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  1. 11 points
    Well the good news is that the SCHSL has not canceled high school sports in South Carolina, yet. So now, thanks to Coronavirus, we have four college umpires working a high school game tonight. The game is scheduled to be played at the Columbia, SC, minor league stadium. We all won't be paid (they only pay for 2 umpires during the regular season), but we said "screw it...we'll divide the money up into fourths. Let's just go have fun!"
  2. 8 points
    If you were to see what I write on FB, you would know that I'm a couple things: 1) highly opinionated, and 2) a political animal. (You can't really grow up in the DC area, and not be the second of those, I wouldn't think.) And I know that even clicking the "Quote" button to START a reply - with *me* typing - has the potential to turn this thread into to an utter SH*#show. So I don't want to get too nutty (edit: I wrote like another 6-7 paragraphs, so I may not have hit that target). But even the other day when I first read this paragraph, it ..... gave me pause. I really, really, REALLY disagree with, well, pretty much all of it. This is not "no different" than any of those. It's killing people. And at a rate that is frightening - around 30x what regular flu does. Just now, I took the numbers from the Washington Post, which got them from places like the WHO, the CDC, Johns Hopkins (just to stave off any "yeah, buts") - and the world-wide death rate is around 4.1% right now - that's INSANELY higher than regular flu, or some of the other flus. (For laughs, since our US testing situation is a joke, and it could arguably lower our current death rate by showing how widespread this virus REALLY is, I took out the US numbers, and it was still right about 4.1%.) This SH*# is serious, and should be treated as such. Look, I had the flu this year, too. Mine was about mid-January. I think the swab revealed it was Influenza-B. If you had it in November, I would argue that while you may have had a rough go, it wasn't COVID-19. Even now, AZ doesn't have but 21 cases out of the 7800+ in the US right now, and that's even since it started the exponential increase. You know why the person that resides in the White House finally started taking this a little more seriously? A British scientific group, using data on this specific virus and being experts in disease, its spread and the modeling thereof projected that if the current "la la lal i'm-not-listening-i'm-not-listening" tone of the WH was maintained, the death toll on this could reach 2.2 MILLION. That number starts to approach 1% of the total US population, to state the obvious. Even finally starting to get more ambitious, that effort might only knock the toll in half, to 1.1 million. Now, I hope they're wrong, and wrong to a major scale, but I'm not so sure they are, since it still seems people aren't reeeeeeally taking this fully seriously. As a high risk candidate - not REAL old yet, but I have diabetes, my thyroid has been impacted for years by an autoimmune thing (controlled by taking hormones), and I had the cancer and chemo thing a year and a half ago - I'm taking this seriously. A week ago, I didn't WANT to, just because I still wanted the season to keep going. But the more information that's out there - not the breathless manner in which it's portrayed, but the actual WORDS AND DATA that are said - means this still can go terribly pear-shaped. So please don't say the word crisis in quotes, or otherwise make this sound like it's designed to remove the current occupant of the WH, or cow the population, or lead us to that One World Order, or whatever. This is a problem. And got the potential to go from problem to A Real Problem. We'll get past it as a species - inexplicably, we always seem to - but this could be a rough go. This is all I'll write. But evidently, that had been pent up.
  3. 7 points
  4. 6 points
    LL in our area is closed until at least 4/6, per the recommendation of LL HQ. HS - My son's district has cancelled all games, but they can practice. Many other districts are cancelling, or they are currently moving to a 'no fans in attendance' policy, although in the next week or so, I bet that changes. As for the hysteria... if our media could stop being a debate channel and get back to actual reporting of facts, and if our leaders could stop bickering and actually lead, much of the hype surrounding these events could be quelled. As it is, the lack of information, conflicting information or just passing of bad/poor information is driving people to react, thus the fun at the local Target or Costco. Stay safe.... wash your hands and wait for the zombie apocalypse.
