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Everything posted by lawump

  1. https://fox43.com/2018/07/19/new-providence-man-facing-harassment-citation-after-allegedly-threatening-umpire-with-metal-stake/
  2. Okay...we have "Lanc-uster" in PA; "LAN-cass-ter" (as in Burt Lancaster) in MA; and, "LANK-aster" (rhymes with "spank") in SC. LOL
  3. LOL. But seriously, this section of the site went 51 1/2 weeks without an update. Thus, I am taking it upon myself to not let that happen again. If the administrators want me to stop, I will. Otherwise, I'm trying to make it a habit to do it daily at the same time that I post the daily rules quiz question on my umpire association's web page.
  4. http://www.news-herald.com/sports/20180718/local-umpire-todd-odell-makes-professional-debut-at-classic-park
  5. https://www.counton2.com/news/local-news/wounded-warriors-are-volunteer-umpires-in-local-baseball-tournament/1310173172
  6. https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-worst-called-ball-of-the-first-half-4/
  7. https://buffalonews.com/2018/07/16/north-tonawanda-native-ted-barrett-umpiring-in-mlb-all-star-game/
  8. Pretty good field mic on this one. https://www.cubshq.com/update/WATCH-Maddon-yelling-at-the-umpire-Lets-Go-25120
  9. Cather pick off at 2nd base

    How did your "incorpor(ation)" go?
  10. Aaron Boone does not know the rules. When all of ESPN's "baseball experts" (along with some players, coaches and managers) took a 10-question rules quiz in 2013, Mr. Boone came in dead last. He got 1 out of 10 correct. http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/9389802/how-well-do-know-baseball-rules-take-our-quiz
  11. MLB Balk Rule

    Get the MLB Umpire's Manual (you can buy it online...just google it). It has more case plays involving this one rule than any other rule. It has a LOT of case plays.
  12. http://kstp.com/news/from-calling-strikes-to-pouring-taps-former-mlb-umpire-now-bartending-in-st-paul/4988584/
  13. https://sports.yahoo.com/umpire-tee-ball-wiffle-ball-164431084.html
  14. http://www.washingtonblade.com/2018/07/12/dale-scott-interview/
  15. https://fox11online.com/sports/local-sports/umpires-chasing-big-league-dreams-in-northwoods-league
  16. http://www.mininggazette.com/sports/local-sports/2018/07/play-ball-veteran-umpire-ready-for-twilight-tourney/
  17. http://www.ttnews.com/articles/two-freight-carriers-make-sure-mlb-umpires-gear-always-safe-and-arrives-time
  18. Chirping Assistant

  19. Cather pick off at 2nd base

    Absolutely! It (1) opens up your angle for the pick-off at first base (without hurting your angle for the pick-off at third, and a pick-off at first is far more likely than a pick-off at third); (2) Assuming that all of your other footwork is correct (i.e. you don't move toward second base on the play, and you move toward the 45-foot line after having paused to see the initial play at second base), it will put you in the perfect position to see the back-end of a double play attempt (999/1000 the call at first base is the "money" call on a DP attempt).
  20. Cather pick off at 2nd base

  21. Chirping Assistant

  22. Fair/foul and catch/no catch sequence

    Yes, it is correct. When does the batted ball become fair or foul? When is a batted ball “caught”? The answer to the former is: the moment it is touched by the fielder. The answer to the latter is: when the fielder shows complete control and voluntary release. Thus, the ball, when touched in flight, is always fair or foul before it can ever be caught...so why would you not make the calls in the order they occur during the play? if the batted ball is uncaught, players need to know first and foremost whether the ball is fair so they know whether or not play should continue.
  23. https://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article214693860.html
  24. Cather pick off at 2nd base

    The correct depth for the initial starting position for an MiLB umpire in "B" or "C" (in a 2-man crew) or in "C" with multiple runners (in a 3-man crew) is NOT halfway between the back edge of the mound and second base (which is what a lot of umpire believe). Rather, it is halfway between the back edge of the mound and the grass/dirt line in the second base cutout. This means you most definitely should be closer to the dirt of the mound than second base, itself. Furthermore, with runners on first and third and the base umpire in "B" (in a two man crew), MiLB umpires are instructed to stand a step in front of this midpoint. It sounds to me that the Original Poster's initial starting position is too deep (which is a problem that plagues 80%+ of amateur umpires). If you move closer toward the mound, so that your angle for plays at second base opens up, I think you will find that your problem will largely disappear.