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  1. 9 points
    What a great umpire!! He's gotten every call correct!
  2. 8 points
    Last Sunday I was in Toronto visiting Crew 8 Hallion Cuzzi Tichenor and Hamari who all use my old CP harness The crew are all using my new UL FLEX CP and Mask Harnesses Hallion did not even consider waiting until his next plate job, he asked me to fit it for him and the mask harness. I launched this new product today and have been at it all day doing custom work for umpires all over the US If anyone would like to know more or order just shoot me an email Regards Ray UMPLIFE
  3. 7 points
    As a Christian, I believe in the power of resurrection. My days as an official are not over yet. After some counseling and many conversations with several fellow officials, I have decided to give it another whirl. I've already talked to my assignor and he has agreed to have me back in the association next season. I'm also planning to officiate football in the fall. Ump-Attire ought to be happy with this news, as I will have to buy all new gear. So far, I've lost about 80 pounds with a bit more to go! I will be a much better official this time around. Thanks for your support when I left earlier this year. It was partly what made me consider giving it another shot. Jonathan
  4. 6 points
    The New Flex CP Harness is a change from my original and offers a true 4 point connection with excellent support and comfort. Already being used by MLB Umpires Adam Hamari, Phil Cuzzi, Todd Tichenor and Tom Hallion with more orders coming in everyday, MiLB umpires have already been ordering the new Flex It will fit any 4 point connection harness on the market today The old harness was really a 3 point connection with the top straps being one point of connection which was worn tight to the neck and snug on the sides. Guys were wearing them too tight all round causing undue stress to the neoprene which sometimes resulted in tearing or breakdown. The New Flex is a true 4 pointer and has contour for the sides which will take the stress off the neoprene when worn correctly. Tight on top, snug on the sides. Available in Black/Grey Trim or Grey/Black Trim
  5. 6 points
    Just an Update... I'm still alive and well. I do plan on being more involved once again, at least on the site. I've had another job change. I left the Waterpark in April. It was an absolutely great job and a ton of fun, but only May through September. Not much for an HR person to do at a waterpark in the winter with only 5 employees and I needed much more responsibility and a challenge. I'm now at a defense contractor running their HR dept. So now as I'm settling in at the new job I have made it a point to return to the helm of Umpire-Empire. @Thunderheads, @LMSANS @johnnyg08 @Stan W., @Majordave, @HokieUmp & @MidAmUmp have done fantastic at keeping everything rolling smoothly and I cannot express just how much I appreciate it. So I haven't umpired since March 2018. Just haven't had time. Do I miss it??? Yes and no. Yes, I really miss being on the field calling games and working with other umpires. But also no I don't miss it as much as I thought I would. I enjoy the time at home with my family. Looking back I wonder just how I was able to squeeze umpiring into my schedule. I have been non-stop with various activities this spring and cant imagine the travel and just overall time away from home. A couple of weeks ago I attended my first game as a fan in probably 5 years as my ECU Pirates came and visited ODU. This is the first game I've been to since @dumbdumband I went to an O's game. Now I still watch the game as an umpire and see the game very differently than the average fan, and I hope that never changes. Will I return to Umpiring? I plan on picking up some fall ball games this fall, but there is no way I'm going to work the number of games I once did. I'm thinking 1-2 a week tops and if I don't get a game, I just don't get a game. Also, I know the site is in major needs of some software updates. You guys see and experience the issues with TapaTalk and that's on my list. I need to: do some tweeks on the server side of things update the forum's software. THEN TAPATALK! Finally fix the automatic promotion feature ( Established member, Inactive, new member, etc...) But I will be around more and have enjoyed living vicariously through you all. Also, I will be continuing my Quick Tips YouTube series in the next couple of weeks. I've trashed the ones I had in the can to be released. And have already started a new set of topics I want to cover. As always thanks for your continued support of Umpire-Empire!
