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  1. 7+ years of doing this and I finally have an action photo! Both sides of a play even… out on the tag!
    5 points
  2. Hello! My name is Nate, I am a full-time pastor who umpires on the side. I started out doing HS and JH games in Iowa, but moved to Missouri and do mostly USSSA games down here. I mostly work with 13U & 14U games in my hometown and the occasional tournament, but thinking about jumping into the High School ranks again. I'm a die-hard baseball fan who just loves being at the field and catching games and I love being an umpire. It keeps me involved in my community, keeps me active, and makes some cash as a bonus. Glad to be here!
    3 points
  3. Spirit and intent of the rule. To me, that would be a definite "Don't do that again." By definition, interference is an act by the team at bat which interferes with, impedes, hinders or confuses any fielder attempting to make a play. Was anyone trying to make a play? Was anyone confused? No and no. Spirit and intent of the rule!
    2 points
  4. Yes, he did. It was a great play by the RF. The play started with a well-hit ball that was cut off nicely and then he made a great throw to get the runner that was coming in fast from 2B. I started behind the plate and was moving with the throw to keep the "window" open for the best look. I noticed in the pic that I basically ended up in 3BX, but that wasn't intentional. It was simply where I had the best look at the tag and the plate.
    2 points
  5. That's fine, but 2 different scenarios, 2 different rule numbers. Yes. I have no issues w/ the Phillies play, and that if the review were to have been allowed, it would have been overturned as an out. ODDLY ENOUGH... I had a similar play on a force out at second last night. F6 came over to catch and touch 2nd, but had to crouch down low to get the ball and touch the bag just as R1 came in sliding (legally), and they made pretty significant contact. F6 rolled over in pain, dropped his mitt from his hand thus the ball dropped out. I gave the "he's out, he's out, he's still out" signal/mechanic. Pain is a voluntary release
    2 points
  6. And look at that sharp navy blue glowing in the early May sun!! #caniburnmineyet
    2 points
  7. Kudos and great lesson to share! Do something before you look at the dugout and you see this:
    2 points
  8. One of the three triple plays I've been part of happened like this. Bases loaded (tying run on third), last inning...sharp hit to third base who short hops it...R3 goes back to base thinking it was caught...F5 tags R3 who was standing on the base, then touches third base, then looks up to see R1 still standing on first base...easy toss to second base for the game ending triple play.
    2 points
  9. Who cares, just chop it 😂😂
    2 points
  10. Greetings brothers, So, I am working a lopsided varsity game on the plate last week and from the start of the game, the visitors' coaching staff were very vocal from what I thought was the dugout. Nothing profane, nothing personal...but, it was persistent. They were getting worked over thoroughly on the scoreboard. At one point in the 3rd inning, I was aware of the manager's voice sounding like he was right next to me saying, "Is that batter in the box? I don't think he's in the box..." Now the geometry of this field is such that the dugouts are far back and situated more towards the home plate end of the basepaths than the 1B or 3B ends. Sure enough I turned and the coach and his assistants (three of them) are all WELL outside the dugout. The coach is halfway between the opening of the dugout and the plate. I called time and said, "Coach, you and your assistants need to be in the dugout. If you step out onto the field of play again without asking for time and waiting for time to be given, you will be ejected." The game resumed and completed without further incident. I also had a conversation post-game with my partner to tell him about the site lines to the dugout from the plate and if he is aware of coaches being out of the dugout to please take appropriate action. Now, the learning part... A few nights later I'm working another varsity game, different teams. I was working the bases setting up in A to start the game. I gave a quick glance over to both dugouts and sure enough there were coaches hanging outside and players on buckets and chairs. I addressed each coach individually asking them to please have all players and coaches in the dugout. Not only did I get full compliance on this but, one of the coaches made it a point before each inning started to say to his team, "Ok, guys...everyone in the dugout." Barney Fife was right, "Nip it Andy...nip it...in...the bud." ~Dawg
    1 point
  11. I was working a JV game the other day, I was on the bases. One of the teams had wristband, but they could hold 5 sheets. They used all 5 sheets because they had offensive and defensive plays on there. The coach had a clipboard with about 40 pages of plays on it, which he would frantically flip thru between plays. It was humorous to watch, because he would call a defensive play, all his players would try to find it and then, if the ball was hit, there was usually an error. Between innings I asked my partner if he thought the plays were written up as errors? He got quite the laugh.
    1 point
  12. You told us your game was 14U but not what rule set governed your game. So-- FED: A base coach may address only the batter or runners. (FED rule 3-2-1) NCAA: The coach may address only his team members. (NCAA rule 3-3c) OBR: Official Interpretation: Wendelstedt: It is the responsibility of the umpires to ensure the peace on the field. If a base coach is causing problems on the field, including the harassment of players, he should be instructed to stop. If he continues, he should be ejected.
