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  2. Why is it important for MLB to step up and take care of the juvenile antics, particularly the recent penchants of Gardner and Boone? Because this behavior is seen by the kids that play the game. By not leveling some sort of additional penalties, MLB is reinforcing the notion that this behavior is acceptable. Kids will and do imitate it. Jump to about 17:30 and watch the behavior of Oklahoma’s FIRST BATTER of the game. His behavior continues throughout the whole game (and infects other players). While it isn’t Gardner bat-jacking level of misbehavior, I can guarantee it isn’t the look Little League wants. Stomping around, slamming helmets, then yelling out on the field ... wonder where he saw that?
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  4. I have the Smitty PolySpandex in Plate and Base (and a rarely used Combo, kept in the bag for emergencies), and I’m favoring them so much, I now have 2 additional sets. The latest Plate pant I got hemmed in a double stitch on the front/shin side so the hem wouldn’t get caught on the bottom edge of the shinguard shell and begin to split, invoking another (costly) tailoring. Out of a momentary necessity, I ordered in the newly released Honig’s 4-way stretch (polyspandex) pants, and gave them a try. They are a fair bit thinner and lighter than the Smitty’s, and would be ideal ‘cept for being an ever-so-slightly lighter shade of charcoal grey with some mottling blended in. Point is, because of how thin and featherweight they are, I had my seamstress redo the hem and insert a strip of material within the hem to weight it down. Now, the pants lie much better, and stay down while moving or standing in the wind. They’re great pants, and I foresee using them in Arizona the majority of the time.
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  6. HP Umpire Ben May ejected Yankees Manager Aaron Boone and 1B Umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Yankees CF Brett Gardner and pitcher CC Sabathia (strike three call; QOCN) in the bottom of the 6th inning of the #Indians-#Yankees game. With one out and none on, Yankees batter Cameron Maybin took a 3-2... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  7. So it appears that NCAA is expanding their pitch clock to 20 seconds on all pitches. I've always carried a stopwatch on the bases for timing between innings but have never kept track between pitches. For those that have, what are some tips? I guess what I'm getting at is I don't want to be peeking at my stopwatch when the pitcher balks or makes a quick pickoff attempt.
  8. Get real. Why have signs at all. Just yell out instructions and make the other team promise to not listen.
  9. The error is the win at all costs teaching technique used by the coach. This is how winners do, or you are a loser. You want to know where this comes from, just look at the coaches setting such a great example for your child, and the parents condoning this type of coaching technique, because these are the things that get you ahead in life, and get you that look at me, look at me, how great i am, that all winners in the game of life have, or should have and aspire to, so you don't get left out in real life. So, to me, you would not have to even need a rule about this, if I were a coach. Number one, I as a coach (and that is why I would never be asked to be one in a competition environment i would imagine), i would not coach this type of tactic even though I would be violating the athletic/competition code of, if you ain't cheat'in, you ain't trying. the above would be told at the beginning of the year in a meeting with the players and the parents. I would also mention to the parents that winning at all costs was not in my vocabulary, but I would be fine with anyone that wanted to find another League or team that did not share my views. if I caught my player doing this, and I would catch it before the umpire, believe me, I would remove the player and we would have one last talk about why that strategy would not be acceptable sportsmanship, with the warning that the next violation, strike 3, (remember strike one was at the beginning team meeting with the parents and by not leaving then, you were in agreement with my thoughts on sportsmanship and fair play), and removal from the team. You would not need this rule with me, nor would the umpire need to deal with any sneaky attempts at avoiding the spirit of the rules. Now if you want to keep the player in the game with the current rule, just make it so the umpires move the violator back a base, just like getting knocked back in a board game. If a runner is behind the runner being sent back, that runner is declared out, and removed from the base due to the violation of the lead runner being penalized. The player is warned and so is the coach. Further transgressions by any player for this same violation are ejection from the game for the coach. If the same player violates a second time for this same violation, that player is ejected. Life does not have to be 3 strikes and you are out in all instances, even with baseball.
  10. The phrase was used in 1964 by United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart to describe his threshold test for obscenity in Jacobellis v. Ohio. Can “we” apply his prudent thinking to the “description(s) ofstealing signs”?? “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description,” . . .(edited) . . . “and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, . . . ” :-)
  11. I’ll give you a “like” @stevis because you are getting the point ... the written rule is providing very specific terminology with no definition of what that behavior is and then trying to use it to whatever advantage/disadvantage the moment sees fit.
  12. Well, if there is any doubt if the Crew Chief opens the ALWS, here is the proof. Nice 1:44 game with a lot of runs. So, it is possible to move a high scoring game along in today's game. https://legion.org/uploads/baseball/2019/WS01.pdf 3B https://legion.org/uploads/baseball/2019/WS03.pdf 2B https://legion.org/uploads/baseball/2019/WS06.pdf I will let you finish the WS in peace now. Enjoy and congrats to your whole crew on the honor of working the ALWS.
  13. Heck, I don't even consider noting fastball vs. off-speed as sign stealing. That's just decrypting. The offense's poor OPSEC is not the umpire's problem. "Stealing" would be sneaking into the dugout and absconding with their code book. I don't expect that interpretation survives a protest, but there ya go.
  14. lawump

