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  1. No player can appeal a check swing. F2 can request that the plate umpire do so. I did a 1-umpire game once, and F2 asked me to appeal a check swing call. So I checked with the batter's 1st base coach, and he said the batter didn't go.
    3 points
  2. 2 points
  3. Actually, that’d be a Toonie. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  4. Meh. I just flip my indicator. Numbers-side up is heads. If it looks "unprofessional", not my call - the "professional" thing to do would be to have home and away sorted out before I get to the field.
    2 points
  5. all correct except the above, depending a bit on what you mean by "reached second" -- if R1 reached second but retreated back past second toward first before the ball goes out of play, then he can correct his error.. If R1 is on or beyond second at the time the ball goes out of play (or after), he can not correct his error. IF he goes back to retouch first, you let him, but if the defense appeals he is out.
    1 point
  6. I'll buy you a drink, bruh...I got you. ~Dawg
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  8. For the blue part: I'll *still* holler "Coaches!" because that gets me two dudes up to the plate. Are they coaches? Are they managers? Are they babysitters? Who gives a SH*#? For MY time and money, they're two dudes who can speak to the few issues we need to talk about at a plate meeting - time/innings, ruleset, paying my ass, ground rules. Speaking of that plate meeting, for the green part: I hate, hate, HATE that part of a plate meeting - and it only happens if a partner decides to give that speech, 'cause *I* won't. They should know; if they DON'T know, they'll find out in a hurry when the time comes. Even when it's a kid's house league, and it's dads doing the coaching, I refuse to give that talk.
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  9. I think the operative words “sharp and direct” are still in place for the definition of a foul tip, such that if the ball is caught – without touching the ground, batter, or PU, or any other object in foul territory otherwise – after touching the catcher, wholly (not just the mitt or hand first), then it is (still) a foul tip. So, a foul tip could come off the bat and the catcher (F2) could trap it against his CP, or have it nest in his armpit, and grab it with his hand, and it would be valid catch – the ball would remain live, and it would not be a U3K. I think NCAA adopted it soon after OBR instituted it, but I can’t confirm it (right now on the road). Of course, NFHS won’t address it outside of an extensive committee meeting… which may or may not be scheduled… at some point.
    1 point
  10. How about the head coaches spin with their foreheads on a bat and then see which one makes it the farthest to first base before falling down?
    1 point
  11. Ordered… should be on my mask by Wed…blue the only color offered.
    1 point
  12. Here’s the one problem with your stated approach… and it would be effective for amateurs < 18 years old, except: Entirely different fish bowl, entirely different context. Far more often than not, these teams have captains rather than coaches. Actually, it’s these adult leagues that return back to the origins of the term “player-manager” in professional baseball. These PMs or captains will likely (but not always) report to the plate meeting and deliver the lineup card. I just roll my eyes and shake my head when PU partners of mine stride to the plate meeting and bellow “Coaches!!” and then proceed to tell these guys who can and how to “approach an (the calling) umpire” to dispute a call. These are adults. They are not babysitters. They are not beholden to or responsible for the behavior of their teammates. And if you/we expect them to, you’ll just increase resistance and strife. Sure, it might be effective to converse with the captain or PM, but depending on how you’re perceived by the team, collectively, it might get nowhere. One tool in your favor is time. Every adult/men’s league I’ve worked (and there’s been many) has a time limit, typically 3 hours. If you’re working for or have been assigned by the right sort of assigner, you’re being paid indirectly (as in, not by the teams themselves), or you’re paid Cash at Plate Meeting; this – having your payment in hand or “in the bank” – enables you to use time in your favor and against the culprit. Something along the lines of holding the game up until the disruption ends is remarkably effective. I and my colleagues have even said something to the next/current batter, or the captain/PM such as, “The game really can’t continue until that (exclamations) ends,” and wouldn’t you know it, the guy says, “Hey! Dudes! I wanna bat here! Keep it down!”. I also have such a good rapport with catchers that I’ll actually look towards them on the bench, or if they’re coming out for warmups as the inning turns, I’ll say something like, “Jeff, I’m calling the same pitch for your guy (pitcher),” to which Jeff will reply, “I know, I’ll talk to him (the exclaiming culprit).” In these leagues, the more formally rigid you project, the more these guys resist.
    1 point
  13. That poor woman's back...slammed by two cruise missiles like that... ~Dawg
    1 point
  14. I want... But I'll be gone from umpiring for 2 years... Ugh.
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