Jump to content

Leaderboard

Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 06/14/2021 in all areas

  1. No, @Biscuit...then you have a fowl ball. I'll show myself out...try the veal and tip your waiters and waitresses, though. ~Dawg
    6 points
  2. (I realize you stated it's a local league modification.) Little League has a no head-first slide rule [7.08(a)(4)] and here is what they say about the way to handle it in their Rules Instruction Manual. INSTRUCTOR’S COMMENTS ➔ This rule does not apply when a runner is returning to a base, only when advancing to a base. Any runner who does a headfirst slide is out at the moment the umpire sees the runner go into the headfirst slide. The ball remains live and in play. Other runners may advance at their own risk and plays may be attempted on any other runners. If the runner who is calle
    5 points
  3. Hey, we just watched a U3 miss a blatantly obvious Force-Out call at 3B (he must have been thinking a tag of R2 was needed) in a SR. Crew conference overturned it and made it an Out (properly), without having to go to video replay. Everyone in the ballpark and the million viewers on TV knew it was an Out. Then, in the Austin SR, the PU just got happy feet on a spiked pitch, inside edge of the plate... on Turf. “But that’s a D1 catcher in front of ya!” So??!! That’s an 85+MPH projectile that will bounce there and will impact in a lightly protected place if that D1 catcher doesn’t pull off
    5 points
  4. Well, if this isn't ejectable the only alternative would be physical assault. Ejections are there so umpires don't have to beat the living SH*# out of obnoxious coaches.
    5 points
  5. "They're appointing coaches faster than I can eject them!"
    4 points
  6. I might suggest that in this case, it would be a good idea to not go looking for trouble. You will probably find it.
    4 points
  7. There's no mechanic for this kind of local modification. Please don't think you have to invent one. Is the ball dead immediately, or delayed? Many infractions by the offense are immediate dead ball, and it's possible that the non-umpire who decided in favor of this modification did not address the issue. In the game, you checked the runner before calling time, making it a delayed call. I'd say that was handled fine. If it's dead immediately, then kill it and make your announcement. Other runners return to their time-of-infraction bases. If delayed-dead (or not addressed) I'd han
    4 points
  8. Let’s be fair. This entire situation doesn’t happen if coaches cease expecting umpires to “go for help” simply because they (coaches) don’t like the call. On the flip side of that same coin, umpires gotta stop appeasing coaches and trotting on down to “consult” their partner(s). I’m proud of that colleague umpire in the OP who not only rightly refused, but had the fortitude to dump the guy (coach) for such a stupid demand.
    4 points
  9. I'm the league UIC and in this game, I am just a parent cheering his daughters team on... Top of 6, 2 out, 2-2 game, R2/R3. Foul tip... catcher lazily throws the ball back to F1 thinking this is a foul ball. F1, head down and not paying attention walks back to the mound, R3 being a little more heads up takes off for home. Simi close play at home, but R3 is safe, visitors go up 3-2. Home team assistant coach starts screaming at VTHC who is in the 3rd base box that this was bush league, yadda, yadda, yadda. Our coach and the VTHC start getting into a heated yelling match, and comi
    3 points
  10. For every guy you think that about, there's someone who thinks that about you. You know what he will / won't do. Adjust the mechanics (well, be ready to adjust the mechanics to fill the hole) -- the hustle *will* be noticed and you *will* be a better umpire for working with this guy.
    3 points
  11. The issue raised about the pitcher not being able to keep his cap on is covered in 2019 case play 10.2.3C— 10.2.3 SITUATION C F1’s cap frequently falls off his head and in the umpire’s judgment, it is either distracting to the batter or delaying the game. RULING: The umpire shall instruct the defensive team’s coach that F1’s cap must be secured. If this situation is not corrected, F1 will be removed as pitcher.
    3 points
  12. I'm at my car and changing before the question even comes up.
    3 points
  13. A run cannot score when the third out is made by the BR before he reaches first. No run. And, there's no "hit (before the throw to first)" because a hit is credited when the batter reaches first. And, it's "time play," not "timing play."