  5. 6 points
    Look, we can get this done - we're ALL gonna have a lot of free time on our hands soon, the way this is playing out. @beerguy55, I'll take south-central Texas, and just door-knock - always remaining 6' away from everyone I talk to, of course. Let's get a sign-up sheet going, fellas!
  6. 6 points
    No spectators were allowed to attend the Varsity HS game I worked today. It was the best crowd I have ever had at a game.
  7. 6 points
    Maybe I'm too long in the tooth to have fun anymore? Is it wrong of me to just be in the camp of simply running the kid and moving on with the rest of the game?
  8. 5 points
  9. 5 points
    SWMBO was watching the news this morning..............and our conversation was short and sweet SWMBO: How can West Virginia have ZERO reported cases of COVID-19? Me: Moonshine
  10. 5 points
    These are now on order in black and in grey. Hope to have them in next week or the following. Thanks for the suggestion.
  11. 5 points
    I'd get the Robert Kraft autographed model. (sorry, I'll take my bench restriction now.........)
  12. 4 points
    Best I can offer at this time. I have very few photos of me working and not totally sure were they are even at if I knew. But this is my son on my first Father's Day almost 4 years ago. His mom, unknown to me, cobbled together a pretty darn accurate umpire uniform for him to wear.
  13. 4 points
  14. 4 points
    I have samples being made right now based on the old Mcdavid design
  15. 4 points
    Need to tell "EBAY" if that's the case ........ they'll care then! That's flat out misrepresentation!
  16. 4 points
    Perhaps this cartoon was the inspiration for the name of this website? Check out the book that Bullwinkle is reading about 12 seconds into the video. And, of course, that is Bullwinkle J. Moose performing as his alter ego Mr. Know-It-All.
  17. 4 points
    Got a text from a buddy last night. Says he starts his new job as a tail gunner on a Charmin truck today.
  18. 4 points
    There's no force play either way, catch or not. If BR is out on the catch, no force play. If out for passing, also no force play. Note that, if it's a catch, then R1 must still retouch, even if the BR is out for passing before the fielder catches the ball.
  19. 4 points
    There's no doubt it's real. Unfortunately, it's been blown WAAAAAYYYYYYYY out of proportion, to the point where we now have absolute pandemonium among the population. People are acting as though this is apocalypse and while it's for 'real' .... the panic is ABSURD. Again, ... REAL, ...but the reaction is absurd. Thanks media. Don't believe me, don't agree.... fine. Just let me know how you're next shopping trip to Target/Costco, or ANYWHERE for that matter goes.
  20. 4 points
    This is alarming coming from a former marine. The rules include no capital punishments for any infraction.
  21. 4 points
    obviously staged -- otherwise Mom would be yelling that the umpire was ruining her kid's chance for a scholarship.
  22. 3 points
    Please do...my first thought when I saw the title was "What did they get wrong this time?"
  23. 3 points
    Not much going on so I spent some time in my wood shop putting together storage for my gear. I drive a Jeep Wrangler (back seat removed) and built this to stow my gear. Roughly 24" high, 25" deep, 33" wide. Two shelves so three layers of storage. I've never uploaded pictures before but hopefully you're seeing: 1) raw materials; 2) finished product (lots of holes for ventilation); 3) finished product with gear to be stowed; 4) what it looks like when all is said and done (with room for a bit more).
  24. 3 points
    Since Show & Tell is all we're left with... These first two were from the 2019 season of the NorthWoods League. Overcast, humid Sunday day game, and yes, Green Bay is wearing their Northwoods Gingham jerseys. You're not seeing things. Next up, this was the crew for the Western Conference playoff series of the NorthWoods League, being held in Waterloo, IA. @tpatience was on the Eastern Conference side. I don't have "Trevor-height", but in this crew, I'm noticeably the tallest. This lack of Spring Training baseball is killing me. So, I drummed up a photo from 3 years ago, wherein the Brewers AA club was hosting Team Korea in Maryvale Stadium. Yes, I'm wearing Pitch Black Camo, which is a shirt pattern the Brewers dig on us, and the Koreans seemed to get a kick out of.
