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  1. 6 points
    @ArchAngel72 I was watching an 8/9/10 district championship game last night. When Team A changes it's pitcher to a kid throwing harder that the previous one, Team B backs their batters up to the back edge of the box. Consequently, the catcher backs up a little. Remember, ....8/9/10 y/o.......... Catcher now catching the ball about 6 inches off the ground for "called strikes". Team B parents start to come unglued. I find out about this after the fact as I am at the concession stand partaking in the wonderful treats that they have prepared for me that evening. I hear the commotion from there. I get back, and ask SWMBO what I had missed. She explains the (above) situation to me. Now, many of the parents know me from umpiring LL all over the district for years. I had that E.F.Hutton feeling (you young folks can google the E.F. Hutton commercials) for a moment when I retorted to SWMBO that "just because the players move back, doesn't move where the strike zone is located over home plate". SWMBO calmly stated, "that's what I told them". .........I think it's about time to get her a uniform. This father/son umpiring duo has been done before. I'm considering the Husband/Wife duo.
  2. 6 points
    I guess I didn't screw up enough the first three go-arounds. So they brought me back and this year I'm the crew chief for the American Legion World Series. The games will be August 15-20. They should be on one of the ESPN networks, again (usually ESPN U).
  3. 6 points
    My '65 Mustang had a padded dash as a boastful safety feature. I think my Lexus has more airbags than a House full of Representatives. Thank you progress.
  4. 5 points
    National Anthem before my first plate job of the 2019 American Legion playoffs.
  5. 5 points
    So do you "hear" a chainsaw through the ear piece so you know to give that mechanic?
  6. 5 points
    The penalty for chickensh!t plays like this (in any sport - baseball, football, hockey, etc.) should be a suspension greater than the amount of time the injured player misses. I know that will never happen though.
  7. 5 points
    In my only-somewhat facetious view, the two biggest problems are (1) batters stepping out after every pitch, unstrapping both batting gloves, re-strapping them, and then looking down at the 3d base coach, and (2) catchers looking into the dugout for the coach's signal, then looking down at their forearm cheat sheet, then relaying the sign to the pitcher--and, voila, you've easily added about 30 minutes to the event!
  8. 5 points
    As a member of our association's instructional staff, I foresee spending a significant amount of time bringing the membership up to speed on this rule change. There will be a fair bit of confusion among umpires but also among coaches so it's critical that umpires are confident in how to administer this rule on the field and to respond appropriately to the inevitable challenges that will come from coaches that will unintentionally make illegal substitutions. It may also be difficult to ensure the college umpires in our association don't apply the college DH rule on a HS field.
  9. 4 points
    How about a simple point to the ear followed by an out mechanic?
  10. 4 points
    All of a sudden it's fun and games for the announcers...." Ohhh trackman got me, hahaha". Two days ago, the same guy would have been saying "That's just terrible, how can you take the bat out of his hands like that"
  11. 4 points
    True story from this game: we entered the top of the 7th inning at 1:15. The visitors were winning 4-0. The PA announcer then starts cracking jokes about us being "on a record pace" and "this may be the fastest game in stadium history". I knew exactly what was going to happen next. The top of the seventh took two minutes (five pitch inning). But then the home team scored 4 (not one, two, three or five...but four) runs in the bottom of the seventh. We ended up playing 12 full innings in 2:59. Some guys just deserve to be shot.
  12. 4 points
  13. 4 points
    11U game. Stuff happens. Don't assume nefarious when just being 11 will explain it.
