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  1. 13 points
    A few weeks ago, I was calling a youth travel game. I was on the plate. About two innings in I was very aware of a maternal voice behind the fence saying, "Yes, honey. That's the man with the blue shirt. He's the umpire. He's working right now. He can't talk to you." Skip forward to the end of the game and I hear a small child's voice say, "Hi, umpire!" It took me a moment to realize it was a 3 year old boy right up against the fence, about knee high to me. His wee fingers wrapped tightly around the mesh of the fence. I look down and say hello and ask him his name and he says, "Steven..." I asked him if he had a good time at the park that day and if he plays baseball and he said, "Momma says we are here to watch Nate. But, I am here to watch you..." He then added that he wanted to be an umpire someday. I had no choice but to spray and wipe down my indicator and then bend down and push it through the fence to him and say, "Well, Steven...", I said, "if you're going to be an umpire, you're going to need one of these..." To paraphrase William Goldman...Since the invention of the smile, there have been only 5 smiles that were rated the most happy, the most pure. This one left them all behind. This particular field is a grueling uphill and downhill walk back to the parking lot. I walked a little brisker that day back to the car. It must have been the weight I shed handing off that indicator. Also, the trail was a lot more "dusty" walking back than I remembered when I arrived... A great opportunity to film a new Coca-Cola ad was missed that day. ~Dog
  2. 5 points
    I saw several posts about hydro dipping. Just wanted to weigh in on the durability factor. I had this Wilson aluminum dipped in a carbon fiber pattern by a local shop, and it’s extremely durable. So if you are concerned about that, there’s no need to be.
  3. 5 points
    That was always* the rule. * -- Sr. Azul will be along shortly to tell you that I am wrong to use the term "always" with some cites to show that in 1859 there were no foul tips, that the rule was added in 1906 but didn't include gloves because catcher's didn't wear them, that it was an out for one year only in 1908, then became a foul ball fro two years before essentially the curretntrule was adopted in 1911. OR, something like that.
  4. 4 points
    I haven't left my mom's basement since mid March.
  5. 4 points
  6. 4 points
    Here’s the official interpretation that can be found in the 2016 BRD (section 290, p. 190): Official Interpretation: Wendelstedt: After ball four, a batter becomes a runner. Since the ball is not batted, any hindrance that occurs on the catcher or the catcher’s throw must be intentional for interference to be called.
  7. 3 points
    @wolfe_man, I'm sic'ing the Brand Police on you, for gross over-use of the Nike Swoosh.
  8. 3 points
  9. 3 points
    Thanks Jim. I am glad you took in the good spirit that I attempted to deliver it. I can appreciate your viewpoint and message, especially considering your perspective. Keep doing what you're doing too! We umpires are very thankful for the unique and powerful opportunity to speak to someone on your level first-hand. The fact that you consider our feedback and then become our voice is of value beyond mere words.
  10. 3 points
    For those that may be on the fence for sending a mask off to Tony@Mask-It Sports... don't wait, do it now! The man is truly a master craftsman! Below are three I just got back in the mail today from him and I couldn't even put pads on them yet before I shared how beautiful they are. The pics cannot do them justice, very sharp masks and they even feel better now in my hand thanks to his clear coat! I had him do one in black matte, gun metal (darker grey one) and brushed aluminum (think brand-new Nike Ti color). I may send him my others now for a sky blue metallic a la @MadMax's and possibly a navy matte for high school. Or I may try a wrap this time around, but it cost more. I fully endorse Tony's work. I had seen some of his stuff on here and even in person before today, but these are my first ones that he has done and I can't be more happy!
  11. 3 points
    If the runner was advancing or gave the impression of advancing that is a legal move. If that league allowed protests it would have been upheld if the protest comittee was more knowledgeable than the guys wearing umpire shirts at that game and the reason for the balk was as is described.
  12. 3 points
    Doesn't matter. It's interference. You may think it's unfair, but it's even more unfair to teach them something that isn't the rule.
  13. 3 points
    Mine's coming next week. I have a CPU4000, a baseball Gorilla glued to the end of a golf club shaft, and a 6'4" son who hit a drive 320yds last week. Stand by.