  6. 5 points
    Just don't say "It hit her in the box."
  7. 5 points
  8. 5 points
    So, with the conclusion of this year's NFHS Baseball Rules Committee meeting in Indianapolis, my four-year term on the committee has come to an end. I am proud to have served, and I met a lot of people who have a deep commitment to prep baseball and who have become lifelong friends. With that said, I wanted to write a post that explains how the baseball committee process works. There is a lot of bashing of the rules committee on social media (not so much this site...but a lot on other sites). I thought I could give an insider's perspective on how the process works. Like any endeavor, my tenure on the committee had some lows, but it had a lot more highs. There are 11 voting members of the committee. First, there are 8 members who represent the NFHS' eight sections. (The NFHS divides the country into eight sections.) I represented Section Three which has nine states in the Southeast United States. Next, there is one member who represents the National Federation's officials association (an umpire) and one member who represents the National Federation's coaches' association (a head coach at a high school). Finally, there is a voting chairman (the committee chairman is almost always an executive in some state's high school league office). One knock that I see a lot is that there have never been enough umpires on the committee. This is actually false. During my tenure on the board, there have actually been an average of six (out of 11) umpires on the committee. During the year, any state can make a rule change proposal. In fact, you (meaning the person reading this post) can make a rule change proposal. You would need to propose the rule change to your state's high school association. If they agreed with your proposal, they can then submit it on your behalf to the NFHS for consideration by the Baseball Rules Committee. Each June, the Baseball Rules Committee meets in Indianapolis to discuss (sometimes "debate" is a better word) all of the rule change proposals submitted during the prior year. The deadline for submitting proposals is sometime in early May. During the meeting, the committee can ONLY vote on rule changes that were proposed before the deadline. That is, the committee cannot propose its own rule changes during the meeting. If a committee member wants to change a rule, he has to submit it before the deadline. After the submission deadline, but before the committee's June meeting, every state office is sent all rule change proposals. The state offices can then contact their representative on the committee and direct their representative how they want them to vote. Of course, in a section like mine (with 9 states) all of the states may not agree with one another on each proposal. In which case, I would have to use my own judgment when voting. However, if a clear majority of states in my section instructed me to vote a certain way...I'd have to vote that way. This is because I represent the interests of my section's states on the committee. During my four years on the committee, I would send all of the rule proposals to my nine state offices every May asking them for their opinions or directions as to how I should vote. Some years, I would only hear back from 2 or 3 states. Other years, I heard back from a lot more. At our meeting in June, we would discuss/debate the rule change proposals. Finally, we'd vote on them. Additionally, if the baseball rules committee felt that there were issues in the sport that needed to be addressed, but did not require a rule change, we could vote to insert new plays into the casebook. Since casebook plays are not "rule changes", but rather are interpretations of existing rules, they are not required to be submitted to the states ahead of time. And, in fact, it is common for the committee to draft and adopt a new casebook play(s) after having a discussion on a particular issue when we felt we could deal with the issue with a casebook play rather than have to wait to submit a rule change proposal the following year. Now, we get to the part of which many are ignorant: When the rules committee passes a rule change, it must be approved by 2 1/2 other committees. I say "2 1/2" because three other committees actually look at the rule changes the rules committee passed, but only two of those can actually reject or approve those rule changes. The third committee is the Sports Medicine Committee. They review our changes and only give an opinion as to whether or not an approved rule change poses an increase risk of injury to the student-athletes. The sports medicine committee doesn't actually approve or reject a rule change the rules committee has made. However, I guarantee you that if the sports medicine committee gives an opinion that a rules change (approved by the rules committee) poses an unreasonably higher risk of injury to the student-athletes, then one of the other two committees is going to reject our rule change. [As an aside, let me state that the Sports Medicine Committee does some incredible work. First, they have some of the most famous sports-medicine people in the country on the committee. Second, they do some incredible research. Third, they really do care about the students and their safety. In fact, I ended my tenure on the rules committee believing that the work the NFHS does for student safety through its sports medicine committee is perhaps the NFHS' greatest contribution to sports in this country.] Next, the rules changes that passed the baseball rules committee are then reviewed by the "rules review committee". This committee is comprised entirely of NFHS employees. They are basically all of the rules editors for all of the different sports. So, the baseball rules editor (an NFHS employee who sits in during the NFHS baseball rules committee meeting) has to defend the rule changes we passed to his colleagues (who are the rules editors for all of the other sports.) It was explained to me by someone with a lot of history working with the NFHS, that the purpose of this committee is to make sure that a sport's rules committee doesn't go off the deep end and make a bunch of crazy rule changes. The "rules review committee" basically serves as a check to make sure that the baseball rules committee, for instance, can't be hijacked by a group of like-minded people who then makes wholesale changes to the baseball rulebook which then fundamentally and drastically changes the nature of the sport. When the "rules review committee" looks at the rule changes passed by the baseball rules committee, they look to make sure that the "balance between offense and defense as it should exist in that particular sport is maintained", that player safety is not adversely affected, and that the sport itself is not being drastically changed without just cause (among other things). If this committee rejects a rule change that the rules committee made...then the change is dead. When the "rules review committee" rejects a rule change that was passed by the rules committee, they sometimes explain why they rejected the rule change...and sometimes they provide no explanation. Finally, any rule changes that were approved by the "rules review committee" must then be approved by the NFHS "Executive Committee". This committee is almost always comprised of the executive directors of various state high school associations. I am not familiar with what this committee does when reviewing the approved rule changes, but I think most of the time they will approve the rule changes as long as the sports medicine and "rules review committee" have signed off on them. In summary, the NFHS is a bureaucracy...there is no doubt about that. Like anything, that has pluses and minuses. It goes without saying that the NFHS does some great work. What sometimes frustrated me is that before one bashes the baseball rules committee, one should know that sometimes the baseball rules committee is not the entity with which you have your disagreement. Sometimes, we pass a change to the rules that umpires overwhelmingly want, but it gets rejected by the "rules review committee" or "executive committee". I can tell you (without going into details) that this has happened during my tenure more than once. Nothing posted here is confidential. In fact, the NFHS has buried somewhere on their website a video as to how the rules writing process occurs (found it: https://www.nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/rules-writing-process-video/). Since there is hardly a week that goes by in which the rules committee isn't getting bashed somewhere on the internet, I just thought I'd post how things actually work (since I doubt most umpires know...and most don't know about the video). It was a great four-years. I appreciate all of you who communicated with me (especially by private messaging) over those four years so I could know what umpires from across the country were thinking.
  9. 5 points
    Said loud enough to the catcher, but meant for the coach to hear............. I hope they keep up with those "good takes", we'll be out of here sooner than expected!
  10. 5 points
    Remember, this was Jersey. If no gunplay erupted, then it's all good!
  11. 5 points
    This is just my unscientific opinion, but the shots that look and sound the worst are usually not that bad. You want the energy from the ball to be dispersed in other ways — loud bangs, spinning your mask off, etc. It’s the “quiet” shots that die when they hit you that are the worst. That means all of the energy is being directed in one direction — straight back into the impact point on you.
