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About jonathantullos

  • Birthday 08/13/1981

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    Meridian, MS

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    United Methodist pastor
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    High School
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  1. jonathantullos

    I Left. Here's Why

    Well, I've made the decision to leave the field... Perhaps for only a while but it's likely I won't return. Here's why. Note: I'm not going to accept criticism. I know I let some things get out of hand but, again, reasons why are explained. Perhaps someone can use my words to help their association or governing body better understand why so many of us are leaving and hopefully do something about it. https://revjktullos.com/2019/03/25/death-of-an-umpire/
  2. jonathantullos

    You Make The Call

    I've got obstruction, score the run.
  3. jonathantullos

    FED: Bat Rules

    I received this email earlier about a modification that Mississippi is making to the bat rules for middle school games. Is anyone else seeing this? What are your thoughts? NFHS Baseball Rules Book 2019. Rule 1 Section 3 Art.2c3 states, the bat shall have the following characteristics and components. 3. Not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g. a 33-inch-long bat cannot be less than 30 ounces). The Rule Book also states, "In order to make NFHS rules skill-level and age-level appropriate, the rules may be modified by any organization that chooses to use them. Therefore, the MHSAA is modifying the bat rule for seventh and eighth graders only, to allow the bat not weigh, numerically, more than FIVE ounces less than the length of the bat. This policy goes into effect for this 2019 season.
  4. jonathantullos

    NFHS Catcher Blocking Plate

    Yeah, sorry about that. Obstruction, not interference. I also read the case study quote wrong. Like I said, long day.
  5. jonathantullos

    NFHS Catcher Blocking Plate

    Oh. LOL Sorry, I meant obstruction (it's been a long day).
  6. jonathantullos

    NFHS Catcher Blocking Plate

    I saw the case book quote above my post but not until after I posted. If that's the way FED wants it called, fine... But I also don't agree with it.
  7. jonathantullos

    NFHS Catcher Blocking Plate

    Yep, that's interference all day long.
  8. jonathantullos

    Ohio High School letter to parents

    It's sad that such a letter is even necessary but I think we all understand why it's needed. I love baseball (and football) and I love officiating. I've had run-ins with parents after games, one so bad that I had to be escorted off the field by law enforcement after the game was over (side note: The host school refuses to play the visiting school where this happened due to this incident). The parents need to calm down and realize that this is a game - it's not life or death.
  9. jonathantullos

    You Get An EJ! And You Get An EJ!...

    I appreciate your concern. I should have noted that I have since moved and such a warning may no longer be necessary. What I was dealing with before in another state... Well, I won't get in to that. But, again, thank you. Have a good evening.
  10. jonathantullos

    You Get An EJ! And You Get An EJ!...

    We can agree to disagree on that. I had a run-in with an assistant my first year and thus I make sure to make this clear from the very beginning. If you don't like it, don't do it.
  11. jonathantullos

    You Get An EJ! And You Get An EJ!...

    FWIW, in FED if an assistant comes out to argue, it's supposed to be an automatic EJ. At the plate meeting I let the HCs know that I will not be talking to their assistants per FED rules. Never had an issue.
  12. jonathantullos

    Car storage

    Unless one literally travels and calls games every single day nonstop, I see no need for such. I have a Force3 bag for my gear and a closet I keep it in when not in use. I hang my uniforms up in said closet. So... Yeah.
  13. jonathantullos

    How Would You Handle This?

    The call should have been made immediately per FED rules. What should have happened is "Dead ball, that's interference, runner's out!" Don't score the run.
  14. jonathantullos

    NFHS changes 2019

    @lawump , any hope of getting the "start each inning with a runner at second in extra innings" rule anytime soon? This was a change I had hoped to see for this year. As an aside, I'm glad the pitching mechanic was altered. Like others have said, I never saw any reason to enforce that in the first place.
  15. jonathantullos

    Skull Caps

    If anyone had an issue with me wearing one, I would tell them to get over it unless they want to cover my medical bills and lost income due to a traumatic brain injury. Do you wear it with the bill facing forward? If so, do you have problems getting your mask to fit?