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  1. Mine isn't funny but it's something I'll never regret. I called the Police. I umpired his game on a storybook beautiful day. It was Blue sky, sunshine and baseball. I know he was nine or ten years old. My memory of him is not all that clear until he came to bat. I was umpiring a kid game as a favor for my assignor. I saw the pitch that came hard at him, I cringed knowing he was going to be hit and I watched him crumple when the ball hit him square in the body. He went down and the tears flowed..... I bent to help him, and try to comfort him. His coach ran out and we lifted his shirt
    14 points
  2. My best LL story wasn't even on the diamond. In addition to umpiring, I coached LL for 13 years, either regular season, fall ball, or both. Coached my kids from tee-ball to juniors. Had a kid that I coached, Ethan, off and on from tee-ball up until his 11 year old season. He wasn't the most talented player, but was a good kid and played hard. He left baseball after his 11 year old season and focused on soccer, which he became one hell of a player. We kept in touch with him and his family, and still do to this day, he recently graduated from college. When he turned 13, I received
    10 points
  3. (This isn't a LL story - sorry - but it's right at the end of the age range, and is something I won't forget.) When I was still in Virginia, in November '17, I had a pair of 13U games between a team from Richmond and a local team. I worked the plate in the second game, as I prefer. Top-3, the leadoff hitter came to the plate. He suddenly got kind of a thousand-yard stare, and started taking these little steps, like the beginning of tipping over. I gave the coaches the get-the-hell-out-here wave, and then got him in my arms and helped him to the ground. At that point, he started to ha
    9 points
  4. Best thing I ever saw, was SWMBO and another coach save a woman's life. It was a 2nd chance (district only) tournament for the players that did make the State or International teams. A player hit a home run. I was on the bases. The ball was thrown back in and I put it in my pocket until the half inning was over. I walked over to their side of the field, asking for who the mother was, and I handed her the ball. She had no intention of even being at the game that night, as she hadn't been feeling well. A batter or two into the next half inning, I hear a woman screaming for help. I'm in A
    8 points
  5. I'm doing it because they're telling me to. I call it "checkbox compliance". Outdoor activities are very rare for spreading COVID (see https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/223/4/550/6009483). I will happily wear my mask when going into stores, etc., and insist that others do, too. But for outdoors, the risk appears to be very low. So I comply with their rules because they write the rules, and not because I think they're doing anything useful.
    5 points
  6. Fortunately for me, There were 2 sports photographers from the local paper at the same game. Both got the same play, from a different angle.
    5 points
  7. The usual suspect will be along eventually to correct me. I'm sure there's something wrong.
    5 points
  8. I have two, one LL and one HS. LL - our District has a Challenger Division, which for those who do not know, is geared towards special needs kids. Unlike your local league, where to play you have to live or go to school within specific boundaries, Challenger is obviously more open due to who they are geared to service. Anyhow, every year, the leagues in our district will host Challenger night where our kids will play the Challenger team, have a DJ, a huge BBQ, sometimes have the fire dept there with their trucks, etc... It is an event. We play a 3 inning game with the kids from 10U
    5 points
  9. Discussed many times on this forum, .... a visor for the FM4000 and FM4000MAG is on it's way. The photo captured below is from their instagram page, and info has been verified by Brad at All-Star. More details as to timing and colors when I know more.
    4 points
  10. Okay, not only has this thread gotten well away from the OP - I should know, having been the author, and we're not talking about baseballs and NOSCAE any more - but it's also getting a little testy. Soooooo, again, because I brought this thread into the world, which means I can take it out AND because I have moderator abilities (blame Warren for that), I'm locking this up.
    4 points
  11. You are correct. Without an appeal, the play on R1 is a play on a runner off base. Because he has acquired 2B (for the moment), the force is off, and retiring him is a time (not "timing") play. Score the run. Note that it's treated the same as if he slides past the base and touches 2B on the way by. R1's off base and may be retired, but the force is off. Should the defense subsequently appeal the missed base, that may be granted (assuming R1 in fact missed the base) as an advantageous 4th out. The out on appeal supersedes the tag play. Because R1 did not legally acquire 2B, the
    4 points
  12. Masks that have an insert in the upper seam that allows the user to make a more complete seal are far better at preventing glass fogging. KN95 and N95 masks have this feature as do some commercially available fabric masks. The wire insert is exceptionally malleable and will adapt to most faces. Mrs Kevin_K has made a boat load of these masks and they work exceptionally well. She also designed them so they have thin elastic that goes around our heads and necks rather than tugging on the backs of our ears. We both work in schools and are required to wear them at all times when in the school
    4 points
  13. Oh Rich, you always see the bright side, don't you? What argument? It's really easy: " hey John, would you mind getting the plate for me w/ your mitt? Thanks bud" AND ...if the question that I posed above gets an answer like you posted .... well that's easy: F2: "Why, you're not using it anyhow" ME: "Well, actually, your pitcher isn't using it" Funny thing is .... I'm not sure what I'd do in that situation, but I answered it that way KNOWING I'd probably get someone who has an issue with it
    4 points
  14. The coach for my son's 10yo Mustang team had an upper year player, who had no hits and no catches during the year, pitch to the final two batters in his last game ever. Struck them both out in three pitches apiece. I think it was the first and only time we saw him excited and smiling during a game.
