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    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.
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    Please do...my first thought when I saw the title was "What did they get wrong this time?"
  5. 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).
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    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.
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    Boomer? My parents are Boomers, Stu. I'm Gen-X. Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig difference.
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    Many of you may be seeing this on Facebook and around the other social media sites... Just post an umpire related pic, hopefully of you, in happier and more on the field times... something to keep us all entertained. No comment needed about the pic.
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    See. You wont need the leggings. Your legs will heal by the time we have games again.
  12. 2 points
    Looks like referee.com is beginning a "Case Play of the Day" through an email list (https://www.referee.com/freecaseplays/). Might pick and choose a few each week to post here as well. Give our brains a chance to think while sitting at home.
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    With MLB's regular season delayed, today's virtual Opening Day produced the first ejection of the computerized calendar. HP Umpire Robo-Lance Barrett ejected Compu-Angels pitcher Robo-Shohei Ohtani (throwing at Compu-Astros batter Robo-Dustin Garneau after warnings for HBP to Robo-Alex Bregman) in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
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    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!
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    similar to my avatar, ..this is with the other catcher, MHSAA Division II Semi Final, 2018 ...a 9 inning barnburner!
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    The definition says that a ball that bounces in front of the plate cannot be a called strike. But it is a pitch nonetheless! If it hits the batter, it comes under a hit batsman rule. If the batter offers at it, it is what it is: swung and missed = a strike; goes into fair territory, it's in play; goes foul, it's a foul. When I was a kid, I saw Yogi Berra hit a ball that bounced in front of the plate into the right field stands at Griffith Stadium for a home run! [I know! Hit the geeze alarm!] But here's a subtle definition point! If a ball bounces in front of the plate, and it is swung on and missed for strike three, it is considered an UNCAUGHT third strike, and you may play on based on U3K rules. This is even if the catcher nabs it cleanly! It's a U3K! This is found in the Definition of a Catch paragraph. Mike Under Quarantine in Las Vegas
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    A bounced pitch cannot be CAUGHT for an out. A batted ball can.
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    Oh, there's plenty of oldsters not doing what's needed either. Stupidity is ageless.
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    I know I said I'd only post that one post. Looks like I lied. As of tonight, the Washington Post "scoreboard" for this SH*#show - https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/mapping-spread-new-coronavirus/?itid=hp_hp-banner-main_virus-resource-box-v3%3Ahomepage%2Fstory-ans if following the end of the world fascinates you like it does me - shows more than 46,000 cases with 610 dead. Unfortunately, I didn't write specific stats in that last post, which, just to underscore the horror-show nature of it all - was only *five* days ago. And I guaran-damn-tee those numbers I just quoted are AT LEAST double of what they were on Wednesday. And today, as I recall from the news, marks the first day we lost 100 dead in a single 24-hour period. And the Surgeon General says this week is going to be bad. (He may have said next week will be worse, but I didn't see his interview, so I'm not 100% on that.) So imma say it again - this SH*# is, and has been, and is going to CONTINUE to be - worse than the flu. Maybe WAY worse. And if you're one of those "Freedom, F*#K yeah!" guys/gals, insisting on going to the beaches of the nation, playing basketball in the park over by my house (okay, that one's a little specific), or otherwise blowing a big old raspberry at the numerous doctors, epidemiologists, mathematicians, and other people WAY smarter than you or I - or you don't really think there's even a problem other than the media, or it's a political conspiracy to being down the Administration, or you're some millennial thinking you're gonna live forever - I'm BEGGING you: take it seriously. Save my life by being smart. Save your parents, if you're lucky enough to still have them here. Save people that are compromised in some way or another. Maybe I'm largely preaching to the choir here, and most of you are down with what I'm saying. But I'm really, REALLY frustrated with my fellow "human beings" out there right now, so I'm venting a bit. And bear in mind, I'm a natural and enthusiastic cynic, yet Americans are REALLY exceeding my expectations in a lot of ways right now. Don't wait for your governor, or the federal government, to tell you, or force you (best they can) to do the right and smart thing. Make better choices.
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    You won’t get that passed until they can’t get a quorum. Right now the Dems wouldn’t go for it because now they almost have a majority in the Senate. Turn the numbers and the Republicans won’t vote for it. It’s a pitiful situation in Washington.
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    The envelope's question was "What did my wife say when she came back from her 'shopping trip'?"
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    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.
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    The question has a false premise. There's no such thing as simultaneous in baseball. Something happened first. The other guy gets to make his decision based on that. Sometimes, you just gotta umpire.
  24. 2 points
    Every couple of days I have an assignor calling to tell me he is cancelling games in Arbiter and rescheduling them ... Dude, just stop already. Reschedule when we know there may be a schedule.
  25. 2 points
    In fairness, it's not illegal for an outfielder to do this. It's just not going to end up the way he thought it would.