    Legion Camo

    Friday is military appreciation day at the ALWS. We’ve been wearing those shirts on Friday at the ALWS for years. And every year they get discussed on this site. Some love them, some don’t. All that matters is that the Legionnaires love them. It’s their dog and pony show.
  15. So I purchased this from someone on the forum who sold it as such. One of the big factors in determining authenticity is weight. I put it on the scale and it is 15.4 oz. Which seems pretty light to me. If I’m wrong on that thought then someone please correct me.
  16. MadMax

    Legion Camo

    Ah yes, this one: That would be the TheOfficialsChoice Black (or Night) Camo shirt. While I’m delighted to see some love for TheOfficialsChoice, I don’t think this was the best choice for a televised game. It’s too much of a novelty. Organic (ie. woodland) camo just doesn’t present well on television. Perhaps if it was a subtle digital camo, it’d look better. I’ve done some test patterns in blacks & greys, various shades of blue (mostly sky), and even shades of navy! If those TOC shirts were Bermuda Blue, or Grey, or hey!... Navy with Red trim (2010 vertical stripe!) would look snazzy for the likes of American Legion.
  17. I certainly did @MadMax, I could not have said it better myself if I’d tried. Thanks for the info as always. You must have radar or something cause I noticed that I forgot the “@.”
  18. The problem in the rule is that it states “the stealing and relaying of signs”. I may not necessarily agree with it, but I cannot disagree with the interpretation that observing where the catcher is setting up and communicating that is NOT stealing and relaying signs. Take that clause out and you now have the clean rule you want: Alerting the batter of pitch selection and/or location is unsportsmanlike behavior. If, in the judgment of the umpire this behavior is occurring, those responsible including any player(s), coach(es), and/or manager shall be ejected from the game. I mentioned it before (not above): if you want to outlaw communicating with the batter, then do that. Do not write a hastily composed rule and then try to apply it to other things.
  19. Rule 3 E. Under “tournament playing rules”. Clearly states it. Each umpire has authority to disqualify any player, coach, manager, or substitute for objecting to decisions or for unsportsmanlike conduct or language and to eject such disqualified person from the playing field. If an umpire disqualifies a player while a play is in progress, the disqualification shall not take effect until no further action is possible in that play. The stealing and relaying of signs to alert the batter of pitch selection and/or location is unsportsmanlike behavior. If, in the judgment of the umpire this behavior is occurring, those responsible including any player(s), coach(es), and/or manager shall be ejected from the game. The Stealing AND RELAYING of signs to alert the batter of pitch selection AND/OR LOCATION The player at 2nd more than 1 time relayed to the batter the position of the catcher with a hand signal. From my 2nd row seat it was clear as day to see what they were doing. Also he was not the 1st player on that team to do it during that game. I’d like to know how you feel the umpire judged it was not. I assume you are speaking of the NH RI game where the coach was warned.
  20. @The Short Umpire how do you know its Titanal?
  21. Hopefully this stays on track because I think there is an issue that is not being discussed here. As with the last thread, people are getting hung up on the “shall eject” clause. That is the wrong part of the rule to be focused on. The problem in the rule is not in the penalty, but in the definition of the rule itself. What is “stealing signs”? LL has not provided a definition. Is simply seeing the catcher’s position and relaying that considered “stealing signs”? Many folks are saying LL has egg on it’s face because of the occurrence in the RI/NH Regional game. Not necessarily true. In this game it appeared the runner was relaying the catcher’s position, not intercepting a sign, decoding it, and providing intel to the hitter. Given the sparse direction on what “sign stealing” is, I would back the umpire’s actions in this game ... ... IF Little League had not just had the exact same situation unfold on TV in a TX/OK softball regional where the player and coach were ejected for this same action. NOW LL has egg on its face. However the yolk’s not on those umpires ... each one did exactly what the rule instructed under its “If, in the umpire’s judgement” clause. One umpire judged it was stealing signs, one umpire judged it was not. Given the lack of direction from LL, both umpires made the correct (albeit opposite) call. I am not a LL umpire and am not dialed directly into this issue, but for an outside umpire’s perspective LL is not handling the concern properly. Instead they