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maven last won the day on September 7 2018

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  1. maven

    Calling Pitches

    Calling pitches is a skill. References don't confer training in skills: they confer knowledge, not know-how. That's valuable for what it is, but it is not a substitute for training and practice.
  2. maven


    FED: nothing (that is, I'd need nothing else, given your assumptions). NCAA: no comment. OBR: has no FPSR. A different parlor game: what would have to be true in order for this NOT to be a FPSR violation?
  3. maven

    Spin move question

    Both the jab step (pivot > 3B) and jump step can be done legally or illegally. One way for the jab step to be illegal occurs when F1 clearly steps first with the pivot foot before lifting the free foot. One way for the jump step to be illegal occurs when F1 merely spins on the free foot without gaining distance toward the base. Both moves can be done by LHP or RHP: LHP would use them for pickoffs at 3B, RHP at 1B (so they're more common from righties). The rules are the same for LHP and RHP.
  4. maven

    Balk or No Balk

    I agree that, provided F1's motion is continuous, we don't care about glove shaking, foot resetting (no more than 1 step), etc. The only part of it that sounds fishy is this: "When this happened the ball remained in his glove until the second time he pulled his hand out of the glove." That sounds like poor pitching technique (no opportunity to adjust grip), but I don't think it's illegal: we allow tapping the ball in the glove (bringing hands back together) as part of the windup motion.
  5. maven

    Guidelines for Intentional Drop

    The rule states "intentionally touched." It does not specify a body part, though I've never heard of anything other than glove or (less often) hand. The purpose of the rule is to prevent the defense gaining an advantage not intended by the rules from knocking down a ball that would otherwise be caught for an out. That rationale is built into the idea of an "intentionally dropped ball." In borderline cases, I recommend protecting the offense by calling it, similar to borderline IFF. The defense gets the out they deserve and not the cheap out they don't.
  6. The story badly mischaracterizes Hinch, who said not that Hernandez was unprofessional and arrogant, but that his words were. That said, you can't argue balls and strikes. For those of us who are tempted to humility and remarks such as "I miss 4 pitches per game," this story represents a cautionary tale. Whether true or not, whether that's a "good" number for a pro or amateur umpire, coaches can and will weaponize virtually any statement.
  7. maven

    NFHS - Hit by Pitch or ???

    That's not a distinction to be found in the rules. HBP.
  8. maven

    Multiple appeals

    It is not. The "4th" out immediately supersedes the (original) 3rd out and becomes the third out. If another appeal would negate a run, it's still an apparent "4th" out, superseding the (new) 3rd out. Your point is well taken, though: appeals can generate additional outs beyond the original 3. Bonus question: how many advantageous outs are possible in an inning?
  9. maven

    Unusual FPSR Play

    I don't think it can be retired runner INT. If we treat R1's act as INT, then the alteration of play is illegal, which is an FPSR violation. If R1's act is not illegal, then this is nothing. I think the options are: FPSR or nothing.
  10. maven

    Appeal Mechanic

    The initial safe signal was ruling on the tag attempt. No tag! I think Hunter was waiting for a clear appeal of the missed base and not giving any indication of the baserunning error. F3 missed the tag, and so he might simply have been trying to tag a runner off base; but a BR is permitted by rule to overrun 1B without being liable to be tagged out while off the base. If that's all it was, we properly ignore it (do not rule on it). When F3 stated that he was appealing the missed base, Hunter rang up the out. Or anyway that's how I'm interpreting that video.
  11. maven

    Appeal Mechanic

    Right answer to the wrong question. Pro, NCAA, FED? All have different manuals.
  12. maven

    Appeal Mechanic

    Whose mechanics?
  13. maven

    Unusual FPSR Play

    I do. He clearly hindered the defense. "Peeling off" is supposed to prevent exactly that and is legal only when it accomplishes that end.
  14. maven

    Unusual FPSR Play

    FPSR. By choosing the go inside R1 altered the pattern of play. R1 is out on the play, BR is out for FPSR, and R2 returns to 2B. 8-4-2-b(1) The only argument for this NOT to be a FPSR violation is that it's a retired runner hit by a throw who is not intentionally interfering with a thrown ball. But he was hit by the throw in the vicinity of 2B and because he chose not to slide on the force play, so I don't like the argument. It opens a loophole in FPSR that seems inconsistent with the rationale for the rule. As usual, the best way for runners to avoid FPSR violations is a legal slide. Someone might argue for 3 outs on this play. That someone would not be me.
  15. maven

    Bunting infraction

    Thank you for your charitable guess regarding how quick on the uptake I am...