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  1. 6 points
    @ArchAngel72 I was watching an 8/9/10 district championship game last night. When Team A changes it's pitcher to a kid throwing harder that the previous one, Team B backs their batters up to the back edge of the box. Consequently, the catcher backs up a little. Remember, ....8/9/10 y/o.......... Catcher now catching the ball about 6 inches off the ground for "called strikes". Team B parents start to come unglued. I find out about this after the fact as I am at the concession stand partaking in the wonderful treats that they have prepared for me that evening. I hear the commotion from there. I get back, and ask SWMBO what I had missed. She explains the (above) situation to me. Now, many of the parents know me from umpiring LL all over the district for years. I had that E.F.Hutton feeling (you young folks can google the E.F. Hutton commercials) for a moment when I retorted to SWMBO that "just because the players move back, doesn't move where the strike zone is located over home plate". SWMBO calmly stated, "that's what I told them". .........I think it's about time to get her a uniform. This father/son umpiring duo has been done before. I'm considering the Husband/Wife duo.
  2. 5 points
    National Anthem before my first plate job of the 2019 American Legion playoffs.
  3. 5 points
    So do you "hear" a chainsaw through the ear piece so you know to give that mechanic?
  4. 5 points
    The penalty for chickensh!t plays like this (in any sport - baseball, football, hockey, etc.) should be a suspension greater than the amount of time the injured player misses. I know that will never happen though.
  5. 4 points
    It was wrong for him to switch crews and it was wrong for him to text you like that. Did you screw him? Sure. But instead of using it as a chance to help you learn, your partner pouted and then sends you a scathing text? That's BS. I suspect if I went to my partner and he replied with "It's your call," I would more forcefully ask, "DID. HE. GO?!!" and put it right back on him. Then we would have a conversation after the game to help him better understand 2 man mechanics and working as a crew. It is the responsibility of more advanced umpires to help those coming up. Guys that don't see it that way are just hurting the brotherhood.
  6. 4 points
    I can't believe this, especially after what I've written today, but I'm taking the "softer side" on this. Not on the call - even if shocked, you should have just given what you had. And it led to the SH*#storm that followed. But - again, opinion of HokieUmp, LLC only - the partner was a dick about it. Kind of massively. Sure, it was a bad look on the call, and it led to an EJ. But gunning the batter on strike one later was HIS cock-up, even if events got him distracted. More importantly, I'm not a fan of the switching out AND the follow-up dickishness via text. If you're man enough to text someone to call names, and run down the person's level, be man enough to say it to them AT THE TIME. Better still, help a brother out by walking him through the issue. (Unless, of course, you're one of those that believes keeping others down helps you get better ball OR that the umpire world is just SO chockers with people, that we don't need all the guys working we can get.) Dude's a dick. I'm not even sure I can get behind the "apologize to him" camp, unless he's a 'big dog' and might screw up your schedule. My return text might be: "sorry for the mistake and the problems it caused. but don't worry about us working together from this end." With an optional* "go F*#K yourself." (*May not be optional.)
  7. 4 points
    How about a simple point to the ear followed by an out mechanic?
  8. 4 points
    I'm at work and don't have the volume on, but Wow. Now here's the rule... Electronic Balls and Strikes: TrackMan will deem pitches "ball" or "strike" based on similar methodology to how the technology functions at the Major League level. A Human home plate umpire will wear a Bluetooth-connected AirPod earpiece paired with an iPhone, which is hooked up to a software program in the press box whose sole task is to call balls and strikes. The human umpire will still retain final clerical authority over pitch-calling if the system is clearly wrong (which we anticipate it will be at times). Part of me says he should have overruled it, but the oppositional defiant disorder part of me wants to call what TrackMan tells me to call - just to shove their stupid system up their @ss.
  9. 4 points
    All of a sudden it's fun and games for the announcers...." Ohhh trackman got me, hahaha". Two days ago, the same guy would have been saying "That's just terrible, how can you take the bat out of his hands like that"
  10. 4 points
    True story from this game: we entered the top of the 7th inning at 1:15. The visitors were winning 4-0. The PA announcer then starts cracking jokes about us being "on a record pace" and "this may be the fastest game in stadium history". I knew exactly what was going to happen next. The top of the seventh took two minutes (five pitch inning). But then the home team scored 4 (not one, two, three or five...but four) runs in the bottom of the seventh. We ended up playing 12 full innings in 2:59. Some guys just deserve to be shot.
