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About lawump

  • Birthday July 15

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    South Carolina
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    umpiring and lawyering

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    Carolina Baseball Umpires Association; NCAA
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    Attorney
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    ex-MiLB umpire; NCAA Div. 1; Am. Legion (2015 & 2017 World Series)
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  1. lawump

    State Championship

    They were all from the Columbia Association.
  2. lawump

    Selected to State

    I'll go one step further. As my college assignor likes to say, "Don't F*#K it up!" Congrats, sthomas13100
  3. lawump

    State Championship

    From a playoff game in the semi-final round (a/k/a "Class 5-A Lower State Playoffs".
  4. lawump

    State Championship

    Game 1 plate meeting of the South Carolina 2019 Class 5-A state championship series. I wasn't looking at the camera on purpose. Honestly, I was trying to look at the first base dugout because I had a grounds rule question. The cameraman (this is a still from a TV news broadcast) was in my way! LOL
  5. lawump

    PU Mechs W/ R1

    Let me address your second question (PU rotation on ball hit to the outfield). Once you conclusively determine that the fly ball is not in your area of outfield responsibility (that is, it is hit in the "V" such that the catch/no catch is your partner's responsibility), you should move quickly up the the third base line (about 2-3 feet in foul territory). As you are moving toward third base, you should be yelling, "I got third if he comes! I've got third if he comes!" (If it is a can-of-corn fly ball, you probably don't need to yell too enthusiastically.) However, by telling your partner, "I've got third if he comes," you have let your partner know that the fly ball is definitely his responsibility. You want to go about 3/4th of the way up the line. You can then come stopped. If the ball is caught, and R1 retreats toward first base, you can simply retreat home. Tell your partner, "I'm going home," and as you return to the plate, keep your chest (and eyes) out toward the field. Retreat quickly in case there is a play at first base with an overthrow. If the ball is uncaught: (1) if you see R1 coming in toward third base and you determine that there is NOT going to be a throw to third base, you need to tell your partner, "I'm going home!" Then, you must run hard back to the plate. The reason is that if only the runner (and not the ball) is coming into third base, there is little likelihood of a play occurring there. However, if the runner keeps going, there may be a play at the plate. So, we want to get the umpire back to the plate area ahead of R1. (2) If you see the ball coming to third, but R1 holds at second...then you just stay put 3/4th of the way up the line. If the ball is overthrown, you can rule on the ball going into DBT. Otherwise, if the throw is caught...at the end of the play you can tell your partner that, "I'm going home," and you can trot back to the plate area. (3) If you see both the ball and runner coming toward third base, you can now anticipate a play occurring at that base. At that point, you bust from 3/4ths of the way up the line (2-3 feet in foul territory) into the middle of the third-base cutout yelling to your partner, "I've got third! I've got third!. Then, watch (timing, timing, timing) and rule on the play. If the ball gets away and the runner starts for home, you will run toward the plate in fair territory. The keys are this: (1) Don't stay around the plate area (or in the library...5-10 feet up the third base line) on a ball hit to the outfield. You are likely slower than R1. Use what time you have to get 3/4th of the way up the line. Too many guys wait until the ball is uncaught before they start hustling toward third base. If you are umpiring shaving-aged players, you are inviting disaster by doing this. On balls hit deep, a fast R1 will sometimes go 85-89 feet toward second base because they know they can make it back to first if the ball is caught (especially on fly balls to deep left center and left field). They do this because if the flyball is uncaught, they are going to try to make it to third. I ask you this: if you start at the "library" and a fast R1 starts a step or two on the first base side of second base...are you going to make it to the middle of the third base cutout in time to rule on a play at third base? For most of us the answer is a resounding "NO". I have seen a lot of umpires arrive late at third base on a first-to-third rotation because they meander around the plate area until it is too late. Often, it is too late when the ball conclusively falls to the ground uncaught. So...don't stick around in the library or plate area. Get 3/4ths of the way up the line. You can always retreat home if the ball is caught. (2) Admittedly, how quickly you move up the third base line can vary. If you see a fly ball to right field that has the right fielder camped under it forever...then you probably don't need to move too quickly because R1 is likely already retreating back to first base (because the ball is in right field). In this case, if F9 boots it, there is more likely going to be a force play at second base than a play at third. Thus, you can be slow(er) in moving up to third. However, if R1 is not retreating and the ball is still in the air...you need to keep moving toward third base. Then, if the fly ball is then caught, and R1 starts retreating to first, you can then retreat toward the plate to rule on an overthrow. (3) The bottom line is this: It is more important for you to be in position (in the middle of the third base cutout in a 2-man crew) to see a play at third base on a first-to-third rotation, than it is for you to be in perfect position to see if a ball barely went into dead ball territory (DBT) on an overthrow trying to double-up a retreating R1 at first base. Two man mechanics is a series of compromises. This is one such compromise. You are more likely to take a lot of grief being out of position for a "whacker" call at third base, than you are for not being in perfect position to see if the ball barely went over a white chalk line on an overthrow. (4) TALK TO YOUR PARTNER. Using the standard and accepted phrases ["I've got third if he comes", "I've got third", "I'm on the line", and "I'm going home"] conveys vital information to your partner.
  6. No organization is perfect. But, I'm proud to work in state where they have always had my back. By way of example: (1) Bottom of the 7th, 2 outs, bases loaded, home team losing by 1. After a 13-pitch at-bat which ended with a called strike three by me, the home team's starting pitcher decided to yell at me, "you F*#King suck," as I was walking off the field. He got a four game suspension. (2) Head coach started arguing with my partner (the plate umpire) about a close call at the plate. As he was doing so, I saw the assistant coach throw his hat out on to the field while screaming at my partner. I had my partner's back and ejected said AC. The AC then proceeded to cover the plate in dirt, bump my partner and I, and cuss us out loudly (to the point where all of the fans...including his own...turned against him.) He was suspended the rest of the season and playoffs, and fined $500. (There were five games left in the regular season, and they were definitely going to make the playoffs.) I found out later that the coach was a former MiLBer. Guess he didn't know I was a former MiLB umpire who wasn't going to put up with that crap. LOL. I've been working in South Carolina since 2002. If you're a baseball coach in SC, your first ejection in a season will cost you 2 games and $300. It tends to keep ejections to a minimum.
  7. lawump

