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  1. 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
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  2. I mean, I don't want to tell you how to do your job, and you do you, and all of that, but: ........ you could wear pants, Max.
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  3. It wasn’t. This was another instance of a fellow umpire “making s#¡t up” again. This gets old. Even in a tournament setting, you (as an umpire) correct things as much as possible prior to putting the ball back in play. Tournaments routinely use NFHS as a core rule set, and then modify them so as to be more flexible and accommodating to having teams from a variety of locations and local rule sets play, and play at a more rapid, condensed pace. Courtesy Runners are one of those main aspects. Sure, an eligible substitute is to be used. If there isn’t one, then we will typically
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  4. Untangling spaghetti ... (NOTE: NFHS Softball rules!) First, what SHOULD have happened ... The courtesy runner should be reported to the plate umpire who should be maintaining a proper line-up card. He/She should catch the problematic request at that point and fix it (see @Senor Azul's citation above). If not ... If the courtesy runner was NOT on the lineup, she is an ILLEGAL SUBSTITUTE (meaning she has no legal standing to enter the game since she is not on the roster; see 2.57.3) That becomes fixed by the citation above (umpire warns the coach and adds her to the roster).
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  6. I’ve only had a few pairs of New Balance, but my limited experience is comparable. ASICS also seem to be easier to find 4E in than other brands as well (for an added bonus).
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  7. @MadMax has the plate tonight in the Northwoods League. He said 6:35 CST Minnesota Mud Puppies v LaCrosse Loggers Northwoods League - Home (stretchinternet.com)
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  8. three hit batters in a row in the 1st inning...should be interesting
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  9. True, but they happen far less frequently than F2 simply making the third out as the batter. It's a compromise/risk I've always been happy to live with over allowing a CR for a slow catcher with nobody out. In my experience even with two outs F2 has plenty of time to get the tools of ignorance on...unless the next batter gets out on the first pitch F2 will be ready. There should be 12 step programs for this. Christ - I have Tim Hortons cups in my Keurig every morning.
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  10. I need to move to Canada. Socialized medicine, Tim Hortons, and common sense with courtesy runners. I love all of this and have advocated for most of it. I agree, the pitcher does not need a CR. Too many coaches think the CR is "to keep their pitcher from getting tired." Use a DP/FLEX then coach. IF the pitcher is getting a CR so she is ready for the next inning and to speed the game up, then there should be no reason for warm-up pitches between innings when she had a CR, right? 😉 I am a little lukewarm on the two outs thing ... double-play possibilities. However, I think you
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  11. The first time I ever took a team to a US tournament I just shook my head at the process...and still tend to do so. IMO, the "using subs for C/R" rule is simply a ploy to get more players into the game, disguised as a way to speed it up. The way we've always done it here is much more efficient, IMO. Not only in the speed of the game and the C/R sub itself, but the frequency too. In Canadian games (both baseball and softball), I could go two or three games without seeing either team put in a courtesy runner. In the US, it was rare to see it happen less than twice a game. First
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  12. Tournaments stumble their way into this problem when they have the best intention (to speed the game up for that 1:30 / 40 / 45 / 50 / 2:00 time limit), but then use the phrase “last batted out”... so you get an R1, and the next batter who hits into a FC at 2B. So who Courtesy Runs at 1B now? It would be R1, right? But no! He/she didn’t bat that last Out! It’s even more of a mess when the last Out or last batted Out is the catcher or pitcher, who is supposed to now courtesy run for their battery-mate! Hoooooofaaaah! Listen, I get it. I’ve worked and played in thousands of tournamen
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  13. If you are not using the book rule and want to make it as flexible as possible, then "furthest removed not on base" is the best possible wording. I worked a softball tournament where the rules they sent out said "the last batter." When we brought that up at the pre-tournament meeting, the TD was adamant that was what he meant and that was what we were doing. So ... "Sorry coach, she's on base. You can take the out for abandonment if you want to pull her and use her as a courtesy runner. No, sir. The TD said 'the last batter' so that is what we are doing today." That didn't last long
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  14. I read your statement above to say there was no modification -- so disregard this if I misunderstood. IF THERE WAS NO RULE MODIFICATION, YOU DON'T MAKE IT UP at the plate meeting. You use the existing rules. So, again, if there was no eligible sub, there was no eligible courtesy runner. I know different courtesy runner rules are common at tournaments. This is why they need to be clearly defined ahead of time by the tournament. I have sat through pre-tournament meetings with umpires and then walked out on the field with them moments later to hear them make something else up because (a
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  15. Viral Umpiring. More transmissible than COVID. Every time an umpire misapplies a Rule or Makes S#!t Up, all the participants are affected (and we umpires are participants), and it’s carried to the next games.
