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  1. Throw to batter

    OK, I've been persuaded. No rule support.
  2. Throw to batter

    3-1-2 If a pitcher is replaced while his team is on defense, the substitute pitcher shall pitch to the batter then at bat, or any substitute for that batter, until such batter is put out or reaches first base, or until a third out has been made. To ensure that the requirements of this article be fulfilled, the umpire will deny any coach-defensive player conference that will violate the rule. If a pitcher is incapacitated or guilty of flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct, this rule is ignored. A player may be removed as pitcher and returned as pitcher only once per inning, provided the return as pitcher does not violate either the pitching, substitution or charged conference rule. If the pitcher, because of an injury or being incapacitated, is replaced as pitcher and the above rule is not satisfied, or if his replacement requires more warm-up throws than permitted in 6-2-2 Exception, he cannot return to the game as a pitcher. 3-1-1 also using the term batter. So, I know FED is not as clear as OBR. Could you imagine if a coach could replace a pitcher after they have warmed up, he could continue to do so over and over. A coach could even have the pitcher throw pitch 1, then have F7 throw pitch 2, then F5 throw pitch 3 and so on. I don't believe this is the intent of the rule. Poorly written, yes. But I could be persuaded.
  3. Throw to batter

    Guys: Bottom of 5th inning, starting pitcher takes 5 warmups, batter steps into box, and the head coach requests time and wants to replace his pitcher. I stop him and tell him that his pitcher must throw to the batter. He argues a little and tells me he just has to throw one pitch. I stick with my ruling, the coach then states that if his pitcher throws one more pitch, he is not eligible to pitch the following day. Again, I tell him my ruling that he must either retire this runner or he can intentionally walk him, he ends up intentionally walking the batter. FED 3.1.1 and 3.1.2 are the basis for my ruling. I did not tell him he could claim an injury, didn't think that was my job. My question, does the pitch limits in high school in any way supersede the rules? We don't keep pitches, we are not involved in them, and we are instructed to not make any ruling regarding pitching limits. Should I have handled this situation differently?
  4. Okla State vs ORU May 1

    No not me, was at the game. Too many people in my way to see in real time. I do not call at this level.
  5. Okla State vs ORU May 1

    Thanks guys!
  6. Okla State vs ORU May 1

    Anybody have a video of the play at the plate in the top of the 9th in this game? I had a bad angle, looked like a possible obstruction, maybe a illegal slide, and no immediate call. I haven't been able to see a video of the play.
  7. Deflected Ball Base Award Confirmation

    Good call, TOP.
  8. I'm just going to go ahead and say it; if the catcher receives the ball that poorly, its a ball! He lets the the ball travel too deep and stabs at it. The pitch very well may have been at the knees at the front edge of the plate, but the catcher has to do a better job. I would guess the reason Rupp was still barking from the dugout, is Carlos told him if he wants a strike there, do a better job of receiving the pitch. And Rupp didn't like it. As far as stepping out of the box, the batter is still fully within the boundary of the batter's box when the pitch is received.
  9. I know this was a big sweeping curve ball, but based on the catcher receiving the pitch, this is a ball. No way this was thigh high! Good job staying with that pitch Carlos!
  10. Matt Holliday 11th inning today

    Rich, watch the video, Brian C posted it. I just pulled out a clip to show that Holiday knew the play. His eyes are on the ball.
  11. Matt Holliday 11th inning today

    Ball in Moreland's hand, in the act of throwing to second base. Where are the eyes of Holiday? Don't fall for it, Holiday knows the situation and his trying to bust up a double play. And, as an Oklahoma State grad, I like Holiday and respect his Dad. No bias, just a player trying to gain an advantage. Intent isn't required for interference, but if you judge this is normal base-running, then his intent does matter. He knows Moreland is off the base and is turning a 3-6-3 double play.
  12. If this is a correct call (which I don't), then get ready for this to show up at every level of play. Penalize the guilty party, period!
  13. Odd Pitching Delivery

    Went and looked at Robb Nen video, that is the exact motion.
  14. Odd Pitching Delivery

    Doing a summer league game last night and had a pitcher doing something I've never seen. I asked the pitcher were he came up with the idea, he said its something Clayton Kershaw does. Well, I tried this morning and watched several Kershaw videos and did not see exactly the same thing, so I'm going to describe it. From the stretch with runners on base, lifts his non-pivot foot up and comes back down and does a toe tap on the ground, then extends out as he is delivering the pitch. Kershaw does come back down, but stays 1-2" above the ground (I think this is called a power "L"). The kid did not technically stop his motion with the toe tap, but it just didn't look right. He was not a good pitcher and only pitched a couple of innings and walked half the batters. 2 question; have you seen this delivery before, and would you balk it?
  15. Jimurray, thanks for setting me straight. Makes sense.