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    2019 NCAA Test Question

    I cannot tell you how much I miss taking that test.
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    Bush League Play

    Why is the thread title "Bush League Play?" I see nothing "bush league" about it.
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    I was NOT recommending it as a tactic. But, you tried it "a few times" and somewhere along the line, I'm sure some rookie umpire, or rookie coach, or team Dad wondered whether it was legal.
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    I was thinking of a variation of the "Miami play" in which F1 airmails the ball over second on a direct line to F8. F8 (rather than F1) then maks the next throw to retire R2 who, thinking the ball was overthrown has started to advance to third.
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    Balk or no? - Lefty edition

    It is possible, and I think this is what you are saying, for the pitcher's foot to gain "distance and direction" toward first *as* the pitcher is coming set. So, the same foot movement would be legal *both* for coming set *and* for throwing toward first. The number of umpires should have almost nothing to do with this.
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    Bunt to Chop Swing

    It doesn't prevent it -- but it greatly reduces the chances. If a batter know he will be out for attempting this, then far fewer batters will attempt it and the number of injuries will decrease accordingly. (The rate per attempt will be unchanged.) Whether this is good or bad for the game, and whether the injury rate is such that it needs to be addressed are different issues.
  7. I think the "or near" just means that the umpire would call abandonment -- if the runner was close, then no abandonment, but still the possibility of an appeal.
  8. This is from J/R. Don't know if it's still valid; requires an appeal, not an "accidental force": R3, R1, game tied at 2-2, bottom of the ninth inning, 2 outs. Base hit. R3 touches home plate as the apparent winning run and the batter-runner touches first, but R1 goes to join in the celebration at home plate without advancing to (or near) second base: technically, R1 is out for abandonment, but this is not a force out, and the run can score. If the defense were to appeal that R1 had not touched second, there would be a force out, and no run. Hence, the umpire should not declare an out until the defense appeals the missed base.
  9. Isn't this just another version of Merkle's Boner? I thought that was adjudicated as "out for abandonment, but not a force out; so need an appeal to upgrade" I know it's gone back and forth a few times, and I'm without my reference books now.
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    And, if it happens while a team is at bat, the game might not be over until the team either can't field 8 on defense, or the player's turn at bat comes back up -- depending on the rules code. So, H down by a run in the last scheduled inning. B1 strikes out, objects to the call, is ejected. B2 homers. B3 homers. Home team wins.
  11. That's the FED answer. OBR and NCAA, I'd have C, but I forget the current philosophy on making the award.
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    Runner intentional interference

    “A number of veterans” need to back to basic training.
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    2019 Rulebook is now on Arbiter

    Assuming "If A then B" is true does not does NOT mean "If NOT A then NOT B" is also true. The only conclusion you can draw from the assumption is "If NOT B then NOT A."
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    Balloon chest protector mechanics

    Tuck it tightly up against your chin, and make sure your elbows are tucked against your sides (to be completely behind the balloon). If you can hold it by the handle as in a shield, you can hold it by the handle with it over your shoulders. Your right arm comes out anyway when you remove your mask and leave your position. The balloon then gets tucked between your left arm and side as you move.
  15. it can still be RLI -- the usual rules / judgment apply. The force out (or tag out attempt) is an "intervening play" -- and this affects the base to which other runners return if RLI is called. Under OBR and NCAA, RLI usually reuslts in runners being returned TOP. With the intervening play, they are returned TOI. (Under FED, it's always TOI.)
  16. If you don’t have them, though, you get a lot of frivolous protests. There needs to be a balance.
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    Pine tar

    It's part of the conspiracy to have the teams from each coast in the WS this year.
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    Force out caused by rear runner

    Not only is the lead runner NOT forced, he is still legally entitled to third base. If he returns, and both runners are tagged, R2 is the one who is out. A FORCE PLAY is a play in which a runner legally loses his right to occupy a base by reason of the batter becoming a runner. (2) Two runners may not occupy a base, but if, while the ball is alive, two runners are touching a base, the following runner shall be out when tagged and the preceding runner is entitled to the base, unless Rule 5.06(b)(2) applies.
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    Has anyone ever had a 4th out appeal call?

    Yes. And, while it's a somewhat advanced technique, an dthe umpire needs to use judgment on when to do it, the umpire can sometimes say, "Coach, hat are you trying to do?"
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    45 ft. running lane violations

    Except that FED has a slightly different take on this -- sometimes.
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    Balk Rule - runner at first

    And a good percentage of the umpires -- including some who post here.
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    45 ft. running lane violations

    1) Because that's not the OBR rule. It is (part of) the FED rule, and it's called when appropriate, at least around here. 2) Well, INT, for one -- not just "trying to INT" or "potential INT."
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    Has anyone ever had a 4th out appeal call?

    [sarcasm] No,, it's never happened. That's why it's in the book. [/sarcasm] It happened to me several times over my career.
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    DH Rule ?

    That's the easiest way to handle it, of course. But, I've had plenty where that player (and any subsequent EH) could NEVER play the field, or where they could play the field, but then the EH was lost (and where the original position player's spot is skipped, and where the EH takes the position player's spot and the original EH spot is skipped -- you can see how this could lead to games playing)
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    DH Rule ?

    FED: S1 bats in place of the original F3 and DH continues to bat for original F1 (in FED, the DH can hit for any position player, not just the pitcher). OBR: S1 bats in place of the original F3, and original F1 bats in place of the DH. The ROLE of the DH is lost (and, in "pure" OBR, the player who was the DH is done; some tournaments / leagues allow re-entry).