  25. 3 points
    Tony C., what all the others have told you is correct because it is actually in the rule book (bold emphasis added)— 2019 OBR Definitions of Terms (Catch) Comment: A catch is legal if the ball is finally held by any fielder, even though juggled, or held by another fielder before it touches the ground. Runners may leave their bases the instant the first fielder touches the ball. A fielder may reach over a fence, railing, rope or other line of demarcation to make a catch. He may jump on top of a railing, or canvas that may be in foul ground. No interference should be allowed when a fielder reaches over a fence, railing, rope or into a stand to catch a ball. He does so at his own risk. This rule did not enter the rule book until 1920. Prior to that the rule was that runners after returning to their original base (retouching or tagging up) could try to advance as soon as the ball had been “settled into the hands of a fielder.” Umpires took that phrase to mean that a ball had to be firmly secured before a runner was free to tag up and try to advance.
  26. 3 points
    I'm a volunteer FF/EMT out on Long Island NY. It is a S%%%storm as far as stay home orders/closings/panic buying/etc.. They told us 2 days ago that if the numbers/calculations are correct, our area will go to the S&%&^$-er in 2-14 days. At that time they will pull us in by shift, segregate us by teams of two for crews, and assign us times of coverage until they run out of us due to the illness. But, of course, this is IF the numbers/calcs are correct. That is a big if, because the whole testing/test kits/ federal and state response was screwed up earlier this month and in Feb, and they just don't have solid data. So today starts that SH""*&*&^%storm window. As of right now, call volumes are "normal", no spikes as of this moment. I will be truly scared when calls start going back to back, we pull up at a house and have 5 patients instead of just one, and if we go the hospital and they have us deliver to tents instead of the ER rooms. I am currently in my paid job place, since it is designated an "essential" industry location for NYS. They have not pulled usin for shifting yet. Later, I head to the firehouse for my normal time slot, and we will be testing the crews in donning and doffing the "special" PPEs. I will update here every few days, or if/when the S$$T hits the fan here on LI. Stay safe, brothers and sisters, and follow all the guidelines as best you can. MAYBE this huge wave of contagia will roll over without overburdening the hospitals and other vital resources. maybe not. I think I will get an idea over the next 12 days...
  27. 3 points
    I'm not expressing any political view on here at all. I was simply saying that the message from the White House was "this isn't an issue - no need to worry" for much longer than they needed. Even today, they fail to follow simple guidelines from the CDC - social distancing, no groups - at their own press conferences, even when talking about those guidelines. I saw no direction from them, only the states taking actions on their own - typically at the direction of the CDC or their own state's departments of health. The White House's stance should have been before states started acting, not the same day. In times of crisis, people look to leadership in how to react and what to do.
  28. 3 points
    Illinois, Ohio, and the City of Los Angeles have closed the dining rooms of ALL bars and restaurants to the public through the end of the month. Carry-out, drive-through, and delivery are still available. Some people are saying "Well, they can still spread it through the restaurant workers so it must not really be that bad." Yes, people, yes the restaurant workers can still spread it. Mandatory closures (schools, casinos, restaurants and bars) are about limiting exposures. They are about not getting dozens or hundreds of people together in one place. They are about not having thousands of people traipsing through the restaurant on a daily basis. So as you are lamenting the loss of games and practices, quit trying to get around it. Quit trying to find one more tournament to get into this weekend before it gets worse. Quit trying to find out if your travel players can play travel ball since school ball is suspended. JUST STOP IT! (I'm not yelling, that is my new PSA slogan.)
  29. 3 points
    I had actually started doing some JV and freshmen games. Why? Because they are actually pretty fun. And the coaches are very surprised to see me working that level. Get to help catchers develop a different mindset about pulling a ball back into the zone out of the batter's box. "Kid. That balls a foot in the batter's box. You just told the whole park it was a ball. No varsity umpire is going to give you that." I'll miss the interaction with youthful people. Keeps me young mentally. Not physically though.
