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  1. Batter interfere

    If the batter hinders or impedes the catcher in making a play at the plate (and it sounds like he did here), then he would be out if there are two out. If there are less than two out, the runner would be out. You don't actually have to have contact for there to be interference. The batter just has to get in the catcher's way of making a play at home.
  2. Should the base umpire intervene?

    I think in that situation not doing anything was the right thing to do. Anything going on with the coach and PU at that point was between them. Getting involved in a partner's situation isn't usually a good idea. However, like @blue23ll pointed out, it's sometimes very helpful.
  3. Calling Obstruction

    First off, thank you to everyone for your absolutely incredible response to our podcast so far! We appreciate all of the feedback we are getting from the umpiring community. Last week's live episode went incredibly well, and we are already looking forward to our next one on Sunday. Late nights are beginning to be pretty common for us as we work on improving things, but the changes we are working on are worth the effort. Now, for this week's topic: Any discussion about interference almost certainly has to reference obstruction at some point. In episode 12, we are going to be taking a look at all things obstruction related. What are some of the most memorable plays you've had where you called obstruction? Also, what was the end result of the play? For example, did you sell it well enough that no one argued? As always, we may use some of your answers on the show! If you haven't checked out a live episode yet, please consider joining us at 8:00 P.M. Central Time on Facebook. Facebook.com/UmpCast is the link.
  4. Wrong Balls

    I wouldn't restart the game. As others have said, just put the correct ball in play and go from there. However, with this only being the umpire's third game, I wouldn't fault him for restarting. Honestly at two batters into the game, I wouldn't fault anyone for restarting.
  5. The Interference Call

    Going out to right field after a call does make it harder to get to you. If he wants to argue, he has to think it's worth the effort to follow you out there.
  6. 3rd out appeal

    If you've gone 1,000+ games without seeing it, I'd say you are due to see it every day for a week.
  7. The Interference Call

    Our tenth episode of UmpCast is going to be focusing on Interference. I wanted to ask what your most common interference calls tend to be? Also, how do you sell your tougher calls where you know a coach is going to be coming out?
  8. UmpCast Partners with Umpire-Empire

    Thanks guys! We have episodes focusing on rules coming up this month. For mechanics, we are still talking about different ways to do it and kicking around some ideas. We have software that allows us to use video, and we are hoping to starting using that feature soon beyond only displaying our logo during podcasts.
  9. Getting the Best Strike Zone

    Wow. There are so many good points on here. Having a good zone definitely is affected by numerous things (stance, tracking, etc.) and could easily be its own miniseries if we wanted to make sure and hit everything. @lawump has a great list of factors that definitely come into play at higher levels of ball. Some of them, like calling a ball if the catcher misses it, can apply to lower levels of baseball as well (but are very dependent on skill level). One of the things I routinely see in upper level games I work is the catcher getting a great pitch at the bottom of the knees and slapping his glove on the ground as he catches it. You almost have to call that a ball because of how it looks. However, it's great when the catcher has been taught to not do that and you can get strikes out of it.
  10. Getting the Best Strike Zone

    On Episode 9 of UmpCast we are going to be talking about the strike zone. Aside from the usual things like defining the strike zone, we are also going to talk about factors that can affect the zone. An example of this might be if the catcher sets up outside and the pitch just barely catches the inside corner of the plate, that pitch is probably going to be called a ball because of how hard the catcher will have to work to catch it. That leads me to ask, what are some of the factors that you take into consideration on your zone? These can certainly differ from one umpire to the next and from level to level, but we are interested in finding out what other factors you use to determine your zone. Just like last week, we may end up using your responses on the show!
  11. UmpCast Partners with Umpire-Empire

    Thanks for letting us know about that problem. We aren't sure how the volume was an issue before, but Brandon is going to check into it.
  12. UmpCast is pleased to announce our partnership with Umpire-Empire! After speaking with Warren, it was clear that we both shared in the goals of creating communities for umpires to exchange information, share stories, and generally communicate with others who shared in their love of umpiring the great game of baseball. We have agreed to partner to further these goals and support each other's great communities. The hosts of UmpCast are looking forward to continuing to meet umpires here at Umpire-Empire, and hope you will give our podcast a listen if you haven't already.
  13. Rain, Cold, and Questionable Field Conditions

    You're right that they aren't the same. We are aiming for a more general overview of things that could make the field "less than ideal." Some of those things you have to make a decision as to if the game can be played on that field. Other times things are able to be fixed prior to game start or during the game when it's noticed. While cold doesn't necessarily affect the field itself, we want to address that because some areas are still pretty cold. This upcoming episode seemed like the best fit for it.
  14. For our next episode of UmpCast, we are going to be talking about doing games in rain, in cold weather, and handling questionable field conditions. We wanted to ask you guys what some of the questionable field conditions are that you've had in your games (bases too short, mound off center, etc.) and how you've handled them? Who knows, we may end up featuring some of the answers on the show! We will be recording the episode Sunday, April 1st on Facebook Live at 8:00 PM CST.
  15. Just in case any of you happened to miss our introduction topic, we wanted to let you know that we will be going live at 8:00 PM CST on Facebook Live with Warren (Umpire-in-Chief) as our guest tonight! You can listen by going to https://www.facebook.com/UmpCast/. If you aren't able to make the live broadcast, we will post the episode on our website at https://www.ump-cast.com/.