Rule 4 Starting and Ending Game - Section 1 - Article 2
If there are unusual conditions, such as spectators or obstacles too near the playing field, the home coach shall propose special ground rules. If sanctioned by the visiting team, these shall be in force. If the teams cannot agree, the umpires shall formulate ground rules. Ground rules do not supersede a rules book rule. All special rules shall be announced.
Recently in our meetings, some mentioned this, but I don't understand it. I've been trying to picture or come up with scenarios, but nothing comes to mind. Could you share some ground rules that coaches try to put in place that supersede ground rules?
Tonight I begin a journey into the season in a different uniform at the ballpark. Instead of the powder blue and charcoal grey, I'll be donning khaki and hunter orange... with a giant snake on my back, and instead of wielding the power of judgement, instead I'll attempt to harness the power of... the microphone.
That's right folks, you're lookin' at the new PA announcer for the Southern Ohio Copperheads, a college developmental league team.
While I would occasionally work in the booth for my local Little League and Pony League football, those gigs were little more than "now batting" and "no smoking" announcements.
Tonight's script is 55 pages.
55 pages of sponsors, PSAs, entertainment, and many words that I'm not sure how to pronounce.
Oh, and did I mention that our team has about 3 names that are remotely familiar, and I don't get a pronunciation guide until a few hours before the first pitch?
And that half the stuff in the script is carbon copied from last year, including names, dates, and times?
And that no matter how hard I try and practice, I can't say the word "philanthropy" under pressure?
I went to the Cleveland Indians spectacular last night and for the first time, instead of watching the center fielder and the umpires do their job, I focused mainly on "the voice," and boy am I in for a ride tonight.
Wish me luck, fellas. I just might need it.
Dale Scott (where's the title edit button ) was one of the speakers at our Officiate Oregon Day a few weekends ago. I was amazed at his height - about 5'7" and umpiring pro ball. Cool. Question came up about how often, if ever, MLB umpires use humor during a game. Dale shared two stories:
When he first broke into the majors, he was working a game with catcher Rick Cerrone. Cerrone wanted to feel out the rookie umpire. With Cerrone catching, Dale balls a close, low pitch.
Cerrone: Come on, we gotta have that pitch.
Dale: No, that's down."
Another borderline pitch, "ball."
Cerrone: That's right there, come on.
Dale: No, that's down.
A few innings later, Cerrone comes up to bat. Sure enough there's a similar borderline low pitch."
Cerrone: "Oh come on, that pitch is low!"
Dale: "That's what I've been trying to tell you!"
Another umpire was working an MLB game where the starting pitcher gave up FOUR consecutive home runs to the home team. They're at a stadium where a ship cannon is "fired" after a home-team HR.
First HR - boom! cannon shot.
Next batter, HR, boom! cannon shot. And so on.
After the fourth HR, the home plate umpire decides to walk the ball out to the pitcher. He gets to the mound and the pitcher asks him what he's doing out there.
"Well, with the crap you're throwing today, I figured I'd give them time to re-load the cannon."