    3 points
  14. Some jacka** cost that parents 5 year old his college scholarship, so it’s completely understandable.
    3 points
  15. The game of baseball demands that someone take charge of it, start it, administer it and end it. Logic dictates...that's the umpire's role. @MulletUmpTheSecond, I've been reading Ron Luciano's books and although he was a bit unconventional in his umpiring, he discusses some perspective that is still true today. There are people in this world who hold grudges and keep score on everyone they ever interact with. In baseball, there are managers who remember every umpire and every detail of every incident and there are managers who do not do this. As umpires, we can surely keep a mental o
    2 points
  16. It's not your responsibility to determine how the league handles discipline once you've done your job and ejected someone. Today's game is a clean slate. But the coach's leash is short. "My call was ridiculous" is, IMO, borderline personal--he hasn't learned his lesson if he thinks these kinds of remarks are ok in 8U baseball. However, calling strikes on an 8 y/o for not being ready is borderline officious, IMO. It's easy for an instructor to say "do this, do that," and mandate strict application of the rules, but when you're out on the field, game management is in your hands, not your in
    2 points
  17. This is a good example of a principle appropriate in higher levels of play that is highly inappropriate for youth sports. Warnings may be effective when coaches (and perhaps players, too) understand that their conduct has consequences. Daddy coaches generally do not.
    2 points
  18. Rest and recovery is important. I took the day off after my last game and felt so good that I'm now approaching 1,500 consecutive days of recovery.
    2 points
  19. You cannot possibly be this ignorant as to how discourse works. Hell, I'm autistic and still grasp it. Think about sitting TF down every now and then.
    2 points
  20. Since a pitch was thrown (presumably) in the top of the next inning, A5's at bat was legitimized. That means A6 should lead off the bottom of the inning.
    2 points
  21. Did your son ask the "girl" her pronouns? Maybe "he's out" was correct.
    2 points
  22. We just need to stream all youth sports... Moms? Dads? Guardians? Drop off your kids, then find an internet connection at least one mile from the ballpark. Return for pickup at the end of the game. These kids will never remember the winning or losing...they will only remember the grown ups' behavior and conduct. ~Dawg
    2 points
  23. @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
    2 points
  24. That guy's getting run from my game, and there's no warning for it. Not least of which because I can just *feel* the tone and volume of how it was said. FTG.
    2 points
  25. 2 points
  26. Last Friday, batter squares to bunt, and pitch is right at him in the box, pitch hits him in the chest. I'm blocked behind the plate. I immediately jumped out to my partner in "C," "Did he go?" "No!" "Then that's a hit batter!" So much for not checking with your partner on bunt attempts or when he's in "C."
    2 points
  27. Agreed (at most). R3 touch home at least. 5 runs is a severe limitation that's changed the game already and I've only seen it in LL 10U and lower and Fall ball 12U and lower. Both clearly Rec ball. DHC that's going to get picky on that should be worried about other things like A) snacks after the game and B) not giving up 5 runs.
    2 points
  28. Yeahhhh...but you were wrong. And got defensive about it, putting him on notice for two things he did not do. (1) You warned him about arguing judgment calls; he did not, he called out your misapplication of the rule. (2) You warned him about coming out of the dugout on judgment calls; he did not come out, as you wrote, "yelling from the dugout." And even if he did come out, see (1). You can get snarky about it, but these are the facts--as you described them. But go ahead, you can have the last word.
    2 points
  29. I didn't think my email was that harsh...
    2 points
  30. @Umpire in Chief...Warren, thank you for sharing this. Perspective is everything and I am truly humbled. First situation was handled professionally. (And why wouldn't it be? This is you here.) Second situation...that's unprofessional. Part of amateur umpiring is working with partners who are working above their abilities due to their availability. Anytime I work with a new partner whom I have never worked with, the first thing I ask them is how long they have been in the association and how long have they been umpiring. Because I have this information when I take the field, I ca
    2 points
  31. As an umpire, I don’t care about official scoring, so I won’t lose sleep over this, but that makes no sense… If a batter hits a walk off home run in a tie game, they don’t get credited with a single and one RBI. Assuming ball is hit deep, bounces over fence and out of play, it’s a 2-base award, dead balls advance two bases, two runs score. I mean, it’s literally an automatic double, not a single that “could have been a double if ran out” (such as a gapper where batter only runs to first bc winning run scored) theoretically, a runner could be appealed out if they don’t take that
    2 points
  32. Now that you've seen these plays AND thought about them, you'll get more of them right the next time. Way too many umpires just shrug it off and never learn and repeat the same errors over and over again time after time
    2 points
  33. Correct. A missed base appeal can be a force out. A retouch appeal never can be, because by definition it happens after the batter is retired on a catch. Thus, no runner is forced to advance.