  12. 5 points
    In case there's any state officials or organization presidents scouring this board for ideas on recruiting and keeping new officials: 1. Move start times to 5pm or later and prioritize games to Friday evenings and weekends. Not all people can leave work every day for a 4pm game, and even 5pm games are difficult. 2. Find a way to offset initial costs, especially in equipment-heavy sports, like baseball. An initial cost of $400+ is too much for many new officials to handle. EIther have used equipment they can "borrow" for their first year or two, or work with a supplier (ump-attire, Gerry Davis) to offer a lower price to the organization. The organization pays for the equipment and takes it out over the year, whether through holding back pay or having the umpire pay installments. If they stop officiating or paying before it's paid off, the equipment is returned to the organization, who uses it for borrowing to the next group of officials. If possible, have the schools help pay for the equipment - with 20 schools and 5 new officials at $400, it's about $100 per school; at $5/game, they're helping cover that expense. If they need officials in order to play their games, they should help in getting officials properly equipped onto the field. 3. Stop with the "Good Ol' Boys" scheduling. So many times the longest-tenured officials get the better games, rather than the better-qualified ones. On top of that, these same officials refuse to work earlier-scheduled games, even if doing so makes more officials available. For example, these longer-tenured officials are retired, but only get the games later in the day, despite being available for the earlier games. 4. Take care of the fans. Let them know that abuse isn't tolerated and actually do something when it happens. Rather than having a "site administrator" sitting in their office, or on the sidelines talking to another teacher or parent, actually walk around to the different games, standing within earshot of the fans. When abuse occurs, ask the offender to leave. 5. Take care of the officials. Give them an actual private changing room inside the school and offer a ride to the field if it's away from the school. Give them a ride back at the end of the game. Offer water and healthy snacks in the changing room, along with appropriate heating/cooling. Provide water throughout the game. 6. Waive/refund state membership costs after a certain number of games officiated. Step it down if needed. Assuming $40 to register, refund $10 after the 20th game and another $10 for every 10 games after that (adjust as needed for the sport and realistic expectations). Rather than paying the money, use it to offset their fees for the next year. "You worked 30 games last year, so you'll only need to pay $25 next year." If you raised the yearly cost to $45 or $50, you'll more than offset the amounts you're "refunding". 7. Make a one-cost model for state registration. Rather than paying by sport, pay by school year and allow one sport per season (fall / winter / spring) on that registration. Have a lower cost for anyone who wants additional sports per season. This would entice officials to look at other sports during their "off" season (fall and winter for baseball officials, for example). Fan abuse may be the primary reason officials quit, but it's not the only one. Take care of all of the issues and you'll attract more to the field. If you can market a low-cost entry to the officiating world, you'll attract more people. Seeing a $200-400 entry to a sport is much too high for someone who isn't sure they'll even enjoy doing it. I know a lot of organizations do as much as they can to attract, whether through equipment donations or lowered fees for different reasons, but there's some onus on the state to help defray those costs as well, especially in times where even finding people is proving to be difficult.
  13. 5 points
    First, don't EVER talk to a fan. Ever. (did I make that clear?) Second, Ignore / Acknowledge / Warn / Eject You ignored at first; AC was throwing hands up and asking where some pitches were - not a good thing, but not worth anything. The moment he says "it's down the middle," you jump to Acknowledge - "I had it down, coach." This tells him you understand what he's saying, but it's not the place to argue. He replies with "it's a strike all day," you're in Warn - "That's enough!" If he doesn't understand what that means, he will soon enough. After "That's enough," if he says anything back to you other than "Sorry," you're probably in Eject. This is all increasingly so because he's an assistant coach. Leashes for them should be much shorter, but that comes with him understanding his leash is shorter. Oh, and don't ever talk to fans.
  14. 4 points
    Aptly said. We umpires bristle and are all scared of the P-word. However, know the best way to avoid a Protest? Know the frakkin’ Rules, and quit making sh!t up!!
  15. 4 points
    Heard a new one from a 1B coach today. Slow chopper to F6, BR hustling up the line, Banger at first throw just beats him. 1BC screaming "SAFE SAFE SAFE...You have to reward hustle!!!" I ignore, and I hear a player from the opposing dugout. "So, if I hustle for a line drive and dive and miss it, it should be an out because I hustled??"