  30. 3 points
    TW pads fit just fine on a +POS Zero G frame. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  31. 3 points
    Tell people this is baseball not football - in baseball it matters where the ball is, in football it matters where the feet are.
  32. 3 points
    I suppose you could but, they are made of foam and foam will very likely float on the surface and not get very clean. I would hand wash them, rinse them well and dry them in the sun. This is what I have down with my TW and All Star LUC pads.
  33. 2 points
    I stand corrected. Thank you DD for clearing that up for me. Sounds like D1 college is the way to go officiating if you're not in the pros. I imagine D1 is a tough nut to crack to get all those plumb games. I'm sure people don't want to give those up. Yeah, that would be one heck of a 1099!
  34. 2 points
    Oh, there's plenty of oldsters not doing what's needed either. Stupidity is ageless.
  35. 2 points
    I'm standing on our corner in full field uniform, calling balks on the cars that blow through the 4-way stop at an average of 12mph.
  36. 2 points
  37. 2 points
    Exactly right, Rich. Sick of hearing my state of California being described like that. It's irresponsible journalism. Many of us are still working, still able to go out and about for essentials or whatever. Still can take the kids out, walk the dog, or exercise. Basically, everything but socializing with others. Of course it still could get like that, but for now, we're just trying to practice common sense.
  38. 2 points
    Sure, C-beyond works for 4-man, and is an effective IP to be at. The MLB guys have experimented and slowly implemented it over the past, what, 2-3 years now? The problem isn't the use of it by MLB guys, and/or in 4-man. The problem is the use of it, and the imitation of it by less-experienced umpires who don't understand the purposes, context, and environment within which they themselves are working. Especially true when these less-than-MLB umpires (I'll concede, the MiLB guys working 4-man might or should be exempt) are working 3-man and 2-man! In 2-man, with R1 (or R1+R3), the BU shall/should be in B! So, he's seeing that steal of 2B, or the FP@2B from the inside anyway. Repeatedly. Same goes for 3-man, that when there is R1, U3's IP is B-deep, while with R2 or R2+R3 (and less than 2 outs), U1 is in B-deep. Why would we ever introduce C-beyond to this? One of my 3-man crewmembers experimented with C-beyond as U3 for a game. While we didn't have any blown calls, or mangled rotations, he was advised by our supervisor not to use it until we went to 4-man / 6-man crews for the playoffs. Once we were merged with another crew for 6-man playoffs, he was placed at U2 for all three games (by our supervisor) and encouraged with, "use whichever IP you wish", and that's what he did... use C-beyond each and every time the situation called for it. Now, with setting up in C-beyond requires discipline. Are you technically outside (already) or are you just in a "different" spot inside? Say we're in 4-man, and we have a R1, with a fly ball to Left... Is U2 already out? Does that mean U3 has to come in? Who's taking R1 to 2B if it isn't caught? Is U2 coming in, and leaving the catch/no-catch to U3? What if it drops, and now we have a throw/play made to 2B for a Force out? What if it takes F7 to the wall, where he makes the catch, but now R1 prepares and makes an attempt to tag-and-advance? That's just one example. It's more effective to instruct and entrench BU's, and get them in the practiced, experienced habit of reading plays from B-deep, or at least inside than to experiment with C-beyond. Leave C-beyond to guys who are routinely in a 4+-man environment and working with a crew who communicates together or knows when/how each other are going to react.
  39. 2 points
    Another misinformed individual. Please keep politics out of discussions. I don't post a lot but I do read a lot on here and there is no need to express your political views on here. Thank you.
  40. 2 points
    Watching people deny all of this reminds me of trying to argue with people who don't know the rules/mechanics like we do, that they're wrong. But hey, they've played baseball or watched it all their lives, so they're experts. I tune out most media stuff and just try to look at the sources, like that British study (no, I didn't understand most of it), The WHO, CDC, etc. Everyone saying it's overblown, I assume they have at least made it halfway through medical school?
  41. 2 points
    comfortably engaged???