  14. 4 points
    This may have been one of the easiest I have had in all my years. T4 First batter on 2-2 takes a super close pitch, I ball it, catcher caught it horribly on a borderline pitch, honestly may have missed it and maybe should have been a K. Next pitch batter lines out to 3B, no harm done we got the out. Second batter walks on a check swing I appeal and told no swing. Third batter goes down 0-2. Catcher sets up just off the plate. Two straight pitches the mitt moves further out to catch the ball, so two balls there. On 2-2 pitcher spikes on, wild pitch, runner advances. On 3-2 comes inside, with catcher set up outside. It is a high and off the plate to me, ball four. Pitcher looks at me, "That's F*#King bullSH*#." I calmly say, "You're gone." He spikes the ball and walks off the field. As he crosses foul line he looks at me, "That's F*#King SH*#, you're an embarrassment out here, that's a F*#King horrible call, you're a F*#King joke." Summer League President was a the game which helped me in the end. Wrote my report and as told that pitcher will sit another four games now. What shocked me the most is the catcher told me he was happy to see him finally get ejected as him teammates are tired of his crap. We are only three weeks into this summer league program. Half the season to go.
  15. 4 points
    Aptly said. We umpires bristle and are all scared of the P-word. However, know the best way to avoid a Protest? Know the frakkin’ Rules, and quit making sh!t up!!
  16. 4 points
    Heard a new one from a 1B coach today. Slow chopper to F6, BR hustling up the line, Banger at first throw just beats him. 1BC screaming "SAFE SAFE SAFE...You have to reward hustle!!!" I ignore, and I hear a player from the opposing dugout. "So, if I hustle for a line drive and dive and miss it, it should be an out because I hustled??"
  17. 4 points
    I’ll agree with Dotteump on the complexes’ complacent complicity. Not all of them, but they do play a role also. A few years ago I started working at a complex about an hour away. Very nice, very well run, and they take care of umpires like nobody else that I have encountered. However ... One of my first ejections happened there. The day started off with the UIC having to go to the gate to deal with Coach “Legendary Larry” who was refusing to use his team’s admission passes. The volunteers at the gate (some very nice little old ladies) weren’t going to let him in unless he paid or used a pass. (I guess the UIC was called because the guy was a coach, or maybe just because we all wear multiple hats in our “home” organizations.) Later in the day I had “Legendary Larry”. He did not come to the plate meeting, so he was not the head coach by our UIC’s specific instructions. By our instructions, we only talk to head coaches. Long story short, “Legendary Larry” wanted to argue something (I don’t even remember what) and I dumped him as an AC. I got plenty of the “Do you know who I am?” I honestly didn’t, and I didn’t care. The UIC did back me, but did tell me he had to handle the guy like a VIP because of the number of teams he brings to their tournaments every year. Afterwards, the “you dumped Legendary Larry!?” was coming from every umpire and coach I had contact with. People were in awe and some actually admonished me. But the most telling reaction was the next morning when the little old ladies at the gate had donuts waiting for me. The exact quote was “Somebody needs to put that @$$hole in his place. He treats us all like garbage and they just keep kissing his butt. Thank you for trying.” I love little old ladies.
  18. 3 points
    I’m with grayhawk on this ... you’re not umpiring in that scenario. You’ve become a digital interpreter. Interpret, don’t embellish.
  19. 3 points
    Yes, I absolutely would. I don't need to convince anyone of anything. Everyone knows the computer is making the call. All I am doing is relaying that information. Why would I do anything else?
  20. 3 points
    I'm at work and don't have the volume on, but Wow. Now here's the rule... Electronic Balls and Strikes: TrackMan will deem pitches "ball" or "strike" based on similar methodology to how the technology functions at the Major League level. A Human home plate umpire will wear a Bluetooth-connected AirPod earpiece paired with an iPhone, which is hooked up to a software program in the press box whose sole task is to call balls and strikes. The human umpire will still retain final clerical authority over pitch-calling if the system is clearly wrong (which we anticipate it will be at times). Part of me says he should have overruled it, but the oppositional defiant disorder part of me wants to call what TrackMan tells me to call - just to shove their stupid system up their @ss.
  21. 3 points
    I love how the umpire looks at the batter as the batter is looking at him and he just points to his ear!
