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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. Odd Pitching Delivery

    Went and looked at Robb Nen video, that is the exact motion.
  7. 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?
  8. Jimurray, thanks for setting me straight. Makes sense.
  9. One question, since the BR was out at first, how can there be interference. Totally agree that the slide was illegal. No problem with penalizing the offense. But, similar to batter/umpire interference, if the catcher records the out, we ignore the interference.
  10. Ok, I'm just going to say it. Count is 1-2 with two outs. That is a uncaught third strike, but how can you tell from the mechanic. My call time? He thought the game was over? Then Ron Washington talks him into a foul ball. But by his mechanic he thought the catcher caught it (I guess), so many things went wrong here. We all miss things. But these mechanics would put me back onto the JV field. Am I wrong?
  11. As stated above, force play at first. Run does not count. More importantly, why is a runner stealing home with a batter swinging?
  12. RLI

    I went home and read 8-4-1g; "RUNNER IS OUT........he runs outside the three-foot running lane(last half of the distance from home plate to first base), while the ball is being fielded or thrown to first base;" Reading this made me think that the act of running outside the running lane itself is in fact interference. So I starting second guessing myself after I got home last night. Fed does not require a quality throw, but it does require a throw. So Maven, just to restate, we are looking for hindrance in order to get RLI interference. Correct? Thanks for the help.
  13. RLI

    Need clarification; R1 and 0 outs, BR bunts 5-6 feet in front of home plate. Catcher comes out, fields the ball and gets the out at first base. However, the runner was clearly running out of the runners lane (in fair territory). FED Rules Should I call the interference immediately or wait for the outcome of the throw/play? I am asking because R1 tried to go 1st to 3rd and was also thrown out at third. Thanks in advance!
  14. Play at the Plate - Discuss

    I've looked from both angles and have the slow motion perspective on this play. The catcher gave a path to the plate and the runner did not take it. The angle from 3rd base dugout shows the plate completely inside and the catcher pulling his right foot back to give the open path to home plate. In FED, maybe obstruction, all other play stands, OUT.
  15. DH enter game to pitch

    Grayhawk, I was watching this game from the stands. I still have a son playing in HS, but never do his games. But if this ever happens to me, I wanted to be prepared. I like your verbiage. Still using your old shin guards by the way, made a slight modification to them. The hard plastic now sit closer to the top of my plate shoes.