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  1. Opening the Season

    Had a DH back in the day wherein it was "absolutely essential" that they get these games in. Problem: It was snowing and blowing. Bigger problem: Big Kahuna Partner was "up north" from Florida and wanted to work the games. Long story short: The infield had been covered and in good shape. The outfield was white and accumulating more. We started with Kahuna on the dish and the wind at his back. I was concerned about the safety of the BUs (specifically me) and the corners because the visibility was impeded by the driving snow blowing horizontally into our faces and particularly or eyes. But, I acquiesced to the superior talent and judgment of my crewmembers...until a shot up the middle (I'm in deep B) rolls out to CF and gets lost under the snow. I could see its track but not the ball. We're done!
  2. Defensive Shift and NFHS Question

    If clarity is what you seek, then a baseball rules book, the NFHS' in particular, is the last place you would want to look for it. A point of clarification: The players comprising the battery at NFHS 2-13-4 are infielders, too. (Special infielders if you were to ask them.) The rules govern their overthrows the same as those from all other infielders. Smarter umpires than me have stated something to the effect, if it's not in the rules, then it's not against the rules. Linguists can argue the use of the plural noun "players" and how it applies to the words "left field, right field and center field" because that science is well above my pay grade. I'm sticking with the interpretation below from OHSAA DOD Baseball Bulletin 15-1: Being 99% of the time a pull hitter, the defense puts on an infield shift when the batter comes up to bat with a runner on first base. The shortstop plays almost behind second base, with the second baseman 2/3 of the way to first base from second. The third baseman goes into shallow right field, between the second baseman and the right fielder. True to form, the batter hits a soft "Texas Leaguer" just over the second baseman. The third baseman, playing in right field, runs in to scoop the ball on one hop and throws to first base in an attempt to put out the runner. At the time of his throw, the runner from first base (off on a steal attempt) has touched second base, but the batter has not yet reached first. The throw sails into the dugout. Next comes an argument from both coaches as to the proper awards. The offense says it is two bases from the time of the throw and so the runner who had touched second should score. The defense says the award is two bases from the time of the pitch, so no run should be scored. There is nothing illegal with this formation, and we as umpires just have to recognize that, in this play, the third baseman is now really an outfielder. So, when he throws the ball into dead ball territory, the award is two base, from the time of the throw. So, for this play, we will score the runner from first who had rounded second at the time of the throw, and place the batter-runner at second base. That is what the umpires did in this game, and then had the opportunity to explain that the third baseman was not really an infielder to the coach. If we allowed this, then all a coach would have to do is list his right fielder as the first baseman on the lineup card, and then play him in right field; any throw of his (for the most part) would be 2 bases from the time of the pitch. Not legal, but nice try.
  3. Defensive Shift and NFHS Question

    Senor Azul posts are correct.. Players physically positioned in the outfield at the TOP are outfielders. NFHS 2-13-2 allows multiple fielders to play outfield, not just three. NFHS 2-13-3 describes all other fielders as infielders. If F5 were in shallow (or deep) RF at the TOP, then he's an outfielder and his overthrows are ruled accordingly.. OHSAA's DOD Baseball Bulletin 15-1 (February 23, 2015) clarified this play almost verbatim.
  4. New from Illinois

    1. Drop softball. 2. Make yourself available for any and all baseball games. 3. Get the best you can afford now. Take care of it so it protects you while you have it. Enjoy the smile on the face of another new umpire when you give it to him after you can afford to upgrade your starting kit.
  5. Stopping the windup

    POE: Enforcement and Administration of NFHS Rules …Other rules codes have significantly different objectives and rationales for their rules. When non-approved interpretations or rulings that are contradictory to NFHS rules as written are used, they can confuse students, coaches, umpires and fans. Here in Ohio, we umpires are admonished to know and enforce the rules, all the rules. Pitchers showing up at state tourneys using the hybrid position because “He’s done that all year!” or running lane violations that don’t get called or team personnel allowed to sit outside their dugouts are but a few examples among many that are sometimes and sometimes not enforced. Some forgotten instructor in a long ago Michigan clinic once said something to the effect: Use your good judgment for the gray areas; the rulebook for the black and white. And, if enough of us would consistently enforce the Mickey Mouse rules, they just might get changed. It’s happened before: e.g.; coach assisting a runner, BR overrunning 1B, R1 at 1B. (Just joking about that last one...or was I?)
  6. Is this a balk?

