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Mike D

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Mike D last won the day on April 6 2017

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  1. No-Call Zone

    Let me try to be a little more clear with my explaination. Intent is not always needed for interference or obstruction. While some instances of intentional action do constitute interference (swatting at a ball or glove) most interference calls do not have the requirement of being intentional. They're is not a zone that we do not make calls in, at least with FED rules. If a runner hinders a fielder making a play on a batted ball out is interference, no matter where it is. Likewise if a fielder blocks a runners path without the ball it is obstruction. If the catcher was making a play on a batted ball and the BR hinders that play it is interference. If the catcher is not the protected fielder making the play on batted ball it would be obstruction. In cases of contact between a runner and a fielder making a play on a batted ball the onus is on the runner to avoid the fielder even if that fielder is in the base path. The incidental contact would come in where neither of those conditions are met. These are situations where the runner has been allowed to reach the base, and the fielder is receiving a throw from another fielder and the two players contact over a base. (This is also not due to an illegal slide) Incidental contact can not happen with a fielder making a play on a batted ball, just as incidental contact can not happen when a fielder blocks the base path without the ball. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  2. No-Call Zone

    There is no such thing as a NCZ. You would have to judge incidental contact, interference or obstruction. Once the ball has been batted (or bunted) the BR becomes a runner and is subject to the interference rules if he runs into a protected fielder making a play on a batted ball, including F2. (This will most likely never happen as the catcher has to come out of the crouch as the BR is already on his way to 1st). Also FED makes not mention that the throw has to be quality, and you may call a RLV because a quality throw could not be made (the only rule set that allows this) Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  3. I don't get this interpretation

    This is a new one. They must have changed the interpretation this year. In the past t he fielder only needed to keep possession through the tag. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  4. FED OBS/MC rule

    You are correct, in FED the catcher has to have the ball in order to block the plate. In watching the video IMO the catcher was moving to catch the ball which took ghim into the runners path (OBS). It didn't look like the runner had time to avoid the catcher and was bracing himself, and I didn't see malicious contact. I most likely would have deemed this incidental contact. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  5. Missing outfielder

    Depends: A team is allowed to start an inning with only 8 players; so just having 8 players on the field would in itself not negate the play. It would depend on how many players were listed on the lineup card with the PU. If 9 players are in the game on the lineup card and only 8 are on the field, the PU should not be putting the ball in play. It's also a bit of incorrect semantics to say the HR was negated. The correct way to describe the situation would be to say that it was a "no-pitch" because the ball becomes dead at the TOP because the requirements for a legal pitch had not been met. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  6. Is a retouch a force out?

    The only time a 4th out appeal comes into play is when it is an appeal that would nullify a run, usually a missed base by a preceding runner. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  7. Is a retouch a force out?

    It is an appeal - time play Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  8. "Slip Pitch" vs. "Drop"

    If it crosses the foul line it's a ball. If it doesn't make it that far it's a balk. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  9. Mound Repair (rain)

    10.2.3 n. Order the lights turned on whenever he believes darkness could make further play hazardous. Whenever possible, lights should be turned on at the beginning of an inning. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  10. Mound Repair (rain)

    The protocol is that you as the umpire are responsible for ensuring the field is safe to play on. If in your opinion it is not, then you are responsible for notifying the home grounds keeper to fix it, or you call the game. The key here is that it is at the discretion of the umpire, specifically the UIC or HPU. The protocol for lights is to have them turned on at the beginning of the inning before they are actually needed. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  11. Mound Repair (rain)

    5.2.1 b. the umpire considers the weather or ground conditions unfit for play; 10.2.3 His duties include those listed in 10-2-1, 2 and the following: a. Inspect the condition of the field... Is that official enough? Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  12. Mound Repair (rain)

    Sounds good to me. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  13. Would You Toss?

    That is precisely why we need to address unsportsmanlike behavior. In the old days this batter would get some chin music, or a bean ball on his next trip to the plate for showing up the pitcher that would end up in a bench clearing brawl. We are not going to let this happen in a high school or LL game. This is where your preventive umpiring comes in. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  14. Would You Toss?

    I agree with the 3.3.1b carelessly throw bat & 3.3.1f unsportsmanlike conduct. Team warning and move on. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  15. Balk Questioning by nice (ignorant) coach

    I usually tell them he has to come set or stop long enough for me to say "stop". Some kids, and coaches, just don't get it. Next it will be intetesting to see how you explain that he has to come set and stop even with no one on base. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk