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  1. My worst game, ever, was caused by my immaturity. It occurred during a four game series in the minor leagues. In the first game I was evaluated by a MiLB evaluator (I had no idea I was being evaluated...I found out after the game when he walked into the locker room). It was the best verbal evaluation I could ever have hoped for. It literally included the line, "do not change a thing! If anyone tells you to change it, you tell them I told you not to. You are on your way." Needless to say, as a young 20-something my head swelled bigger than the size of Texas as a result of this ev
    9 points
  2. Thoughts? This umpire is the REASON coaches HATE US before we even do anything! Making crap up and causing/looking for trouble. This is NOTHING all the time, every time, everywhere! This kind of stuff makes ALL OF US look bad!
    7 points
  3. Well, SB umpires do have to hear all of that chanting that probably stays in their head for a few days after... Maybe its compensation for that?
    6 points
  4. A sore batter? The ball is dead, the batter is awarded 1B, R3 returns to 3B. Both situations, all codes. The only way R3's run counts is if he scores it before the time of the pitch, which has never happened above 8U. You're going to ask for rules reference: check the list of base awards, and you will not find an award to R3 stealing on the pitch for HBP. The only way he advances is if he's forced. So it's a via negativa. You might be thinking of the CI/CO rule, which does award a base to a stealing runner when F2 hinders the batter and the penalty is enforced. Also:
    5 points
  5. None of this is relevant. The ump saw what he saw, or thought he saw what he saw...in his judgment there was a balk...it's his prerogative to call it. The balk didn't cost you the game. The error your F6 made in the first inning did. Or the meatball your F1 served up for a three run shot in the second did. Or leaving six runners on base in scoring position did. Or you batting in the fourth with bases loaded with nobody out and hitting into a 1-2-3 double play did. Or your leadoff hitter getting thrown out trying to stretch a single to a double did. Or just the simple fact that yo
    5 points
  6. That should be the rule everywhere for HS
    5 points
  7. Not only is this wrong...it's patently stupid to encourage your RH batter to stay in the box when R3 is coming home...the batter is far more likely to hinder his own player than the defense.
    4 points
  8. I called a strike 3 on one of my son's friends (10U, maybe?). They looked up and said "I thought you were my friend." I responded. "I am. Here's some friendly advice. When the ball is in the strike zone, swing at it."
    4 points
  9. Because (sadly) adults can’t be trusted. Any time there’s a pitching / batting / fielding (tee, pitching machine, etc) device on the field, it ain’t an official game. Period. Kids have been able to play stickball and all manners of “-lot” ball for decades, all without scorekeepers and umpires. Heck, at tournaments I/we work, the younger brothers _and sisters_ will be playing their own version of baseball, completely without adult involvement, in the grass of the concourse between fields and having a blast. Meanwhile, their 12 & 13 -year old brothers are standing around on
    4 points
  10. If you can hit it over 450 feet, then a bat flip should be allowed!
    4 points
  11. According to my wife, you are gravely mistaken. That is NOT funny.
    4 points
  12. Working solo: Not the worst partner I've ever had.
    4 points
  13. Yeah, it is astounding that we have this in SoCal. Almost all of our sub-varsity games here in San Diego County are solo. Regular season youth ball is often solo, as well. Tournaments are usually 2 man. What's funny though, is all my volunteer LL games are always 2-3, or 4 man. I have 2 games on Saturday, one 3 man, and one 4 man. I generally refuse to do any paid games solo, never a chance in hell to do volunteer solo. This is what gets me, living in one of the most expensive cities in the country, and I'm sure it's that way in other areas with a high cost of living. Organizations are sq
    4 points
  14. This is not directed at you or anybody else, it's just my opportunity to rant about "zombie" threads. What the eff is up with people getting so bent out of shape with people responding/commenting/resurrecting old threads? I see it not only on this site, but jeep forums I frequent, as well. Does it really impact your life that much if someone would do that. I mean, who the hell cares? Don't respond, it's that simple. I know of no law, statute, ordinance, requirement, order, directive, executive order, requiring anyone to respond to any thread on any website. I personally have better
    4 points
  15. I've said it before and I'll say it again - the only way I coach again is with a team of orphans.
    3 points
  16. This thread needs to come full circle.
    3 points
  17. It's a prototype of the "new and improved umpire indicator" being discussed in another thread.
    3 points
  18. Is that even an umpire? Looks like just a dude helping out. Either way, who cares, he's at least doing something to get those little kids playing. Why do they even need umpires for this level of game anyway? It's one step above t-ball.
