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  1. Disagree. Fanboy rants are not interesting. We don't make rules, we enforce them. I'm glad you got an answer to your question.
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  2. I’d have walked off the field the minute the TD re-entered them
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  3. Neidermeyer's horse.... nice.... Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
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  4. As described, allowing for the level of play, the overall "leverage-ness" of the situation...you sound great here, @ArchAngel72. Strikes and outs get us home, sure. Calling the game properly and consistently at all times...gets us more work. As for fields with lights for district play...I somewhat agree. Someday, I'd love to understand how the local, national and global finances of LL work. It seems there is a great deal of money flowing TO Williamsport but, not much OUT. To say nothing of the thousands of volunteer hours they get every year. I'm not familiar with their operations, but rather than having spent the millions they did to over build those regional field complexes which only a small percentage of LL players will ever play on...why not make "1 Field With Lights Per District" a global initiative which would benefit many more players and leagues? Call it Project ArchAngel Light... ~Dawg
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  5. Seriously, I wore my same Schutt MaXV that I’ve worn for the past 7 years. Still securely protective and best ventilated CP for baseball at all levels… … and yes, there were guys throwing 92-95 MPH. Yeah, they called them “dignitaries” or “honorees”. No kidding! 5 hits, 3 “critical”… the one that got me in the abdomen caused an existential crisis – “Why are we here? What are we doing?” Why yes it is. It’s one of the two Wilson DynAlums that I’ve got with me on this road show, solely because: Won’t bend Light I didn’t pay for either of them, directly Oh to have an Icon that won’t bend, or a FM4K-Mag! Sooooon…
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  6. And throughout U-E, no one ever, ever--and I mean NEVER--goes off on a tangent!
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  7. 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.
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  8. This problem is getting nothing but worse. I lay the blame on several factors but first and foremost tournament directors (TD). TDs are the reason I no longer do any baseball in the summer. I now limit myself to HS/College where there are consequences to behavior. I will not name names but what I have found is that these summer 'leagues' are nothing but money makers. The people that run them let the coaches, players and fans act like idiots, because they want the money. Entry fees (teams), entry fees (parents), concessions, shirts, etc. When coaches, fans and players are not held accountable for their actions and removed it escalates to violence. I have told this before but here is a prime example: My son and an SEC (high level games) official were doing a 18u tournament. Kids, fans and coaches cursing them (that's not a fun%^& strike, your fu^&$$ horrible) on and on. In the bottom of the first (yeah that bad) they ejected a coach and a player for arguing a strike. The coach ran to the TD and the TD put them both back in the game. Now, first off that should NEVER be done, but what it does is it sends a loud and crystal clear signal that all behavior is acceptable--and this is what happens. Now, in the above my son (at the time 19, and not sure how to handle the situation) and the other guy walked off the field, as the crowd cheered and waved goodbye! This is what we have come to. I know others may disagree but until we ALL stop putting up with nonsense we get what we deserve. Letting things go just creates a bigger problem for the next guy. My rule: Until I can call time out and tell a coach how horrible he is (and trust me I have witnessed a lot of DUMB, head scratching sh^t) he isn't allowed to do it to me.
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  9. Just as I suspected: the pitchers couldn't find the plate because they were blinded by the discordant color scheme! (I jest, of course.)
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  10. I wouldn't beat yourself up. You were consistent and even. It was what it was. Being 10s, the loser bracket with many games in fewer days, and after the year break, the teams likely didn't have pitcher depth.
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  11. Peace be upon brother Bob... Brothers, there are no guarantees...there are only the things we can do to minimize our risk. Work together in all things. Park together in a well lit area away from team buses or where most of the teams' vehicles may park. This will likely mean a longer walk. Walk to the field together and leave the field together. Avoid having anything on your vehicle that identifies you as an umpire. Do not leave your parking spot to go home until your crew are all ready to roll out. If you are working a game solo, be doubly aware of your surroundings. And whether solo or not, sometimes it's best for the crew to depart once plate has removed his gear, even if you all leave wearing your uniforms. You can always change when you get home as an alternative. ~Dawg
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  12. Yep, I was talking about society in general. Being a former crime analyst, I could go way deeper into the constraints, causes, and just about everything else regarding what I am about to share, but I don't do it anymore for a reason or two. It's still a passion of mine, but passion only goes so far. https://www.statista.com/statistics/191219/reported-violent-crime-rate-in-the-usa-since-1990/
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  13. Not painting it. Just gonna roll with it as offered by AS
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  14. It won’t bend but boy will the bars completely fracture 😂😂
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  15. @Mussgrass, I’d rather have a good partner like you stay at B (or C, when appropo) for the entire game, than a… “space cadet” of a partner who insists on “doing all the rotations!”, only to make his ailment worse, or go out on an otherwise routine liner (this forcing me to recognize… late… that he’s not coming in) or, worse, get run over or concussed because he has to perform a button hook pivot. Sorry to sound so morbid, but can I make one of you EMTs my new partner to help finish this game?
