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Matt

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  1. Matt

    HBP Strike 3 again

    If you wouldn't have kept him at the plate in FED, it almost certainly wouldn't have been enough for a strike in NCAA.
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    Fair or foul ball

    Where was the ball when it hit the runner in relation to fair/foul?
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    Multiple appeals

    But..do we allow appeals for which a fourth out would not be advantageous?
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    Unusual FPSR Play

    If I'm picturing what you're saying, yes. Did the runner slide or run in a direction away from the fielder? We have no for the first one, and no for the second one. Thus, he has the potential for a FPSR violation.
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    Unusual FPSR Play

    Correct, unless it's intentional, or if the discussion leads us to this conclusion, a retired runner can unintentionally interfere with a thrown ball through indifference. Either way, it's not a FPSR violation.
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    Unusual FPSR Play

    No, I understood just fine. The runner ran to where the fielder was. That is illegal. If the runner went outside, to where the fielder was not at the time he decided to veer, that is legal--and if the fielder comes across and is hindered, that's his own problem. I would assume we agree the reason the rule gives the runner a non-sliding option is to avoid the safety issue with a must-slide rule. With that logic, the runner has the right (by rule) to run in a direction away from a fielder. If a fielder decides to put himself in that path, we cannot call that interference, because that takes away the runner's legal options. Or, to put it another way, all a middle infielder would have to do on a force play is to see which way the runner runs, and either stay in the path or get in front of him. Damned if R1 goes left, damned if he goes right.
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    Unusual FPSR Play

    Nothing, because the runner is not running legally if he's running in the direction of the fielder. That's the runner's fault for running to where the fielder is at that moment.
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    Some Sort of Record..

    Last year, in a college game, I had an EJ in the bottom of the first in my first game...start time was 6 AM. I set my record for earliest in the calendar year, earliest in the season, and earliest in the day.
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    Unusual FPSR Play

    Because he didn't guess wrong in this case--he went away from the fielder. In the other one, he went towards the fielder thinking the fielder wouldn't stay there. We cannot reward the defense for initiating the contact, because that creates situations where they have incentive to do it and also penalizes the runner for being aware.
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    Unusual FPSR Play

    By calling this interference, you've defeated the purpose of FPSR, which is safety, by turning this into a de facto must-slide rule. You've also turned the retired runner into a dodgeball player for situations in which the defense has created the issue.
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    Unusual FPSR Play

    No, it is always legal. It is defined as such. Hindrance under FPSR is illegal only when derived from an illegal act, not the reverse: hindrance does not make a legal act illegal. That's why the rule specifies illegal hindrance, not merely hindrance.
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    Unusual FPSR Play

    But did he alter the pattern of play illegally? I don't think so.
  13. Matt

    Bunting infraction

    Second half of the statement: if you're PU, don't go for help on it.
  14. Matt

    Bunting infraction

    Even if you think you did, don't even dare try calling that.
  15. Matt

    Mic'd up

    In law, don't care about what they have to do. Care about what you have to do.
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    Mic'd up

    The issue is whether it is illegal by statute, which it was, and which the OP would be in any two-party state. There may or may not be an expectation of privacy (and you'd be paying to find out,) and there may be other issues of conscionability. If you can get your association/league to provide top cover, then you are at far less risk.
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    Mic'd up

    Depends on your state. Not a minor, but let's use Linda Tripp for an example. While her recordings of Monica Lewinsky were evidence for a Federal investigation, she still committed a crime under Maryland law. She would have been indicted as such if not for an immunity agreement (which I personally feel was wrongly invoked in her lack of indictment, but that's neither here nor there.) If your jurisdiction does have legalities against this recording, you may have an issue.
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    Mic'd up

    I don't think anyone has made mention of this part of the issue.
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    Mic'd up

    A. If they aren't being used for those purposes, there is no rules basis to ban them. They do not impact play and they are not being used for those banned purposes. No different than a watch (tacky, unprofessional, but not banned.) B. I already answered it. This really isn't a place for any of us to make ethical decrees--it is up to the people who assign him.
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    Mic'd up

    No, because it's not being used for either of the two purposes listed. Let's flip that question around for perspective--if his association and state governing body were to ask an umpire to wear one, would that be in violation of the rules? Nope.
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    Ball thrown out of play

    Exactly.
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    Mic'd up

    Umpires don't use playing equipment so this is not relevant. The issue would best be resolved by the OP bringing it up with his association. Nothing said here matters over what they say.
  23. Matt

    Ball thrown out of play

    A. The award in the OP is not second base. B. You aren't telling the runner what to do, but what he is awarded. If he goes immediately to that base and doesn't correct his error (in OBR,) that's his fault for not knowing the rules. If HC comes out, he doesn't have a leg to stand on and that's his problem. If he doesn't like it, deal with him and move on.
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    Information available signal

    A. Don't assume why he's coming out. B. If he doesn't come out, you just made your crew look incompetent. Also, a pulled foot/swipe tag is judgement. I don't know why you added that part in.
  25. Matt

    Balk

    If the step was direct and more towards third base than any other base, and without stopping or movement towards home, then it was legal. Your description is a little hard to decipher, so use what I just said and apply it to your situation.
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