  11. 3 points
    That’s gotta end. Not only is that way too much to say at the Plate Meeting, but it’s being said wrong, in a way that will open a Pandora’s Box of Pain and Misery. “we want to get the calls right” – according to coaches, you never will, and some coaches think you’re out to get them, and that you’re lying ”so if you have a question” – don’t give them this possibility; it’s like giving an open jar of paint to a kindergartner and saying, “Now, don’t touch that until we say so”. ”call time” – NO. Coaches and players are to ask for Time. Only an umpire can call Time. ”tell me what you saw” – No to this too. What they saw will nearly always be something different than what the umpires actually saw. ”I’ll get together with my partner” – We (Umpires) are not at their (coaches and other participants) beckon call. The majority of calls that bring a coach out to question do not need or involve another umpire. By mentioning this, you’re giving that coach the fallacy that they can beseech the calling umpire to consult his/her partner and (hopefully, to them) overturn the call or introduce doubt.
  12. 3 points
    I’m with grayhawk on this ... you’re not umpiring in that scenario. You’ve become a digital interpreter. Interpret, don’t embellish.
  13. 3 points
    Yes, I absolutely would. I don't need to convince anyone of anything. Everyone knows the computer is making the call. All I am doing is relaying that information. Why would I do anything else?
  14. 3 points
    I love how the umpire looks at the batter as the batter is looking at him and he just points to his ear!
  15. 3 points
    Thank you! It’s definitely a lot tougher making judgement calls within a split second. When you go to review, our hearts are thumping with nerves because we WANT to get ALL of them right. Thanks again! SK
  16. 3 points
    Just considering how expensive some bats can be, I would, as a parent who purchased said bats, not be thrilled to have my kids coach allow the other team to use my son's bat. If only LL baseball would distribute to all of the managers, coaches and umpires some form of document which would codify their rules in one easy to access resource. They could bound such book in an easy to see color scheme, like Green, and hand it out to leagues and other participants so that we can all know the rules and be on the same page. Oh, wait... Too bad for the other coach who allowed his players to use illegal bats all season. Sorry they only will be swinging bats they are not use to... However, keep in mind the old adage "if you're not cheating, you're not trying', so maybe this was the other coach just doing his normal thing and trying to get advantages he was not entitled to. Too bad the illegal bats were discovered prior to the game. as the penalty in Allstars is quite severe for use of illegal bats. Sounds like it would have been fun for this coach to get caught using these not eligible bats.
  17. 3 points
    My '65 Mustang had a padded dash as a boastful safety feature. I think my Lexus has more airbags than a House full of Representatives. Thank you progress.
  18. 2 points
  19. 2 points
    Well.................since we are being transparent.........my first thought was "I've got enough to worry about. I don't give a $#!T how it's scored".
  20. 2 points
    I carry no less than two, and sometimes up to four, masks with me to every game venue I work. My main pads are TWs (I have 3 sets), but I also use All-Star MAG-LUCs on my FM4000, and navy LUCs on my (lone, thank goodness) rarely-used Navy mask (for when I call games in those states east of the Mississippi River, American Legion, or CDP). So, not only do I color-coordinate, I also temperature-coordinate, to a certain degree (ha! pun!). Cold temps? I use the LUC -equipped masks. Normal or hot weather? TWs is where it’s at. Consider, too, that if you wash TWs on a routine basis, and allow them to air dry, they’ll stay softer. The buildup of salt, from your sweat, actually stiffens the pads.
  21. 2 points
    For me the best all around in all weather plus good protection has been the all star LUC pads and the Honings pads.
  22. 2 points
    Well, TWs work fine for me in the cold. Anyhow, the Wilson Memory Foam pads work very well in cooler weather. Lots of guys on here like to use leather pads in the spring and then shift to TWs in the summer.
  23. 2 points
    Hey...wait a minute...I don't think that was a compliment.
  24. 2 points
    Umm, what exactly led to the out? That's right, it was the decision by the umpire that the pitch was in the zone. We are selling the strike, because it's the one that's sending the batter back to the dugout (which strike one and strike two DON'T do). And no, my strike 3 mechanic isn't the same for one that is down the middle where the batter is already walking back to the dugout versus the one that caught the corner. One is more emphatic than the other and it has absolutely nothing to do with being the center of attention.
