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LRZ last won the day on November 23 2018

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  1. Wrong place for this request, Steve. Try the Cooperstown Dream Park forum.
  2. Wrong forum, Shane: http://umpire-empire.com/topic/71976-umpire-seeking-team-for-cdp-weeks-10-11-12/
  3. LRZ

    Throwing the bat

    I would distinguish between malicious/unsporting and safety. After three instances of bat-throwing, serious enough to elicit informal and formal warnings, an ejection would not be unreasonable, in my opinion. I'm not giving a batter three bites of the apple, but YMMV.
  4. LRZ

    Throwing the bat

    Boy, that's a lot of warnings! Four at-bats, four potentially dangerous throws of the bat?
  5. LRZ


    You mean this book? http://media.hometeamsonline.com/photos/baseball/PATPNJ/NFHS_2018_Rules.pdf
  6. LRZ

    Ball Stuck in Glove...Lodged?

    Nothing wrong with that: the states are "laboratories of democracy."
  7. LRZ

    February Leagues or tournaments

    Considering the prominence of Latinos in MLB, your user name is ironic, to say the least.
  8. LRZ

    Nostalgia Trip

    PCN (PA Cable Network) has a series called PCN Tours, highlighting various PA industries and business. I just came across a segment on Elbeco Uniforms, in Frackville, PA. No umpire shirts, of course, but it did spark a nostalgia trip for me.
  9. LRZ

    Bunt to Chop Swing

    And coaches are unlikely to coach it, knowing the consequence.
  10. LRZ

    Pitcher goes to his mouth and into the glove

    The OBR cite is Rule 6.02(c)1): The pitcher shall not: (1) While in the 18-foot circle surrounding the pitcher’s plate, touch the ball after touching his mouth or lips, or touch his mouth or lips while he is in contact with the pitcher’s plate. The pitcher must clearly wipe the fingers of his pitching hand dry before touching the ball or the pitcher’s plate. EXCEPTION: Provided it is agreed to by both managers, the umpire prior to the start of a game played in cold weather, may permit the pitcher to blow on his hand. PENALTY: For violation of this part of this rule the umpires shall immediately remove the ball from play and issue a warning to the pitcher. Any subsequent violation shall be called a ball. However, if the pitch is made and a batter reaches first base on a hit, an error, a hit batsman or otherwise, and no other runner is put out before advancing at least one base, the play shall proceed without reference to the violation. Repeat offenders shall be subject to a fine by the League President.
  11. LRZ

    A Mitch Kupchak-er

    If it's worth your time and energy to try to keep him, you might explain that cultural norms in SC are different from those where he lived previously, and if he wants to continue umpiring for you, he has to accept that expectations are different.
  12. In the case play, the BR is B1 and the coach is Coach A. Even a FED case writer would not envision Coach A talking to Team B's BR. I know what the point is, but someone literal-minded and new to umpiring might read the case as a mandate and jump right into "ordering." And while I'm getting agitated about language--they were the tools of my trades for 40 years, and I think the words we choose matter--I'm not crazy about "ignoring" the request, instead of acknowledging it and letting the coach know that he has to wait until the BR reaches first and/or play is relaxed. Doesn't FED encourage preventive officiating?
  13. I'm on board with the "ignore" part, but the "order"? I don't think so. Good thing I don't work FED ball.