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  1. Fulmer calls out PU

    Unfortunate double standard - if an umpire were to criticize a player's performance with phrases like 'god-awful' in the media he'd be given a healthy suspension, if not more. I believe Joe West's punishment was 3 games for his remarks on Adrian Beltre, which were practically in a joking manner.
  2. I was playing T-ball and such in the early 90's and don't remember ever having umpires, other than just coaches keeping control of the game, until I was at least 12. No issues that I remember and our group won our conference all 3 years of HS ball so I don't think it ruined our futures too badly
  3. Simulating Delivery & Disengagement

    Backward. There was no issue there; only possible argument is that the leg kick looked the same, albeit backward.
  4. Had an American Legion game a few days ago where a RHP with R1, after coming set, lifted his right leg and disengaged the rubber with a high leg kick in the same manner that he would normally lift his left leg to start his delivery. OC put up a mild protestation that it should be a balk. Thoughts?
  5. Also did not know that AL says the catcher must have the ball in order to block the plate. Assumed they used the "in the act" provision since most of their rules mimic OBR.
  6. Mound Visits

    Based on my searching, FED does not have the OBR stipulation of not being able to visit a pitcher twice during the same at-bat. True?
  7. Where is the arrow pointing?

    No doubt about it. I think it's a silly point of emphasis but I know that doesn't matter.
  8. Knee Pop

    I agree that it's the toughest one IMO. I've had a couple instances this year where a team was asking for it but I just couldn't see it. I also don't want to go crazy and start calling it all the time.
  9. Where is the arrow pointing?

    Both look illegal to me, although the first one could use another angle to be definitive. His feet look parallel to the rubber though, which is a pretty good indication. Seemed like NCAA really wanted this called the last couple years, but maybe their mindset is the CWS is not the time to go after it...
  10. Knee Pop

    I think I have trouble picking up "knee-pop" balks on RHP's. For sake of the discussion, let's assume 3 man crew, runner on 1st. Other than the obvious looking for the front leg to move before the back leg, what are some things PU and U1 can key on?
  11. 6A UIL Championship Collision

    Agree with this. I have no problem with U1 telling the BR to get out of there and knock the staredown off. I also agree with no MC. In my mind, MC is a deliberate attempt to initiate contact that can cause harm. The BR did not initiate this contact, and although he did extend his arm a bit upon contact, I think that's just a normal human reaction when you collide with something. The BR had little opportunity to avoid this collision. Trainwreck.
  12. Catch/no catch in regional

    But "the foot came down!"
  13. OSU vs. S. Car 6/1/18

    I suppose that argument could be made. Seems as though we usually error on the side of calling a play like this a violation though.
  14. OSU vs. S. Car 6/1/18

    Exception - A runner need not slide directly into a base as long as the runner slides or runs in a direction away from the fielder to avoid making contact or altering the play of the fielder. Interference shall not be called.
  15. OSU vs. S. Car 6/1/18

    Contact is not a requirement. "Altering" is the key word, so yes the runner could go in standing up as long as he doesn't alter the play: The intent of the force-play-slide rule is to ensure the safety of all players. This is a safety and an interference rule. Whether the defense could have completed the double play has no bearing on the applicability of this rule. This rule pertains to a force-play situation at any base, regardless of the number of outs. Art. a. On any force play, the runner must slide on the ground before the base and in a direct line between the two bases. It is permissible for the slider's momentum to carry him through the base in the baseline extended (see "Diagram" above). Exception - A runner need not slide directly into a base as long as the runner slides or runs in a direction away from the fielder to avoid making contact or altering the play of the fielder. Interference shall not be called. (1) "On the ground" means either a head-first slide or a slide with one leg and buttock on the ground before the base. (2) "Directly into a base" means the runner's entire body (feet, legs, trunk and arms) must stay in a straight line between the bases.