    2 points
  34. THAT, my friend, is an opinion, which I adamantly disagree with. No offense. 😁
    2 points
  35. 1. Tags by middle infielders on passing runners are tough. Once you notice there’s going to be a tag attempt, all you can do is take a step or two to one side or the other to get a better look. Besides that, take your time read the body language of the runner and the fielder. Did the runner stop running? Hang his head in a dejected way? Did the fielder keep chasing the runner…. Or make a second swipe at the runner? Sometimes they call the play themselves. 2. R1 r2… your partner has a tag up of r2 at 3b. Don’t stand in C to call catch/ no catch. On the fly ball to f8, you need to
    2 points
  36. He was wrong about it being a balk in OBR but he was not wrong about requiring all of the fielder to be in fair territory. Per the MLBUM, if brought to the attention of the umpire there is no penalty other than instructing the player to have both feet in fair territory. You would then enforce the rule for both teams.
    2 points
  37. Not sure I follow what "passing a force out" means. Grasping... sounds like Defense was contending R2 (runner from second) should be out for passing R3 (runner on third)? I guess (constructing the argument in my head) this is because, even though R2 never physically passed R3, R2 passed R3's baseball soul that was left behind on 3rd because he left early?
    2 points
  38. 2 points
  39. he shouldn't have had a chance to flip you off. Time to go sparky.
    2 points
  40. You are correct. Colbalt has been the closest to the WVG
    1 point
  41. It is..,the rule provides a runner two options, slide legally or veer away, end of story (in Fed and NCAA) going straight in is neither
    1 point
  42. I think you did the right thing Dawg. I've taken a game or two past time limits and then thought about the liability I was assuming. No need to do that.
    1 point
  43. From the 2016 BRD (section 326, p. 216): Play 184-326: R1, R2, bottom of the 8th, B1 singles to centerfield, F8’s throw home to get R2 gets by the catcher and is rolling toward the home-team dugout. That team, excited about the run, starts to cheer and rush from the dugout toward home plate to celebrate. A bench player accidentally deflects the ball, and it rolls into the dugout. At the time it entered the dugout, R2 had scored and R1 was advancing home, with the batter-runner heading toward third. Ruling: This action is “unintentional interference,” and since R2 had already touched hom
    1 point
  44. Unless this league has some very strange rules, correct call. Watch nearly any "bat and ball" game and you will see the runners making some very wide turns when they are running fast (or whatever "fast" means to them)
    1 point
  45. True, but they can be called out for the interference , not to a not sliding rule, but because he didnt slide, he interfered. love runners not sliding to 2nd, easy one for me. if varsity, if coach comes out, "Dont even pass that line, interference, double play"
    1 point
  46. I agree w/ @LRZ on this. And, the bolded above is just bad game management. You're coming across like a hardass and it really doesn't even make much sense. LRZ is correct, ...it wasn't judgement, and he didn't come out of the dugout. If you would have called the runner out because of the headfirst slide, ...none of this would have happened, ....right? In situations like this, ...ignore the coach, make your call and move on. You knew why he said what he said, and as soon as you announced your call, that satisfied his issue, right?
    1 point
  47. I feel the need to point out that "distracting" is in the eye of the umpire.
    1 point
  48. Former catcher here...I always enjoyed playing in games with plate umpires who engaged me. And now, that's the kind of umpire I try to be. I'm not meeting them out there with a drink cart but, I'll ask their names, what their guys on the bump like to throw, their out pitch, etc. If they make a key stop especially on a pitch up where they clearly got crossed up and it almost went in my face, I will quietly thank them or quietly tell them "nice play" on a difficult pop up. I look out for them, they look out for me...mostly. My #1 piece of advice for having good rapport with catchers is...Wh
    1 point




×
×
  • Create New...