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Specks last won the day on August 15 2016

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  1. Specks

    Play at the plate..... He's gotta slide!?!

    That can't smell good.
  2. I took a play at 3rd from that position once....it's hard for parents to complain when they're laughing..
  3. Specks

    3-2 steal, ball 4 mechanic

    I would turn my head to see what my partner & BR are doing to get additional info. If BR is jogging to 1st it was a ball and I would give no signal, if he's walking back to the dugout I'd give the out sign. I would be in no big hurry to rush my call until I knew what was going on.
  4. 4. PU didn't watch R1 touch 3rd nor did BU watch BR touch 2nd. I would normally say bad things happen when we don't do our job, but the bad thing already did happen.
  5. Specks


    A: Depends on rule set B: Too vague, describe in detail and in what order events transpired.
  6. Specks

    Use 1st names

    Like @udbrky said I didn't introduce myself to players on younger teams or try to get their name because the teams usually changed them a lot and I'm not that smart. I only do HS now and I do introduce myself to catchers and get their name and give mine and ask then to use it, some do some don't. With head coaches I kind of expect it but don't get upset if they don't. Couple of reasons why I prefer names: 1) It's more professional, I don't call them coach (they're not my coach). B) Blue sounds like "Luke", "Stew" etc. When they say hey Greg I know who they're talking to. 3) To me it makes it more human. There is an anonymity in saying "hey Blue you stink", it takes a lot to look at someone and saying "Greg, you stink" (even if I do).
  7. Specks

    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.
  8. Specks

    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.
  9. Specks

    What's the Count?

    Me. Books and coaches don't pay close enough attention to override me or my click.... indicator.
  10. Specks

    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!
  11. Specks

    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.
  12. Specks

    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.
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    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.
  14. Specks


    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?
  15. Specks

    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!