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Specks last won the day on August 15 2016

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  1. What's the Count?

    Your situation is different that the OP or the one I answered. As I said in your specific situation I would get additional feedback because that's a big difference between 2 pitches and 4 pitches. My original statment was to mean that coaches and fans are more likely to lose focus than I am, doesn't mean I won't or havent just less likely. Generally when there's a discreapancy over the count it's the strike vs ball thats the point of the OP and it can be cleared up quickly. Your's is more complicated. Hopefully the umpire is willing to listen but if he isn't and is adament that he's right then you have to go with that. That's what I said.
  2. What's the Count?

    The OP and this are different. In this sitch I would listen if both sides are telling me the same story and if I think I kicked it I make the change. The OP was one team saying what they thought the count was and the question I commented on was related to that. If a team is telling me the count is one thing and I'm sure what I have is right, I go with what I have. I'm not always right but I am right more often than coaches think I'm wrong. As far as the "fragile ego" comment, my ego isn't fragile it rages sometimes. I want to get ALL my calls right! I work very hard to put myself in the best position to do that. I read, go to camps, talk to mentors, get evaluated, get feedback and self evaluate all so I can get my call right. But just because everyone disagrees with me doesn't make me wrong. If I have doubt over a call or a question I will use everything at my disposal to correct but I won't cave just to make someone feel better! I don't "get help" when a coach asks just to appease him if it's not needed or required. If that makes me difficult to work with...ok.
  3. What's the Count?

    Me. Books and coaches don't pay close enough attention to override me or my click.... indicator.
  4. Burn out

    If you find yourself burnt out then step back and challenge yourself to get better. Go to a clinic, find a mentor do something to shake it up! Fall Ball for players is about learning, make it about that for you also. Better baseball will help but it's not a cure, look inward. The times I've found myself bored and fed-up are the times that.......well, I'm bored and fed-up. The level of baseball is the level of baseball, nothing I can do about that. I can only control my effort and attitude so I focus on that. Good luck!
  5. Can you call him out?

    8-4-2c only mentions "....in the immediate act of making a play on him; or" as a cause for an out. I usually just run the player for the "chicken wing", that way nobody feels they have to retaliate.
  6. Dan McDonnell Ejection

    To me "try and keep them in the game" is similiar to after a coach is EJ'd saying "he got his money's worth", it's more nonsense falling out of their mouth. I can't control a coaches words or actions, all I can control is mine. I want to use the tools at my disposal (verbal, non-verbal, shive) to try and de-esclate the situation. If I can't and he crosses the line then he's gotta go. That's what "keeping them in the game" means to me, not take more abuse. You could tell be the way he came on the field he wanted to get ran.
  7. Batrer

    I was being a little facetious about the strike zone determination. I would need him to bring the bat otherwise we're just standing around staring at each other.
  8. Batrer

    Got to have a bat to get an at bat, make him bring one. I can't call strikes because wheres the zone? Says (paraphrased) as the batter attempts to strike the pitch, without a bat how can he attempt to strike the pitch..how can he have any pudding if he don't eat his meat?
  9. Non-Ejections: 2 Examples

    Since the game is over 1) "Have a great day" While walking away. 2) See above, unless the team will keep playing then feel free to run the rat!
  10. A fun one that happened last night

    This is control, she's controling the ball and her body. I'm calling the catch. If a player grasps a ball on the ground but doesn't pick it up does he have control? We're now getting into crazy senarios that we could continue to expand. My original point was not to get hung up on how it was being held just that thru actions, showboating, steps and time I would have a catch. But then again I wasn't there and could be wrong.
  11. Yes! He's starting in "C" but for the call at first he should have MOVED to the 1st base side of the working area. Staying in "C" is LAZY! Now if you're being sarcastic.... 100% agree with this.
  12. A fun one that happened last night

    @beerguy55 From everything you've posted here I would have ruled a catch. If she wasn't bobbling the ball or stumbling and trying to regain her balance she has firm and secure possession (I only do baseball so I'm pretending this is baseball in case softball has something different). 5-6 steps a good 5 seconds I'm calling the out. This tells me she had control over the ball and herself. Firm and secure doesn't have to mean an iron clad grip.
  13. 1st of all this isn't optics, this is poor umpiring! In 1, BU SHOULD NOT have been in "C" making a call at first (ok that part is optics). 2nd in neither example should BU have entertained PU's opinion. This is what happens when poorly trained or don't give a crap umpires work games. It's also what happens when moronic coaches ask an Umpire to get help in stupid situations fishing for a different outcome because they didn't like the first answer, @lawump (as usual) is right about that. Whew!......I feel a little better now.......time for a nap.
  14. 3rd out on Appeal

    Yes the run counts. No it's not a force, it's a time play. The runner had scored when the appeal was upheld and the out recorded.
  15. To clean or not to clean... THE PLATE

    Sadly .......that has happened.