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  1. 2 points
    The headfirst prohibitions came from research done by pediatric orthopedics. Their research showed head damage in 9/10s from headfirst slides. Less so in 11/12s but LL decided to outlaw them in all 60ft games since some leagues do have 9/10s in majors. I don't see a problem with this rule, it is a safety rule. There are some LL rules that I would like to see go away, this isn't one. Now in the OP, I vote for conferencing and see why he didn't call the illegal slide. Get all three of you together and reach a call and let him announce it if he is changing it.
  2. 1 point
    Whoa dude! Have a long day? I think we all strive to do our best, look good, etc. Just out of curiosity, if you're PU and your partner is in C and you've got a pulled foot/swipe tag at first, is he on his own or are you helping? Or even if he's in a bad position coming in from A - most of the time if you can't get a good look from A, you're not where you should be. So what's your protocol? It's his job and he's on his own? Look, there are guys in my chapter that are on your side - they say they've got enough to do without keeping the count. Fine. But i think that attitude is inconsistent with other situations where one covers for the other. And frankly, it's not that hard to do, if you're any good with the indicator. I use one but rarely look at it because I know the count. I used to use one when I would drive anywhere. I'd think "ball" and adjust the indicator - and on and on. When I reached my dedstination I'd check to see if I had it right. It's a great excercise. JMO. First, many groups discourage using an indicator in the field. It just looks bush. They don't do it in MiLB, MLB, or college baseball, so why does anyone think they should do it at lower levels? Second, you are asking a totally unrelated question. That the PU help the BU on a pulled foot or swipe tag on plays at first base is a mechanic, not an option. You only ask the PU for help when absolutely necessary, and only in these two specific conditions. The PU is totally responsible for the count on the batter, and should not rely on the BU for it. It is part of my pregame to tell the PU that I don't have the count so don't put me on the spot in the middle of the game. Third, an indicator makes your safe calls look funny. You can't extend the fingers of your left hand, which looks weird. On the plate, you have the indicator and mask in your hand, so it's not noticeable. Sticks out like a sore thumb on the bases and makes you look like a rook.
  3. 1 point
    I just don't seem to have the same problems other people have. In HS, there's a fine levied against the ejectee, so they generally control themselves. In travel ball, the good coaches know where the line is without being told. The inexperienced coaches are usually easy to control with a word or even just a look. Once they know you won't allow foolishness, it's pretty simple. Again, I manage the game in a calm, courteous, professional manner. Set the example by treating them as you would wish them to treat you. However, when it's time to go...... Adios, Amigo! I put up with ZERO garbage, and have had 1 EJ in over 100 games. You may say that's not a good litmus test, but I count it a testament to my game management. Handle the situation before it becomes a problem. I can't put it in plainer English.
  4. 1 point
    Ejection totals cannot be evaluated quantitatively. If you have any ejections that are unwarranted, then you are ejecting too much. If you have non-ejections that you should have tossed, then you are ejecting too little. It is possible be ejecting too much, too little, neither, or both over the course of any period.
  5. 1 point
    Because 95% of youth ball coaches don't know their asses from a hole in the ground about the game of baseball.
  6. 1 point
    Well, I do appreciate a good FU call on a LL Minors player. Teach the little turd a lesson! :Spit_20Laugh:
  7. 1 point
    I am a gear junkie too. All Star, Douglas, WV Gold. 3 different SGs and 4 masks. I have owned everything except a Nike mask and a Riddell Power. I will wait to see how others fair with the Unequal. I doubt the physics. The video didn't prove a thing to me. I have never been hit in a staged and controlled manner. If I had $$$$ on the line ( like JE does) I could nut it up and take a glacing blow wearing any of my gear.
  8. 1 point
    The media brings up the umpiring "problem" every year and each time, it is allegedly worse than ever before. They cite extremely faulty statistics and use poor premises to support a flawed concept of change. If any serious journalist is looking for actual research into sports discipline and the umpire-player dynamic, I would refer them to actual comparative analysis. It's akin to the characterization of epidemic violent crime, even though such crime has been significantly down compared to the late 20th century. Similarly, ejections have been significantly down since the early 2000s. The player/coach-umpire dynamic defines my website—when MLB adopted HR-related instant replay, for instance, ejections for HR/No HR calls did experience seasonal decreases from six to two—yet the reason for ejection shifted from arguing with an umpire's live judgment call to arguing with a computer/replay-confirmed play.
  9. 1 point
    Wait. What? The pitcher can't take signs from anywhere but F2? THAT'S wrong, but I think I know what you actually meant. Again, this has been debated in multiple threads on multiple forums, but I typically don't go looking for problems, so unless F1 is literally asking F2 "WHATS THE SIGN?" while straddling the plate, it's all good.
  10. 1 point
    Any talk on the cost of the new CP? If it comes in under $200 and I don't mean $199, I will buy it. My name is John, and I am a gear junkie.