    First time I've ever seen this one

    @Stk004 Barney Deary is one of the most important persons in the history of professional umpiring whom nobody, sadly, knows.
  8. And here is yet another example of why so many MLB umpires can’t stand Alderson.
  9. lawump

    Shut a game down

    I’m not disagreeing with the call, the only thing I don’t like is your partner putting the balls on the plate and saying “that’s the game,” without talking to you or getting everyone back in the dugout. Such a momentous decision shouldn’t have been made without a crew consultation. IMHO, you guys should have gotten everyone back in the dugouts, then spoken to one another and confirmed that the game needed to be terminated, and then called both head coaches to home plate and tell them your decision. Announcing that decision before everyone is back in the dugout could be like throwing a match on a keg of gasoline...only instead of going after each other, both teams could go apeSH*# at the umpires. Remember, the testosterone is off the charts. Get everyone out of there first, talk to each other, then handle business.
  10. lawump

    NFHS Rules question

    Thank you!
  11. lawump

    NFHS Rules question

    Rule 8-4-1 (d) reads, after hitting or bunting a ball, he intentionally contacts the ball with the bat a second time in fair or foul territory. The ball is dead and no runner(s) advance. 1. In the case of a foul ball, it must have a chance to become fair in the umpire's judgment. 2. If the bat and ball accidentally come in contact with each other a second time while the batter is holding the bat in the batter's box, it is a foul ball. Here is my question/play: No runners, no outs. B/R uses a softball style swinging bunt. After making contact with the ball, the batter drops the bat out of his hands as he is beginning to run to first base. The ball has bounced in the dirt in front of the plate. As the bat is falling to the ground after being dropped by the batter, it strikes the ball (which is over fair territory) which is bouncing upward. The batter did not intentionally throw the bat at the ball, nor did he intentionally try to hit the ball with the bat. But, he did "intentionally" drop the bat as he began toward first base. What do you have? This happened in an actual high school game this weekend. I cannot see where we have addressed this play in a NFHS Casebook during the last 3 years that I've been on the committee. Thanks in advance.
  12. lawump

    Tag-up Responsibilities

    That is one wild rumor that is most certainly not true. I wish it were; I'd love to spend a couple of days with him in Indianapolis doing nothing but talking umpiring. But, alas, I haven't even heard this rumor...much less it actually being discussed as a possibility among the committee.
  13. lawump

    NFHS 2019 Test Question #3

    I just want the record to reflect that I do not write the test. LOL. (Nor do I get an advance copy; nor do I get the answers...I have to take it just like everyone else in my state.)
  14. lawump

    Ball Stuck in Glove...Lodged?

    Someday, when my term is over, I'll write a book. LOL With that said, in the NFHS the power is not centralized. It is structured like the old Articles of Confederation. The natural result of such a structure is what you alluded to your post.
  15. lawump

    BOO Power Point

    Oh GOD, yes.
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