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Richvee last won the day on June 10

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  • Birthday 09/30/1961

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    Baseball only. 95% 15+ travel, HS Varsity and adult
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  1. Third out run scored

    I was going to comment on this but decided I'll let it go.
  2. Balk

    For every balk followed by a HR that has happened, there would be at least 50 kicked calls using OBR balk rules in high school. For the record, I "like" the FED balk rule,but I understand why it's there. Coach choice is interesting. But if we're not going to change the rule to align, then my opinion is leave it be.
  3. Balk

    Around here....A lot. Tourneys, Travel, from 50/70 11U on up use FED with some mods.
  4. Balk

    Over the years I have come to accept the FED rule, for the reasons explained above by Mr. Maven. I no longer think it's a FED rule that needs changing. I've seen many varsity umpires have trouble with batter interference rulings, runner placement on overthrows etc. Asking them to learn all the nuances of the OBR/NCAA balk rule would be,dare I say, futile. The vast majority of varsity umpires do not devote time to rules knowledge or even refreshing their own rules knowledge. We, my Umpire-Empire brethren, are the minority.
  5. Balk

    Different rule sets treat balks differently, though in this case the outcome is the same. Under FED rules.(High school rules), the ball is dead the instant the balk is called. It's no pitch regardless of what happens on the pitch...The pitch doesn't count even if the batter hits it out of the park. Under Official Baseball Rules (OBR), the balk is enforced unless the batter and all other runners advance at least one base on the pitch. In your example, as soon as the ball is caught for out by F8, time is called, and the balk is enforced. (batter did not reach 1B on the pitch). All runners move up one base, and the pitch does not count.
  6. Interference

    The call of interference on this type of play ends the playing action. . R2 is out, batter/runner gets 1B, R3 returns to 3B. Technically, the throw to 1B never happened. Contact does not need to happen for interference to be called. If the umpire judges the runner hindered F6's attempt to field the ball in any way, it is interference, the ball is dead immediately. The fact that "F6 made the play anyway" has no bearing on the call or the outcome.
  7. Batter turning at first base

    Simply turning to the left is not sufficient to be called out if tagged. The runner needs to make an attempt..could be a step, deke, etc. towards 2B. "Veers" is a vague term. Could be interpreted as "rounding 1B", that would indeed be an attempt towards 2B.
  8. Ball and strikes

    That's my point, if the catcher's setting up on the corner and his gloves not moving than most of those should be strikes, no? On the corners..Fine..Nice job. But I've seen plenty guys try to stretch it off the edge then stick it there. That's when I'll use a verbal "No! Outside" call. When F2 moves outside like that, I'll also stay in the slot and outstretch my arm towards the catcher's back to try to give the bench a perspective of just where their F2 is setting up.
  9. Ball and strikes

    Well yeah but I'm talking about from a coach's perspective, you know where the catcher is supposed to set up for each pitch. Problem #1. You don't know where he's setting up. You assume he's dead center. If I had a dime for every varsity F2 that set up 6" off the plate on 2 K pitches......well, you get the point. If he's that far off, you've got bigger problems than the umpires strike zone - not talking about 12 year olds, I'm not talking about 12u. And nobody's calling the mitt in a 12u game. but with older kids, they set up right in practice they tend to set up right in games. if you mean set up over the plate, I disagree 100%. The older guys are the one's setting up off the corners to try to widen the zone. And if they dont, they dont catch. It's a much bigger part of the game than throwing down to second.
  10. Ball and strikes

    To the same point. You cannot tell from the bench if your catcher's mitt is set up on the plate or 6 inches off the edge. Sticking the pitch on the other batters box line isn't a strike. Pet peeve if many umpires.....setting up off the corner, sticking it and holding the glove there off the plate.
  11. Molina's Foul Tip

    A foul tip needs to be "sharp and direct" to the mitt. If it hit his mitt, then landed in his lap and he secured it, we have a foul tip. This, I believe, never touched Molina's mitt and as such should have been a foul ball. It is not a "foul ball caught" as you say., nor would it have mattered if it gets lodged in his equipment after contacting the bat....all foul balls.
  12. So you want to improve your game management?

    I want more of these "conversations"...I'd pay for it.
  13. Playing with 8?

    I've seen some bizarre local rules this past week. 16u bat rules with different bats allowed by different age players and if the kid plays high school ball or not. Different pitching innings limits if a kid threw for the high school team or not. One coach brings the local bat rule out to me and says the other team's hitters are using illegal bats. I see the rule and all I could do was laugh. How the heck am I supposed to enforce that? Like I know all these players birthdates and playing experience
  14. Catch/no catch in regional

    "He comes all the way back in. The foot comes down, the glove is on the railing"......How many other insignificant events can they tell us about?