    One motion, no problem. Separate motions, Houston!
  7. My Place To EJ?

    Pre-game it. Dugout dope behind your PU's back crosses the line, then go get it. Pathetic parents spewing hate speech towards anyone, then sic the yard dog on them before another pitch is delivered.
  8. All good. All good. It's but one little part of my pre-season work up. Push ups? Check. Crunches? Check. Gig line? Check. In-my-face-argument preventer? Check.
  9. I don't eat them! That would be gross. I just keep them warm.
  10. Well, egg on my face! Apparently I took the wrong test. So, I zipped through the "right" test and scored 92%. I wait with BAITed breath (It is ice fishing season. Ha!) to see what I missed.
  11. I took the test. I did not "take my time." I did it closed-book. I scored 88%. The only feedback was to look in the rulebook and study "these areas." I would rather know which question I missed and what the "most acceptable" response was of the available choices. I'll grant you that tests are tough to write, but I wasn't favorably impressed with this one. Likewise, "they" probably aren't favorably impressed with the effort I gave it. Have a fun and safe season when the snow melts.
  12. I recall the day (low 70s, partly cloudy, light breeze blowing to the RF corner, dinosaur droppings everywhere) when Roder said that a batter was allowed the unobstructed opportunity to hit a pitch until the pitch was complete, even if it meant throwing his bat at the ball still moving on the ground or in the air UNTIL it passed the foul line or plate [sic]. I may be wrong, but I've abided by that guidance for the last few decad...years.
  13. NFHS CB8.1.1G is not ruled CO, but rather "defensive' obstruction," the semantics can be a separate topic. I don't know if I'm good enough to catch the obstruction shown in either video. But, if I judged that F2 touched the moving pitched ball over fair territory, then my prosecutorial discretion may favor the offense; over foul territory, not so much. NFHS 2-28-4 delineates when a pitch ends.
  14. *8.1.1 SITUATION G: R3 is on third. After F1 winds up, R3 starts home as in a squeeze play. F3, who is playing close for a bunt, cuts off the pitch and tags R3. RULING: This is a defensive obstruction. The ball becomes dead when touched by F3. R3 is awarded home and batter is awarded first. (5-1-2b, 8-1-1e, 8-3-1c)
  15. Weight Loss Group

    The only thing my drill sergeant (MSG Spring, '69, can't forget him.) ever casually mentioned to me in passing by would be, and it wasn't a question: "Are you STILL here!"
  16. Two Batter Interference ?'s

    So noted, and without getting all semantical, one could argue (most likely to happen in my games) that there is no restriction on just where the BR is allowed to run up until he is ruled out.
  17. Two Batter Interference ?'s

    Considering that the B had become a BR when he hit what I would have ruled to be a catchable, fly ball by F2, whom is now immediately ordained with protective fielder status: 1. I would rule interference (NFHS 2-21-1, 8-1-1-a-1, et. al.). 2. No. And, avoid believing to "facts" declared by announcers, coaches, players, fans and most politicians. On a lesser note, the BR "should" be moving in the general direction of 1B when he hit the ball that had neither yet been ruled fair nor foul. He wasn't.
  18. Batter interference?? Who is out??

