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CJK last won the day on September 12 2017

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About CJK

  • Birthday 04/22/1967

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    Omaha, NE

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    IT Geek
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    "Adult" Slow Pitch; Girls' Fastpitch
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  1. Umpire as a translator for another umpire

    This is inappropriate regardless of any other factor.
  2. New umpire getting started with his kids

    I agree with @wolfe_man that you must be locked in when it's time to be locked in, and you must work hard when it's time to work hard, but I think one of the most important things for new umpires is to RELAX. Find the small moments during the game when you can roll your neck around, flex your fingers, clench your butt cheeks, squeeze your eyes tight, bend your knees, or whatever else works for you. You'll stay fresher longer, your attitude will remain more positive, and you'll have more fun.
  3. Safe or Out

    I would generally agree with you if everybody had done things right, but I think you have to be open to something like, "Look, Richvee, I kicked the ever-loving vegemite out of this one, because I broke for 2B when I saw the overthrow and didn't see whether BR turned," or "I didn't anticipate the little half-break, got completely screened, and couldn't even see if the tag went down in time." There's clearly a longer discussion to have during your post-game, but I think you still have to be willing to grab the crappy end of the stick if that's what it takes to avoid an egregious miss as a crew.
  4. Safe or Out

    If you had posted this anywhere else, people would think you're a weirdo. But here, we're all nodding in agreement.
  5. Your pictures look significantly different than the one on the "Review" page.
  6. Runner

    There might be some HTBT, because softball guys jump into foul territory all the time when their buddies make solid contact down the first base line (in accordance with the "everybody has to go to work tomorrow" overtones of the sport). If he jumped back before the tag attempt, you might not have two outs. Of course, if you can sell two, you've absolutely earned them.
  7. Base Hit?

    He took second "on the throw." The rule book language that you're quoting addresses a player who singles with a runner on second, and then advances to second when the throw from the outfield goes to the plate in an attempt to prevent a run. He ends up at second, but he's credited with a "single, advancing on the throw." If you're having trouble with something, I think it should be explaining why he reached first base safely. It still seems to me that the play that allowed him to reach was an FC, even though I understand and agree that the batter should receive credit for a sacrifice.
  8. Base Hit?

    Probably not. Likely scoring decision: BR safe at first (FC) advancing to second on the throw.
  9. wrong name on lineup card

    I'm not going to pretend to be an expert, but I looked at the best ISF resource I could find and found this on page 24. It may be the sh!tty end of the stick, but once the lineups are official, I think the rules support an umpire who views the "correctly-spelled" player as an unreported substitute. If you (the offending team) realized it and informed the umpire first, there would be no penalty. If the other team appeals before you notice, the "correctly-spelled" player would be declared ineligible, and if you had no legal substitute, the game would be forfeited. Having said that, if I had been the offending team, I think I'd have considered making the claim that my lineup was correct and the player's name was spelled incorrectly on the jersey.
  10. "Son, if the catcher can reach it, so can you."
  11. Assigning Expectations

    Of course you were. And I was thinking that this was in the thread I started. My mistake, and my apologies.
  12. Assigning Expectations

    This is brilliant. Someone should make a TV show about it.
  13. Assigning Expectations

    While I get what you're saying, @zoops, I feel like you're describing something different. It was a day of tournament games (actually girls' fast pitch) with 75-minute drop dead clocks, and we were actually a bit ahead of schedule. We finished 4 of the 5 game slots when the rain came, and we were probably in the room for a half hour when they decided to move the games. I've worked with this same TD a number of times, and the only instance where we had a significant delay, we were scheduled for 3 games, we finished one, and he asked us to stay through the rain and recovery to do the 3rd. We got paid for the two games we actually worked and he added a 1/2 game fee for the trouble. I feel like he's a stand-up guy. I was just curious if anyone had any kind of experience with traveling half-way through a game like this, because this umpire was so adamant that "you just don't do that." I'm of the mindset that if you want the work, you go where the games are. Inconvenient sometimes, but that's just the backside of getting paid a full game fee for working a 45-minute run rule. Thanks to everyone for the feedback!
  14. Assigning Expectations

    I generally will specify my availability as "all day" or "until 3pm." If I had given "until 3pm" availability, I (like @noumpere) would be apologetic, but I would not feel the slightest bit guilty about leaving. If I had given "all day" availability, I would stay. In either case, I would be in contact with my assigner/UIC immediately, either to indicate that s/he needed to find someone to pick up the late game, or else so that s/he understands that I'm picking up the slack. I don't need the pat on the back so much as I want to be the guy that s/he will call first the next time s/he needs someone.
  15. Relocating due to rain

    Background: I scheduled umpires for a tournament this weekend where a torrential cloudburst swept through the complex just 10 minutes into the final game slot. The rain was gone after about 10 minutes, but the fields obviously hadn't kept up with the sheer volume of water, and it was showing. The organization had playable fields available in town (about 15 minutes away), so the TD moved the remaining games to alternate locations. One of the umpires in the room was upset at the idea that he was expected to drive to a different facility and indicated that he expected gas money. I responded with something like, "Well, I didn't give you gas money to show up here, either. If you want to work the game, you go where it is." He said, "You just don't ask an umpire to change fields with compensation for the travel. You just don't do that." Actual questions: 1. Is he right? Is there a widespread agreement that umpires should be compensated for in-town travel like this? I didn't even consider it. In my area, I get availability from umpires that live up to 50 miles away, and I give availability to schedulers that will use me even 100 miles away, and nobody even considers travel money. I couldn't even fathom the idea that anyone would expect travel money to relocate to a site about 10 miles away. 2. The timing of his complaint bothered me even more. It seems to me that a discussion like this one should be the furthest from anyone's mind when the TD is trying to make alternate field arrangements, explain his decision to coaches, and get everybody relocated. On the other hand, I understand that the umpire has lost all negotiating leverage as soon as he's worked the game, so I suppose that if he felt like he needed to have the conversation at all, he would also feel like it had to be right then. 3. I've been in a rain delay before, but never a relocation like this. If that has happened to you, what was your experience? Could it have been made better? If so, how?