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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
    15 points
  2. 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 as
    14 points
  3. I want to extend my congratulations to and make you all aware, that our very own@MadMax has been selected for the plate in the Arizona 6A, (our largest schools), HS State Championship game. The game is next Tuesday May 18th and is held in the Angels' spring training stadium. Our umpiring association has an annual get together at the game to which all of the State's HS coaches are also invited. All in all, it's quite a deal. He's earned the spot based on evaluation by our association and review of the HS coaches we work with. When I heard the news I immediately thought back to the unc
    11 points
  4. Yes it is acceptable. Yes you can wear long sleeves or a plate coat. There are also open bottom jackets that are designed to tuck into your pants that work on the plate. The bottom line is, be comfortable when working games. If you need a jacket so you're not freezing and only have a pull over, by all means wear it. Honestly, nobody cares. If that's all you have, then wear it and others be darned. Not everyone can afford an expensive plate coat or all sorts of extra gear. Sometimes it takes a while to acquire a large variety of gear. There's not a coach, HS and below, in the history
    11 points
  5. 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
  6. My favorite so far... Bottom 7, 2 outs, R1... R1 breaks on the pitch. F2 throws a frozen rope. F2 just says "goodbye" while ball is midflight and is already 2 steps to the dugout. Ball caught, tag applied, game over.
    10 points
  7. he shouldn't have had a chance to flip you off. Time to go sparky.
    9 points
  8. Congrats @MadMax! If you didn't know, I looked up on the Arizona Scholastic Umpire Association and it says that as a gift for this accomplishment, you get to pick one item from the Wilson Umpire Catalog.
    9 points
  9. Thoughts? This umpire is the REASON coaches HATE US before we even do anything! Making crap up and causing/looking for trouble. This is NOTHING all the time, every time, everywhere! This kind of stuff makes ALL OF US look bad!
    9 points
  10. My worst game, ever, was caused by my immaturity. It occurred during a four game series in the minor leagues. In the first game I was evaluated by a MiLB evaluator (I had no idea I was being evaluated...I found out after the game when he walked into the locker room). It was the best verbal evaluation I could ever have hoped for. It literally included the line, "do not change a thing! If anyone tells you to change it, you tell them I told you not to. You are on your way." Needless to say, as a young 20-something my head swelled bigger than the size of Texas as a result of this ev
    9 points
  11. (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
  12. This may not be new to some of you. I apologize if I'm bringing up "old news." I was at a regional PONY tournament last night. I've done PONY for a number of years, off and on, both in Texas and Virginia, and I think I generally prefer it to LL. But since I'm mostly as "have gun, will travel" kind of umpire, I move from gig to gig, crushing dreams wherever I roam, so I don't really pay attention a lot of times to the post-season of the different orgs. So I'm there this week, working mostly the Pony (14u) and Bronco (12u) divisions, with the odd Mustang (10u) game. We had section
    8 points
  13. Can I let you in on a little secret? This is not new. Let me take you back, children. All the way back through the hoary mists of time, to 1976. Bell bottoms, sideburns down to the chin-line, all-metal cars with seatbelts no more than after-thoughts. America was a younger country then. A simpler country. And in Mount Airy, Maryland, a young HokieUmp - neither a Hokie yet, nor an umpire, so actually a young [NAME REDACTED] - made it to first in some fashion that required over-running. Being a left-hander in many aspects, he turned to his left to perform the 180 degree move t
    8 points
  14. If you had one that ran on the anger generated by parents, you'd never run out of power.
    8 points
  15. 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
  16. I got to add my all time example... HS player strikes out on a smoking fast ball right down the middle....takes his bat and slams it on the plate 3 times very loudly saying F@&K..F#$%..F*&^...( everyone in the complex heard him) I look over to Coach and told him he needed a replacement for # 18....he had been ejected for profanity.... The Player Dad says: whats going on? The Player says: I just got FING ejected! The Dad say: what the F&^% for? The Player says: for something I FING said! The Dad says : what did you FING say?...........