  25. 2 points
    Yes, everything can happen in baseball, that's why i love this game... Yesterday, i was umpiring a french D1 senior game (playoffs). Top of 9th, 6-5 home team. Visiting tem at bat, 2 outs, bases loaded. Here comes the pitch, and guess what: the ball lodges in the catcher's chest protector....Dead ball, award 1 base for runners, game is tied..... We go for extra-innings, and in the 10th, visiting team score twice for the win..... On the play, the home team's american coach asked me: "who writed this rule ???" Me: "well, i guess the american did....."
  26. 2 points
  27. 2 points
    I guess for me it comes down to computers calling balls and strikes fundamentally changing the duties of the plate umpire, so it would also fundamentally change my mechanics related to calling balls and strikes.
  28. 2 points
    Perhaps Sorry. Sometimes I can't help myself.
  29. 2 points
    Yes -- if the motion to disengage is continuous and smooth. Sometimes, however, the pitcher starts to come set, decides he wants another sign, starts to drop back down, realizes that won't be allowed, and then tries to step off. That's a balk. This is from JR (NOTE: It's an OLD version. Don't want anyone to be confused). It is a balk if a pitcher 1. hesitates in or interrupts his motion to join hands, pitch, throw, or disengage. However, it is not a balk if a pitcher who has begun his motion to join hands shifts in a fluid and continuous motion to throw or to disengage the rubber. Also, an umpire must recognize the difference between the motion to join hands and other neutral movement that is not relevant to the joining of hands, e.g., a pitcher rotates his glove to signal the catcher for another set of signs, or a hunched-over pitcher straightens his body when the catcher requests time. NOTE: The motion to join hands is optional in the windup mode. The pitcher may pause once his hands have become joined before proceeding to pitch, step and throw, or disengage. The motion to join hands is considered a motion to pitch until a pitcher pauses, so if a pitcher interrupts this motion before pausing, it is a balk. Examples: (a) R2 and R1. A right-handed pitcher, uncertain of the first baseman's approach of the base, steps to first, but throws only after hesitating in his motion to throw: balk. (b) R1. A left-handed pitcher lifts his free foot and suspends it still for a split second before proceeding in his motion to throw: hesitation, balk. (c) R1. After coming set, a right-handed pitcher's right knee quickly buckles before he throws to first: if the buckling is a separate, discontinuous motion before the motion to throw, there is a balk. However, if the buckling is merely part of a fluid and continuous motion to throw, there is no balk. (d) R2. From the stretch position the pitcher begins a motion to join hands, but stops and disengages: if the shift is fluid and continuous, there is not a balk. However, if the shift is discontinuous, there is a balk.
  30. 2 points
    Treat it like a BB - no at bat, but a plate appearance - just call it something else. Base on Missed Pitch? BMP. Gets counted for OBP just like BB's. There's no way around it without creating a new method to reach base, and a new stat calc. Ultimately, that's not baseball, so they can have whatever video game standards they want.
  31. 2 points
    Let's take all of the issues in this thread one at a time. First, (as pointed out above by @beerguy55) "required" is a sticky word. They are not required by rule to yell "catch" or "ground". However, an umpire does have certain requirements placed on him/her by various umpire mechanics manuals (different manuals exist for different organizations). If an umpire fails to follow a required umpire mechanic...it could affect his/her ability to advance as an umpire, but there is nothing much a team can do during the course of that game as a result of an umpire not following a proper or required mechanic. Second, as for the mechanics, on any play, an umpire has a hierarchy of calls that should (required on the MiLB level) be followed at all times. On a given play, the umpires should rule on aspects of that play in this order: 1. Fair/Foul 2. Catch/No Catch 3. (React to) next play Thus, on a sinking line drive down the left-field line that has F7 diving to make a catch attempt, the umpire should first rule on whether the ball is fair or foul. Thus, the first mechanic one should see from the umpire is either (1) a point fair (2) a point foul or (3) the time mechanic followed by a point foul (for an uncaught foul). After the fair or foul mechanic has been given, the umpire (using proper timing...especially on a catch) will then signal and voice a catch or no catch. The umpire should vary the intensity of his call (both emphasis of his mechanic and the level of his voice) depending on how close the catch/no-catch was. If (as is implied in the OP) the catch/no-catch is very close, the umpire should either give several emphatic safe signals while yelling "no catch! no catch!", or, if it is a catch, the umpire should raise his right arm (with his hand in a fist) up above his head while yelling "that's a catch! that's a catch!". The reason that fair/foul is ruled on first is because that is what happens first. For instance, a batted ball hit in the air to the outfield (beyond first or third base) becomes fair or foul the split second it is touched by the defensive player (or hits the ground). However, a catch is not completed until the fielder shows complete control and voluntary release of the ball...which can be several seconds AFTER the ball became fair or foul.
