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    Thank you all for your messages. It's been an incredibly difficult time this past week, and we are putting one foot in front of the other as best we can. Christine's passing was unexpected, though she had been battling illness for many years as a result of radiation treatment for Hodgkins when she was 17. It truly does make a difference knowing that my family is in your thoughts and prayers.
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    2015 BRD PAGE 7 OFF INTERP 1-D4: FETCHIET: If no NCAA rule or interpretation exists to cover the situation, the umpire should adopt the OBR rule or interpretation. ( phone call to cc, 11/27/01
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    The FED definition of a force out (2-24-1) is this: "A force-out is a putout during which a runner who is being forced to advance is tagged out, or is put out by a fielder who holds the ball while touching the base toward which the forced runner is advancing." Note that a force out is one that the defense records. This definition is extended to include outs that the defense is prevented from recording by INT (such as the FPSR). When the 3rd out is earned by the defense in this fashion, it nullifies any runs scored during play. It does not include outs that umpires call, for instance for desertion or passing a runner. These outs are "unforced errors" by the offense, and do not nullify runs. I think this reasoning explains the MLBUM ruling as well: force outs earn nullification. Called outs don't.
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    I got at a fair price
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    Thanks for the heads up. I was able to get it. I had been planning to buy a plate coat from Out West until how they treated @Razzer Glad I was able to get this one instead. And a much better price too.
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    WTF, sorry to read this. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    Yes, it's a force out. Easy to see why: INT during a force play is a FPSR violation. If the out weren't a force out, then that would not be the case. The case plays with INT and force plays all seem to be FPSR violations, the penalty for which is always returning runners to TOP (and nullifying run(s)).
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    And it is absolutely ridiculous that MLB will be the last to have an on-field official. And, more than likely, they will be at least more than a decade behind the NFL and more than two decades behind the NBA. Frankly, baseball should have been the first. It is not like one can even make an argument that women are physically unable to officiate baseball...not when baseball is the least physically demanding sport (of the three) to officiate. Its not like we have to run up and down a court (or field) all game long, or risk being crushed by a linebacker trying to make a tackle. Clearly women can run up and down an NBA court with world-class NBA athletes for 48-minutes, and women can handle getting out of the way of huge NFL players hurtling toward them. There really is no excuse for women not to be in MLB by now. The reason there is not has been the toxic male culture that existed in MLB ownership and league offices (now MLB office), and among many of the past professional (MiLB and MLB) umpires. It'll be interesting to see if things have changed as more and more women go to umpire school, and a new generation has taken over MiLB UD and MLB UD.
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    I am guessing that if you are not in the know, no one is. Seems like we might find out about some things after the ratification vote which I believe coinsides with their big meeting and health care checkups out in Phoenix coming up. Injuries discovered that require simple surgery can then be performed and given at least 6-12 weeks to heal and try to get ready for opening day. Most umpires who were originally hired in Feb./March/April would be waiting for their original hire date to be coming up before announcing. The students at the umpire schools may be hearing more of the scuttlebutt than anyone else, if they keep their ears to the ground. But of course that would not be something for them to blab about or announce, especially before the formal vote is finalized. By the end of this CBA in 2024, there are 20 umpires on the current staff that will be between the ages of 60-72 years old and all will have 25 or more years of full time experience except Hickox on the experience end. All the umpires that came up in 99 no matter their age, will have 25 years of experience under their belts by the end of this new CBA and they all have the often mentioned 20 years of vested time right now. Should be quite a few job openings in the next 5 years and especially 10 years until things quiet down again. And if by some chance they make the ABS an extra position for umpires only, and go to 5 man crews in the future, that would make for an extra 15 job openings. Or just call 1-800-Bill Miller and ask. All in good time.
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    I have to say my opinion of the sunglasses being removed is horse crap. How is removing sunglasses respecting somebody's dignity? I do agree with removing the ask, but I would never consider this a big deal. Would never ding someone for that.
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    Looking for a Team Wendy West Vest Gold Chest Protector...Mine was stolen and hope to replace..,call 708 446 7203. Will buy with or without the pads...

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