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    Strike Zone

    listening to all the jabbs about location had my mind wandering. I'm in PA so we have the best of all seasons (tan/rust, whatever). However, for the amount of deer hunting that we do (they close school for the first day of buck season), I'm sitting here trying to picture a mask with an antler rack mounted on it.
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    Collision at the plate

    The easiest way that we explain this in our clinics, is that the ONLY time any runner can run over the catcher, is when they are drawing a paycheck to play. Sounds pretty close to everything else I read previously.
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    Minor league baseball shirts

    There are so many colors and so many vendors out there now, that some will be wearing colors they never would have thought about. Conversely, there will be some so closed minded, they won't want to change.
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    hypothetical situation

    So it's still a no catch if it is in the glove and he pick's the glove back up? The ball still hasn't touched the ground. I know I know......but I want to see some theories, compared to authoratative references.
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    coach tried to pull fast one on me

    Either that, or you end up invited to a funeral service, at which point your instructors have you bury the ball that you declared dead.
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    Check Swings

    You never know exactly when or why you will be asked on appeal. Maybe the catcher had his glove to high and blocked your parnters view. Shoot, maybe the catcher stood up and blocked him. Be ready. If you feel that there was an attempt made at the ball, when asked, call it! It's not overuling, it's getting the call right.
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    My first ejection

    My first ejection was less than memorable. I had a coach that was chirping about every little thing. Yammer yammer yammer, on he went. I was propbably in my 3rd or 4th year and was umpiring in a local league outside of the base where I was stationed. Well, needless to say, the "locals" had obviously had some run ins with military personnel in the past, and had a chip on their shoulder about it. About the 3rd inning, my thick skin had wore a little thin. I sent the catcher to talk to his pitcher, the batter down the 3B coach and asked the coach to bring his scorebook out as I pulled out my line-up card. Then out of earshot of everyone, I quietly & politely informed him that if he didn't find someone that he had to be immediately, that the league would find out the hard way that they needed to re-evaluate his involvement with the league. No sooner had I put the ball back in play, than "his phone rang". He had a call from work and had to leave. He asked for time to run the book out to the 3B coach, and on his way back by me, gave me a little head nod and said "thanks blue". I wonder if the tanks was for allowing him to make an exit......or allowing time for him to turn over the book. The world, may never know........
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    My first ejection

    If you talk to them, the same way that you type, it's understandable.
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    coach tried to pull fast one on me

    Is "Dead ball" really a taught mechanic or call? I was under the impression that "TIME" was the call, and that alone creates a "dead ball" situation. Feed back appreciated.....I won't leave in a huff.