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  1. dumbdumb

    Ohio High School letter to parents

    I am reading that it is parents and 'Coaches' not just parents as is led to believe from above. Keep those guys on the bench coaching rather than witching, moaning gesturing and working the officials all game to fire up those parents. Have the State Athletic Association people sneak into games without showing their free passes and dressing nicely with the state emblem on their clothing, that gives them away, to watch coaching sportsmanship all game and write reports on the coaches.
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    Douglas Mask by Force 3

    Why not go to Lori Greiner. She will get-er-done. And her logo picture on the product could be some nice umpire motivation during a long game. But don't miss a pitch.
  3. Just for you BT Let's give you a little more from uncle Joe. May 9, 1984, Braves at Mets, bottom of 4th inning with runners on base. Ball hit up the middle, Dale Murphy throws to the plate. 31 years young (after working 1981 NLCS as a 4th year full time veteran at the ripe old age of 28) and a 6 year full time veteran uncle Joe, calls the runner out at the plate. But wait a minute, what's going on over at the end of the dugout. The camera crew is showing some of the Mets instant replay of the play at the plate, and potentially causing a riot situation in the old days. That's enough of that, nip it, nip it, nip it, says uncle Joe and the cameramen are banished. And guess who is at third. That's right, the distinguished gentleman from another post, Jerry Crawford, along with the future HOF crew chief Doug (God) Harvey at first. And another umpire brought up before, Jerry's father Shag, showing how to get the batter in the box. And Bill Matlock was involved in this. Move ahead to 1980 and many do not remember the incident with Bill Matlock and Jerry. Matlock shoved his fielding glove into Jerry's face and got tossed. He was fined 5,000 and suspended for 15 days. He appealed, and the umpires said if the appeal was not upheld and the sentence reduced the umpires would toss Matlock from future games. "In 1980, in his most notorious incident in the majors, Madlock shoved his glove in the face of umpire Gerry Crawford, earning 15 days suspension and a $5,000 fine". And you will have to search far and wide for this last umpire back in the day when the 1 man crew was popular, as well as the High Strike.
  4. dumbdumb

    Stoping motion with no runners on.

    Isn't a tie something that is worn with a suit? Since there have only been 12 ties/dead heats in American Horse Racing History, it would be analytically safe to assume that when one has that situation in baseball, the call should be to raise that right hand for the out and say that is not a tie and get all but 12 of the gazillion calls correct, rather than be sorry for spreading the arms apart for the safe call and saying that the play is a tie and getting only 12 calls out of a gazillion correct. As to the OP, I can offer no words of wisdom or statistical analysis.
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    MLB pitcher "cheat sheet"

    None other than Durwood Merrill, who had the plate that day for the second game of the series after God had worked the opener, was shown the card first, and as they were discussing the card, God came in and was shown the card, gave approval and play commenced. Just like after the Pine Tar situation, MLB should have addressed the issue publicly and then put one of those small lines in the 1989 Official Baseball Rule Book as a clarification that the cards were acceptable, and creating any additional words of wisdom as needed. Once again, being proactive rather than reactive is not a strong suit of MLB when it comes to the rules of the game/clarifications and their administration.
  6. Good to see uncle Joe with 2 in the top 20. With the retrosheet stats posted, uncle Joe needs exactly 180 games to break Klems record. He stands at 5193 now with Klem at 5372. If he can get another 119 in 2019 as he did in 2018, he will need 61 in 2020 which will be the first year of a new MLBU contract. If, he has the exact same schedule as he had in 2018, that big event would occur on July 4, 2020.
  7. Let's not forget that Guzman already has a rep, both in the States and in Venezuela, for showing people up. Many times, disrespect/showing up/not following the code, and all that can be different to different players, a gesture such as, looking at me the wrong way (you should just be looking at the ground-you are not good enough to look me in the eye, even if it is just in a friendly hello when passing each other--know your place). Taking a extra base on me when I dog it in the field, stealing a base on me (not including the stealing the base when you are up 15-0 in the top of 9th inning), sliding hard into second on what I consider hard, not what you or baseball consider hard, throwing me off speed pitches (curveball, change-up, slider, forkball, etc.), rather than challenging me with a fast ball right down broadway. Not letting me take 15 minutes to get into the batters box to start my at bat, and giving me 15 minutes to step back in if I step out on all the pitches, including when I am stepping out when I want to let the umpire know they disrespected me (because of who I am) by calling a pitch a strike that was not right down broadway, even though it was definitely a strike. Even Tommy Lasorda drilled a veteran who was on his way out of the game because he failed to give Lasorda an autograph when the player was younger and Lasorda was 8 years old. Mickey Mantle lamented that one of the worst things about his baseball stardom was having to finally stop signing auto-graphs to go catch the plane, before he could sign an autograph for everyone in the line, because he knew what it was like being a kid that wanted an autograph. Apparently there was not a long line for the once younger but now a veteran player when LaSorda asked, or perhaps the veteran was playing uppity on him, or told him to 'beat it kid'. Unless one was there, you would not know. One just never knows what has happened or perceived by the aggrieved person/player earlier in a game prior to an incident or even something that goes back to childhood between players. And no matter how great you are as an umpire, if they want to go at it, no great words of wisdom or actions/warnings/preventive officiating/or great new theories/words invented lately, or anything else is going to stop that fight, or beanball, or bat flip what-so-ever, 100% of the time. The great words or actions may prevent an incident sometimes, or just for that day, but not 100% of the time. Some scores have been settled first thing the next year in Spring Training when time to settle the score during the regular Season or Playoffs ran out. https://www.mlb.com/cut4/jesus-guzman-shows-off-absurd-bat-flip/c-160166314 https://www.si.com/mlb/strike-zone/2013/06/19/jesus-guzmans-post-homer-antics-incite-giants
  8. For the member that wants to know what took so long on CCS, Jerry was a young pup of 19 when he started which would have made him 2nd behind Bruce Froemming who had started at 18 back in the day. The time line to the show did not have to move at lightening speed for Jerry like it did with Pulli who was just starting in MiLB at 33 years old at the same time. Quick was 26 when he started and was part of Jerry's time group. Seems like several father/son situations or relative situations have not meant a rapid rise for the incoming son or relative, almost as if they want to make sure that scenario doesn't happen since they know everyone will scream nepotism anyway. Guess everyone screams nepotism about the Alou's and I guess only one of the 3 DiMaggio's was qualified for MLB and just rode their brothers coattails. Jerry was also in the national guard which may or may not have slowed things down with situations happening both abroad and at home. Obviously Montague, with the famous scout father that signed none other than Willie Mays, and McSherry moved at lighting speed but they were several years older. There were also only 24 NL spots back in the day and with no vacations there was no need for a major 'fill in' situation and many on the staff were not quite at retirement yet. Remember it took Froemming 12 years and Dutch 17 and in more recent times, Cedarstrom did not go full-time until 97 and he started MiLB in 79. And Shag who was on board a ship hit by a kamikaze pilot in WW2, had to spend 6 years in the minors, not the 3 Montague and McSherry only spent, and Shag was already 34 when he started MiLB. You would think they would have got Shag up there in his 4th year, not in his 7th at 40 years old. It is not where/when you start, but where/when you finish.
  9. Here is Shag and Weaver in the World Series in 69. Also, the game back when the knuckle ball throwing Niekro brothers were around and Jerry chewed out the catcher for holding a knuckle ball pitch on him, after butchering and missing pitches all day long himself, that was picked up by the plate mike, is a classic, if that instance/game can be found. And one might enjoy this article about umps being fined. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1988-05-05-8803140633-story.html
  10. Wiki says there is no AAA baseball in Maine. Maybe back in the dark ages with Cory Snyder or something. So, was Rehak recuperating from a concussion with an AA assignment in Portland. I'm confused.
  11. dumbdumb