  14. 3 points
    Oh man...no, no, no @ArchAngel72. THAT was a nice one! If you ever have any doubts about whether your money gets to the right person or not, either identify a family yourself who needs financial assistance for their child and give them the money directly OR...hand your money personally to the league treasurer and say, "This is a donation for your scholarship fund for any families who can't afford league fees."
  15. 3 points
    Nice one Dog! I got 2 games this Sat both LL fall ball minors, meaning a good mix of 7 yr olds included in this as they will be 8 next yr. Believe me you use your head more in these games then you do your legs. Anyway after 2 games the local leagues treasurer, whom was the 2nd HT's Manager also, we got to BSing a little while I waited for a check from him. He was also grounds worker that day and was dragging the infield. Well after our laughs about stuff that went on during the game which turned to covid concerns and the over all way that play is now trying to deal with it and continue playing. After that solemn note He says well let me get you your pay. I said "Eh wait, You got any parents that struggle to pay for their kids with the league." He says "Yeah we do have one single mom with 4 boys that has a very hard time." I said " Give it to her towards her fees". He thanked me and I said no worries have a good night. I'm gonna do this all year at that location. I do hope it actually goes towards her kids fees.
  16. 3 points
    This is nothing. The throw struck a runner, so absent intent, it's not interference.
  17. 2 points
    Officiating is no different than any other walk of life... There are people who can use their judgment in positive, helpful and inclusive ways...and there are people who use their judgment poorly. I put all of these "equipment related restrictions" that we have seen lately on the associations and those who create and approve the rule books. If they need to consult with representatives from every social group, religion, etc...so be it. It's real simple, "Ma'am? Sir? We'd like to operate a league that is inclusive of all people. Can you please review our rulebook(s) and tell us where our rules, policies, practices and procedures run against those of your group? And then help us to work through those conflicts to try and revise our rules to work around those conflicts?" And the truth is...maybe you aren't all inclusive. Maybe there will be conflicts that cannot be overcome. But, you are proactively trying to address those conflicts by partnering with the community because we have seen that if it's left to the officials, you are going to have these problems continuing. Sports and life is at its best when we are fully embracing the potential of the human spirit to make our endeavors the very best they can be. I would hate to think the world misses out on seeing the next superstar because of a simple exemption for hijab, haircut or other weak restriction. ~Dog
  18. 2 points
    @MadMax I am not bragging but, mine was in better shape than those two examples BEFORE it went to Tony.
  19. 2 points
    Hey, yours is in better shape than Culbreth’s or Reynolds’.
  20. 2 points
    Me too....but I had some close calls during the 2019 season![emoji1] post 50, you're just slower! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  21. 2 points
    I now have both Colbalt and Uncap. I will never use Uncap in the field. Probably will sell Uncap if I can’t find usage for it.
  22. 2 points
    Lol!!!! It's not you guys I'm worried about, I don't want someone else jumping on here and having this thing go off the rails like your GIF LOL[emoji1] Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  23. 2 points
    Nice... will have to try this when (and if) my skully ever gets here from epic
  24. 2 points
    Look for FED to adopt this around 2030... a year or two after they outlaw the feint to third.
  25. 2 points
    You shouldn't see that in football (I don't know enough about hockey to comment). But, I would caution about over-applying standards from one sport to another; you need to do what's "right" / accepted for each individual sport.
  26. 2 points
    By what you describe – all of this sequence, starting with "bat, then catcher's mitt or hand" – has been the defining characteristic of a Foul Tip for quite some time. As long as the batted ball hit the mitt or hand of F2 "sharp and direct", it could potentially roll up his arm and he could secure it for a Foul Tip Strike (which would remain Live and/or be a valid caught 3rd strike, instead of a Foul Ball). What the 2020 Edition implies is that if a batted ball deflects "sharp and direct from the bat to the catcher and it is legally caught", then it qualifies as Foul Tip Strike... meaning that if it deflects off his CP, his mask, his knee guard, embeds in his groin... anything that keeps it off the ground or touching the umpire... it qualifies as a catch, and a Foul Tip Strike.
