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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
    2 points
  7. 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
  8. STOP. GIVING. THEM. IDEAS.
    2 points
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. This thread needs to come full circle.
    2 points
  12. No doubt the Facebook sites have a lot to offer... AND I'll acknowledge my bias obviously, but I think dedicated forums, on virtually any topic, are much more engaging than FB sites.
    2 points
  13. 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
    2 points
  14. 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...
    2 points
  15. 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
  16. Some of us are here EVERY night... Uhhhhh...so I'm told. ~Dawg
    1 point
  17. I'd assume completely the opposite, something very much not Little League. A number of tournament series, travel ball leagues, local leagues, showcase & stat-driven series, or non-sanctioned non-Varsity (think: Freshman ball, or scrimmage, or scout-team) games will resort to a bat-everybody lineup. In these games, there is more emphasis on participation, less on penalty. Some have an accommodation for compressing the lineup (as @beerguy55 mentions) as a withdrawal, typically by injury, but could also be due to mom showing up to take Bobby off to his band recital. There have been leag
    1 point
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Yes AND have in game umps get on a mic and explain it...like the NFL/NHL. I'm also wondering when MLB teams are going to start making sure their coaching staff includes someone who knows the rulebook, cold. I suspect Mattingly didn't protest because he didn't know he could, didn't think of it, or didn't understand the situation fully...a Rules Assistant would have helped with that. To at least get him to argue the relevant points...I get the impression that Mattingly didn't even know that a HBP in the strike zone is a strike....he's arguing whether or not the batter intended to get
    1 point
  21. 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
  22. From some of that list, you should maybe look forward to sharpening your Ejection Report writing skills.
    1 point
  23. However, the purpose of said mechanic is to provide immediate information to offense and defense that it was indeed a strike...to try to avoid an unfair situation/advantage to either team...once a few seconds has passed and the catcher has thrown the ball back to the pitcher I'm thinking that ship has sailed...is it still appropriate to volunteer the third strike call at that point...let alone kill the play before doing so? Now, I think this scenario is different because IMO the BU saw a swing that isn't supported by the rules...but that aside, I'm thinking if the BU isn't volunteering th
    1 point
  24. https://www.fibrecase.com This company supplies the ATA cases to MLB...
    1 point
  25. You can lock it up @Thunderheads I sold this one locally
    1 point
  26. (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
  27. 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
  28. LOL I almost threw out our head coach. Every close pitch, he'd sigh/inhale deeply and then walk out of the dugout down towards the fans (out of play). I finally had enough and told him just to stay out there if he didn't like it. Guess who's son the pitcher was?
    1 point
  29. "unintentionally swung" while getting out of the way of a pitch, with bat at his legs? HTBT but that sounds like a ball to me...
    1 point
  30. Protest, even if it's just to get the right answer and educate the coaches and umpires. Not sure what the outcome would be - need more info - even though the ump was wrong in his application of the rules, that doesn't mean it changed the outcome of the game (regardless of the two runs), which is the second requirement to upholding a protest. So - first, the ump shouldn't have called "do over" - he should try to determine what would have happened if the play didn't get killed. Eg. if the ball went to the backstop, batter gets first...runners advance probably...if catcher caught pitc
    1 point
  31. The exception applied twice in yesterday's Dbacks-Rockies game (bottom 11th and top 12th) so it appears that part of the debate has been settled.
    1 point
  32. 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
  33. Yes, for exactly the reason you mention: no rule prohibits it. FED has not (yet?) adopted OBR's ban on feinting to 3B. And, as with any legal feint, a step is required (satisfied in your situation by the jump turn). The LL guys can correct me, but last I heard LL had not adopted that provision of OBR either.