    4 points
  15. I was doing a 9u or 10u rec game a couple years ago to help out and one of the coaches asked if I could talk to one of the boys (not his son) and his mom at home plate after the game with them facing the backstop. He wanted me to make something up "to give the boy some advice in front of his mom". I the field behind them, he had the rest of the boys line up with individual signs "Will You Marry Me".
    4 points
  16. Yes, OBS. Fielders in general are required to stay out runners' way. The only time they always have the right of way is on a batted ball. This play is not a batted ball, so OBS. Same ruling all codes. I will add that I would wait to judge the OBS: contact alone is nothing. We're looking for hindrance, and the defense gaining an advantage from the contact.
    4 points
  17. It wouldn't be a Max post if there wasn't. The ones that concern me, for his well-being, are the ones where he speaks well of "the big yellow W."
    3 points
  18. It'll probably be another week then before he can brew up a response.
    3 points
  19. My own lil Glory story, 12U I was a decent player I could hit and pitch well and was a good 3rd baseman I typically hit line drives into the outfield and was good for singles and doubles and the occasional triple or better if the fielders botched the cutoffs well I get up this one time it was against someone I knew in school and he was not a hard thrower and had issues with control. I So desperately wanted to smack one out of the park on this kid. He tossed one way outside ball one one just barely outside I swung hard 1-1 . next pitch was over my head but over the plat
    3 points
  20. The OP calls out "youth players". Before I come back to this, I know how I should react, but I honestly don't know unless the situation presented itself. Now, for the purpose of my post, "youth players".....to the best of my knowledge, 18 is the age of consent for most states and therefore, accepted as the "norm" for being an adult (no longer a "youth"). That said, this would include HS players. I THINK I'd be ok with this one, since they are more aware of the happenings in the world, and start to get closer to that age of consent as well as form their own opinions. However, the next
    3 points
  21. I haven't had it happen it yet. That being said, a) I have no idea what my state says about it, because b) I have no personal issue with it, and am a big fan of the First Amendment. I realize that might be an unpopular stance. I'm okay with that.
    3 points
  22. Obviously I haven't called a game in a few years but here are a few umpiring pics. Here's when I got to meet @Majordave
    3 points
  23. Just think of it as an umpire 'noogie' --- done in good cheer and with love from a brother.
    3 points
  24. Coaching a team was stressful for those players that did not get much practice off the field, you know those kids... We had such a kid, great heart, never talked, very polite, did all that was asked of him. He was small in comparison, inevitably he was assigned to RF, not a very coveted location. 1 out with a man on 1st A batter sent a ballistic missile to RF, I could hear the coaches sigh as it was going to be another missed ball... The young man tracked the ball like a pro, he held up his glove and I swear he closed his eyes as he turned his head...he caught the ball and had the mind to
    3 points
  25. I am an old man now, but I had some of the best times of my life coaching kids’ baseball. We had 3 sons, all spread apart by about 7 years each… so about the time one would get up to the teenage years (When they tend to start knowing it all) I would drop back down with the next youngest and start all over again. I ended up coaching Dixie Baseball for about 16 years. In Dixie, the top two teams in their respective divisions in each state play a best 2 out of 3 Series to determine the State Champion and a trip to the Dixie World Series. We were fortunate enough to play for 4 State Champions
    3 points
  26. like mentioned, there is no rule, but if you are going to be "that guy", go officiate tennis. At least they give you a chair that is out of the way.
    3 points
  27. The run does not score. It doesn't matter when the appeal of the BR at 1B occurs, before or after a dead ball period. If the BR makes the 3rd out before legally touching 1B, then no run scores. flyingron, you're right about the appeal rule, but the applicable rule is the scoring rule, 5.08(a) EXCEPTION. "EXCEPTION: A run is not scored if the runner advances to home base during a play in which the third out is made (1) by the batter-runner before he touches first base; (2) by any runner being forced out; or (3) by a preceding runner who is declared out because he failed to touch one o
    3 points
  28. The announcers say PU called out R3; the box score says it was an appeal, and he was called out for missing the plate. That's not what happened - no appeal was made. That, of course, could have happened, but it didn't. There are two other options: R3 out for abandonment, or R2 out for passing R3 before R3 touched the plate (and, of course, R3 never did touch the plate, before or after being passed). If, as the announcers say, R3 was called out for abandonment, then that's the 3rd out, inning over, no one scores. If we go with "R2 passed R3 before he touched the plate".... Then
    3 points
  29. Because I don't get paid by the hour, that's why. I'm amazed by how many PU dips%$ts I work with that turn the game into a never ending social event. Yapping with the spectators and coaches as if they are running for mayor. Taking forever between innings or when there is a pitching change. I understand that sometimes the game will run long, that's just the way it is. But for god's sakes, I get paid by the game. I'm happy to get out of there as soon as possible. And so is everybody else. Never in the history of ever have I heard someone say, "golly, that game was too quick, I wish it was
    3 points
  30. There is no need to get bent out of shape. Jeff was just concerned that you have had two separate balk questions in consecutive days and reminding you that getting into the book could help solve your problem. Honestly, it us a MUCH better response than you could EVER hope for in other forums, i.e. Facebook. Take the comments at face value. Very rarely will it ever get to the point you think it is at in on this page.