  27. 2 points
    Having said all that, I am encouraged to see that there is a topic discussing supplemental head protection. If you can make a coach’s cap work on YOUR mask, go for it. Just know that just because one person can make it work on say their brand/style specific mask/pads doesn’t mean that another can make it work on their brand/specific mask/pads. CHECK! DOUBLE-CHECK! I did an interactive talk at the Mid American Clinic where campers brought their caps and masks. Now we are talking traditional caps, but nearly 30% of them had concerns with their combination mask and bill. TAKEAWAY: Umpire mask shapes have changed. Don’t assume which cap-stitch worked for you (hard shell or traditional cap) before will work for you now. Again, love seeing the reception for hard shells. Huge! Keep it going.
  28. 2 points
    This is the highest level of interest for you? Or, did you mean piqued? I'm waiting with baited [sic] breath for the answer. (I will add that I agree with the previous answers that the first depends on the code and the second is legal as described. As a practical matter, though, it's very difficult to have F1 execute this "option." Either he commits to the pitch, and then tries to adjust and does something that creates a balk, or he's looking for the option and then can't make an accurate pith or an accurate throw to second.)
  29. 2 points
  30. 2 points
    I know it's been requested by some, so maybe they're thinking about doing it. I know what you mean about memory though, it seems like I've heard something about memory and age or something like that somewhere, sometime.
  31. 2 points
    @SeeingEyeDog did you have a funeral for the ball, or at least a quick moment of silence with caps removed? I've actually done the later on a field with a guy who was trying to break the habit of saying "Dead Ball" and used it on a hit by pitch when I was already in C (R2 only), I had a few seconds before I was going to have to do anything so I looked right at him stood at attention, removed my cap and bowed my head. We both had a good chuckle about it after as he admitted to having seen it and expected nothing less.
  32. 2 points
    Guys, a very easy and cheap fix is a back supporter... just get a really thin one that breathes well. I've used them on CP's before when I felt the harness wasn't doing enough for me (pre-UL harness). I now keep one with me in case anything snaps or breaks. It's attached to itself via Velcro like a large flexible belt... and it has the added benefit of lower back support if you need it. It should hold those "wings" tight against your ribs for you.
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  34. 2 points
    I agree with what Mr. LRZ posted. It is what I was taught a long time ago. However, surprisingly little is written on this topic. I have been able to find only the following text taken from the 2017 Jaksa/Roder rules interpretation manual (chapter 10, p. 90): When judging whether a run scores on a time play, the umpire is to watch for whether the runner touches the plate before or after the tag originates. The tag originates when it is applied by touching the runner or base. An umpire is not to judge a time play according to whether the runner touches the plate before or after the completion of the tag—which is after complete control is shown or proven. The umpire at the plate watches for whether the runner touches the plate before or after the origination of the tag. The umpire on the bases watches for the completion of the tag (complete control) and signals the third out. Only then does the umpire at the plate make his signal on the time play.
  35. 2 points
    I took mine off but am 5’11” so was not a factor.
  36. 2 points
  37. 2 points
    I don't mean to be too harsh, since this is the "newbie" section and at least you had the sense to find the correct ruling (and it's unlikely the person is the grandstand did), but three words: Pot. Kettle. Black.
  38. 1 point
    As my cousin says, it's not the years - it's the miles! I think I've still got several of both left in me.
  39. 1 point
    I believe the technical term for that is “logo creep.”
  40. 1 point
    Correct. Mask, chest protector, etc...they're treating it like any other batted ball in flight..and the requirements of a catch.
