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About StrikeToWin

  • Birthday 07/23/1974

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    Bowling, sports of any kind, my wife and kids.

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    Parts sales associate
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    9U-HS mainly USSSA
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  1. I kept waiting for Kinsler's bat to contact Hernandez with the way he was pointing with it in their "up close" discussion. Just out of curiosity, what would have been the punishment in that case with a bat striking the umpire in these circumstances?
  2. I thought I read somewhere that the Marlins pitcher complained that Beltre was in his line of sight while trying to pitch. Another article or something. I could be wrong.
  3. StrikeToWin

    A couple mechanics from this weekend

    My biggest complaint was the fact that he told me MY mechanics were bad if I thought he had any responsibility at 2B on that play, meaning to me, if the roles had been reversed and I had been PU and had seen this play with interference at 2B and called it, then he quite possibly would have been upset with me stepping on his call and responsibility. You all have answered my questions about the mechanics though and I appreciate the input.
  4. I had two situations come up this weekend that my partner and I didn't agree on mechanics. Sit. 1 - Bases loaded 2 outs ball hit to F6 and R2 while running to 3B stops in front of F6 and throws hands in the air, dances around trying to distract F6. I'm in C position and have turned to watch the ball for clean p/u and throw while and see R2's antics. I immediately call time and announce "That's interference!" No one complained about the call and everyone was yelling at R2 that he couldn't do that. My partner however when we were grabbing a drink of water between innings told me that it was a delayed dead ball and I should've allowed the play to continue. I argued that interference was immediately a dead ball. Who is right? Sit. 2 - R1, nobody out, I'm in B position ball hit to F5 who fields and throws to F4 for the force, I make the out notification and begin to turn for the relay throw to F3 and out of the corner of my eye, I see what looks like hands thrown in the air and a late slide into F4 (throw was high to F3 and runner was safe), I looked at my partner for any indication of interference and he is watching the play at 1st. Between innings while getting our water (it was 95 degrees and we were on turf), I asked if he saw anything at 2nd on that play. His response to me was "I never have any responsibility at 2nd, that's all you". I told him I think it's part of his responsibility to watch for interference at 2nd and he told me that I had bad mechanics if he thought that. He said his responsibilities in that situation are a potential rotate to 3rd and absent that possibility, then watching for a pulled foot at 1st and then told me I needed to read up on mechanics again. Am I wrong in thinking that he should help with a possible interference at 2B?
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    Shaking my Head

    We have more ejections in coach pitch than any other games at our park (we go up to high school age). The coaches don't know the rules, the parents think their kids are being scouted by big time scouts and everyone thinks they can yell at the umpire without penalty. I don't work coach pitch but i can hear what's going down in that part of the park and it is crazy. I also know most of the umpires that work down there (mostly younger guys just starting) and it is great experience in learning game management for them.
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    Going back to my roots

    Maybe I have missed it but in USSSA rules is a slash/bunt not allowed?
  7. StrikeToWin

    Post Game... Hanging Around

    Getting out of there is all good except when you have to have both coaches sign score cards and they usually won't do that until after the handshakes are done. BU usually handles those duties for us (we don't keep lineup cards because most teams do continuous batting order) and PU is told to wait on partner so we can still walk off the field together. Not the most optimum of situations, but it is what it is.
  8. StrikeToWin

    Dumbest definition

    As we were told in a recent clinic that I attended in Springfield, there is no magic spot that determines a swing or check-swing, the question as base umpire is "did he offer at the pitch?" Doesn't matter if you are in A, B, or C, as base umpire you can judge whether or not the batter offered, if he didn't, signal safe, if he did give them the hammer. Paraphrased from the actual instructor that explained it to us.
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    Why I Love Time Limits

    I'm glad all of our fall ball is 1:30 drop dead. We call it in the middle of an at bat. Coaches ask to let his guy finish the at bat but we tell them, sorry coach, next game starts in 15 minutes, got to keep it on time.
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    Couple good ones from this weekend

    For our fall ball this weekend, we are expecting temps of 89 degrees Sunday and clear as a bell.
  11. StrikeToWin

    Mid-American Umpire Clinic Brochure

    I felt like sitting there talking with the evaluators was very educational, almost as much or more as the actual game experience we received. Just having someone give you feedback on your live games was invaluable and doesn't happen at our level very often. Definitely worth the time and money invested in the weekend.
  12. StrikeToWin

    Mid-American Umpire Clinic Brochure

    It was an awesome clinic. Truly enjoyed myself and learned that I don't know jack about umpiring.
  13. StrikeToWin

    Mid-American Umpire Clinic Brochure

    I found me. Sent from my SM-N910V using Tapatalk
  14. StrikeToWin

    New to the forum & State, but not the field

    What part of Oklahoma? Plenty of work to be had here and fall ball starts soon. Sent from my SM-N910V using Tapatalk
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    Mid-American Umpire Clinic Brochure

    Anybody here yet? Sent from my SM-N910V using Tapatalk