  26. 2 points
    I have samples being made right now based on the old Mcdavid design
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    Lol... I'll have to ask SWMBO if that is ok. If she says ok. Probably want to not tell them that this is the ONLY photo of him wearing the hat! Lol
  28. 1 point
    Domingo Ayala has a FABULOUS YouTube channel. All baseball and all hilarious satire. He hits every position including manager, pitching coach, and even as an umpire.
  29. 1 point
    According to the chancellor of NYC schools, it doesn't look like they will be going back to school this academic year, and if NYC is the front edge of the pandemic in the country it would seem likely that baseball would not likely be back either.
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    I'm in.... Summer travel league playoffs elimination, play at the plate in bottom 7th to tie the game Next, Showcase Tourney in the Fall, chilly day, sporting the plate coat..
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    If not he should... I almost want to get it framed...
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    OK, watching this makes me sad... that is Amerige Park in Fullerton... I umpire there during the HS season!
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    Season finale at the Gateway Grizzlies last year ...
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    Because once it's tipped it is no longer a pitch - it's a batted ball.
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    MLB veteran umpire Joe West narrowed his defamation lawsuit, settling his case with The Action Network over purportedly slanderous comments made by Paul Lo Duca during a podcast. While settlement removes defendant TAN, West now accuses Lo Duca of ignoring the suit against him and seeks... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
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    I'm completely on board with you @HokieUmphere in everything but one. Depending on which version of numbers line up. A majority of Millenials are in their 30s or so and have families. You are more complaining about the younger generation which would be Gen Z. Beyond that. In a sign that we cant have nice things cause we cant handle being responsible people! Both Oregon and Washington have followed California and New York with their "stay home, stay safe" state orders. That's right people... we are even naming our state orders in a fashion that your kindergarten teacher would name an activity!
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    2019 OBR rule 5.06(b) (3) Each runner, other than the batter, may without liability to be put out, advance one base when: (E) A fielder deliberately touches a pitched ball with his cap, mask or any part of his uniform detached from its proper place on his person. The ball is in play, and the award is made from the position of the runner at the time the ball was touched. 2019 NFHS Case Book Play 8.3.3 Situation L: With two outs and R2 on second, B4 strikes out, but the pitch gets by F2 and is rolling toward the backstop. F2 chases the ball down and stops it with his mask. RULING: This is a delayed dead-ball situation. R2 is awarded two bases from the time of the infraction at the end of playing action. 2019-2020 NCAA rule 8-3g. If a fielder intentionally touches a fair ball with a cap, glove, mask, helmet or any part of the uniform while detached from its proper place on the body, the runners are awarded bases which shall be determined by where the runners were at the time of the illegal touching. The call is a delayed dead ball and the runners may advance further at their own risk. 3) If it is a pitch, the individual shall be entitled to one base. The bases to be awarded shall be determined by where the runners were at the time of the touch. In all cases, the runners may advance further at their own risk.
  40. 1 point
    Recommend this mechanic: "That's a balk! No stop!"
  41. 1 point
    Since we're all on house arrest and probably bored, looking for something to do, I recommend watching Letterkenny. It's hilarious. There's lots of language in it, so don't watch if that bothers you. You'll add a lot of phrases to your vocabulary that work in game management. "Cmon that's two calls you've missed blue!" "Coach, take about 80% off there bud" "That pitch was outside blue!" "Give your balls a tug!" and many chirps about people's moms that are probably too inappropriate to put here. You'll have a good time laughing away the corona virus!
  42. 1 point
    Off topic and you can't start an IBB in mid AB in LL. It has to be before a pitch is delivered. And you add 4 pitches to the pitch count
  43. 1 point
    Maybe that's his way of staying connected to other human being. This can all be overwhelming, especially for those who are accustomed to being amidst their people all the time. I am not the world's biggest social butterfly and I know that I am missing my colleagues, my students, my friends, my umpiring partners, and even the occasional stare from a batter on a marginal strike call.
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    To our guest, Warren, what rule set was your game played under? It does make a difference. For example, in Little League the intentional base on balls has to be requested before a pitch has been thrown. Here’s the answer for the Official Baseball Rules (OBR) found in the 2018 Minor League Baseball Umpire Manual (section 10.1, p. 135) (bold emphasis added): If the defensive team's manager notifies the umpire that he would like to intentionally walk the batter, · Prior to the at-bat beginning: As the batter approaches the plate the umpire will call "Time," the ball is dead, and the umpire shall award the batter first base and advance any other runner(s) forced to advance by the batter being walked. · During an at-bat: The umpire will call "Time," the ball is dead, and the umpire shall award the batter first base and advance any other runner(s) forced to advance by the batter being walked. If a substitute batter is being entered into the game, the plate umpire should confirm and officially signal the batter into the game prior to addressing the defensive Club's request to intentionally walk the batter.
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    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.
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    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.
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    what is he? Semi-Pro?
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    I know you're kidding, but let me clarify. In the post the other day, I thwarted a potential conversation that had nothing to do with the listing. Today, I asked one question regarding the item for sale. Very large difference. Con-cushion can be found here. Equipment forum search, ... it's a beautiful thing
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