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  1. Is it just me or when someone talks about full leather all black shoes, these guys come to mind...
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  2. Hi-jacking my own thread...hey, I'm the OP...I live here... I find it fascinating that most associations (upon reviewing the traffic here...) really hammer the hammer. I'm not anti-hammer per se. I want as many games as you can give me. You want me to hammer? You...NEED me...to hammer? I'm your hammer huckleberry. I find it interesting that while the hammer is what is being taught and emphasized for travel and scholastic (possibly LL, too and possibly above scholastic...I don't know, I don't work at those levels) that there is a point where guys can clearly let their freak flags fly
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  3. That New Balance Vaadu is nice! Never seen that one! Yes, the mesh is NOT EASY to clean up (despite @MadMax opinion) but remember folks, he lives in Phoenix! But honestly .... it's that 'flat or matte' look that just doesn't sit right with me. BUT, that's ME, that's personal. Again, that NB Vaadu is nice!
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  4. The 2013 Wendelstedt Rules and Interpretations Manual states (in footnote 338, p. 146): …A batted ball being deflected does not prohibit other fielders from attempting to field the ball, and if they are in the act of fielding it, they are still protected from interference by a runner. Even a fielder who deflects a batted ball, and must chase after it in order to retrieve it, may re-establish himself as in the act of fielding the ball as long as he is within a step and reach from the ball, no longer chasing after it, and the umpire adjudges he is making a legitimate and immediate pla
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  5. Mr. ousafe, you’re right that the OBR does not spell out what happens after the fielder misses his initial attempt to field the ball. The good news is there are approved rulings and you don’t have to rely on internet umpires or high school rule books to make a proper call. From the 2018 Minor League Baseball Umpire Manual (section 6.17, p. 96): Play 4: With bases loaded, batter hits a sharp ground ball which deflects off of the shortstop and starts to roll away from him. As the shortstop starts to go after the ball, runner from second collides with him. Ruling 4: After the b
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  7. Along with @wolfe_man's FOUL comment...…………….I like to call those "no $#!tters". If the ball clears your backstop/fence (foul)….everyone saw it. If you yell FOUL, someone probably yells back "no $#!T"!
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  8. My 10-year-old came up with this today. Q: How does Bob Davidson's wife say goodbye to him every morning? A: "Honey, you look like a million balks!"
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  9. For me, I signal on anything I think someone missed or would question or didn't see. If it is obvious for everyone that it is a home run, then I don't see a need to signal. Think of this in the same manner as foul balls, you don't yell out "FOUL" on every foul ball, but only on those that are close or you think that someone didn't pick up where the ball went. If everyone in the stands and field can see it's foul, then you don't call it. To the same end, if everyone sees a no-doubter go over the fence as a home run, then there is no need to signal it.
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  10. All that effort and cost, only to have some “higher up” – senior trainer guy, association lead, evaluator, mentor – tell you, “you guys ______________ (should / need / must) change your pads every year. That’s what they tell us (handed down the chain) from Major League Baseball.” Thru the hoop, Bob! Thru the hoop! Granted, some of the mask pads (heck, masks in general) I’ve seen on my colleagues have defied belief; corpses unearthed in the Sahara are typically in better condition.
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  11. I'm not in big-boy (college, MiLB) ball like some of you guys, but in NFHS in Ohio (and Legion, Babe Ruth, Tourney's, etc.) we're asked to have one and I always have mine with me. My biggest problem is I seem to keep getting partners who don't give consistent counts and the scoreboard is never right (if there at all), so if I didn't have my indicator I'd have no true idea what the count was. Edit: I know I am keeping track in my head, but I'm also doing other things and I don't want to make a mistake (I am aware it's PU responsibility to keep count also).
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  12. 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
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  13. Yes, Hunter is the one who had the EJ. Joe is the CC and backed his guy up and then took it to the next level to get him EJ by saying "no mask". If he couldn't get the EJ one way, then he found something he could enforce. Rizzo sounds like a real piece of work.
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  14. I cannot believe I am defending Joe West but...here goes... As I said in the Ejection Fantasy League forum where this was also posted, MLB umpires are hearing players', managers', coaches', med staffs' and especially team executives' voices at a level of clarity not seen since the earliest days of baseball when crowds were small. There are no fans right now so, static directed at umpires even from many rows up can easily be heard. We have seen many inactive players and others off the field of play get ejected this season. Rizzo is chirping Joe West on judgement calls...repeatedly. Th
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  15. In many cases it is has the same result as a foul ball, but if the count was x-2 the batter would be out in your scenario, as opposed to a real foul ball. Corrected it for you. One of my two ejections as a coach is when an umpire told me the hands were part of the bat and I told him when you buy a bat you don't get a free pair of hands with it. On and off the field I've run into more umpires than I ever would have expected or believed who don't know this.
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  16. Sure, it's not complicated: a pitch that hits the batter is dead. Nothing else can happen to it. This isn't a batted ball, because it hit the batter first and became dead. If it's not a batted ball, how can it be fair OR foul?
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