  11. 1 point
    Umps Seeking A Fine Time With Players On baseball. December 23, 1996|By Jerome Holtzman. This is the time for peace and goodwill to all men. So it is gratifying to report that Major League Baseball is entering into the spirit of the season. A summit meeting to improve player-umpire relations, twice postponed, has been rescheduled for late January. "Our objective is to find a code of conduct that deals with discipline problems in a realistic manner," said Bud Selig, the baseball czar. Bravo, exulted Bruce Froemming, a veteran National League umpire who not only knows the problems but how they can be solved. "There are going to have to be suspensions, because fines don't mean anything," Froemming insisted. "A player making $5 million or $6 million a year is fined $500. It's a joke. That's tip money." According to the Basic Agreement, players fined more than $500 can file a grievance. To avoid a hearing, most fines are $500 or less. It's the easy way out. "Salaries are in outer space, but we're still operating as if it was 1950," Froemming insisted. "When an umpire is abused, the penalty should be the same as in the NBA." Only last week, Charles Barkley was fined $7,500 and suspended for two games without pay when he poked a referee in the nose, drawing blood. Barkley's total financial loss, which included a two-game suspension without pay, will come to more than $114,000. Clyde Drexler, who touched an official in the same game, was suspended for one game and will lose more than $67,000. Said Froemming: "Gary Sheffield was ejected six times last season. I'd be surprised if he had to pay more than $5,000." According to Jerry Crawford, president of the Major League Umpires Association, a new schedule of fines was to have been addressed during the recently concluded player-owner negotiations on a new five-year contract. "I don't think they touched it," Crawford said. "Every time I run into a league official or a general manager, they always say, `You guys are right. The penalties are too low. They've got to be increased.' But instead of taking the bull by the horns, they dance around it." Crawford insisted the problem is not with the umpires or players. "It's the league presidents," he said. "They don't want to deal with the players association." Crawford also said baseball fans have been misled in the belief there are more rhubarbs today than in the past. "My father (longtime NL umpire Shag Crawford) has told me, `We had arguments just like you have. The only difference is you didn't see it on television unless it was a donnybrook.' Now, every argument is on ESPN. The producers look for it. They say, `Oh, boy, this is good television.' " ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ dd The fines are still chump change and as Crawford's dad said, they had plenty of rhubarbs back then. There have been other articles going back years where they say the umpire are getting more arrogant, combative, confrontational, etc., etc. Nothing new. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Here's the old article where Froemming throws the catcher out over missing pitches. Of course it was something the catcher said, but the original cause was the catcher not catching the ball. I thought this also happened with a catcher when Charlie Williams was umpiring and had been hit several times and Froemming came down and did the same thing, but maybe it was just this Crawford one. http://articles.chic...mpire-obscenity and here is another old article below from the old days. watch out, the article comes in on page C5 but you have to scroll back sideways to get to page C1 to start the article. don not hit the page button at the top. enjoy. http://news.google.c...pg=4157,6291844
  12. 1 point
    Wow. OK - First, the word you're looking for is 'travesty' and it's mentioned only once - in the section on running the bases backward. Second - you're kidding - right? Bang him out with absolutely no supporting rule because you don't like what he's doing? That's not umpiring - That's 'Smitty 101.' What's next - the FU call on LL Minors? Sorry.
  13. 1 point
    There is a lot to learn in baseball, and evey year players join LL who have never played before. In many places there may not be more than one practice a week. So you rally think that while 9 year ols are still playing on closed bases w/o lead offs, it's a good use of very limited practice time to teach kids to slide head first when many of them can barely throw a baseball, don't kow how to round a base, haven't figured out what to do on a pop fly in the infield, and stand holding the ball in the field because they can't figure out where to throw it? And what portion of LL minors coaches do you think are really capable of teaching a kid to slide head first safely? I get the "let's play real BB" concept, but it isn'tthe LL mantra which focuses on learning to play first -- no head first slides is hardly a greater offense to the purity of the game than closed bases. At competitive levles of baseball it's a different issue, but for LL minors (and maybe even majors -- I'm more ambivalent about the rule there) this makes a whole lot of sense to me as a way to let the kids play baseball with some modifications to help them learn before they have to put all the pieces together. And it lets the volunteer coaches develop along with the kids and not try to teach everything all at once.
  14. 1 point
    this is outrageous, he's a bully and has no business coaching young kids. It's friggin' 6 year olds, they can barely track a ball, who gives a rats' a%$ if the plate is super clean or not!!! What is wrong with people?!? This should be reported to the league.
  15. 1 point
    Doesn't tossing him make you feel good? :D
  16. 1 point
    My wife rarely comes to games, she gets mad at the crowd. Stuff I never hear.
  17. 1 point
    At my son's game recently, my wife sat next to the ump's mother who was there -- adult ump. They had a nice chat. Good thing I'm well-behaved when I coach . . .
  18. 1 point
    Now that you've moved from Coach to Protector Of The Game, how's this for a solution by a lowly umpire? When they start playing their little "eff eff" games: "Time. Throw it back to the mound. And cut it out." Now, they've gotten to screw around a little, and we get back to playing baseball. Which is the point of all of us being out there. Maybe somewhere sunny and bright, where the fields are green and lush (and they don't have dirt infields), and all the moms are good looking, and the water bottles are actually filled with sweet, sweet unicorn tears, we have time for that horses--t. But in the real world of rec baseball - which sometimes seems more like the opening sequence to Blade Runner - we have time limits. I'm sure, as a coach Protector Of The Game, you'd prefer to spend your 80/90/105/120 minutes playing it. Rather than watching your future Brian Lawrie act like an ass. Edited to add: Even if they're not OUR rules, Mr Protector, we umpires are the ones in charge of the conduct of the game and authorized to administer the rules. Not saying "make s--t up," but during the game, WE are representing the game. So they are kind of our rules. That's from Rule 9, the one most people don't look at.
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