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  16. Know how / where we (amateur) umpires can do our part, as a starting point? Stop saying at plate meetings, “If you disagree with a call (they all do, or will eventually), call time (they don’t call Time, only we (umpires) can / do), go to the umpire who made the call (they don’t, or won’t). We’ll get together and render our judgement (which is the source of the “go for help! You have to go for help!” pleadings).. “ Just stop it. Stop caving in and attempting to placate or appease the pleaders by “going for help” unwarranted.
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  17. Truer words have never been spoken. A few years back there was 4-5 videos of a Huntington Beach Police Officer involved in a fight with a mentally unstable suspect. The fight started on their feet, went to the ground, and then back to their feet where the Officer ended up shooting and killing the suspect. The suspect, if I recall had gotten an item or items off the duty belt which made the officer fear for his life with the suspect now having weapons. 5 adults stood there and taped this, from beginning to end. Not a single one of them jumped in to help the officer, especially when the fight went to the ground. If one of these adults had helped subdue the combatant, A) he most likely would be alive today and B) The 20 something officer would not have to live the rest of his life knowing he was faced to shoot this unstable man.
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  18. After both knees got orthoscopic surgery, I managed to condition myself to be in pretty good shape. Even got back to jogging. But now, squatting at the plate gives me an occasional aggravating ache. And maybe I can't bust out from behind the plate like I used to. Then, after cataract surgery, I found that I was receiving a ton of glare noise in my left eye. The biology of the human eye system is amazing, so I understand better that I don't have the frequency response to clearly see the ball come off the bat. My life skills are fine, but I find myself a few steps behind now. In the Air Force, there are pilots who walk out to the airplane knowing it's your last flight; then there are pilots who walk out to the airplane who DO NOT KNOW it's going to be their last flight. Similarly, I may have done my last game. I don't think it's fair to the kids if I am two steps behind. 34 years of volunteer umpiring is still something to cherish. Mike Las Vegas
    1 point
  19. Wait a minute ... hang on .... I watched the first 45 minutes or so of this game and didn't notice till now that .... wait .... @MadMax ....is that a ....WILSON frame?!?
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  20. Daryl, it is because of what the rules allow and prohibit. Here is the relevant language of OBR 8.02(c) Comment: The manager or the catcher may request the plate umpire to ask his partner for help on a half swing when the plate umpire calls the pitch a ball, but not when the pitch is called a strike. . . . Appeals on a half swing may be made only on the call of ball and when asked to appeal, the home plate umpire must refer to a base umpire for his judgment on the half swing. Should the base umpire call the pitch a strike, the strike call shall prevail. [My emphases.] Consequently, if the plate umpire calls a strike on a checked swing, the batter has no recourse. This, of course, does not address why there is the distinction in the rules, but my guess it is as noumpere said: "Something that happened, but was missed can be appealed. If the PU saw the batter swing, he didn't miss the action."
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  21. Think of it this way: ejection is a resort—who doesn't enjoy a resort? Sure, it's a last resort, but still a resort.
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  22. @agdz59, please...do yourself, your partners and your crews a favor...do not talk to fences. It's not part of our job to curry favor or entertain spectators. Deep down, "way down inside" as Robert Plant would say, we all want to be liked. The path to "getting liked" is calling a good game. And we certainly don't say things when our partners or the crew kick a call that is unsupportive in any way. Avoid sarcasm, avoid humor...please. In closing, is it the end of the world? No, of course not...but these are easily fixable things that will greatly improve your game management and field presence. I firmly believe every umpire should aspire to work the highest level of baseball they can. There is an old expression in the corporate world...dress for the job you aspire to. I would also add...conduct yourself for the job you aspire to. It's the same for umpiring. Think about the best umpires you have worked with in your association. I'm guessing they are not conducting amateur hour at the fence in between innings. If you are in any way uncertain about what your association's best umpires' work looks like, contact your assignor on a night off and ask them where the best high school crew is working that night and then go watch them work. You will learn a lot. I try to do this once or twice a month myself when I can. ~Dawg
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  23. We had one get close, about two feet on the fair territory side, so it wasn't controversial. This is a NCAA D3 field. School is hosting a select/travel tournament. The guy that laid down the "line(s)" (who shall remain un-named) wanted to get the lines down the night before, BUT, the school had a "lights out policy" for that night in support of an Astronomy program, so the field lights could not be turned on. He figured he'd done this enough times that he could literally do it in the dark. He got 3B line done just fine. On the 1B line he fell victim to the string getting caught up on the striping machine and drifting off course, and he didn't notice it in the dark naturally. You'd think the second attempt, now weary of "string drift" would go better, but no, it did not. All the coaches were good sports about it (probably because we didn't have any close calls though!).
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  24. You threw your partner under the bus. I don't care how many times you've seen a team or what level of ball it is, that is never ok. That's just my opinion.
    1 point
  25. Baseball Rules Myths - Busted View the full article
    1 point
  26. Wasn’t sure which area to put this in … don’t know any details, but this was posted on the softball forum I frequent.
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