  41. 1 point
    Just for you, Mr. isired--because (“everyone on the field, in the stands, everyone - nodded and you heard murmurs of 'yup, threw to an unoccupied base”) they all were wrong-- 2013 NFHS Baseball Rules Interpretations SITUATION 19: The runner at first base takes off in an attempt to steal second base. The pitcher legally makes a spin move and throws to unoccupied second base to easily retire the stealing runner. The third-base coach argues, saying the pitcher cannot throw to an unoccupied base. RULING: A pitcher may throw or feint a throw to an unoccupied base in an attempt to put out or drive back a runner. The out stands. (6-2-4b) SITUATION 20: With runners at first base and second base, the runner at second bluffs a steal of third by running hard to third before he stops and retreats back to second base. The pitcher, seeing the runner take off hard to third base, legally throws to the unoccupied third base. The third-base coach wants a balk called on the pitcher since the runner from second stopped. RULING: A pitcher may throw or feint a throw to an unoccupied base in an attempt to put out or drive back a runner. As long as the umpire judges that it is reasonable for the pitcher to believe he had a play at third, even though the runner stopped, it is a legal move. (6-2-4b)
  42. 1 point
    One of our Phoenix colleagues is rather well known for having to cover just about all his exposed skin. Long sleeve umpire shirts are just too hot and cost prohibitive for him, so he's allowed and encouraged to wear same-color / accent-color sleeves and balaclavas. He even has a black wide-brimmed bush / safari / jungle hat that he wears on the bases. Assigners and colleagues here all understand. You know what looks passable? The 2016 MLB Panel -style shirt, with black or grey under-sleeves (black for black, sky blue, grey, or pink shirts; grey for grey or black shirts). Doesn't look that out of place. Even the 2010 Vertical stripe -style shirt doesn't look too bad. Know what looks stupid as h3ll with under-sleeves? Even if you get navy, or red, those red & white trim stripes just break up the arm. Then, most guys don't use navy under-sleeves, instead going for the cheaper, more available black... So Association Guys & Assigners!... how do you fix this? Modernize your shirts! Hey, check it out... someone's actually making a 2016 Panel -style in Navy: Would I wear that back in Wisconsin, or in any of the other navy-holdout states? Sure would... because while I wouldn't be thrilled to wear it, I'd at least delight in the knowledge that the clowns out there would have to buy at least one new shirt, too. Which means, that while appreciated for supplying it to Ump-Attire for resale to us, the shirt, like sooooo many other things, isn't. made. for. us. yet.
  43. 1 point
    ? That is not the OP!
  44. 1 point
    And if John isn't looking (because this happens at the *exact* same moment R2 is rounding third, or PU gets blocked out or something), then you have to make up a call and everyone knows it. There's no answer that works all of the time. You can get better odds if you pay attention not only to the play but to what your partner is / can be looking at, and some knowledge of his abilities. When in doubt, I favor making the call first.
  45. 1 point
    "What's the frequency Kenneth?"
  46. 1 point
    2019 NFHS Case Book Play 10.2.3 Situation N: With two outs and runners on first and second bases, B5 hits a ground ball to F3 who backhands the ball and shovels a throw to F1. The base umpire calls B5 out, but B5 asks the base umpire to check with the plate umpire because B5 thought F1 pulled his foot. During the discussion, R2 from second scores. The plate umpire indicates that F1 did in fact pull his foot. The base umpire then calls the batter-runner safe. The coach of the defensive team tells the umpire that because the call was reversed, a run scored. Therefore, R2 should have to return to third base. RULING: The umpire shall return R2 to third, R1 to second, and B5 to first base in accordance with Rule 10-2-3l. COMMENT: If proper umpire mechanics were used, this situation would not have occurred.
  47. 1 point
    Depends on the rules code. OBR: On or astride NCAA: On the dirt (with either foot) FED: Within about 5' of the rubber (or some words like that)
  48. 1 point
    So one count mishap in maybe 75,000 at bats and that justifies doing something that we're instructed to not do? It happens. None of us like it when it happens, but it's not that big of a deal.
  49. 1 point
    That was how I started. I dont even remember working the bases for the first year or 3! I was on the plate every game I worked. It just was what it was! It helped I was a catcher. So strapping it on didnt bug me much. Now, any time I work a youth game with a junior umpire, I am on the bases. I want to make sure they get proficient where our bread is buttered.
  50. 1 point
    IMHO, the problem with navy is the guys that have had the same shirt for 20 years and it has faded so much it no longer matches anything else. Black fades to dark gray, which at least looks good with black. Navy fades to a lighter blue which doesn't match anything.
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