  22. 3 points
    Thank you! It’s definitely a lot tougher making judgement calls within a split second. When you go to review, our hearts are thumping with nerves because we WANT to get ALL of them right. Thanks again! SK
  23. 3 points
    Just considering how expensive some bats can be, I would, as a parent who purchased said bats, not be thrilled to have my kids coach allow the other team to use my son's bat. If only LL baseball would distribute to all of the managers, coaches and umpires some form of document which would codify their rules in one easy to access resource. They could bound such book in an easy to see color scheme, like Green, and hand it out to leagues and other participants so that we can all know the rules and be on the same page. Oh, wait... Too bad for the other coach who allowed his players to use illegal bats all season. Sorry they only will be swinging bats they are not use to... However, keep in mind the old adage "if you're not cheating, you're not trying', so maybe this was the other coach just doing his normal thing and trying to get advantages he was not entitled to. Too bad the illegal bats were discovered prior to the game. as the penalty in Allstars is quite severe for use of illegal bats. Sounds like it would have been fun for this coach to get caught using these not eligible bats.
  24. 3 points
    "Punch in the Face" would be a good name for an overly-hoppy IPA
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points
    Warren, you may regret this.
  27. 3 points
  28. 3 points
    3.3.1 SITUATION FF: With two outs and the bases loaded, B6 hits a home run out of the park. R1 maliciously runs over (a) F4 before touching second base or (b) F5 before touching third. RULING: In both (a) and (b), R1 is declared out and ejected. In (a), the third out is a force, so no runs score. In (b), the third out was not a force play, so runners who have touched the plate prior to the infraction would score. Please note that in awarded situations it is not the base that is awarded, but rather the right to advance and legally touch a base with no play being made. The above is from the NFHS website (accessed through Arbiter). Obviously, this casebook play is not directly on point. However, I think the explanation in the ruling applies to all home runs. I believe the explanation in this casebook play indicates that it is now a time play as to whether or not the other runners score in the OP.
  29. 3 points
    Yet we still have the immediate dead ball on a balk because "the other rule is too confusing for umpires". Not saying this is a bad rule change. Just saying that it's going to take just as much brain power as waiting to see if a balk can be ignored.
  30. 3 points
  31. 3 points
    I guess what would you do if the coach then came out and said "he just said it came off his knuckles, that should be a strike"? You're supposed to use all the information that is at your disposal to make your calls. It's a piece of information you have, whether you asked for it or not. You also may have unwittingly just reinforced a belief that both teams have, that the hands are part of the bat (which is why the coach didn't argue it...and why the kid didn't think twice about saying it). It's dicey, but I think calling the strike here is correct...and if you can sell it that you made the call yourself (or with your partner) without the kid incriminating himself, even better.
  32. 3 points
    In my prior days working in a sports information department at a D. II school, this might warrant a "note" in the box score explaining the 3-base error. It definitely would be explained in the press release accompanying the box score. But, this is basically a three base throwing error on F5.
  33. 3 points
    Just balk that SH*# early so you don't have to deal with it all game.
  34. 3 points
    This. When I was on the local LL board, I had a T-Ball coach ask why we don't have umpires for T-Ball and Farm League (below Minors) I told him, it was so the coaches could learn how to act like civilized adults on the field. Then when they get to Minors, they are required to umpire, to teach them how to act like civilized adults to a volunteer who may or may not know what they are doing.
  35. 3 points
    Sometimes, you don't know how many fields they are going to use. Sometimes some tournaments accept teams up to 2-3 days before the tournament. I've been told a week or more out that the tournament, "will have three to four fields," only to get a text on the Thursday before stating, "just exploded to 7 to 8 fields" or, alternatively, "several teams dropped out. We only have 2 fields." However, with that said, there is a percentage of our umpire brother (and sister) -hood that does not understand the concept of professionalism. I've heard all the excuses over the years. Here is the best: last year I had an umpire tell me on the telephone, "I got called into work this weekend." That is an excuse I totally understand...our jobs are our livelihoods. However, I subsequently found out that he backed out because he had received an offer on Friday to work another tournament for $5 more per game. He didn't think I would find out, but unfortunately for him that tournament's UIC and I are friends. That UIC and me just happened to see each other a week later, and that UIC mentioned an incident that had occurred in one of his tournament's games. I asked him who were the involved umpires...and wouldn't you know it was the umpire who had dumped me because he had been "called in to work." That umpire now has two organizations who will not use him, and every UIC within 100-miles of me knows about him. Karma's a bitch.