    1 point
  34. I've had the experience of umpiring for my son's LL team. Never, and I mean never, again. I will never umpire LL baseball again. If you think you'll get a pass because your son is on the home team, you're so wrong. If anything, they think that you'll give them every close pitch - will be a strike for them and a ball against them when they bat. Every close play also is supposed to be theirs. I was to be paid $30 a game which I gave back to the coach after the first game after hearing so much griping/whining/complaining from our parents. I kept my word and fulfilled the rest of
    1 point
  35. 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
  36. Let me backtrack on one my comments. As LL umpires, we have no authority one the fans. None. Other rules set might, but not in LL. Nor can they put fan behavior on the managers, by rule. So we can't eject fans. What the can to do is stop the game, and have the board member on duty stop the nonsense outside the fence line before the game continues. Music is fine, directly pointing at an opposing pitcher is childish, and stupid. If I were the PU, I'd direct, in a LOUD voice, the league official that it needs to stop before we continue. Yeah, no need to 9.01(c) here. We've
    1 point
  37. Yup, @Senor Azul...this is why I don't work LL baseball. I don't have enough arbitration acumen. So, it's a win-win for all concerned. ~Dawg
    1 point
  38. LL Minors? so......8-10 y/o. A curve ball in Minors? First, I'm inclined to believe it was more gravity, than ball rotation. Second, at that age, if the batter so much as squints his eyes.........in his/her mind, they made an attempt to get out of the way. I have NEVER seen an 8-10 y/o take one for the team.
    1 point
  39. Or one could recognize that using that particular rule is something that should happen once every thousand years or so, and use Kyle's advice which is far more supportable by rule.
    1 point
  40. 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
  41. Stop. 🛑 You’re over-complicating this. The presence of a “universal DH” or a pitcher batting (straight 9) doesn’t matter and is irrelevant. The batter who is up or due up in the lineup is at bat. The batter – whoever it is, DH, P, C, EH or otherwise – immediately before him in that lineup is placed at 2B. Simple! Now, if this same rule is being used in tournament games (which it frequently is, BTW), and there is an allowance for Courtesy Runners for Catcher (and/or Pitcher), then an eligible courtesy runner can be placed at 2B if the F2 (C) or F1 (P) is the guy in the l
    1 point
  42. Very similar, it's been awhile, so long that I feel like a newbie! Between the horrendousness of the past year and the rise of the facebook forums, haven't been around too much but it's nice to return to the stability and continuity - and sanity - of U-E.
    1 point
  43. When a runner touches or passes a base (or the plate) he is considered to have attained that base. If he has touched the base or plate, he is no longer vulnerable to an appeal. If he has passed the base or plate and has failed to touch it, he is considered to have touched it until there is a proper appeal. The defense is required to recognize that a base or the plate has been missed. So your play is no longer a runner passing situation; it becomes an appeal play because of the violation of a base running rule. In other words, the lead runner’s run would count even though the lead runner
    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. There's something missing here...Whether this is Div 1, Div2 or NAIA, or some backwater JuCo, something doesn't fit...not as described. Baseball or softball, don't care. First, as others have stated, there's going to be video, of some kind. Something so ridiculous would be on Youtube by now. Second, there's nfw this isn't followed by a formal protest and review. EVERY college coach in North America plays the rest of this game under protest, and/or appeals both the ejection and suspension three seconds after the game ends. And ALMOST every college coach gets ejected after reacting
    1 point
  46. I guess none of you have ever been exposed to softball. Softball has done this tie breaker format, including NCAA and Olympics, for many many years. Unfortunately for me, one of the teams I coached lost the National Championship in this format. First...they can put ANYONE in they want...it's called a substitution. But, if every team was just allowed an extra roster spot to have a designated speedster, how does that resolve the game faster...both teams get a crack at it in each inning...you're just inviting a scenario where both teams score one run and then go to the 11th inning
    1 point
  47. 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
    1 point
  48. 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
    1 point
  49. 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
  50. I spent 15 years as a NASCAR official. Not quite the same thing, but ESPN thinks it's a sport.
    1 point




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