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lawump last won the day on February 21

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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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    ex-MiLB umpire; NCAA Div. 1; Am. Legion (2015 & 2017 World Series)
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  1. HBP

    I agree entirely with your rationale. The argument taking place is that because it is strike three, that bounced first, it is an uncaught third strike and batter gets first base. I'm not saying that I agree with their argument; I'm just telling you the argument that is being sent my way. I'm looking for an official cite to refute it. I tried to remain neutral in my original post since others in the argument read these boards.
  2. HBP

    Play: 0-2 count on batter. Pitch is thrown 59-feet. Regardless, batter swings and completely misses. The pitch, after bouncing in the dirt, then strikes the batter in the shin. What is the ruling in FED? I would appreciate any cite you can provide. i can think of two possible answers: (a) strike three, ball is dead, batter is out; (b) strike three, ball is dead, batter awarded first base due to uncaught third strike. Other runners return to TOP base unless forced to advance by batter. I am wondering if there has ever been an official FED discussion of this play. If not, has any other source discussed it? I know some of you have Casebooks going back decades. Thanks!
  3. I'm late to the dance here (I've actually been out on the field...LOL). But I agree with the comments above.
  4. Strike Call

  5. Strike Call

    When I was working the heel/toe (which is now heel/instep...a/k/a "the box") my knees killed me after every game from the torque that is applied to them if you do the box stance the way they (MiLB) wanted you to do. (And I was doing it correctly...I had a "4.5" rating on my plate work on my last MiLB evaulation.) So, when I left MiLB, I decided to try the scissors using what Mr. Nelson had taught me one day in spring training. If one is doing the scissors correctly, the "stress" is all on the hamstrings, buttocks and quads. At the beginning of each season, those muscles are sore after the first game or two, but for the remainder of the season...I feel great after each game. I have little trouble going extra innings. I did a 15-inning high school state semi-final game and never got sore. (In fact, it was such an incredible game that I truly did not want it to end.) There is some concern in some circles about the scissor stance causing neck issues. I've never had neck soreness. I think it is just a matter of making sure your head/neck is in a natural position and that you are not bending it in an awkward manner in order to get it to the slot. Its also a function of wearing your mask correctly (not too tight) so that it absorbs the blow and not your head/neck (but this is true in any stance). For me, the advantage (other than not getting sore during the course of a game) is that I can get my head further up into the slot. It gives me a great look at the plate. Also, if the batter takes away the slot, I can adjust up and back pretty quickly (I just bring my slot foot back toward my torso...which forces my head higher up.) Finally, I get hit on unprotected body parts WAY less in the scissors than in the box. For starters, the inside of your thighs are not exposed in the scissors. Even your cup is less exposed. In the scissors, almost all of your body that is facing the pitcher (other than your arms and stomach) has protection on it. In the box, the inner thigh of your non-slot foot is completely exposed should the ball get by the catcher. I've had some awful bruises as a result. I have pictures of literally my entire inner thigh being purple from the groin to the knee as a result of a foul ball direct off the bat.
  6. Strike Call

    I always thought that Randy Marsh had a great verbal strike call...so I stole it. Jeff Nelson was a mentor of mine back in my pro days. He works the scissors (as do I...in fact he taught me the scissors (that was back in the day when NL umps had to work scissors and AL umps had to work the box, so you had to know both in case Ed Vargo came to your game and said "let me see you in the scissors")) so I stole his physical strike mechanic. Now, when I say "stole" I'm not suggesting that I'm anywhere near as good as either of those two, or that I execute my mechanics as well as either of those two. But, I did steal. Some may ask me, "what do you have that's your own?" The answer is, "a horseSH*# strike zone!"
  7. Fed Mechanic?

    In all seriousness...especially for you guys who use the Fed Mechanics manual... what changes would you advocate for? (I was just appointed to the Umpire Manual sub-committee (it is up for review this year)). I don't promise anything, but start letting me know now.
  8. Associations in Southeastern NC

    Send me a PM
  9. 2018 NFHS Exam

    Which could lead to something like this: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/beantown-meltdown-cardinals-furious-after-fenway-fiasco/article_734360a6-d35a-5e22-b814-0d2bbbd1c8bc.html (Just joking).
  10. Actually, we do not permit accidental appeals. We have appeals for missing a base/leaving a base early but only the "unrelaxed action" type (as that term is defined by Jaksa/Roder) where the runner knows he left a base early (for example: R1 only, hit-and-run and a fly ball caught by F9...and R1 is trying to retreat to first base). For a "relaxed action" appeal (where the runner left a base early or missed a base, but he is not trying to return to correct his mistake)...we don't have those appeals in South Carolina. We simply call the runner out at the end of playing action. In the OP, in SC, the runner "acquired" first base when he passed it. We would not have an "out" on the play set forth in the OP.
  11. Obstruction: Rule and Mechanics Question

    @HeyBlueLA: I am just posting to second what Maven said. Your "consensus" is confusing OBR with FED rules.
  12. Brady

    TB12 said, "who do you root for each week?" I said, "the refs, of course." He said, "you get to take the friggin' picture."
  13. There's the root of the problem (#2). MLB refuses to admit that they have added more and more time between innings to accommodate their "broadcast partners" who want to air more and more ads. MLB is chasing after the money. I've said it before and I'll say it again, MLB is willing to blame everyone (umpires) and everything (mound visits, etc.) for the increased length of games, EXCEPT the #1 cause: the explosion in time between innings to allow for more commercials, so that they can get paid more for "rights fees", which is a direct result of the owners' desire for more and more money.
  14. As stated in the piece on close call sports, this is all about the owners reducing their costs: the amount they pay stadium workers (who are paid hourly) and the amount they pay in utilities. Over an 81 game season x 30 teams, they feel the savings will be significant. I have no idea if this is true or not...but that appears to be their reasoning. In other words, Billionaires trying to penny-pinch by reducing the amount they pay their workers...even though baseball is currently experiencing all-time record revenues and profits (no matter how you measure those two indexes.) The days of owners owning teams as a hobby to be enjoyed (and to serve as an escape for the owner from the "business world"), rather than owning a baseball team to be run as a business existing to create revenue and profit, are long, long gone.