  36. 3 points
    Took the plate for a first of a 7/5 inning double Jr Legion game. First call at the plate.....ht and vt coaches both commented on not arguing calls since partner and I really rotated well and got ourselves in good positions to make calls. Teams split the games. It's nights like this why I got back into calling games.
  37. 3 points
    I laughed when I read the title of this thread
  38. 3 points
    https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Bags-Tools/Writing-Materials/ULF-T5_Pro-Grade-Magnetic-Book-Style-5-Umpire-Lineup-Card-Holder-Game-Card-Referee-Wallet
  39. 3 points
    I use the Ump-Life one. It's magnetic and large. The downside is that I cannot keep it in my chest pocket without it falling out--not a big deal; I just keep it in my ball bag pocket.
  40. 3 points
    F3 had to make an athletic play to receive the throw; the B/R being out of the running lane certainly hindered his ability to receive the throw from F1. He just happens to be a world-class athlete (he's an MLB player) who made a professional play. The issue, however, which Gil discusses at CCS but which has not been raised in this thread so far...is what happens if the PU does not call the RLI and the offense then asks for a replay of the call at first. Now as the on-field MLB umpire, you don't know whether or not the replay will uphold your partner's call at first base. If the play does get challenged, and replay does overturn the call to "safe", you're now screwed as you can't use replay to overturn a RLI non-call. Simply put, an MLB umpire can't just say "well, my partner called him out so I'll let any possible RLI slide," because the call may be overturned two minutes later by replay. We continue to live in the land of unintended consequences caused by replay.
  41. 3 points
    "Candlesticks always make a nice gift...."
  42. 3 points
    So, with the conclusion of this year's NFHS Baseball Rules Committee meeting in Indianapolis, my four-year term on the committee has come to an end. I am proud to have served, and I met a lot of people who have a deep commitment to prep baseball and who have become lifelong friends. With that said, I wanted to write a post that explains how the baseball committee process works. There is a lot of bashing of the rules committee on social media (not so much this site...but a lot on other sites). I thought I could give an insider's perspective on how the process works. Like any endeavor, my tenure on the committee had some lows, but it had a lot more highs. There are 11 voting members of the committee. First, there are 8 members who represent the NFHS' eight sections. (The NFHS divides the country into eight sections.) I represented Section Three which has nine states in the Southeast United States. Next, there is one member who represents the National Federation's officials association (an umpire) and one member who represents the National Federation's coaches' association (a head coach at a high school). Finally, there is a voting chairman (the committee chairman is almost always an executive in some state's high school league office). One knock that I see a lot is that there have never been enough umpires on the committee. This is actually false. During my tenure on the board, there have actually been an average of six (out of 11) umpires on the committee. During the year, any state can make a rule change proposal. In fact, you (meaning the person reading this post) can make a rule change proposal. You would need to propose the rule change to your state's high school association. If they agreed with your proposal, they can then submit it on your behalf to the NFHS for consideration by the Baseball Rules Committee. Each June, the Baseball Rules Committee meets in Indianapolis to discuss (sometimes "debate" is a better word) all of the rule change proposals submitted during the prior year. The deadline for submitting proposals is sometime in early May. During the meeting, the committee can ONLY vote on rule changes that were proposed before the deadline. That is, the committee cannot propose its own rule changes during the meeting. If a committee member wants to change a rule, he has to submit it before the deadline. After the submission deadline, but before the committee's June meeting, every state office is sent all rule change proposals. The state offices can then contact their representative on the committee and direct their representative how they want them to vote. Of course, in a section like mine (with 9 states) all of the states may not agree with one another on each proposal. In which case, I would have to use my own judgment when voting. However, if a clear majority of states in my section instructed me to vote a certain way...I'd have to vote that way. This is because I represent the interests of my section's states on the committee. During my four years on the committee, I would send all of the rule proposals to my nine state offices every May asking them for their opinions or directions as to how I should vote. Some years, I would only hear back from 2 or 3 states. Other years, I heard back from a lot more. At our meeting in June, we would discuss/debate the rule change proposals. Finally, we'd vote on them. Additionally, if the baseball rules committee felt that there were issues in the sport that needed to be addressed, but did not require