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Lou B

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    Youth baseball, mostly Little League

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    Youth baseball up to high school. Adult Softball.
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  1. Lou B

    Bunt to Chop Swing

    OK, time to get in trouble! How many times have you actually seen someone injured by this scenario? I've been involved with youth baseball for about 50 years (LL, PONY, Dixie, AAU, Legion and Travel Ball) and have yet to see an injury from this type of play. When I managed I told the corners not to charge just because a batter squares to bunt. Don't charge until the pitcher releases the ball - not enough time for the batter to pull the bag back and take a full swing.
  2. Lou B

    Thousand Oaks Umpire

    Saw that too. Thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of those killed/injured.
  3. Lou B


    What organization/rule set/age group? They all seem to have different rules! For example: in Continuous Batting in Little League, as long as you still have 9 players to continue the game you simply skip-over the ejected player's spot in the batting order with no penalty/no out. In a normal play 9 bat 9 game if a player is ejected and you have no subs (down to 8 players), game over. If the rules allow you to drop to 8 and continue playing then most likely an out would be called when the ejected player was due to bat.
  4. Lou B

    batter interference

    Runner on first stealing and Batter Interference - Batter is Out and Runner returns to first base, you got it right.
  5. Lou B

    Force out rule

    The runner is out on the force at home. Subsequent tag/dropping the ball is nothing -play on.
  6. Lou B


    I would hope Nothing! So, what did the Ump rule?
  7. Lou B

    Runner intentional interference

    The only way to get a double play is if the umpire judged the intent of the interference was to prevent a double play. With R2 and no outs for a double play the fielder would need to field the ball, tag the runner and then throw to first in time to get the runner - not likely since it sounds like the runner passed the fielder during the play. Stutter stepping while going by the fielder may or may not be interference but if the ump judged that it was then the ball is dead, the runner is out and the batter is awarded first. To me, since F6 fielded the ball and threw out the batter/runner it doesn't sound like there was runner interference but if the ump judged there was then there was!
  8. Lou B

    Game 4 - RLI No Call

    Looked like RLI to me but as a Sox fan I could be biased! By the way, RLI is not reviewable! I guess he could have asked to talk to one of the other umps? Speaking of plays at first, how many times is Machado going to be allowed to step on/kick the first baseman's foot? He had the whole base open but chose to step on Pierce's heel - bush league play.
  9. You run a Tournament, you have a Tournament Director at the Park to rule on Protests. If you use multiple parks you have a TD at each one. How hard can that be? If the TD has to call someone what's the big deal, doesn't everyone have a cell phone? Protest Fees are a ripoff (IMO).
  10. Lou B

    CI, BI, nothing, Benintendi swing

    If you look at the 54-55 second mark you can obviously see it was a late swing but it appears it did not impede/affect the catcher. If, as stated, the "pitch" ends when the ball is in the catcher's glove, should the "pitch" have been called a ball since the "swing" wouldn't count !!! Obviously the "late swing" was an attempt by the batter to try to protect the runner.
  11. Lou B

    Batter runs to first on dropped second strike

    As stated, "h" fits ("a" probably does too) and once again the 20 seconds doesn't start until the pitcher has the ball and, as stated previously, the catcher threw the ball to first so the "clock" does not start until F3 throws the ball to F1.
  12. Lou B

    Batter runs to first on dropped second strike

    Delay of game/directed strike would not apply to the original post since the catcher did not throw the ball back to the pitcher he threw it to first.
  13. Lou B

    Throwing the bat

    My comment was obviously not for T-Ball or even non-competitive minors. Those are instructional divisions and normally, at least around here, have the managers/coaches acting as umpires. They should handle a thrown bat as a teaching opportunity. Once you get to competitive minors and above (divisions that have assigned umpires) that's when my opinion on warnings/ejections apply (warn the player and the manager and at that point it's up to the manager to remove the player of risk ejection). Again, just My opinion.
  14. Lou B

    Has anyone ever had a 4th out appeal call?

    The third out at second was a force out, doesn't matter if R3 crossed the plate before F6 touched second, the run doesn't count. Maybe the ump and other coach knew the rule after all! No "advantageous" fourth out was necessary.
  15. Lou B

    Throwing the bat

    Throwing the bat should not, in my opinion, he an out by making a local rule for it. If a batter throws the bat then when the play is over warn the batter and also warn the manager that if the player throws the bat again then he/she will be ejected. At that point it's the manager's call if he/she wants to remove the player and not risk the ejection. Again, just My opinion.