    8 points
  17. No player can appeal a check swing. F2 can request that the plate umpire do so. I did a 1-umpire game once, and F2 asked me to appeal a check swing call. So I checked with the batter's 1st base coach, and he said the batter didn't go.
    7 points
  18. On a more serious note: T-ball should not have umpires, because it should not be in the least competitive. It should not be a proxy competition for aging, fattening daddy coaches. And it should never, ever, provoke argument of any description. T-ball should introduce little kids to the most basic fundamentals of baseball: hitting a ball, throwing, and catching. And above all: it should be constantly, unremittingly, hilariously fun for everyone there. Were I king of the world, we'd never see a T-ball question on this forum (maybe a funny story or video). The fact that we do
    7 points
  19. 7 points
  20. I saw this morale patch elsewhere, but thought it was completely appropriate for some of our members.
    7 points
  21. It's a problem because the rules have made it a problem. Get rid of the rule.
    7 points
  22. Similar to @kylehutson above... 11U LL Allstar game... 2nd or 3rd inning the visitors have scored 21 runs and have had 2 outs for about an hour, hour and a half, basically forever. Can of corn fly balls, dribbler back to the pitcher, doesn't matter. That 3rd out is not going to happen. It is so bad that the visitors parents are telling the players to bat opposite hand. Expanding the zone does nothing... ball bounces and crosses the plate, that looks like a strike. Next pitch comes in and no matter where it is, base hit. Team has been gong station to station since yesterday. We're o
    7 points
  23. "Horrible" is in the eyes of the beholder. Even in warm weather, I will usually wear a long sleeve shirt on the bases. I've had a lot of skin cancer issues the past 5-6 years, and I'm not going to expose myself to the sun any more than I have to, just because my partner has a contrary fashion sense.
    7 points
  24. Another great reason to support a family owned smaller company (ie not Wilson)...kudos to All Star. I’ve always liked their gear especially their masks.
    7 points
  25. I am going follow up on the posts above that discuss mechanics...but I have a little different take. First, kudos for using a "tool in our box" (as set forth above) and giving, what appears to be in type, a confident explanation before calling the runner out. Second, kudos for giving the explanation first and then banging him out (which is the way it is taught...as opposed to "safes" where we call "SAFE" and then give the explanation. For example, "SAFE! YOU DROPPED THE BALL!") My only suggestion...and the one that popped in my head before I even read any of the replies...is th
    7 points
  26. I’ll have to say (not to go off rails of the powder coating topic) but I got the AS Cobalt SC and it’s pretty sexy paired with my powder coated Gunmetal 4000MAG
    7 points
  27. Don't officiate kids' games.
    7 points
  28. I have no problem with the ejection. But you might consider this response, which is defensive. In some of these cases, I'll move directly to "Knock it off. There's no arguing judgment calls. This is your warning." Typically, these jackwagons will step over the line immediately, and I'll facilitate their departure. An intermediate step, for a coach who's been OK so far, is to put him in his place a bit. "Coach, if you have a question, you may come out and ask in a normal tone of voice." That frames the allowable parameters for mature discussion among adults, and gives him a gracious w
    7 points
  29. I am working on a few things right now and hope to have some testing done in the next month or two Exterior ABS protection with pad for impact displacement Separate additional pad (washable) for comfort and impact Also working on a generic low profile pad replacement idea
    7 points
  30. 2 things ......... 1) all black shoes make you look like you have dress shoes on (moreso in the field) 2) as you get older and slower.... white on your base shoes makes you look faster!
    7 points
  31. No, @Biscuit...then you have a fowl ball. I'll show myself out...try the veal and tip your waiters and waitresses, though. ~Dawg
    6 points
  32. Let’s be fair. This entire situation doesn’t happen if coaches cease expecting umpires to “go for help” simply because they (coaches) don’t like the call. On the flip side of that same coin, umpires gotta stop appeasing coaches and trotting on down to “consult” their partner(s). I’m proud of that colleague umpire in the OP who not only rightly refused, but had the fortitude to dump the guy (coach) for such a stupid demand.
