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  1. Vegas_Ump

    Multiple appeals

    Steve, a general point that can be a good training tool. There is a possible way that 10 appeals can be made at a single time? Can you figure that out? 1. An appeal on one runner at one base is NOT an intervening play. (Hint: Therefore other appeals can be attempted.) 2. You cannot appeal the same runner at the same base more than once. 3. You can appeal an advantageous 4th out: for instance, BR misses 1B, and R3 scores, then R2 is thrown out at the plate for out #3. An appeal on the BR (not achieving 1B legally) as a 4th out means that NO RUNS SCORE! 4. It's important to know which rule set you are using, as in OBR the ball must be in play, but other books require only the appeal itself regardless of if the ball is in play or not. (Check your local listings!) 5. A lot of people THINK a failure to tag up after caught fly ball is a FORCE OUT! No, it isn't! It's an appeal play. [Overheard in a game: 3b coach - "Hey Blue (PU), I appeal to you!" (on a banger at first.) PU: "No coach, you are ugly as sin!" LOL!] Mike Las Vegas
  2. Saw this today! <sigh!> https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/article/Computer-to-call-balls-and-strikes-in-minor-league-13673538.php Mike Las Vegas
  3. Vegas_Ump

    The lengths parents go to

    I do Little League here in Las Vegas, and the parents take the game very seriously. I have seen umpires do the old trick of going outside into the stands and sitting next to some toad who's got the mouth. "Yes, you really can see better from here!" But I have seen things deteriorate where assistant coaches with testosterone got into it, and the fans got ridiculous. I cleared the field and had a polite conference with the managers. I told them that we could let the kids determine the outcome of the game or I could suspend it and let the BOD decide. The managers respected me enough to correct the deportment of their fans. I did a Nevada State tournament representing my District. Our teams were in all 3 60-foot finals. And they lost them all! I had 1B in the 10-11 game. 2 outs, F4 booted ball and threw late to first. BR's foot was standing straight up on the bag when the ball arrived. SAFE! Oh man! The fans went wild, as to why--as an umpire from their district--I didn't cut them a break? Next batter hit a 2-run HR. And then the wheels fell off the wagon! I would never consider exercising my rights under my CCW permit, but I wonder if anyone has had to get law enforcement involved? Mike Las Vegas, NV
  4. Vegas_Ump


    SItch: Top 6th (LL Majors). HT behind by 1 run. Pitcher does NOT like my zone, and he is demonstrating histrionics on each pitch! Bottom 6th: HT gets two runners on with 2 out. My buddy (F1) comes to bat. First pitch outside. Ball. (easy call). Second pitch catches the corner, Strike one. Batter steps out and gives me a really dirty look! (Like, how come he didn't get that one as he was pitching?) Next pitch again on the corner. Strike two! Batter steps out, puts the end of his bat on the ground, other hand on his hip with a really stupid look. I encouraged him to get back into the box. He wouldn't. I gave him a second chance to stand in. He would not take his position. So the ruling went like this: "OK smart guy! I am awarding a directed strike. That's strike three! You are out. That's three outs! The game is over!" I think this was better than an ejection because he and his coach would have to reconcile the fact that he--a good batter--missed the opportunity to tie or win the game, and to intellectually de-pant the kid in front of his team was a better solution! Good news: A year later, this same kid volunteered to be an umpire at the A, AA, and AAA levels. I hear he did a decent job! Good to see him walk a mile in an umpires shoes! Mike
  5. Vegas_Ump

    NASO or ABUA

    I am a Little League Volunteer Umpire (34 years), so that handles my game situations. But there is nothing like NASO to stay informed on rule interpretations and general officiating bearing from all sports. You can learn a lot from Referee magazine. And if some bizarre situation occurs, they have your back. I have been disappointed with AUBA. They have recently tried to upgrade their web site, and it's a disaster! They keep bugging me to pay to renew, and yet I can't navigate anywhere on their website: "OPEN SOON" is all I get. Sorry! A three-month hiatus with no end in site is not encouraging. I don't earn money from officiating, but I love it just the same, and I hope to keep on going for a few more years that I may have left! Cheers! Mike
  6. Vegas_Ump

    Throwing the bat

    There is no paragraph in the rules that says "The batter is out when.......he throws the bat." You might make a case if the batter's actions interfered with a fielder, but that's rare. Now the guy who gets hit the most is the plate ump, and you can warn, then eject, based on safety. I have seen a batter throw a bat like a boomerang that almost went over the fence and drop into the stands. That's dangerous! Give the manager a chance to instruct. But if you have a repeat offender, give him some extra time in the batting cage to practice! Ejection will facilitate that option. Mike Vegas_Ump
  7. Vegas_Ump

    Stoping motion with no runners on.

    No! I called time! I needed to instruct. I did NOT add a ball to the count. Sorry that was not clear. Previously--with the other team at bat--I DID have a sitch where there were runners on, and the pitcher failed to deliver. Point is that the official scorer asked why I didn't increment t a ball when their team was at bat. Basic umpire rule #3: Don't look for trouble! Cheers! Mike
  8. Vegas_Ump

    Stoping motion with no runners on.

    I use LL Rules, which are OBR-based. Rule 8 is pretty confusing, as it does say what infractions can be called, but it is not perfectly clear whether a ball is awarded, it's nothing, or it's a balk call. There are three defined cases where a ball is added to the count if no runners are on: Licking the fingers while on the rubber, doctoring the baseball, and an illegal quick pitch. These are ruled as "illegal pitches", for which a ball is added to the count regardless of runners or not. But just about anything else that would be a balk does not award a ball to the count if there are no runners on. It's nothing. To add to the confusion (in LL 60'), they have defined all "balk" moves as "illegal pitches"; it only matters when there are runners on base, and then you do add a ball to the count and increment the pitcher's pitch count. With no runners on, it's nothing. Last season, I had an OOO official scorer who said I should have incremented a ball (no runners on) because I had called an IP on a guy who stopped his motion. And of course, she shoved the rule book in my face and said "See, it says any illegal pitch is a ball to the count." I decided I was not going to hold a rules clinic for an official scorer/parent of a home team kid. Wondered why the HTM didn't ask........ LOL! I agree with the gent who pointed out the 20-second delay of game award of a ball; but that's not a "pitch" (legal or illegal) and the pitcher's count is not incremented. Vegas Ump
  9. Vegas_Ump

    Unusual activity warning

    Hello Rich! I came over from the "other" site because THAT site kept firing off my virus warning, and I have not been able to get into the forums any more. (Is that site still working?) I wonder if meta-data from other members has been contaminated by viruses, and their legitimate uses of the umpire sites has proliferated it. I don't know if it's computer/browser combination that is vulnerable. (E.g., I have a Mac with Safari, and it does not work on the old site, as it constantly gets blacklisted.) Anyway, Happy New Year! Good to see you! Mike Las Vegas, NV