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    It's a fair ball that left the field, not in flight, so....
  2. Drop 3rd

    Both teams screwed up: the batter was out on strikes. Also, no rule requires assessing penalties based on poor play. The difference with a batted ball is that the batter did not put the ball in play, so he has not earned the privilege of tangle/untangle. In that case, he's liable for hindering the fielder fielding the ball.
  3. Out or foul tip

    Up to us to judge "sharp and direct" vs "appreciable height." Sometimes, you just gotta umpire.
  4. 2 out, everyone leaves the field

    I'd be talking to F2: "where ya goin?"
  5. Dropped 3rd strike

    What else happened? If F3 was in the act of receiving the throw, then he would be excused for OBS, and the BR must run around him. If not, then it's OBS (though that probably won't matter when there's no play). In no case, ever, should any runner deliberately "run over" a fielder. That will always supersede any OBS or other infraction and cause the runner to be called out and ejected.
  6. Drop 3rd

    By interpretation (for OBR, maybe not LL), tangle/untangle applies only for a batted ball. If the BR "clearly hindered" F2's attempt to field the D3K, then that's INT, the ball is dead, the runner is out, and other runners must return (with 2 outs, that part won't matter).
  7. Balk to 2B?

    Difficult or not, a step toward second is required by rule ahead of a throw or feinted throw to 2B (including a throw not to the base). If his free foot leaves its footprint and moves toward 2B during the jump turn, I'm not getting too technical with where it lands.
  8. Game Management - Ejections

    My experience is that the number of ejections per season diminished as I got better and moved up. It makes a difference that at this point I work only HS varsity, and in a state that levies substantial penalties (in money and time) on coaches who are ejected. I use a fairly credible "that's enough!" which under these circumstances deters most coaches from further misbehavior. I agree with the claim that total or average number of ejections has no correlation with an umpire's game management skill level. I know umpires at all points of the average EJ spectrum who are good, and even more at all points of the spectrum who are crap.
  9. Should the base umpire intervene?

    In that situation? Nothing: once the ball touches the ground and PU announces 'foul', by rule it cannot be changed. So there's no point, and you'd undermine your partner to do anything. In general, fair/foul is (almost?) never a crew-saving call. When PU calls a runner out at the plate and the ball is on the ground, that would be a crew-saving call to help with. Those are ends of the spectrum, with some hard cases in between. Until you're more experienced and learn how to handle the hard cases, err on the side of not intervening.
  10. Obstruction at 1st base

    I agree on both points.
  11. Obstruction at 1st base

    For FED: 8.3.2 SITUATION K: F6 fields a ground ball and throws to F3 in attempt to retire B1 at first. The ball is thrown wide. As F3 lunges towards the ball, F3 collides with B1, knocking him to the ground prior to possessing the ball (a) while the runner is short of first base or (b) after the runner has contacted first base. RULING: (a) Obstruction; (b) legal. For (c): it would matter how far the ball got from F3 to judge whether the BR was hindered, benefit of any doubt to the runner.
  12. Who's call is it

    PU can be forked in 2-umpire mechanics when there's R2 and a bunt up the 1B line. He's got fair/foul and R2's touch at 3B. See the discussion in this thread.
  13. Who's call is it

    I get what you're saying, but I wouldn't put it this way (for one thing, your statement entails that PU should call safe/out at 1B—which is "on the line"—but I don't think you mean to say that).
  14. Who's call is it

    PU should be right there covering fair/foul, so there's no problem him getting it. If he took a peek to make sure his partner wasn't jumping on it, that would be fine.
  15. Dislodged base

    The base is a spot on the ground, usually marked by a stationary bag (or plate). If the bag moves from the spot, we rule on runners based on the spot, not the bag (benefit of any doubt to the runner).