfered.”
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    Sorry guys, things have been hectic around here last couple of days. Anyway, just now got off the phone with Joe. MLB is having a dispute with Wilson on some issues so MLB has directed that Umps will cover the "W" out on the vests until resolved. Might be some NEW changes in the works also, but can't comment any further at this time. Thanks for your patience! SJA :-)
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    Well, 'could' is awfully weak, but I'll venture that no pro umpire would call INT here, nor should they. You might be running this case together the base coach's obligation to avoid a fielder who is fielding a batted ball in foul ground. The bar for INT is much lower there, and we're closer to strict liability for INT (trying and failing to get out of the way can still be INT). The bar is rather higher for an overthrow like this, as the coach is not only allowed on the field but is actually doing something (for a change), and he's allowed to move. Here, a defensive miscue that puts him in the way will not by itself make him liable to INT; he will have to do something intentional (including, in difficult-to-judge cases, intentionally remaining in the way). One way to think about the different basis for the calls is: who put the ball where the coach would be in the way?
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    Wow. There are so many good points on here. Having a good zone definitely is affected by numerous things (stance, tracking, etc.) and could easily be its own miniseries if we wanted to make sure and hit everything. @lawump has a great list of factors that definitely come into play at higher levels of ball. Some of them, like calling a ball if the catcher misses it, can apply to lower levels of baseball as well (but are very dependent on skill level). One of the things I routinely see in upper level games I work is the catcher getting a great pitch at the bottom of the knees and slapping his glove on the ground as he catches it. You almost have to call that a ball because of how it looks. However, it's great when the catcher has been taught to not do that and you can get strikes out of it.
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    Seems like a lot of angst over a follow-up answer to a question that was correctly and succinctly answered 9 hours earlier.
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    I’m not Fittske or Mr. Ump and I work sporadic D II and below but I have both the original PBS1 and 2 Honig’s Poly-Wools and Smitty 4-way stretch in both plate and base. I’ve worn the Honig’s poly-wools exclusively at all levels and in all seasons from 2008 until 2017 when I tried the new Smitty “golf” pants. I call them that because I wear UnderArmour golf pants to work and except for the effin pleats in the Smitty pants they feel the same as the UnderArmours when wearing them. Great pants except for two things in my opinion. 1. They are very baggy and roomy in the legs and in this freakin Kansas wind they flap like flags. Even the plate pants with F3 18.5 shinguards. 2. They seem kinda light and are a little chilly in the early spring and late fall games when it’s below 45 outside. Both brands and style of pants look great though. Love them both . I don’t believe in one size or one style fits all. So, as long as the Honig’s PBS 1 and 2 last I will wear them in college games in colder (below 50 degree) weather and wear the Smitty’s the rest of the time. My .02........
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    You MUST think about your responsibilities before the ball is hit. If you try to stop and think about where you have to go (or what your responsibilities are) after the ball is hit...then you are screwed. So, EACH AND EVERY time a new batter gets in the box OR the location of the runner(s) change (i.e. on a steal, pass ball, wild pitch, balk, etc.) you must...before the ball is pitched...mentally review in your head what your responsibilities are should the ball be put in play. If you try to review your responsibilities once the ball is put in play, you will have no chance. By way of example, if the game begins with a 4-pitch walk...before the first pitch the second batter is delivered, I am mentally telling myself, "I have any fly ball that takes F8 toward LF all the way to F7. I have any fly ball to RCF or RF that U1 doesn't go out on. I'm rotating on a clean base hit to the outfield. Revert to two man if U1 goes out." Furthermore, as I am reviewing this in my head, I am going to signal to my partners (by pointing to first base) that we are rotating on a clean base hit to the OF where no umpires goes out. If you do this every time, your odds of having an "oh, sh!t, where do I go," moment significantly decreases.