a rule change, we could vote to insert new plays into the casebook. Since casebook plays are not "rule changes", but rather are interpretations of existing rules, they are not required to be submitted to the states ahead of time. And, in fact, it is common for the committee to draft and adopt a new casebook play(s) after having a discussion on a particular issue when we felt we could deal with the issue with a casebook play rather than have to wait to submit a rule change proposal the following year. Now, we get to the part of which many are ignorant: When the rules committee passes a rule change, it must be approved by 2 1/2 other committees. I say "2 1/2" because three other committees actually look at the rule changes the rules committee passed, but only two of those can actually reject or approve those rule changes. The third committee is the Sports Medicine Committee. They review our changes and only give an opinion as to whether or not an approved rule change poses an increase risk of injury to the student-athletes. The sports medicine committee doesn't actually approve or reject a rule change the rules committee has made. However, I guarantee you that if the sports medicine committee gives an opinion that a rules change (approved by the rules committee) poses an unreasonably higher risk of injury to the student-athletes, then one of the other two committees is going to reject our rule change. [As an aside, let me state that the Sports Medicine Committee does some incredible work. First, they have some of the most famous sports-medicine people in the country on the committee. Second, they do some incredible research. Third, they really do care about the students and their safety. In fact, I ended my tenure on the rules committee believing that the work the NFHS does for student safety through its sports medicine committee is perhaps the NFHS' greatest contribution to sports in this country.] Next, the rules changes that passed the baseball rules committee are then reviewed by the "rules review committee". This committee is comprised entirely of NFHS employees. They are basically all of the rules editors for all of the different sports. So, the baseball rules editor (an NFHS employee who sits in during the NFHS baseball rules committee meeting) has to defend the rule changes we passed to his colleagues (who are the rules editors for all of the other sports.) It was explained to me by someone with a lot of history working with the NFHS, that the purpose of this committee is to make sure that a sport's rules committee doesn't go off the deep end and make a bunch of crazy rule changes. The "rules review committee" basically serves as a check to make sure that the baseball rules committee, for instance, can't be hijacked by a group of like-minded people who then makes wholesale changes to the baseball rulebook which then fundamentally and drastically changes the nature of the sport. When the "rules review committee" looks at the rule changes passed by the baseball rules committee, they look to make sure that the "balance between offense and defense as it should exist in that particular sport is maintained", that player safety is not adversely affected, and that the sport itself is not being drastically changed without just cause (among other things). If this committee rejects a rule change that the rules committee made...then the change is dead. When the "rules review committee" rejects a rule change that was passed by the rules committee, they sometimes explain why they rejected the rule change...and sometimes they provide no explanation. Finally, any rule changes that were approved by the "rules review committee" must then be approved by the NFHS "Executive Committee". This committee is almost always comprised of the executive directors of various state high school associations. I am not familiar with what this committee does when reviewing the approved rule changes, but I think most of the time they will approve the rule changes as long as the sports medicine and "rules review committee" have signed off on them. In summary, the NFHS is a bureaucracy...there is no doubt about that. Like anything, that has pluses and minuses. It goes without saying that the NFHS does some great work. What sometimes frustrated me is that before one bashes the baseball rules committee, one should know that sometimes the baseball rules committee is not the entity with which you have your disagreement. Sometimes, we pass a change to the rules that umpires overwhelmingly want, but it gets rejected by the "rules review committee" or "executive committee". I can tell you (without going into details) that this has happened during my tenure more than once. Nothing posted here is confidential. In fact, the NFHS has buried somewhere on their website a video as to how the rules writing process occurs (found it: https://www.nfhs.org/sports-resource-content/rules-writing-process-video/). Since there is hardly a week that goes by in which the rules committee isn't getting bashed somewhere on the internet, I just thought I'd post how things actually work (since I doubt most umpires know...and most don't know about the video). It was a great four-years. I appreciate all of you who communicated with me (especially by private messaging) over those four years so I could know what umpires from across the country were thinking.
