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Mad Mike

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  1. Mad Mike


    @lawump -- who was #76 on the crew in the game where Sutton was HPU? He looked like Craig Mills, but I wasn't sure....
  2. Mad Mike

    Glove Knocked Off - Detached Equipment?

    Wow! That was actually painful to watch. I wonder if these umps can wear white socks, BU puts on a ball bag with a brush to sweep the bases, and why they are at it turn their bill caps around backwards.
  3. Mad Mike

    Wendelstedt Manuals Updated?

    I sent several messages to Wendlestadt about the BRD. Do you think this is what Tim is doing by putting NFHS and NCAA in with OBR? Has anybody seen it and if so, how does it compare to BRD?
  4. Mad Mike

    Balk and Base Awards

    OBR Rule Set: Runner on First, outs don't matter. Pitcher rolls through coming set, delivers ball (count was 2-1). Umpires call "Balk". Batter takes pitch without swinging. R1 stealing on the pitch. Catcher throws it into centerfield. R1 rounds second and heads for third. I think there was an error when the "Time" was called and the runner was placed back at second. R1 should have been allowed to advance at his own jeopardy. If he made third, then bonus for him. If he was thrown out, then under OBR-he is out. We would nullify the pitch and play on, correct? ____________________________________ I believe this was confused with an interference call where if the catcher does not retire the runner on the immediate throw-we kill the play. Any comments and/or rule references would be appreciated.
  5. Mad Mike


    Check out diamonddugout.com, they have some masks on closeout for $30.00. They are super light...about 20 ounces. They only have certain colors left, but they will do the job and save you some money.
  6. Mad Mike


    Agreed on if he is doing his job. In some cases, the umpire gets to the correct calling position. However, if the throw was off-line and the umpire did not move to an adjusted calling position, he probably missed the fielder's foot on the bag. This can happen a lot if one is straight lined and no longer has an angle, or doesn't take a read step to get an open angle look.
  7. Mad Mike


    You should visit the site more often. There are plenty of doozies discussed here........
  8. Mad Mike

    How Would You Handle This?

    How would you handle this? NFHS Bases Loaded, 2 outs, high pop fly to short-stop. Runners going on contact. R2 clips shortstop. Umpire rules interference; however, R3 had crossed plate before interference was called. I have a group that is giving different answers: Timing Play (score the run), R2 forced to advance and interferes (thus treat as force out on the interfering runner) no run scores, or no run can score on interference-ball is dead--call interfering runner out, inning over with no runs scoring. If there were less than 2 out, return all runners TOP--call interfering runner out, BR goes to first. What is the best rule reference for this situation?
  9. Mad Mike

    Runner interference

    Isn't Steven Tyler a singer in Aerosmith?
  10. Mad Mike

    Runners Lane Interference feedback

    Looks like you made the correct call. Good job staying with the play and the throw!
  11. Mad Mike

    The importance of mechanics

    Before we start taking a weed whacker to guys, are we assuming they have received proper instruction and blown it off? Or conversely, can they be taught and/or broken of bad habits from Smitty? If the latter, what have you guys found that these kind of umpires respond best to? -Formal Training -Association sponsored camp -Association pays part of the fees to get to a camp -Small group sessions -Small group sessions watching video of themselves working and getting critiqued I know we all have guys who are chomping at the bit to learn and then we have the lazy guys that simply show up to get a check. We probably will never reach the check grabbers, but we can make an impact on others. I am interested to hear what some Associations are doing that seems to have worked and is showing dividends.
  12. You can go on-line and check with the Idaho High School Activities Association (idhsaa.org). I am guessing the Lewiston Area will be District II. Here is a list of officials clinics with dates, times, and locations. The IDHSAA Office can get you phone numbers of the assigner(s) in Northern Idaho: BASEBALL Dist. I Feb. 14 6:00 p.m. Coeur d’Alene H.S. (officials only) Brian Rounds Dist. I Feb. 20 7:00 p.m. Coeur d’Alene H.S. (coaches only) Brian Rounds Dist. II Feb. 14 7:00 p.m. Lewiston H.S. Shawn Kaschmitter Dist. III Feb. 12 6:00 p.m. Sawtooth M.S. John Shinoskie SOFTBALL Dist. I Feb. 14 6:00 p.m. Coeur d'Alene H.S. (coaches only) Ted Yurek Dist. I Feb. 15 6:00 p.m. Coeur d'Alene H.S. (officials only) Russell Lacy Dist. II Feb. 14 7:00 p.m. Lewiston H.S. Pat Zink Dist. III Feb. 12 7:00 p.m. Middleton H.S Randy Lyons
  13. I would think that Joe West should get some back pay for the 3 games they recently suspended him for noting in an interviewer who the biggest complainer in baseball is. So, Kinsler can get away with making derogatory comments about Angel, but Joe gets "rung up" for 3 games for saying Beltre was the biggest complainer....? I guess their argument is that umpires are held to a higher standard?
  14. Mad Mike

    How Would You Handle This?

    OBR Rule Set. Bases loaded, no outs. Count 1-2 on batter. Low pitch comes in, skips the dirt, catcher blocks the ball and it then touches the batter. Batter does not swing at pitch and begins to jog to first base-presumably believing he was hit by the pitch. Unfortunately, umps don't kill it before this goes down......baserunners all begin to advance at a leisurely trot. Runner on third scores. Keep in mind TIME has not been called. The other runners advance to second and third respectively. Question: How would you handle this when the defensive coach indicates that the Batter-Runners actions deceived the defense? He wants to know why there is no penalty for the BR doing this. Now, it is incumbent on the defense to know the status of the ball. The catcher simply threw the ball back to the catcher as the runner trotted home. Can/should this be "fixed" in any way, i.e. return all the runners, no score allowed, count now 2-2 or do we allow the score and advances by the runners and the count is now 2-2. Would we warn the batter if he steps out without legal reason(s), he is subject to some penalty--perhaps ejection? Please discuss what option(s), if any are available. Also, as a twist---what if this were NFHS? Could we get the batter out for stepping out of the box with both feet? (I don't think so, because the pitch has technically ended once it touched the catcher. But I am interested in what you guys think.)
  15. @Umpire in Chief How about setting up a flash poll on this issue? To boycott or not boycott, that is the question!