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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. I find that the line up card is my friend in situations like this. If a player is being a little too demonstrative, between innings I will approach the coach, pull out the line up card and while looking at the card and pointing to something on it, explain my issue and ask for his help in calibrating the player. It is discreet, non-confrontational and gets the point across.
    2 points
  6. We need to get this every time.
    2 points
  7. It's not too late to protest. Get the whole team(s) back together and replay from that point. The difference will be in the post-game beverage
    2 points
  8. The fielder did NOT miss the tag: he had possession of the ball while still in contact with the 2B bag (slow it frame-by-frame and see for yourself). In review, this aspect of the call was confirmed. For FED/NCAA, the fielder is protected from this contact whether or not he makes or has made a play on the sliding runner. R1 would be guilty of a FPSR violation even if the ball hadn't arrived yet.
    2 points
  9. 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
  10. Who else comes on here to see if any of their games from the week made the “guest poster putting up their play/scenario/rules to find out if a man in blue biffed their game?” No? Just me? Cheers[emoji41][emoji41] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  11. Yes, but it doesn't need to be that complicated. DH enters to pitch; continues to bat in the same spot. New player comes in to play F6; bats in old F1's spot.
    2 points
  12. From some of that list, you should maybe look forward to sharpening your Ejection Report writing skills.
    2 points
  13. 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
  14. I really appreciate the 142 of you that have viewed this narrative for not sticking around to rake me over the coals[emoji106][emoji482][emoji1787]. Good luck everyone in your seasons - don’t suck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  15. STOP. GIVING. THEM. IDEAS.
    2 points
  16. I've said it before and I'll say it again - the only way I coach again is with a team of orphans.
    2 points
  17. Sorry for the additional post... I would also add that on the "JC...My God" comment from the pitcher? Depending on your mood and the level/age of the players...one of the "means you may have" is to call time and say to the catcher only loud enough for him to hear, "Go out there and tell your pitcher to knock that off." and then clean the plate while he is out there to make it look like a routine mound visit. This technique quietly teaches players about proper conduct on a baseball field. Another "means you have"? Eject the pitcher. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. This technique
    1 point
  18. My favorite baseball quote of all time is Mickey Mantle, "It's unbelievable how much you don't know about a game you have been playing all your life." One can replace playing with umpiring, coaching and or spectating. As umpires, most of us take annual rules exams and attend field clinics, classroom sessions and or camps. I wonder how the game and the culture of the game would be different if fans, players and coaches were required to study and be tested on the rules? ~Dawg
    1 point
  19. Eye si' watt ewe did .
    1 point
  20. The Jomboy YouTube channel did a video on this replay. He put together three time-synced camera angles, which seems to show it very well.
    1 point
  21. Yes, if he has the ball (all codes) or is making an immediate play on the ball (NCAA, OBR.)
    1 point
  22. That's your problem -- you wouldn't have been hit if the mask / pads weren't navy. Hit and broke my radius. Hot and later got a detached retina (no way to prove causation here, but I'm sure it didn't help).
    1 point
  23. Yes, this certainly sounds like batter INT (it's hard to assess judgment calls based on verbal descriptions). When a batter has time, he must clear the plate area and avoid hindering the defense playing on R3 stealing. If he actually moved into the play, that almost certainly is INT, regardless of the time element. R3 stealing is a special case for batter INT. With less than 2 out, R3 is out, other runners (if any) return, and the batter resumes his PA. With 2 outs, the batter is out and the inning is over (run does not score). That's the rule in other codes, and I assume LL is the s
    1 point
  24. There isn't one. The bat exists, and it's the responsibility of players to play it. There are provisions for a bat thrown into the playing area or a bat that hits the ball a second time, but those doesn't apply here.
    1 point
  25. Some of us are here EVERY night... Uhhhhh...so I'm told. ~Dawg
    1 point
  26. The answer is "yes". The answer to "what happens next?" is "It depends". I've seen tournaments and leagues where you simply shift/compress the lineup, and I've seen others where you rename the player to Otto Owt. Edit: I've also seen tourneys/leagues where it doesn't matter if the batter has played/batted....same thing, some rules you just shift/compress the lineup, others he becomes an auto out. Typically, when it goes to "auto out" the player can return...when it compresses, they can't.
    1 point
  27. Assuming less than 2 out, In FED the run would score. Runners return TOI. The only interference where runners return TOP is a FPSR violation.
    1 point
  28. So, it's hard to critique your list without knowing what or how you responded. As @HokieUmp and @ArchAngel72alluded to, some of those things would require a response from an umpire. Umpires don't go looking for trouble. We don't look to escalate a small situation into a larger problem. Umpires don't eject players and coaches. Players and coaches eject themselves through their words and or actions. Everything an umpire permits an umpire promotes. Don't think for one second that, "Oh what that coach or player said or did there doesn't bother me so, I'm not going to intervene..." If you perm
    1 point
  29. That's exactly what it's for and we (or at least me) appreciate Baseball Moms (folks in general) like you asking questions. Why...Because when the coach comes out and pretends to know 'the rule' folks like you can sit there and think "Heck...I know he's not right" or "yep he is right". I guarantee you the baseline discussion above will come up during a game--misunderstood by most fans. I'll give you a crazy example of this.... In a playoff game, we were having our pregame meeting and one of the guys in our crew had one of the teams in his association. He said that if that team was
    1 point
  30. We actually have a town crier in our HS association. He, a certain umpire (when working the plate), always feels the need to announce the score in between innings. Maybe I can talk to him and maybe he can add who is due up each inning, too!