    3 points
  19. Every umpire starts somewhere...I just see a young man who hasn't been trained up. Of course, the job can't be done by just anybody. This photo makes me think of my childhood. When you smell a baseball glove for the first time...or bust a single and go hard into second for a double. When you are 8 years old on a ball field and you make a huge play, you think in that moment you're going to play pro ball. So it was with going from umpires dressed like this young man above to playing a game with "real" umpires wearing the uniform. I don't know that an umpire is a better umpire for weari
    3 points
  20. Maybe he was taking pictures of you taking pictures of him to post on his social media telling his friends not to be “that guy” taking pictures of fellow umpires to try to shame them. Just a thought...
    3 points
  21. Not sure if it is just in the wording, or if the sequence of events is exactly as you penned, but the appeal should have gone something like this. U1 from the C position makes the call at first. When play ends, manager asks for time and when granted proceeds to U1 to inquire about him possibly seeking help on the call for a potential pulled foot. U1 should then, if so inclined, tell the manager to return to the dugout and meet with the PU. The PU, if he has information should relay that to U1 U1 then decides if he is going to change his call. If so, call
    3 points
  22. Note also, we have been providing a free harness upgrade in the box since 4th Qtr 2020 with each W Gold CP purchase. Seems the right thing to do. May do with Platinums if we can get more stock in...had been limited for one reason or another.
    3 points
  23. The thing is that, going back to what I said above, it isn't that I or other umpires give a SH*# what is said, it's that it gives someone motivation and ammunition to argue. The call itself is going to piss off a coach to some extent. Communicating it in a manner that's more complicated than it needs to be just adds to it, and opens the door to separating the angels on the head of the pin. "Distance and direction" doesn't mean anything to most of them and will just confuse them, bringing them out. On any call, stick to language that everyone understands.
    3 points
  24. We need more of this in HS / amateur baseball. We’re spoiled in Phoenix because we have 15 MLB franchises spread amongst 10 top-notch facilities, plus ASU’s home facility, plus Chase Field (home of the Diamondbacks). Many of the small colleges here have partnered with a MLB franchise to use their spring training facility for games, and it’s always fun to see these college players’ eyes bug out on the field dimensions and conditions. Then, at the HS level (pre-COVID), we’d have Chase Field inviting in 2 HS teams to play once every 2-3 weeks. Once into the quarterfinals, our postseason gam
    3 points
  25. It is a Charcoal... sorta. The Charcoal CP’s official designation is the A3217, but that specifically refers to the model with non-patent Velcro tabs anchoring the pad vest to the carapace plates. As noted (by Arik), this is using rivets thru-and-thru, so the pads are not removable. Which means it predates the WestVest Platinum, which has a model number of A3215. Thus, the CP in question is likely a lower model number (which I haven’t been able to find... yet). The rivets thru-and-thru do tip off that this CP was around the same time as the WestVest Original, possibly when Joe West had h
    3 points
  26. ...taking a page from @MadMax ... still charging a premium price for a 25 year old + design! Max, ... GO!
    3 points
  27. "It's good to be the King"
    3 points
  28. I use Lock laces. Better fit and quick adjustments when needed.
    3 points
  29. Almost all underclass games here are solo. And it becomes a self-perpetuating problem: we don't have enough officials, so the games need to be solo, so the least experienced umpires work them with the least experienced coaches. More mistakes are made, and the coaches argue incorrectly, so the umpires leave, which leads to a greater shortage.