  16. 4 points
    I’ll agree with Dotteump on the complexes’ complacent complicity. Not all of them, but they do play a role also. A few years ago I started working at a complex about an hour away. Very nice, very well run, and they take care of umpires like nobody else that I have encountered. However ... One of my first ejections happened there. The day started off with the UIC having to go to the gate to deal with Coach “Legendary Larry” who was refusing to use his team’s admission passes. The volunteers at the gate (some very nice little old ladies) weren’t going to let him in unless he paid or used a pass. (I guess the UIC was called because the guy was a coach, or maybe just because we all wear multiple hats in our “home” organizations.) Later in the day I had “Legendary Larry”. He did not come to the plate meeting, so he was not the head coach by our UIC’s specific instructions. By our instructions, we only talk to head coaches. Long story short, “Legendary Larry” wanted to argue something (I don’t even remember what) and I dumped him as an AC. I got plenty of the “Do you know who I am?” I honestly didn’t, and I didn’t care. The UIC did back me, but did tell me he had to handle the guy like a VIP because of the number of teams he brings to their tournaments every year. Afterwards, the “you dumped Legendary Larry!?” was coming from every umpire and coach I had contact with. People were in awe and some actually admonished me. But the most telling reaction was the next morning when the little old ladies at the gate had donuts waiting for me. The exact quote was “Somebody needs to put that @$$hole in his place. He treats us all like garbage and they just keep kissing his butt. Thank you for trying.” I love little old ladies.
  17. 4 points
    No reputable clinic or camp today teaches baseball umpires to ever say "dead ball." In fact, if you say that at the pro schools, it's very likely that a funeral will be held for the ball in question, with the intent to teach the entire class NOT to say "dead ball." Also, you will not find, in any baseball rule book, where an umpire is instructed to say "dead ball." You will, however, find every baseball rule book instructs umpires to call "time" when the occasion presents itself. I disagree with your contention that calling one or the other carries different implications. When a ball is thrown out of play, "time" is the call and that carries the implication that bases are going to be awarded. Now, I could give the "dead ball" folks ammunition about why it's actually the more correct thing to say, but I'd rather they figure that out on their own.
  18. 4 points
    @Steven Tyler, might I suggest:
  19. 4 points
    Late in the game there was a 2 strike pitch just off the outside edge. The announcer comes out with a "where was that?" line we've all heard too often...They play a replay and the guy sheepishly says something like , "Nevermind, that's outside. Scott's having a great night behind the pate."
  20. 4 points
    TW fan myself. I understand some may find them overly firm, especially in colder weather, but for me that's not a concern. I wear my mask loose, so the firmness of the pads doesn't bother my face at all.
  21. 4 points
    Received a replay from Jeremy Davis and the bottom piece is something Gerry is trying out for the concushion people right now. It's not for sale as of yet.
  22. 4 points
    The catch is close: but I agree with the call on the field (which was made too quickly and then had to be sold, IMO). We're looking for 2 things: secure possession and voluntary release. I'm OK ruling secure possession here: the ball is gloved just above the ground, and the fielder brings it up in his glove to his throwing hand before it pops out. Voluntary release is more controversial, and some might judge that this release was not voluntary. But the key for me is that the ball pops out toward his throwing hand, sideways. An involuntary release would come out in the direction the glove is moving, in this case, upward. So I'd say 'catch' is supportable based on the video.
  23. 4 points
    I do get a smile whenever I see an old post MST contributed to resurrected. RIP Mike. Hope your enjoying the baseball upstairs.
  24. 4 points
    How tight did you have it to your chest? The foam should be nice and snug up against your undershirt so there's no "slop" in the fit when you get smacked with one.
  25. 4 points
    Best breathable CP: Schutt/Adams HDX - no comparison. It's light and breathes well thanks to all the holes... and it offers hard-shell protection. In my opinion, all shins are hot, so wear what protects your legs. You're going to sweat regardless, so you you may as well sweat and be safe, than go lighter and cooler possibly and end up being sore. Shirts are shirts in my opinion, but the Majestic's and some Smitty's now have ventilation panels that help. The newer golf-styled pants from Smitty and Gerry Davis are the way to go for breathe-ability and are quick-drying.