  32. 2 points
    ......and here all this time I thought it was fat bottomed girls
  33. 2 points
    Ok HE got 2 games.. I am triggered! What the hell. He probably put that catcher out for a week if not more and all he loses is an undisclosed amount of $ plus 2 games ? That's not enough.. I'm ok with the fine but seriously needs to be 5 games or more make it 10 and let the players union argue it back down to 5. But 2 pfft slap on the hand. What if that catcher suffers from some career ending thing due to concussion issues. sigh sorry just NOT happy
  34. 2 points
  35. 2 points
    Exactly. I think these are the ones that the umpire can over ride. My guess is that they are not encouraged to over ride pitches like the one in the video. Listen to Brian talk about it here:
  36. 2 points
    Strikes lead to Outs Outs ==> Innings Innings ==> Games Games ==> Cash Cash ==> Beer Beer ==> Sleep Sleep is good. Call more strikes.
  37. 2 points
    And the mechanic is: [signal safe & hold it] That's nothing!
  38. 2 points
    Post a photo or two, and I and/or @wolfe_man and the rest of the “pit crew” will come up with a solution.
  39. 2 points
  40. 2 points
    EXACTLY what I expected .......... a poorly received pitch that hits the zone and LOOKS terrible but actually is a strike as it crosses the front edge of the plate ..... BOOM!
  41. 2 points
  42. 2 points
    I'm just going to give my 2 cents on the WP stealing 1B thing. I think it's it's utterly ridiculous. It flies in the face of basic baseball rules... 1..The batter hasn't completed his at bat if he can run on any pitch. 2..The idea of the catcher having to catch the 3rd strike is, for all intents and purposes, to complete the strike out with a put out. Every out has to be a put out. (runner tagged, caught fly ball, force out at a base, etc.)The exception for less than two outs and 1B occupied is to prevent the intentional drop/double play. Just silly..MHO
  43. 2 points
    Just kidding! Not sad....I’ve been umpiring the same hustle and dedication since 2008 when I broke in. I do not worry about the things beyond my control & just happy to be selected to work the post season as a crew chief. Head up, mouth shut and eyes on the next pitch or play, right? SK
  44. 2 points
    Thanks! Again, sorry for the delayed reply. Media is part of it, but so is the human element. I actually go back and watch my games again bc I’m my toughest critic. A lot of times, if media thinks I’ve missed a pitch in the little square, I may have thought it was a good pitch until the “presentation” is animated to show me he’s trying to fool me because he thought it was not a strike. His job is to make it look good; most do a great job at catching “strikes” and throwing back the “balls.” I don’t want to be a play by play guy and no medi person wants to umpire for 3.5 hrs in front of 10k-15k each weekend like the SEC. It’s not easy. SK
  45. 2 points
    I ran into this a lot when I was starting. You will run into good partners sooner or later. When you do, pick their brains. Seek out good clinics, and you have already found this place, which has a wealth of info.
  46. 1 point
    But it's still ME calling it. When an ear piece is calling it for me, it has fundamentally changed the role of the plate umpire from a decision maker to a messenger. If you feel otherwise, then more power to you. I suspect that neither you, nor I, will ever have to worry about it.
  47. 1 point
    Here is the rule from two different slow-pitch leagues’ website concerning when a runner is considered past the commitment line— …A runner will be considered to have crossed the Safety Line once they touch the ground on or beyond the line. COMMITMENT LINE: Twenty (20) feet from home plate. Base runner must continue once any part of his body is over (and on the ground) past the commitment line. (as per SPN rules)
  48. 1 point
    Is this a baseball question or sex?
  49. 1 point
    Looks like they've got the computerized strike zone dialed in...
  50. 1 point
    That was a training video for the "wedge".


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