  43. 3 points
    Oh...look! That's NCAA Secretary/Rules Editor Randy Bruns and 2 time CWS Umpire Steve Mattingly going over pitching rules at our 2016 Mid-American Advanced Umpire Clinic. That's HOW I know what they want called.
  44. 2 points
    Let's take all of the issues in this thread one at a time. First, (as pointed out above by @beerguy55) "required" is a sticky word. They are not required by rule to yell "catch" or "ground". However, an umpire does have certain requirements placed on him/her by various umpire mechanics manuals (different manuals exist for different organizations). If an umpire fails to follow a required umpire mechanic...it could affect his/her ability to advance as an umpire, but there is nothing much a team can do during the course of that game as a result of an umpire not following a proper or required mechanic. Second, as for the mechanics, on any play, an umpire has a hierarchy of calls that should (required on the MiLB level) be followed at all times. On a given play, the umpires should rule on aspects of that play in this order: 1. Fair/Foul 2. Catch/No Catch 3. (React to) next play Thus, on a sinking line drive down the left-field line that has F7 diving to make a catch attempt, the umpire should first rule on whether the ball is fair or foul. Thus, the first mechanic one should see from the umpire is either (1) a point fair (2) a point foul or (3) the time mechanic followed by a point foul (for an uncaught foul). After the fair or foul mechanic has been given, the umpire (using proper timing...especially on a catch) will then signal and voice a catch or no catch. The umpire should vary the intensity of his call (both emphasis of his mechanic and the level of his voice) depending on how close the catch/no-catch was. If (as is implied in the OP) the catch/no-catch is very close, the umpire should either give several emphatic safe signals while yelling "no catch! no catch!", or, if it is a catch, the umpire should raise his right arm (with his hand in a fist) up above his head while yelling "that's a catch! that's a catch!". The reason that fair/foul is ruled on first is because that is what happens first. For instance, a batted ball hit in the air to the outfield (beyond first or third base) becomes fair or foul the split second it is touched by the defensive player (or hits the ground). However, a catch is not completed until the fielder shows complete control and voluntary release of the ball...which can be several seconds AFTER the ball became fair or foul.
  45. 2 points
    Thanks! Again, sorry for the delayed reply. Media is part of it, but so is the human element. I actually go back and watch my games again bc I’m my toughest critic. A lot of times, if media thinks I’ve missed a pitch in the little square, I may have thought it was a good pitch until the “presentation” is animated to show me he’s trying to fool me because he thought it was not a strike. His job is to make it look good; most do a great job at catching “strikes” and throwing back the “balls.” I don’t want to be a play by play guy and no medi person wants to umpire for 3.5 hrs in front of 10k-15k each weekend like the SEC. It’s not easy. SK
  46. 2 points
    Edmunds conveniently omits the the fact that even less people came to watch a manager manage.
  47. 2 points
    I understand fashion choices change and today's society is a lot more casually-dressed than before.... But, seriously... ripped jean shorts?
  48. 2 points
  49. 2 points
    I think I would give a safe if the tag contacted the runner.
  50. 2 points
    It amazes me the lengths people will go to not make a call on something like this. As I read somewhere else on this play: "If you're not going to call this, you'll likely never call BI"
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