    No. Only RLI requires the obligatory throw from generally behind the BR to generally in the direction of 1B, but don't get me started.
  19. Good Call Blue Intro

    There now is evidence that officials with "baited breath" experience shorter on-field arguments with managers and pre-games with partners. .
  20. Finagle's Rule: Teamwork is essential. It allows you to blame someone else.
  21. Veterans Check In

    20+ years in the US Army from flight school to trite fool: party-pax, DUI test pilot and utility player.
  22. Kneeling for National Anthem

    No transgression; it's a debate. I provided the link as it appeared in a research article. Despite the expressions of so many around me, I'm not so thick as to be obtuse.
  23. Kneeling for National Anthem

    You list disrespectful behavior while others pray to their God or object of worship, a myriad in which you may not believe, if any at all. But, therein lies a difference: While there may exist myriad Gods or objects of worship, there is but one U.S.A. represented by Old Glory with which its ceremonies and customs U.S. citizens should comply, as cited within the code provided above. Those that do demonstrate respect for the flag and the country; those that don't, disrespect. That code also lists respectful behavior for peoples who are present at a U.S. flag ceremony but not citizens of the U.S. Barring desecration of the U.S. flag by its citizens*, there is no behavior or act to "enforce." Disrespect is in the "eyes of the beholder" much like your take on obscenity or an umpire's standards for malicious contact. Many were offended by what they judged to be disrespectful behavior during a ceremony honoring the country, which the U.S. flag represents. Many were not. Again, there is a time and place for everything. Religious zealots who believe U.S. military deaths are somehow linked to our country's tolerance towards [insert grievance du jour] demonstrate disrespect when they protest at a service member's funeral. It's neither the time nor the place for such acts. Doing so offends and alienates the masses. * http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid:USC-prelim-title18-section700&num=0&edition=prelim
  24. Kneeling for National Anthem

    As early as 1974, congressional conferences on the televised news media were held so legislators could get “further insight into the problems that concern journalists,” bias in the news being high on their list. Theodore Kopp, CBS VP, flippantly dismissed biased reporting as “in the eyes of the beholder,” his evidence being the integrity of Walter Cronkite whom no one present felt the urge to impinge. But, the focus on journalists provided the smoke and mirrors to advert the attention to the real issue of news bias: the organization itself…CBS and several others. (Dr. E.J. Epstein, 1974). I agree wholeheartedly that it is the television viewer who is responsible for “the triumph of ‘infortainment.” The distortions that entertaining “news” provides are threefold. It encourages: (1) Self-pity; (2) A shortened attention span; and, (3) Superficial and emotional responses (Michael Medved, 1999). My background provided me the opportunity to witness the American media erroneously report the progress of wars, from Viet Nam to Kuwait. I suspect most other “events” also are reported in a way to fit the media’s mold, or not at all. It was and still is simply reported wrong when it doesn’t fit the newsrooms’ agenda. It’s as if they are hostile to the facts. Great leaders always have and probably always will “tangle” with the media. Other leaders either use or are used by the media.
  25. Kneeling for National Anthem

    Don't assume anything. Your "fact" is as valid and probably as relevant as this one: Media intentionally has put "both thumbs on the scale" (Michael Goodwin, 2017) and what was once the news of politics morphed a long time ago into the politics of news (Lyn Nofzinger, 1980). Blatant political hacks posing as reporters while reaching for entertainment's golden ring will say or do most anything to achieve celebrity status while literally performing to the networks' bidding. (In 1997, for example, Geraldo Rivera struck a $40 million deal with NBC News; Rivera wanted to shed his image as a sleazy talk show host, and the network wanted a top celebrity for its news division.~Michael Medved, 1999) The reason that I posted the "notes" were to remind those who either didn't know or who may have forgotten the protocol warranted for Old Glory and the National Anthem. The protocol is an element that makes up the compound patriotism. Patriotism for this country matters, in my verbose opinion, even when it is time for rebellion. And rebellion only succeeds when it unites instead of alienates the masses (Jefferson, 1782). My dictionary gives me this: Respectful - marked by or showing esteem or consideration, an act of giving particular attention. Disrespect would be the opposite. Many have interpreted kneeling during the National Anthem as a disrespectful act in expressing low esteem or in being inconsiderate of the National Anthem, the U.S. Flag and therefore the country and all those who have and still do defend it, your wife included. There's a time and place for everything. Naturally results may vary if expressed at, say, a BLM meeting or at a VFW post.