    3 points
  31. Although this has never happened to me, I'm inclined to agree with you. Once he's off the field, I would probably clean the plate have have a chuckle inside while doing it. Maybe think in my head all the clever things I would like to say to him. Some of them, okay most of them, NSFW! If he wants to be an A$$hat and emulate his favorite MLB manager, that's on him. I still want to be able to see the plate.
    3 points
  32. End one argument by starting another is a really good idea. "Why? You're not using it anyhow."
    3 points
  33. Not green book legal, but whatever... I was the daddy-umpire for my younger son's LL minors team, while my older son (4 years older) had a majors game on the adjacent field. Older kid's coach asks if my younger son could fill in since the majors team only had 8 players show. And he knew my younger son because he'd included him in some practices. Sure, but I still had to ump the bases for the minors game... Cut to a mid-inning break and I look over at the other field and catch my younger kid on third and my older son at bat! Sure enough he knocks his brother home with a rocket to ri
    3 points
  34. FIFY. I agree with noumpere. The mechanics for this are to point at the infraction (either or both umpires may do so) but leave the ball live. After the play at the plate, kill it, award R1 HP, and resume play. R1 will still need to touch HP if he hadn't already in order to complete his award, or be liable to be out on appeal (either dead-ball in FED or live-ball in either).
    3 points
  35. Yes. Note that if BR continued past third and was thrown out, the out stands.
    3 points
  36. Welcome! As I'm sure you've noticed, when in the gear forum and you see a post by @MadMax, use the bathroom, get a drink, get comfy....................because he's gonna lay it ALL out there.
    2 points
  37. Not gonna lie, 99% of the time I’ve spent in these forums have been in the equipment part haha thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  38. scroll/ swipe... ...it's the 4th photo it's there, I just looked
    2 points
  39. 2 points
  40. What is this indicator you speak of?
    2 points
  41. If your mask comes off and your hat stays on and you use your left hand, the rest doesn't matter (okay, there might be something in there that matters, but exactly where you grab the mask probably doesn't)
    2 points
  42. I don't "hate" this argument, but I'll make a couple points. In this scenario passing and abandonment offer the same result - third out, inning over, no runs score. So it would appear to be moot. However, you want to have a ruling that you can administer the same way if there were one or none out. As stated previously, calling it "passing" now opens a can of worms of ruling up to three players out. As you said, and Gil's point in his analysis (especially with it being a dead ball), R3 "could" resume his baserunning, if given the opportunity...yes. And yes, you could differe
    2 points
  43. When I'm working with new umpires, typically teenagers, in my rec league (60' bases), I have everybody start outside. When a play starts, I tell them "outside-in inside-out" - if the ball goes to the outfield, come inside the diamond and watch for where the play develops. If the ball stays in the infield, work outside the diamond. In both cases, this lets you see everything in front of you and gives you a wide peripheral view for those times when things don't develop like you think they should (which is, like, 75% of the time in rec ball).
    2 points
  44. I agree. MLB seems so afraid to let the starters get that 3rd time through the order. I know what statistics say, but there are exceptions to statistics too. I wonder if Cash wishes he hadn't followed statistics and kept Snell in the game now?
    2 points
  45. I'll add that, practically speaking, this call and mechanic is almost always going to come AFTER F6 has made the throw to first base. For a couple of reasons...first, the nature of the play almost always calls for a quick transition for F6 to throw to first...and second, a good umpire is processing the information and being sure of what he sees, rarely making a call instantaneously...yes, sometimes there's urgency for the umpire to communicate with the players, but the fact is, a lot of SH*# can happen in under one second...and as admirable and talented as many umpires may be, don't expect a
    2 points
  46. He barely got into the dirt circle. I like abandonment better than missed base. What did supervisor say? That's the right answer, of course.
    2 points
  47. I'd probably clean it, but I'd wait for the coach to be gone. He doesn't get to watch me do it.
    2 points
  48. With multiple runners, just 3 fingers in the air during play. At the end of play, award bases in the usual fashion. Nobody's going to see an award taking place during play. We're there to communicate. As an evaluator, I wouldn't ding an umpire who didn't know the "proper" mechanic for this. It will be their once-in-a-lifetime occurrence of it, so there's not much point.
    2 points




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