are providing umpires with additional conflicting information and even worse, making contradictory statements to the public. The link above from LRZ makes it sound as if ejection is contingent upon umpires mentioning this in the pre-game plate meeting. That is not a part of the written rule in the rule book. The article provided by johnpatrick contains pearls of wisdom from LL CEO Steven Keener that further muddy the water: Keener said Thursday “nobody wants to see a kid thrown out of a Little League game.” “The umpires are instructed to say you have to be 100 percent sure that that’s what they’re doing if you’re going to enforce the rule,” Keener said. “If you think they’re doing it, you go to the manager and say this is what I think I’m seeing and I’m basically giving you a warning and if I see it again, then I’m going to have to enforce the rule. That’s the appropriate way to handle the rule and that’s how they handled it up in Bristol.” Sorry Steven, that is not what you wrote in your rulebook. When organizations place poorly written rules into the rulebook and then issue contrarian statements or directions to their umpires, the umpires (and the game participants) are the ones who suffer.
  22. You rang, @The Short Umpire? Titanal is a high-grade alloy of Aluminum, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium and Zirconium, produced by AMAG Rolling of Austria. Titanal was first employed in mountaineering, being used in lieu of straight aluminum in such things as tent poles, trekking poles, and then finding its way to alpine skiing poles. Soon after, it was used in alpine skis themselves in lieu of fiberglass because torsional stress can be distributed in all directions instead of just in the axis – or grain – of the glass strands. And, unlike common aluminum, it’s less prone to shearing when compromised, instead exhibiting deformation. This is important, because steel does deform as well, but under much less comparative load. More common aluminum alloys are rather stiff, and most tubes and rods of aluminum are cast and set into the desired shape. Welding of aluminum gets problematic, too, because the oxidation layer, or skin, of aluminum impedes the bonding or welding process. As such, high quality welds come at a premium, because low quality “spot” welds can result in failure over repeated stressing. So why not titanium? Titanium is much stronger than steel, at a fraction of the weight. It also will deform (bend) when compromised, instead of shearing... surely that’s better than aluminum. However, like aluminum though, titanium forms an oxidation layer as a skin that not only hardens the metal and prevents corrosion, but also handicaps welding. The welding process has to be very precise, very abrupt, and of exceptional quality. Also, cutting and bending it into desired shapes requires considerable tools of force. Add in that aluminum is in much greater supply than titanium, and all of this results in Titanium products being considerably more expensive than aluminum. Titanal has demonstrated, though, that because of its greater tolerance to deform than “common” aluminum, the welds are not only easier to make, but are less likely to fail, or “pop”. Then, when you factor in that minor deformation is occurring along the entire span of the Titanal rod when struck, instead of being wholly transferred to the welds, the rod (ie. the mask) is, in a sense, dampening the impacting energy like a tuning fork. Certainly not as much as steel and other cultured alloys, but better than homogenous aluminum. As mentioned, Titanal was developed by AMAG Rolling of Austria. Adidas is the second largest sportswear manufacturer in the world, second only to Nike. Adidas also owns Reebok, TaylorMade, and Runtastic. Through its relationships with other prominent EU companies, Adidas has access to many cutting edge resources. It is very likely (through deduction) that Adidas either approached the shop that possesses the famed Icon’s planform, or brokered a deal to obtain the Icon planform (or the Chinese just copied it), and supplied the shop with Titanal through an arrangement with AMAG Rolling. I dare say, from a technical standpoint, I’d prefer a Titanal Icon. Am I a diehard Nike fan and apologist? Hell yes. Would I turn down the chance to get or obtain (ie. given) an “authentic” Nike Titanium Icon? Absolutely not! But, there’s no way I’m paying the outlandish $300+ titanium Icons routinely fetch on the open market while still prone to being bent like any other titanium mask! Titanal may just be the future.
  23. @umpstu is correct. Titanal is an Aluminum alloy. Madmax has discussed it at length on some other posts. It’s light weight and strong.
  24. ilyazhito

    Rule Set?

    That would make sense, because it would allow the umpires on the site to answer the guest's questions accurately.
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