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  1. Good Example of HP wedge play

    They sometimes sync two angles for TV, which is really nice for the viewers.
  2. Baseball runner inference

    I was pretty sure that’s how it’d work, but just wanted to make sure, because if I didn’t, you know that exact situation would come up in my games tonight, and I’d have a sliver of doubt
  3. Baseball runner inference

    That’s due to the contact with the glove, not the ball passing the pitcher, as he doesn’t count for passing an infielder, right?
  4. Balk Award

    In a game last night, we had R1 and R2. Pitcher comes set, and while looking back at second, turns his shoulders considerably (without moving his feet). As I call balk, he does an inside move, and R2 takes off for third. In my situation, there’s a play at third, and the guy gets in safely, I send R1 to second on the balk. Let’s say instead of the ball being caught cleanly, it’s thrown out in centerfield, R1 makes it to second, and R2 reaches home safely. The correct call would be to nullify the run and send him back to second, as the balk happened before the throw, right?
  5. Solo Ump, Steal at 2B

    Umpire scapegoating at its finest.
  6. ridiculous

    For a high school student "daddy ball" pays good money, and there's not many other jobs I'd rather have to get me through high school... But I can't say I'll be sad when I start doing some higher level stuff and get away from (some of) the ridiculous coaches.
  7. Armed Forces Day 2018

    Wow! This is such an amazing event!
  8. Use 1st names

    For umpires, it's closer to 75%... Maybe more... Don't worry, I'll join that statistic in 20 years or so.
  9. Mask Sun Visors

    They’ve never seen a sun visor before? And they couldn’t deduce what it was? Announcers are DUMB! Though they’re correct about a player thinking something looks good...
  10. Use 1st names

    Thanks for the advice Kevin and Max! Then there’s the problem that 50% of coaches are balding middle aged white dudes wearing the same shirt, and I have a hard time telling them apart after the plate meeting... You know what’s worse? There’s a girl at my church that I’ve grown up with literally my eintire life. Last year she sprung on me that I’d been mispronouncing her name for 16 years...
  11. Use 1st names

    I pretty much always am working multiple games in a row, and I get head coaches names mixed really easily. Any tips for remembering them throughout an entire game?
  12. Solo Ump, Steal at 2B

    I haven't done a lot of solo (only like 1 full game, and started a couple when partners were late) but everyone has been pretty understanding when I've done it. If not, tell them to can it. There's no way to expect you to get in a decent position.
  13. Champion CP cracked first two games

    Okay, thanks. How do I go about ordering one from Ray? Just PM him?
  14. Solo Ump, Steal at 2B

    Then there's the one where I call a strike that (in my judgment) hit the outside and upper corner, and they go ballistic. Next pitch, nearly identical, I don't call it (I'll admit, I think I missed this one) "That's the same exact pitch blue! Ridiculous!". Next pitch, again, almost exactly the same, I call this one a strike. "Oh my gosh, three in a row in the same spot, and you call them differently!" So let me get this straight... First pitch: You're mad because I called a strike on the edge. Okay, you can have your opinion. Second pitch: You're mad because... I called a ball... On you're team... ??? Third pitch: You're mad because... I called a strike, which was consistent with my first call... ??? In conclusion: I messed up one call that benefited you, instead of calling three straight strikes, and you're mad at me. How does that make any sense?
  15. Solo Ump, Steal at 2B

    I was working an 11UAAA pool play game behind the plate last night, and we had the worst fans I've ever had at a game. R2 steals third, and it's fairly close, but I could have called it from behind the plate. Fans go ballistic "That's three in a row you've missed blue!" etc. A few pitches later, there's a pick off to third (I don't remember if it was from the pitcher or if it was a snap throw, but I think it was from the pitcher?) and my partner calls him safe. No way I could even start to see that play. The armchair umpires sitting right behind me somehow see the tag perfectly clear through R3 and the dust cloud though. I really should have talked to the coach and told him to get those fans under control... It was getting pretty ridiculous.