    1 point
  31. https://www.fibrecase.com This company supplies the ATA cases to MLB...
    1 point
  32. Had to swallow a tough one today w/ probably the toughest not-sure-what-happened-and-I-made-a-call-anyway plays I’ve seen in 20+ years. I’m on the dish. HS Varsity, bottom 3rd, 0 outs, R1, R2. Hard liner smoked up the middle and hits the pitcher in the foot. Ball ricochets about 20 feet in the air to the 2nd baseman & he catches it. I saw it 100% of the way, I’ve got it not hitting the ground at all and I’d bet my life on it. I come out very vocal from the plate. Call it big twice, “that’s a catch, that’s a catch!” It’s dead silent because I think everyone in the park has no idea we ha
    1 point
  33. (1) because it's the approved mechanic (in some places / mechanics sets) to give it unsolicited IF it's a D3K AND the situation is such that the batter can advance AND BU would have a strike. (2) Not true under FED. The umpire can fix his error / correction. See previous cite.
    1 point
  34. (1) Why is base umpire sua sponte initiating his own appeal on a questionable check swing?? And is the base umpire of the erroneous belief that if the bat passes from behind the plate to the front of the plate, it's a strike (even though the batter never offered at the pitch)?? Or, did the batter actually clearly swing, and the plate umpire just closed her eyes on an inside pitch and missed it, in which case the base umpire could properly call time to confer if it was a clear swing--which it obviously wasn't. (2) If the plate umpire changes the call from ball to strike (it's the PU's ca
    1 point
  35. Why is the non-protesting team having any input? A protest has three things: the facts as the umpire adjudged them, the rules as applied, and the protesting team's argument as to why the rules were misapplied.
    1 point
  36. I hope you were defending "batter INT." 7.3.5I SITUATION: With a runner on third base and one out, B3 receives ball four for a base on balls. B3 takes several steps toward first base and then realizes he is still holding onto the bat. With his dugout on the third base side, he stops and tosses the bat in front of home plate towards his bench. As he tosses the bat, F2 throws the ball to third in an attempt to put out R3. The ball contacts the bat in mid-air and is deflected into dead-ball territory. RULING: The ball is dead. Interference is declared on the batter. If R3 had been
    1 point
  37. 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
    1 point
  38. I believe that around me (Suburban Philadelphia) baseball and softball fees are the same, but I'm not 100% sure. I know the local baseball leagues pay $72-75 for Varsity, $60-66 for JV, $55 for freshman, and $60-65 for middle school.
    1 point
  39. Yes...I have one on my silver Champro Rampage. Aesthetically, I like the looks of it however I have taken no shots to it so, I can't comment on its protective quotient. My only concern is that it has velcro straps...cheap velcro straps. The kind not meant to be separated and adjusted too frequently. I keep a set of snap loops in my bag for when the straps eventually fail. As always with throat guards, put it on your mask, put on your chest protector and get in your plate stance. Have a partner view the throat guard from several angles to insure it is hanging below the front neck lip
    1 point
  40. This thread needs to come full circle.
    1 point
  41. We have Dixie Youth here so I'm not familiar with LL rules. Go to the league official and speak with them about it. MOST youth baseball folks are about kids playing ball. Exactly!! And this is why the kids (and parents) believe they are all going pro. Dollars to doughnuts they spend more time on selecting their 'strike out song' than working on hitting and fielding.
    1 point
  42. 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
    1 point
  43. 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...
    1 point
  44. The part you are failing to include is that when the runner is hit by the ball when those conditions are met the ball is immediately dead, thus eliminating any concern about another fielder having the opportunity to make any other play.
    1 point
  45. If MLB's goal is to increase pace of play and decide extra innings games as quickly as possible... They need to allow managers to insert ANYONE on the game lineup as a runner on 2B to start the inning in extra innings and game lineups should be increased by one player to allow teams to keep an extra innings speedster on the roster. ~Dawg
    1 point
  46. I also like the ones that for the last line says your kid doesn’t play for the “insert MLB nickname here”
    1 point
  47. Stan, I'm a retired police officer. This type of thing is, unfortunately, quite common. I'm also a combat veteran, but my PTSD didn't happen overseas. It happened being a beat cop in the ghetto; in fact, I've buried more friends in blue than I have in green. One of the primary contributors to my PTSD is cases involving kids, especially sexual abuse. Most of my nightmares are events from real life, not made up images that most people see on the rare events they have them. If I wrote them down, you would cry. Every single applicant to become a cop who passes the psych exam has one thi
    1 point
  48. I'll keep this in mind when I begin to worry about what the crowd seated behind me thinks.
    1 point




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