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Everything posted by noumpere

  1. Umpire judgment. In MLB (and that's who the rules are written for), it's obvious nearly 100% of the time. At levels where they "borrow" OBR, it's probably only 98%,
  2. The sooner you, and some others here recently, recognize that the rules don't always say exactly what they mean or mean exactly what they say, the sooner you will advance in your umpiring career. (And, this isn't meant as a criticism -- all of us have played the game at some point or another.)
  3. Or, called him out for abandonment, or not granted time until the play resolved itself (likely with the defense tagging Segura for an out)
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    Out or safe

    This was asked just a few days ago here. IIRC (an increasingly rare occurrence), it's any part on the ground across the line. Edit: Try this (and scroll down a few replies): (And, I thought the commitment line was where the runner had to continue home -- with another line to cross in order to score.)
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    Illegal runner

    If he really "slipped" (I'm reading intent to decieve into this) onto first base, and there's no doubt the ball was caught, I'm getting an ejection and figuring the rest out using the equivalent of 9.01(c)
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    Immaculate Inning?

    How about each batter steps to the other box when the pitcher is in a position ready to pitch. Three (or 27!) outs, no pitches.
  7. Yes, if he's in the windup position (and / or has so declared to the umpire). If he's truly in the set position, then no.
  8. That isn't BOO, it's an unannounced sub. The "unannounced" part doesn't matter; if the sub was otherwise legal, then this is legal. And, while the names are "required" to be on the roster, there's no penalty if they are not (at least the last time I checked a few years ago).
  9. It's part of the art of umpiring. And, it applies to most other professions as well. As someone put it: The rules are written by gentlemen, for gentlemen; not by lawyers, for lawyers.
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    Leaving Early

    Maybe you can get there by noting that in FED a runner who has legally scored is a "retired runner." I agree with the others that once action is relaxed, I'm calling time and sending the runner back to the dugout. Then allowing an appeal, if needed. There is some element of 9.01(c) (or whatever the new number is) in the play (Scrounge: I think you will want 10-2-3g for that reference.)
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    Immaculate Inning?

    An immaculate inning is relatively rare (but not as rare as it used to be). What Lincoln describes is even rarer. So, it's an immaculater inning. A serious answer to our young friend: The term is not an official baseball statistic. So, there's no absolute answer to the question. I, personally, would NOT count it as such -- to me, the term means three outs. But, the pitcher should still be recognized by his teammates for his strong performance.
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    Illegal runner

    A more charitable explanation is that the batted ball was caught near the ground, such that the batter and/or the coach might reasonably think (or hope) that the ball was not caught. And, the newer umpire made no call (or a quiet one), and so the runner stayed on the base waiting for verification that s/he was out. And, the newer umpire never gave such an indication, so ...
  13. I think you have the right general logic here, but I can't immediately find support for it (or against it) -- if it's a "normal tag" the runner is out; if the runner is "pushed off" the base the runner is safe. Heck, it might even be OBS, but I wouldn't go there.
  14. This is from J/R (emphasis added): The "safe" signal (both arms extended out to the sides, parallel to the ground) with appropriate voice is sometimes given to indicate that (1) an attempt to tag a runner between bases has failed (e.g., rundown1, voice- "no tag!"). (2) a batted, thrown, or pitched ball has struck a barrier but has not become dead due to lodging, entering DBT, or fan interference (no voice). (3) an appeal has been denied (voice- "safe" or "he's OK"). (4) interference or obstruction has been a possibility, but does not occur, or contact is incidental: e.g., batted ball almost strikes a runner, fielder deflects a batted ball into a runner, runner in a rundown goes out of his way to contact a fielder who is not protected (voice in these cases- "that's nothing!").
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    Illegal runner

    Accidentally, or on purpose (was the offense trying to cheat)? IF the former, see Matt's answer. If the latter, see Matt's answer and add an ejection or two.
  16. This is correct, and legal, as described. Most don't pick from the windup either because they think they can't, or because the muscle memory kicks in and they step back with the free foot, or do something with the hands that commits them to pitch.
  17. If you would have aggressively signaled safe with a verbal, "That's nothing!" maybe your partner wouldn't have come out with his call.
  18. Yes. ;) First, it doesn't matter in OBR whether any runner has touched the next base at the time the ball became dead. The runner is still allowed to return to re-touch the original base. It's only if the runner advances to the next base *after* the ball becomes dead that the runner cannot legally re-touch. (As an umpire, you would allow the re-touch, but still grant any proper appeal.) FED is different. Second, it doesn't matter whether "all" (or "none" if one uses the negative condition) had met either condition you specified -- each who is affected must comply; none who were not so affected need comply.
  19. Why is this assumption needed (and, for that matter, this one)?
  20. I won't answer because I "know" this is for stkjock and that you know the answer -- but I would have asked about R2 and R3 as well. (And, the answer depends on what you mean by "require.")
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