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    Baseline at Home Plate

    Umpires give leniency around any base, not just the plate. Most umpires think of this "base path" rule as only between bases, not the immediate area around a base.
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    Runner Lane Interference on a Retired Batter Runner

    Lines have always been considered a part of the running lane. And, in the case play, he hasn't interfered, unless he "intentionally made contact with the throw."
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    “45 degree rule”

    If I were asked to walk a certain distance down a line and turn around, I think the 45-degree spot is the least of my worries. You're comparing apples to oranges here. We aren't asking someone to walk down a line, we're asking someone to make a step "toward" a base, which has been interpreted, both by rules and general consensus, to be a 45-degree line.
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    Anyone see the LSU Army HBP

    http://www.lsusports.net/ViewContent.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5200&CONTENT_ID=2150066 9-inning game.
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    “45 degree rule”

    The usual interp of "directly" is "more toward the base than anywhere else," hence the 45-degree line you reference. This call is the toughest to make at any level and is one of those "you know it when you see it" type of situations. I wouldn't nit-pick a 44-degree step, but you can tell when F1 took a step more toward the plate than 1B. Welcome to umpiring! I'd suggest you set up an account and join us more.
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    Ball Stuck in Glove...Lodged?

    That was the old Fed rule. If the ball was lodged, immediately dead and two bases.
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    foul ball danger chart

    I meant "it". As in, the things covered by your cup. And, yes, your whole body tenses when you know it's coming.
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    foul ball danger chart

    Suck it up. Literally.
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    foul ball danger chart

    I've never adjusted for the green zone based on the batter, but only based on the catcher. For me, my nose will NEVER be closer to the plate than the edge closest to the batter, but I can always move closer to the batter if needed. If there's a huge gap, say catcher set up outside and the batter sitting in the outside part of his box, then I'm gonna drift a slight bit closer to the batter and hold on, cause there's not much of another body to block a bad pitch or a foul ball straight back.
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    First games of the year!

    There was some year back, when I was in St. Louis, that I had 3 days of games canceled in a row (in this order): too windy (70 degrees), too cold (20 degrees), currently snowing. I also remember a day when I went to work at 7am and it was 70ish, left at 3pm in 2 inches of snow.
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    foul ball danger chart

    You don't even have to go across the Pacific to find a great example of red zone problems in professional baseball:
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    Interesting rare play

    I disagree. Nothing in F2 OBS/INT states the ball has to be something the batter "would" swing at - just that he has to give the batter the ability to swing at the pitch. Situation: R3 stealing on the pitch. F1/F2 knew it was coming, so purposely threw the ball far outside of the left-handed batter's zone. F2 steps in front of the plate to receive the pitch, then places the tag on R3 before he touches the plate. The batter never would have swung at the pitch, but he most definitely could have, had F2 not stepped in front of the plate. OP's situation #2 - at its core - is no different.
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    Interesting rare play

    I'd agree with the J/R interp. While the batter wouldn't have the ability to swing, the first baseman still prevented a ball from being added to the count. Think of a 3-1 count; F3 just prevented the batter from reaching base on a walk. I see no difference in this than the multitude of situations of an F2 reaching forward to get a pitch early on a stealing R3. OBS, send batter to first. Though, I'd suspect the best way to rule this is to give the batter a ball to the count and tell F2 not to do it again.
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    NJSIAA Test Questions

    Here in South Carolina, they were adamant that this was disrespectful to America and is not to be tolerated. I suspect in Missouri, the response would be "Who plays the National Anthem before a baseball game, other than American Legion?"
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    NJSIAA Test Questions

    Reminds me of a story as my time at the casino. We had a drunk who refused to leave, so we called the Highway Patrol to take care of it. In Missouri, each casino has a Highway Patrol Officer on duty at all times; these Officers are dressed in suits and ties. Officer arrives, asks drunk to leave (who again refuses), and then escorts him to the Highway Patrol office. While in the office, and the drunk still refusing to leave, the Officer leans back in his chair and unbuttons his suit coat. The Officer says "Well, it looks like we're in a contest to see who has the largest dick." He moves his coat to the side and shows his firearm and says "And it looks like I've got the bigger dick." The drunk stares at the firearm, realizes he's in the depths of the back hallways of a casino, probably doesn't remember this guy is a Highway Patrolman, and says, "I'll leave."
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    NJSIAA Test Questions

    Before I crack open a reference: (B) Incorrect. My mind says to direct both of them at the same time. After reading the POI in the Rule Book: (B) Incorrect. The POI implies it's the coach's duty to fix it: "Coaches are the closest role models to these students and are held accountable for the behavior of their players as they represent their school and community. If those actions are not representative of high school sports and what they stand for, then corrective measures should take place." Knowing that, I'd ask the coach to take care of it and, if he doesn't, restrict/eject him, then go to the new head coach. Lather, rinse, repeat. That said, I would probably start with a general "Let's go!" direction to both teams, followed by the speaking to the coach(es).
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    Fog

    This. Once I see a fielder look utterly confused on a fly ball, I'm going to be a lot more mindful on the next one. With rain, we're also taught to watch the pitcher and runners. If you see a slip around a base or plate, then it's probably time to pull them off the field.
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    First games of the year!

    50% chance of rain for my first scrimmage on Friday. But a 0% chance of me doing it if I can't break this fever.
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    Runner Lane Interference on a Retired Batter Runner

    What part are you confused on? I see nothing there out of the ordinary. In both, running in the lane is legal; outside the lane is illegal.
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    Why Follow The Pitch Into the Mitt?

    Same sign as a concussion.
  22. I hope the umpires in his area see this post. The coach (and I think the player) are replying to people and stating that he uses it when he thinks it's to his advantage, and not on every pitch.
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    Tag-up Responsibilities

    Why? You could get better feedback doing surveys of your officials. Most of whom don't even use the Fed book.
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    Tag-up Responsibilities

    Can't speak for FED, but any code I've used has BU covering R1 and R2 tag-ups. Like you said, on any fly ball that doesn't bring F9 toward the line, PU has to be ready to cover 3B on the tag-up. Therefore, he's not getting a good view of any tag up. Meanwhile, BU is lining up the catch with R2 and watching that tag-up, then making a quick glance to R1 after ball is touched.
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