    Game 4 - RLI No Call

    As you said, since things worked out in the end to make this situation (right or wrong with the call), a nonentity, where very few will ever remember. Some people just live with the Angels, and get out of the questionable call situation which would be brought up forever and ever like Larry Barnetts call.
  12. dumbdumb

    2019 Changes

    Hope you went over the Machado intentional Kupcheck or intentional punch on the thigh (oh, that's just how I naturally slide excuse) on every slide into second and the intentionally stepping on 1b foot. That will be picked up and done by the youngsters, or at least tried to see if they can get away with it. And the running lane to 1st. The first 45 belong to the runner, the 2nd 45 belong to the fielder, no questions asked, barring something totally off the wall or totally intentional. You are either in the lane or out of lane and of course that last step to touch the base from inside the lane would be allowed to touch on the base outside the lane. You can decide how they can step on the line going the last 45. One foot in the line and one foot in the field of play or both feet touching the line all the way. Or one foot touching the line and that other totally in the box. Make it clear and concise. Any interpretations must be in print, not off the books so to speak.
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    Game 4 - RLI No Call

    So a Larry Barnett fan you would not be. But Larry was a supervisor for 2000-2001, and would have been instrumental in the hiring of Tim Timmons during the 2001 season full time, as the replacement for Al Clarke. And you did get off on the right foot with a win to start the Series with Timmons behind the plate. Seems like? there might be some "last step", interpretation/provision/clarification to try and help with the judgement of making this call determination, since the entire base is totally in fair, and 15 inches of fair territory at that. That being said, at some point there will always be that grey area that stands, when there is no clear cut yes or no as to what is seen. Others with superior knowledge can weigh in on the fact or myth of a last step provision and when that step comes into play exactly, or if there even is a last step provision. Oops, check out ccs analysis that went up. .
  14. dumbdumb

    2019 Changes

    Are you politely telling me to put the knotty problems book where the sun doesn't shine, or to go get the bullpen key? Baseball is known for being reactive rather than proactive unless forced, like they were forced to answer the handling of a cheat sheet index card pulled out of the pocket this year, since they did not directly answer the situation with a case play in the rulebook back when Harvey had the situation with Herscheiser, and Herschheiser being proactive and going right to Harvey with the card from the get go. Just thought of the plate huggers and wanted to make sure that things were as simple as you were describing. This is a much appreciated guidance point being presented, especially with the freezing/not attempting to move in the batter's box situation IMHO, which has been the main bone of contention/friction in the games i have attended and heard complaints/arguments from the coaches. And then of course there are the hypothetical/knotty problem, stump the ump to try to make them look bad questions, that will always come up. You have always given great help on this sight. I am glad for them being more proactive at the collegiate level and you specifically bringing us the latest updates and guidance.
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    Champion Sports Armor Style Chest Protector

    Call Tim Tschida at the bar. I believe there are old pictures of him wearing one. See if he gave it away. If not, maybe he would sell it to you, or let you borrow it for historical purposes for a game or two.