  26. 3 points
    This may have been one of the easiest I have had in all my years. T4 First batter on 2-2 takes a super close pitch, I ball it, catcher caught it horribly on a borderline pitch, honestly may have missed it and maybe should have been a K. Next pitch batter lines out to 3B, no harm done we got the out. Second batter walks on a check swing I appeal and told no swing. Third batter goes down 0-2. Catcher sets up just off the plate. Two straight pitches the mitt moves further out to catch the ball, so two balls there. On 2-2 pitcher spikes on, wild pitch, runner advances. On 3-2 comes inside, with catcher set up outside. It is a high and off the plate to me, ball four. Pitcher looks at me, "That's F*#King bullSH*#." I calmly say, "You're gone." He spikes the ball and walks off the field. As he crosses foul line he looks at me, "That's F*#King SH*#, you're an embarrassment out here, that's a F*#King horrible call, you're a F*#King joke." Summer League President was a the game which helped me in the end. Wrote my report and as told that pitcher will sit another four games now. What shocked me the most is the catcher told me he was happy to see him finally get ejected as him teammates are tired of his crap. We are only three weeks into this summer league program. Half the season to go.
  27. 3 points
    Just balk that SH*# early so you don't have to deal with it all game.
  28. 3 points
    Took the plate for a first of a 7/5 inning double Jr Legion game. First call at the plate.....ht and vt coaches both commented on not arguing calls since partner and I really rotated well and got ourselves in good positions to make calls. Teams split the games. It's nights like this why I got back into calling games.
  29. 3 points
    I use the Ump-Life one. It's magnetic and large. The downside is that I cannot keep it in my chest pocket without it falling out--not a big deal; I just keep it in my ball bag pocket.
  30. 3 points
    F3 had to make an athletic play to receive the throw; the B/R being out of the running lane certainly hindered his ability to receive the throw from F1. He just happens to be a world-class athlete (he's an MLB player) who made a professional play. The issue, however, which Gil discusses at CCS but which has not been raised in this thread so far...is what happens if the PU does not call the RLI and the offense then asks for a replay of the call at first. Now as the on-field MLB umpire, you don't know whether or not the replay will uphold your partner's call at first base. If the play does get challenged, and replay does overturn the call to "safe", you're now screwed as you can't use replay to overturn a RLI non-call. Simply put, an MLB umpire can't just say "well, my partner called him out so I'll let any possible RLI slide," because the call may be overturned two minutes later by replay. We continue to live in the land of unintended consequences caused by replay.
  31. 3 points
    As is the case for adding emphasis, underlining, bolding, and/or italicizing text are the typical methods one would use. The response that I was referencing cites the mechanics of softball umpires while the game in OP was baseball. I would never stop you from using "Dead Ball" but I can guarantee that anyone who has attended one of the better camps will cringe every time they hear a baseball umpire use it. It's use, no matter how picayune it may seem, will deaden (pun intended) any progress that umpire hopes to make. Uniformity in basic mechanics is important when working with so many partners through the baseball season and dead ball will make its user stand out in a way that I would suggest one might avoid. No one has to agree with what will happen, but that's the world of umpire assigning.
  32. 3 points
    Clearly it was his own kid.
  33. 3 points
    If you look at the bottom of Wolf’s mask, you can see that he uses the TW bottom pad for his MAGs.
  34. 3 points
    I will start with the two that I commonly see and have experience with. The Diamond iX3 (non Big League pads) and the pads that come on any Champro frame including the magnesium.
  35. 3 points
    Just as a note and reminder, that All-Star is the only company that tests their own equipment with an air-gun on anthropomorphic dummy heads and real baseballs at 90+mph. I concur w/ @MadMax on this ..... the All-Star LUC pads (both standard and MAG) and very nice, light, and comfy.