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  16. Normally I'd say two-by-fours and duct tape...but right now it's cheaper to buy a Tesla than a couple of two-by-fours.
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  17. This is an odd way to set it/describe it. A single is a completed at bat...that guy can't be a courtesy runner if he's standing on second base when the catcher reaches first. Many people mistakenly say "the last player who got out", but typically, when not using subs, the courtesy runner is the player in the lineup furthest from the batter who's not already on base....most of the time that's the last player to get out, but can also sometimes be the player who made the first out...or a runner who recently scored.
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  18. $ ¢ £ € ... ... and for those playing baseball in Japan ... ¥
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  19. I have never heard of any LL folks pressuring anyone not to do any other leagues in my area. However I do know there is a fear in LL that once an Umpire moves out of their system and gets paid and sees how much the ball is better and "easier" to umpire then they fear they will loose said umpire to those games instead of doing theirs. I picked up a handful of local babe ruth games and man. Yeah I gotta run the infield a LOT harder but you do not get beat up behind those catchers VS some 8,9,10 yr old who does not even give effort to grab a inside pitch thats not right to him. Yeah
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  20. Go for it. I would like a set of grey ones so I can move the black to the Rawlings.
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  21. If Arik doesn't want them I'll take them
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  22. Have you tried ASICS? (Not sure if you meant in general or specifically for umpiring.) I can’t wear any of the major brands because my wide feet, but ASICS are the only thing I wear for everyday use.
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  23. @umpstu, Best Buy was where we went for the best prices on albums. Circuit City was where we went when we were finally ready to pull the trigger on the Denon or the Onkyo and needed to know which one was better...AND WHY! And then after the salesman told you, you bought it right then and there so that...you know...the person who actually helped you come to an important decision actually earned on that and provided for their family. Nowadays, it's Crutchfield for me. But, being a lifer audiophile, there's very little I need to buy at this point. My current passion project is running down old He
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  24. What time was the dinner reservation for?
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  25. They were great and the veterans sniffed out the idiots. There was a small private forum created off of the Officiating.com baseball forum that flourished for a bit. It was created in response to trolls and other knuckleheads “diluting” the main forum. I recall Tee and Garth B as some of the best contributors.
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  26. Be careful with this. You’re priming yourself for outs. Sounds great in theory, but in practice you’re going to kick calls you shouldn’t. Your mind should be a blank slate as the play is happening. See the play, call the play. That’s it. Not anticipate out out out out out like the defensive coach. That’s how plays blow up on you.
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  27. I know a guy who essentially loaned out two sets of gear to a Northwoods League crew (crazy story) and still used his current gear inventory to umpire w/o skipping a beat. Great post to honor TimC
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  28. Any long time umpire forum folks will remember this especially ABUA members back 15 years ago……… TIM C.'s list..... 1 Gerry Davis Fiber Case 1 Wilson MLB Rolling Case 1 Carlucci Garment Bag 1 NIKE Carry Bag (W/shoe care kits, Bag of shoestrings, bandaids, shin guard clips, pliers, scissors, etc.) 3 West Vest Masks (1 navy, 1 black and 1 royal blue) Each in own bag 1 Carlucci Chest Protector (Royal Blue) 1 Original West Vest Chest Protector (back-up) 1 Pair of Carlucci Leg Guards (Royal Blue) 1 Pair of NIKE Low Top Pla
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  29. If only this site had an "Umpire Equipment" forum ...
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  30. I wish it would go higher, my forearms have been targets for foul balls this season.
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  31. Yeah, and R1 needs to get to second before he or the bag is tagged. Technically speaking, R1 isn't forced to go to second...he's only forced to leave first. The B/R not being forced is a misnomer and a semantical distinction that has no practical application in the game of baseball. It IS a distinction without meaning, and there is zero reason this should help anyone remember any other rules, or anything at all. If anything, it likely confuses many newbie umpires who have probably been calling the play at first a force all their lives, only to learn "wtf?" It only serves to confus
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