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Jimurray

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  1. throwing glove

    And the same signal in all codes, point it fair.
  2. Balk

    But what about that HR that @VolUmp is concerned with. I have the FED solution which is what many unschooled umps use in OBR. “ coach choice”. I hate it as I prefer we learn to apply the OBR rule but you gotta realize what you are working with, even in OBR leagues where the rule is consistently kicked. Oops, belay that, we would still have to train umps about when to call time which is another weak point among umpires.
  3. The OBR rules, before the rule change, would allow a sideways pitcher to use a stance that would keep you in the dark but I never saw one that did. Even David Price, who probably was the impetus for the change, had tells which indicated his stance. But looking for the tell on a sideways pitcher could be hard for a runner and taxing on an umpire. The runner config would help you determine when to even look for the tell but it is a little extra brainwork for the ump.
  4. It makes sense only because I believe I've seen MLB crews ignore the MLBUM instruction to call time and announce the windup to both dugouts and the crew. Which didn't happen but maybe this was a lax crew who didn't abide by the instruction. But you have 4 brainfarts. Kela pitched from the set after the runners attained 3B and 2B. Once he pitched from the set after that with the same batter he could not change to the windup.
  5. I agree with you and @maven but when viewing the whole comment in the rule MLB might tell me I am wrong. Do the bolded sentences conflict? "Rule 6.01(i)(1) Comment: The failure by the runner to make an effort to touch the plate, the runner’s lowering of the shoulder, or the runner’s pushing through with his hands, elbows or arms, would support a determination that the runner deviated from the pathway in order to initiate contact with the catcher in violation of Rule 6.01(i), or otherwise initiated a collision that could have been avoided. A slide shall be deemed appropriate, in the case of a feet first slide, if the runner’s buttocks and legs should hit the ground before contact with the catcher. In the case of a head first slide, a runner shall be deemed to have slid appropriately if his body should hit the ground before contact with the catcher. If a catcher blocks the pathway of the runner, the umpire shall not find that the runner initiated an avoidable collision in violation of this Rule 6.01(i)(1)."
  6. Base coach interference?

    Even if you don't know where the rule is in the book, the phrase "vacate any space" should be something any trained umpire would know about and be able to quote when calling a coach for INT.
  7. This might be an MLB legend and we did not find any proof but A fielder was in the bathroom and nobody noticed between innings. A HR was negated. But I guess you have to put the ball in play every inning and they did it with eight on the field. I’m not sure why you need to put a ball that was never dead back in play.
  8. Umpire interference?

    Another board has more than one umpire trying to use umpire judgement to correct umpire obstruction, interference or incompetence when it affects play. The urge exists out there, even among college (?) level umps. No protest and you get to reap what they sow. Except there is less chance of incompetence among the umpires who know when they are part of the field.
  9. does run count

    In 2001 all three codes allowed an advantageous fourth out for a slow, injured or oblivious batter-runner. This is what Carl Childress, RIP, said about that interp: "Of all the interpretations I've encountered over the years, this is the most non-intuitive. We've always known the defense may gain an advantageous out by appealing a baserunning error. But who ever knew an out was available simply because the batter-runner was slow? I found it out in 2001. I hope it never happens in one of my games. Or yours!" I believe OBR now would not allow that fourth out if the Wendelstedt School rules the interps.
  10. What responsibilties do they give the CC during the game that belong to the PU/UIC.
  11. Catch/no catch in regional

    Did anyone see a recent MLB great play at 1B where after stretching and gloving the throw, his momentum turning his back to U1, F3 voluntarily popped the ball or, less likely, lost contact with it as it popped out of his glove, and then caught it with his throwing hand as he turned to show it to U1. U1, I assume, seeing the ball in F3’s hand, thought it was voluntary release, which I think the flip of the ball to the hand was. That would be a catch no matter what but it could have been not secure possession on the tag of 1B. Nevermind, it wasn't recent except for my youtube search of Kela's pitching stance. :20 to :25
  12. Catch/no catch in regional

    It was a catch. The fielder just needs to understand about voluntary release which may or might not happened. Parsing rules starting now.
  13. Batter's Box

    At any level, if the batters front or back foot is abeam with the plate, their other foot will most probably be legal, at least when swinging. If they complain and the foot is not abeam tell the batter to move up a bit. If it goes beyond that use the “Joe West’ technique. Ask the batter for his bat, put the handle on the midpoint corner of the plate, scribe a mark with the end of the bat toward the catcher, and tell the batter not to put his foot there. You will look like you know what you are doing. Don’t worry if it’s a 32 bat. Joe doesn’t worry if he uses a 34 bat.
  14. I think NCAA also calls the PU the UIC. OBR implies that the UIC also is the PU if you read into it. But MLB and, I guess, MiLB appoint crew chiefs who, aside from other things, take over one or two points that the rulebook gives to the PU/UIC such as game suspensions or rule issues. So who belongs to an association that appoints crew chiefs and delineates their duties?
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