  36. 3 points
    I've been watching this series. It's been outstanding. @Scott K was nails at 1B last night and he's killing it behind the plate tonight. Awesome call at the plate in the top 4th. Way to go, brother.
  37. 3 points
    The purpose of the frame is to stop the ball from physically hitting your face and to hold the pads. Almost any frame will do that. Materials vary but the actual performance of the two design requirements is minimal based on what the frame is made of. It is more about the design/shape and how it suits you and the pads you put the frame that you prefer. A pair of Team Wendy's in your present frame would be better for upper level ball than a exotic frame with some sorry pads.
  38. 3 points
    The three inch white chalked lines running from the batters box is a foul line, not a baseline, per Diagram No. 1 Diagram of the Playing Field, in the official MLB rule book
  39. 3 points
    Well, ...the Michigan (MHSAA) Districts finished on Monday due to weather on Saturday, so my Final was on Monday..... State ranked #1 and #17 going at it. The paper covering the District tourney was there Monday and got a nice shot of my FM400 MAG, and ...well, if I do say so myself.... a nice side-shot of proper head height?! LOL
  40. 3 points
    See, there is your mistake. Good game = cropped out photo. Have a screwed up game like the New Jersey guys and you’d get full video with slow-mo replay.
  41. 3 points
    Don't bring it up with the site director before the game. That just makes the perception that you are looking for trouble with the fans. Do introduce yourself to the site director and remember his/her name and go to them if you have issues with fans. Go to the tournament's web site and see if they have fan conduct rules on the tournament's page. If you have issues that you deem meet the level of removal, get the site director and calmly tell them who needs to be removed and why.
  42. 3 points
    Totally different shape ......... All Stars has like a trap-triangle in the back to help grab the skull cap, where Ray's is neoprene, but has a traditional shape so it's easy to use w/ a regular cap.
  43. 3 points
    I don’t think it’s “mandatory” to go to replay, but if it’s available and the play is reviewable, you need to look at it. I don’t want to be the guy who tells a coach no, then have the message on my phone when I get in the locker room from the NCAA saying I missed it.
  44. 3 points
    I see what you mean on your comment about batter's interference. There is no infraction on this play - the call was incorrect. In fact, the batter did a hell of a job getting the bat on the ball without committing an illegally batted ball infraction.
  45. 3 points
    I hope you're not expecting an answer.
  46. 3 points
    Yes, that call is supportable. The batter INT rule prohibits the batter from "leaning over home plate" and from "making any other movement" (that is, other than swinging at the pitch) that hinders F2's play. (The FED rule is 7-3-5; the pro rule is 6.03(a) and is substantially the same.) The umpire ruled that the batter did one or the other (or both), and the umpires seemed to be in the process of enforcing the correct penalty (batter out, R1 returns to 1B). I can't tell whether PU ruled the pitch a strike, but if strike 3, both would be out. As I say, the judgment part of this call is supportable. Some folks mistakenly believe (perhaps misled by TV "personalities") that contact is necessary in order to have INT. That's incorrect: as with most INT, the key concept is hindrance. The batter did enough here to hinder F2. Frankly, the batter was fooled: he was looking outside on that pitch, which ran in on him. He lost his balance and stepped into the plate. That warrants the INT call (and some batters are good enough to "pretend" to step inside like that, precisely to hinder F2's throw, so this could well have been intentional).
  47. 3 points
    Okay. I’m terrible at selfies and light isn’t great, but hope this helps. I noticed I didn’t have mask centered on my face.