    6 points
  33. First, wtf was PU thinking in choosing not to answer? But whatever. Second, if you've gone with the "ask first" rather than "call first" mechanic, and everyone is waiting for PU, well, make 'em wait. Eventually, PU will answer the damn question—start walking over there if needed, keep asking—and get your answer. As it was, you showed yourself up by making it appear that you were guessing (and PU then nailed the coffin by confirming exactly that). And third: coach running his fielders off to "avoid an appeal" isn't a thing. If the O coach wants to ask me to get help (and if I need i
    6 points
  34. Make your call. If you are 100% certain F3 held the bag tell everyone as you are making your call: " He held it!" or something like that. If you are not certain, make your call as you would normally. If anyone asks you to get help, call time if necessary and conference with your partner(s) so only the umpires are a part of the conversation. I am not a fan of yelling across the field to get input on a play. If no one asks you about a pulled foot or a swipe tag, the call belongs to you and stands as it was judged.
    6 points
  35. Well, SB umpires do have to hear all of that chanting that probably stays in their head for a few days after... Maybe its compensation for that?
    6 points
  36. 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.
    6 points
  37. I will add this war story (which I'm certain I have posted before): Normally, for the levels I work (shaving-aged players) I do not eject a player simply for swearing (as opposed to calling me a swear word). With that said: I was once working a high school game. A groundball was hit up the first base line, fielded by F1. F1 made a swipe tag attempt at the B/R and my partner (the base umpire) called safe/no tag. After the play, my partner came to me for help and I quickly told him that I didn't have anything different. Now...to set the scene...as we were talking, parents/fans of th
    6 points
  38. Have a photographic memory. Read the book. Easy!
    6 points
  39. It’s not your fault, @Scissors, but All-Star I-Bar LUC mask is not its name. That’s what some lazy bozo on Amazon called it, based solely on the obvious clues on it – made by All-Star, it has these things called I-Bars, and LUC? someone said there’s LUC on there somewhere. It’s actually the legendary FM25. It was originally designed for catchers, featuring rectangular ear guards, a pronounced chin guard that could serve as a throat guard, and a double-wire eyeport. Rawlings and Wilson had competing models. Despite Nike debuting the iconic single-wire Titanium at the turn of the century,
    6 points
  40. You'd think that, but yelling "back" proved catastrophic.
    6 points
  41. I'm taking a screwdriver to my FM4000MAG frame.
    6 points
  42. IMO: Both will provide excellent protection. However, you're basically asking to compare the lightest mask out there with the heaviest. Disclaimer: I do not have the F3 V2. Personally, I'd go with the All Star mag. It's super light and super comfortable. The jaw pad is really comfortable in any weather. I really like the idea of the plastic plate in the bottom pad to help disperse the energy of an impact. The top pad is just a regular LUC pad. The sightlines out of the mask are just okay. The bars are more like blades, so they're really thin but longer than your typical mask. IMO,
    6 points
  43. God bless all the folks out there that work for LL for free. My motto has always been, and always will be: "I don't do it for the money, but I won't do it for free."
    6 points
  44. Every time I see the Cobalt skully, I can't help but think of this....
    6 points
  45. I will suggest the following: 1. Rule 6.01(a)(10) Comment reads, in part, "(w)hen a catcher and batter-runner going to first base have contact..." (emphasis added). Thus, for me, the question is: "at the time the potential interfering act occurred, was the 'batter-runner going to first base' or was he lingering/paused?" For me, that is how the time issue should be resolved (with exceptions set forth below). 2. I would argue, that since this comment is an exception to the general rule that a runner (including the batter-runner) shall be called "out" if he "fails to avoid a field
    6 points
  46. 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.
    6 points
  47. I just heard from Windpact that due to a large response/outreach from umpires, they’re going to try to get their partners to offer replacement pads! Exact words: ”actively in discussions with our co-branded partners to convince them to stock these replacement pads and will keep you posted on the outcome.”
    6 points
  48. Where'd that miss, middle? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
    6 points
  49. Au contraire: better still is all the hot moms who are glad to see me.
    6 points




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