  42. 2 points
    Oh--and wash your hands, practice social distancing where you can, and stay safe. #flattenthecurve
  43. 2 points
    When the gap protection requests began, they started by using football shoulder pads. Eventually they got it down to these.
  44. 2 points
    Oh how I want a punk kid to draw a line ..... oh so much!
  45. 2 points
    2020 NFHS rule 6-1-1 …The pitching regulations begin when he intentionally contacts the pitcher’s plate… Unfortunately neither the NCAA nor the OBR actually states that concept but we can deduce it by a careful reading of their rules. For example, the OBR states in its 2019 rule 5.07(e) and its following comment— If the pitcher removes his pivot foot from contact with the pitcher’s plate by stepping backward with that foot, he thereby becomes an infielder and if he makes a wild throw from that position, it shall be considered the same as a wild throw by any other infielder. Rule 5.07(e) Comment: The pitcher, while off the rubber, may throw to any base. If he makes a wild throw, such throw is the throw of an infielder and what follows is governed by the rules covering a ball thrown by a fielder. This rule tells us that the pitcher becomes an infielder when he disengages the rubber so we can construe that when he engages the rubber he becomes a pitcher and the pitching rules apply.
  46. 2 points
    Ken Burns’ documentary film Baseball is now available on Amazon Prime. I was watching episode 4 (the 4th inning) about the 1920's and with about 14 minutes remaining at the end it was discussing Babe Ruth’s record of 60 homers in 1927. It said that by the month of September as the possibility of the Babe breaking his own record of 59 homers in a season became more and more likely that Babe Ruth started to carry his bat around the bases on home runs so that his favorite bat would not be stolen by souvenir seekers.
  47. 2 points
    Quick, who it the protected infielder?
  48. 2 points
    To our guest, Dave, the term foul tip appeared for the first time in the rule book in 1889. The term was used to distinguish it from a "Foul Hit." The batter was out if a Foul Hit was caught before touching the ground. (Today we call this a foul ball and if the ball rises above the batters shoulders and caught by the catcher the batter is out.) Here’s the rule from 1889-- Rule 38. A Foul Hit is a ball batted by the Batsman, standing in his position, that first touches the ground, any part of the person of a player, or any other object that is behind either of the Foul Lines, or that strikes the person of such Batsman, while standing in his position, or batted directly to the ground by the Batsman, standing in his position, or batted directly to the ground by the Batsman, standing in his position, that (whether it first touches Foul or Fair Ground) bounds or rolls outside the Foul Lines, between Home and First or Home and Third Bases, without interference by a Player. Provided, that a Foul Hit not rising above the Batsman's head and caught by the Catcher playing within ten feet of the Home Base, shall be termed a Foul Tip. It wasn’t until 1895 that a foul tip was defined as a strike in Rule 43— A ball tipped by the batsman and caught by the catcher within the 10-foot lines. The "10-foot lines" are those forming the triangle behind home base by the first and third base foul lines extending toward the backstop and then connected. Then in the 1897 rules the term foul tip is defined alone for the first time (Rule 39). “A foul tip is a ball batted by the batsman while standing within the lines of his position that goes foul sharp from the bat to the catcher’s hands.” Note that from the very beginning the rule required that the tip hit the catcher’s hands first—anything else such as the batted ball hitting the catcher’s mask first did not satisfy the rule. The rules of the game were in a giant state of flux in the 1880’s through the early 1900’s. You would have to be a wizard to have been able to deduce all that from today’s rules.
  49. 2 points
    I think the coefficient of friction between the turf, the black pellets and the polyester if baseball pants will be of greater concern when players violate the FPSR and glide past 2B when it's encased in snow or ice.
  50. 2 points
    I got to agree with scrounge here. I don’t have numbers but I’d bet SB success rate in HS is significantly higher than any pro level. Add this would pretty much giving 2B to 80% of the kids who get on. Sort of similar to 12u 50/70 ball. of course there’s one other option...,.... LEAVE THE GAME ALONE!!!!!!! #impeachmanfred
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