    1 point
  13. A legal glove is a legal glove. Mr. Velho, here is the 2021 OBR definition of the term tag. It was amended in 2016 to add the text that is highlighted in bold italics. Under OBR rules a tag is not made with just hanging laces. I think you have told us that you mainly work Little League so I checked their rules. So far they have not adopted the OBR change. 2021 Definitions of Terms A TAG is the action of a fielder in touching a base with his body while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove; or touching a runner with the ball, or with his hand or glove holding the ball (not including hanging laces alone), while holding the ball securely and firmly in his hand or glove. It is not a tag, however, if simultaneously or immediately following his touching a base or touching a runner, the fielder drops the ball. In establishing the validity of the tag, the fielder shall hold the ball long enough to prove that he has complete control of the ball. If the fielder has made a tag and drops the ball while in the act of making a throw following the tag, the tag shall be adjudged to have been made. For purposes of this definition any jewelry being worn by a player (e.g., necklaces, bracelets, etc.) shall not constitute a part of the player’s body.
    1 point
  14. The one leads to the others though...this just comes from terrible judgment...four guys got together and their collective minds came up with "ejection"? I'd guess that one of the crew bullied the others into it. It's a moronic assessment that can only be made by someone who doesn't understand context. If it was 9-3, I'd buy it. A 3-3 game...and one pitch after grooving a slider over the plate to the same batter??? And, so yeah, on the later brush back pitch to Bichette...in a bubble, on it's own, there's no way that pitch should get a warning, let alone an ejection...but in context to what got Garcia thrown out the inning before, and the supposed reasoning behind it, the decision to simply ignore the pitch to Bichette is eyebrow-raising at the very least. I don't think the ump knows who actually complained about it, so just picked Montoyo...I suspect it was one of the players.
    1 point
  15. For sure. That's an awesome shot.
    1 point
  16. I can say this YOU had the best look at that out of anyone at the park so BRAVO!
    1 point
  17. @The Man in Blue PM Sent
    1 point
  18. There's only one option due to supplemental documentation that teaches/instructs umpires it's an appeal, and to not pull the abandonment thread - which not all umpires get, for whatever reason. (and almost zero coaches get) By the rule book alone, this is clearly abandonment, and in only a handful of scenarios is it a true "missed base" situation (eg. R2 jogs towards dogpile at third base dugout and "misses" third) - R1 or R2 running to either the batter or R3 at home plate to celebrate with them did not "miss" the next base. I don't disagree with the approach - there's a time and a place to call abandonment, and this isn't it...if the defense doesn't notice someone pulling a Merkle Boner, that's on them. All I'm saying is a newbie umpire going by the rule book could be puzzled to learn they're wrong, and have to shore up on the additional umpire instruction manuals and case plays. A coach who issues a protest based on the rulebook would also be subsequently confused and frustrated to find his protest denied, and fee forfeited, because he didn't know he needed to obtain all the umpire instruction manuals and supplementals because the rule book provided to him by the league (who also mandated him to know said book's contents) was actually wrong. In fact, quite the opposite, if the umpire were to end the game on an abandonment call, the losing coach would have to counter-intuitively know to protest the game against the black and white rule that clearly states the runner is out for abandonment. I apologize for the rant.
    1 point
  19. Believe me I hear you!
    1 point
  20. LOL The irony is that I'm going bald. But for some reason, the hair that falls off my head sticks everywhere else.
    1 point
  21. Great shots! So who did you photograph? Is this one of your partners? He looks too good and not hairy enough to be a @wolfe_man 🤣
    1 point
  22. I myself like the black with the leather I would leave it So new pic of the changes I made to my dinged mask along with side by side of my new mask
    1 point
  23. Who said they're mutually exclusive? Welcome back btw
    1 point
  24. It was great and we tried to get the GM to make it permanent lol
    1 point
  25. You Mask-o-chist. One of the two distinctive features of the Nike Teardrop is that minuscule chin guard, scaled and raked in a way to allow a throat guard rather easily. If ya gotta get yer chop on, start loppin' off cheaper, more run-of-the-mill masks. The other distinctive feature is the flanking ear guards, devoid of cross-struts, ala Mizuno masks.
    1 point
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  27. That's exactly what "forced" means -- R1 is Forced to leave the base, so the base is not a safe haven. That's only true when neither runner is forced. Not applicable to the OP
    1 point
  28. matte black, or gun metal
    1 point
  29. I did not make the rules. As the season goes on here in NJ, I’ve got to say, this is better than reading to the captains at the plate meeting. We read it to each team when the other is taking I/O, or right after I/O. The kids are actually attentive( or at least they pretend to be) I always add at the end “ Look guys, cheer for your guys, don’t make fun of their guys, and we’ll all enjoy the game”. Now, I don’t know if this procedure has any effect, but in my 20 or so high school games so far this year, the kids have been pretty well behaved. The one or two times I’ve heard comments start to get on the other team, I’ve been able to quickly address it with something like, “ hey guys.. that’s we talked about. Keep it positive for your team”. And it’s worked. So after writing this, I’m sure I’ll have a bench clearing brawl tomorrow. LOL.
    1 point
  30. I hate this type of comment. This MAY be true, on some occasions, but this comment/theory/mindset is not a broad brush stroke and should be never used to 'judge' umpire performance. caveat: NOT NECESSARILY directed at @mw94 exclusively
    1 point
  31. Quite honestly, I have asked every player I see with necklaces if it is religious. And they have all told me 'Yes.' I don't notice the other items. Must be my eyesight.
    1 point
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