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  1. Thank you all for your feedback. This men's league does have dedicated managers. Some are P/Ms but they M more than they P. (I heard that differently in my head) They make take an at-bat late in the game just to play. To Max's point, in this league there is no time limit, nor a mercy rule. The games are 7 innings and the longest game I have had this season for this league is 1:50. The leagues consists of college players all the way to guys in their 40s. And the guys in their 40s are no slouches. In fact the one catcher last night played minor league ball and his manager was Gary Gaetti. Many of them have been in the league since they were in college. Some of the managers used to umpire as well, so they know the mechanics and where an umpire should be. One of the players last night is the AD at our local high school and I remember him as the drum major when my oldest was in the band 20 years ago. On the same team is a kid I coached in Pee-Wee league basketball with my youngest about 14 years ago. I also try to cultivate a good rapport with the catchers. I am kicking myself that I didn't think to try an engage their catcher to help calm things down. There was an opportunity. Once again, thank you all for the input. Lots of ways to approach this. My task is to know how I am going to handle it from beginning to end before I open my yap.
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  2. Beyond the apparel logos* there shouldn't be anything commercial associated with game officials. Yes, I know that's not going to happen per TMIB above. * I'd rather not but that's a line I can get my head around. I dislike logos to the point I strip everything off my cars (within reason). The model level markings are all gone for example.
    1 point
  3. Ordered… should be on my mask by Wed…blue the only color offered.
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  4. The rules you cited are not what you want. You want 6.01(a)(4): Although we might naturally read "to confuse, hinder" etc. as "IN ORDER to confuse, hinder" etc., that's not the intent of the rule. Teammates shouldn't be there during play, and if they hinder play, it's INT. So, IMO, you got it right. The on-deck batter clearly hindered play, and that's teammate INT.
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  5. Adult REC leagues…MLB example…yeah, just agree to disagree here.
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  6. Fellas, just wanted to give everyone a heads up...as of this morning, just sold the last mask. Should have a new shipment in three to four weeks. I will let everyone know when I have more in stock. If you want to place an order, feel free to shoot me an email with name and shipping address. No need to send payment until I receive this new shipment. Thanks! Annandalecaddy@yahoo.com (818)298-1376
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  7. My initial reaction would have been the same as yours. Tear the language apart about intent apart and let's see what we get though ... WHO interfered? The on-deck batter is a member of the offense and is authorized to be on the field and is participating in the game. SO ... 6.01(d) Unintentional Interference (intended for non-team personnel) is not going to apply. We would go back up to 6.01(b) Fielder Right of Way. The players, coaches or any member of a team at bat shall vacate any space (including both dugouts or bullpens) needed by a fielder who is attempting to field a batted or thrown ball. Yes, that includes our guy, the on-deck hitter. If a member of the team at bat (other than a runner) hinders a fielder's attempt to field a thrown ball, the ball is dead, the runner on whom the play is being made shall be declared out and all runners return to the last legally occupied base at the time of the interference. On-deck hitter hindered the catcher, check. Catcher was going after a thrown ball, check. You declared the ball dead, check. Now it gets sticky and you need to apply some interpretation ... WHO was the runner being played on? I can see a few directions to go here depending on your judgment. If you deem the play was on the runner who scored (it doesn't matter if the play had a viable chance) ... in this case, erase the run, call R2 out, R1 goes to third, and the BR goes to first. (It is hard to say without having seen it, but this is the direction I am leaning for "the correct" answer.) If you deem the play was on R1 ... run scores, R1 is declared out, and the BR goes to first. If you deem there was no play (just an errant throw on an attempt to get the ball in) ... run scores, R1 on third, BR on first, no outs called. In the course of this exercise, I did find something fascinating that I will keep in my back pocket. While 6.01(d) is not about the team at bat (penalty-wise), the way it is written does provide us some guidance on intentional versus unintentional. The language in that rule completely changes the concept of "intent" as we (at least I) may traditionally be thinking of it. The language in the rule really states intent is about intent to to get out of the way NOT intent to interfere. "The question of intentional or unintentional interference shall be decided on the basis of the person's actions." It goes on to say that an effort to get out of the way must be made for it to be considered unintentional "regardless of what his thought may have been." In the "PLAY" section the language "... if the umpire felt that the coach did all he could do to avoid interfering with the play, no interference need be called."
    1 point
  8. I heard that both Vandy and Texas are scouting 4U players now.
    1 point
  9. Coaches are responsible for spending in this particular district. If he uses up his allotment before the season is over, he may be buying them himself. This district also takes months to pay.
    1 point
  10. I got always wear 2 ball bags beat into my head from my very first umpire clinic. I guess anything else just looks weird to me now.
    1 point
  11. I think I counted 23 shirts I have? I end up buying a new cream and powder every couple of years, because the collars get nasty really fast on those.
    1 point
  12. THAT, my friend, is an opinion, which I adamantly disagree with. No offense. 😁
    1 point
  13. I have only black bags. My favorites are the ones I got from Honig’s but I can’t remember the manufacturer. The cut out for the belt loop is in the shape of home plate. These bags seem to be a little bigger and the internal pockets are bigger, too, and fit plate brushes and other crap I carry. I recently ordered the Smitty regular and XL sizes. I will stick with the XL. But the internal pockets are not as big as I would prefer. Quality seems good.
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  14. My bags always match my cap. The only time I wear a black cap is when I wear a black shirt, so black bags there. All other shirts, I wear a navy cap and therefore navy bags. If the day comes, I am required to wear a gray cap, then and only then will I acquire and wear gray bags. ~Dawg
    1 point
  15. whisper... please dont tell me there are umpires who coordinate ball bag colors with mask pads/paint...
    1 point




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