  48. 3 points
    Did you read the article? On at least some of the occasions she was volunteer coaching, she gave up her lunch break to do it. She was working. I doubt this is something she would do without the full support of her department administration, and in my opinion, good for them. For those who think it "inappropriate" for an armed, uniformed law enforcement officer to coach, why? I think I understand why this rule exists (existed) in general, these organizations don't want just anyone showing up to coach armed. Okay. But I'm not sure that was written with uniformed law enforcement officers in mind. With all the school shootings, church shootings, mall shootings, etc. nowadays, you're seriously more concerned about a volunteer coach of 1st through 5th graders in full LE uniform being the armed one? With all that's going on in the world today, some of you are going to ask/demand a law enforcement officer in full uniform disarm because of a rule? Or because you perceive his/her being in uniform to challenge your authority? Good lord. Perhaps if others would be more willing to step up and volunteer, officers in full uniform wouldn't have to. Perhaps consider they're filling roles others aren't, or won't. Reading the article, it seemed the players and most of the parents from her team seem to like her and it didn't bother them how she was dressed. So you toss them from the game site because they won't (or as has been pointed out, can't) comply with your demand. Then you get what happened here, two teams that can't play a game. But hey, at least there's no guns at the field (that you know of).
  49. 3 points
    yes, NJ is probably as bad in many places as Nassau is. OT commentary LOL, I'd say in many ways it is. Maybe I'm a dinosaur, in the work force since I'm 14 in someway or another, when I started in my current career, rookies were ridden hard and disciplined when they screwed up. I saw a guy who continually failed to follow a partner's direction get a telephone handset taped to his head so he'd stay on the phone, some might say it was abusive, I'd say it was character building. /rant
  50. 3 points
    I DID ask what age-range you're talking about, and that was ignored, so I'll again point out the OP was talking about 12 YEAR OLDS. Are you really telling me, through all this, you're okay with them swearing up a storm in the dugout?? Where in God's name do you live, and why are the parents for your team/league okay with that? I'm no Pollyanna, and I long ago realized the world has already gone to hell, and there's no saving it, but .... wow, dude. If nothing else, I can't imagine what sanctioning body is gonna be okay with that kind of behavior pattern. That stuff falls WELL into a code of conduct. And I'm STILL not sure why you keep bringing up grammar in this thread. To respond - and in the spirit of the title of this thread - I don't give a F*#K about your, or your kid's, grammar. No question, it doesn't my strike zone, or my ability to call games. But if your kids are swearing that much and THAT loud, for me to notice and/or any spectators, that's just too loud. And I WILL "come in your dugout" to get them to tone it down. Is that because I'm the Moral Police? Nope. (And there's a solid chance I might say something like "look, fellas, I love to swear, too, but keep it the F*#K down." That's highly dependent on the age group.) I'm gonna do it, because there's GONNA be a parent/spectator - if they're as loud as you suggest - who's going to cause problems. And if not them, there's GONNA be a board member or school official - again, if it's THAT blatant as you yourself are suggesting - who's going to say something. I'm not getting sanctions dropped on ME because a) your players haven't learned the concept of "picking your spot," and b) you're not taking on the role of "Adult" in the dugout. (These ARE minors, remember.) As to your "Oh yeah? What about you?" charge..... Yes, I'll look where I damn well please during the course of the two hours we spend together. Maybe you're unfamiliar with the game after all, but there's a LOT of downtime over the course of the day. So I'm gonna be looking around, at things in general. And if YOU'RE watching ME that much over the course of that apparently joyless two hours, to police where I'm looking, then a) that is MY concern, and b) you've got some issues. For a guy that went through chemo, I'm pretty, but I'm objectively not THAT pretty, so stop looking at me. (And if we're comparing resumes, I've been doing this for 17 years, and somewhere around 1,200 games or so. The number of people that I've thrown out is two hands' worth, at most. So I'm far from a red-ass. Exactly one has been for language, when a player said "You're F*#King joking!" after a third strike call. Even though it was Australia, where the f-bomb is used as EVERY part of language - verb, adjective, noun, adverb - I was EXPLICITLY told, since it was the teenage level of the town league, that they were NOT to swear. So, my reply was "I'm not, and you're done.")
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