    3 points
  30. After the success of their mask shield, Force 3 is going to be producing a belt-hook, ball-tong combo.
    3 points
  31. Unfortunately, it is most true that 8U has MLB potential. By 13U, it's pretty easy to see that almost none do.
    3 points
  32. Those who are wearing more protective equipment stay in the box longer? I *think* that's what you said
    3 points
  33. Bing! True! Ten points Griffyndor! No need. They're not going to know anyway... the only people that will know are on this here forum. Yup, it's Rawlings' rendition of a "floating chin". I've only seen an Asian-market-only Mizuno HSM have a floating chin, also. Why they're not used more confuses me, but I _think_ I know why. The benefits of a floating chin, though, are thus: What is it that catchers are taught to do on a pitch down or one they are about to block in the dirt? Tuck their chin (down) against their chest. This Rawlings design allows that to happen with the
    3 points
  34. NOTE: I wrote this for my non-umpire friends. There are some bits of explanation in here that umpires don't need, but try reading it from the perspective of a non-umpire. So there I was, calling a JV high school game from behind the plate. I was the only umpire (and working one umpire sucks!). The batter walked up to take the box, and apparently he and the catcher knew one another. They had probably played on a Little League team together or something, but the schools were about a 45 minute drive from one another. One of the batter's teammates was encouraging him f
    2 points
  35. An official ruling would include a run being scored since F3 advanced at his own risk and was not retired. Further, since R1 was improperly declared out at 2B, correcting the error of the umpire would place him back at 2B. R2 should be at 3B and there should be 2 outs. Just because it's Little League does not mean umpires can MSU resulting in teams being placed at a disadvantage (offense) or given an advantage (defense).
    2 points
  36. Yes. An intentional drop requires a touch. In fact, it's not an intentional drop if it's caught first, because the drop would indicate voluntary release and thus a completed catch.
    2 points
  37. I think some people may be afraid to talk to @MadMax. It may be the don't poke the bear survivalist instinct tingling.
    2 points
  38. Since I don't umpire fall baseball, and I opted out last year- I umpired my first game since 7/2019 last night. HS Varsity, 7-3 game. Having not umpired in over a year and a half, I missed a few pitches the first inning and a half.
    2 points
  39. Selections from the (rather good) article: This is "the life" (and this isn't said with a whimsical sigh, but the groan of cold hard reality). You must become accustomed to not having things "your way", not sleeping in your own bed (for whole spans of time), and having someone/thing else dictate the schedule and itinerary. There is one absolute – a/the game shall never wait on a/the umpire! Never! That should be your creed in every way you conduct yourself in travel, gear inventory and maintenance, and coordination (communication). And, you must understand and accept that the schedule
    2 points
  40. Perfect for all you guys working HS ball in... “stubborn” states!
    2 points
  41. Pirates are already 5 games out...
    2 points
  42. 2 points
  43. Apparently, Mr. Mudisfun, you are not the only one who cared about the fate of that poor birdie—as it turned out was a mourning dove. At the time those wacky people at PETA threatened Randy Johnson with a lawsuit on behalf of that bird. Fortunately for Johnson that never actually happened so that became another feather in the Big Unit’s cap. And the YouTube video has become one of the more popular videos posted with millions of views. Another good thing that came from the tragic event is that the musician Prince wrote a great song called When Doves Die (you know—the one with the lyric “t
    2 points
  44. @wolfe_man, there are pictures in the Schutt/Adams 2021 .pdf catalog online that show the same chest protector. Not really detailed photos though showing closeups of the velcro strapping so, we can remain optimistic for an improvement... ~Dawg
    2 points
  45. We have been told Mid-April.
    2 points
  46. If the batter is taking a defensive action, then I am ruling HBP and sending to 1st. If the batter preps himself for that hanging curve and is turning into it, then I'm keeping him in the box and calling the pitch as is. In the past 10 years, I think I have kept 3 batters in the box... most players are not that interested in taking it for the team. The ones I notice more willing? The batters who come to the plate attired in more protective gear than what I'm wearing as the PU. I think we are way overthinking this one. Kind of like the definition of Porn... I may not be able to define it,
    2 points
  47. - Calvin Klein summer-weight sport coat, w/ box split, 44L: $25 - Jo-Ann “Sport Linen” (it’s a polyester, but had the same texture as the sport coat and my standard ball bags): $10 - Labor to construct and attach the two ball pockets, as well as move and reattach the button for a closed, tailored fit: $45 My seamstress actually went all-out and actually built in _zippered_ dividers for my plate brush, pens, and any other necessities. I keep my lineup card folder on the inside pocket, but the two pockets can comfortably hold three balls each (can probably fit 4 each, but I don’t
    2 points
  48. As another moderator, this would/should be overlooked. @johnnyg08 is correct .... this is probably not a bad thread to re-ignite due to the fact that most of us didn't do a high school game last year. It may be a nice refresher ....
    2 points
  49. As a proud (2x) alumnus of this fine, fine institution, I urge my umpire brethren on the site to help this young man and his design team develop the Mother of All Indicators. Mason, if you want opinions, you came to the right place. You have no idea what you may have unleashed. Also, I am local (as in I can walk from my house to J. David Walker field). There is no shortage of local umpires that would be interested in helping you. PM me if I can be of help.
    2 points




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