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  1. A local kid that I've watched grow up from behind the plate has invited me to be with him and his parents at his college signing day. He said I was behind the plate for so many of his games he felt like I needed to be there when he signed up for the next step. I was blown away! I never thought calling balls and strikes would create this kind of memory or moment in life. Maybe not important to a bunch of people but the thought that I could have an impact on 1 kids life just really made my day.
    20 points
  2. Mine isn't funny but it's something I'll never regret. I called the Police. I umpired his game on a storybook beautiful day. It was Blue sky, sunshine and baseball. I know he was nine or ten years old. My memory of him is not all that clear until he came to bat. I was umpiring a kid game as a favor for my assignor. I saw the pitch that came hard at him, I cringed knowing he was going to be hit and I watched him crumple when the ball hit him square in the body. He went down and the tears flowed..... I bent to help him, and try to comfort him. His coach ran out and we lifted his shirt to see the mark the ball made. And then we saw it, it was already red and angry looking. But when lifting the shirt, I saw the other marks the angry purple bruises that only fists and adult hands can make and way too many to be accidental..... He tugged his shirt down and got up and he said he was fine. He took a moment to dry his tears and kid like ran off to first.The game, of course, was more important than his getting hurt. I was the one who called the police. I'll never regret that. His coach bought the hotdogs after the game, more to delay the departure of the team, while I called the police. I heard later he was taken out of the home and his parental abuser was charged. I heard he moved to live with relatives. I never saw him again. I wonder so much about this boy. How could anyone do that to a child. On TV now there are ads for reporting child abuse....and the reason most don’t is "how can I be sure?". I can tell you that I was, that day, and remain today, 100% totally sure. The evidence of the beatings that boy was taking left me no grey area.... I wonder if baseball was his refuge from the monster. I wonder if he is ok. I wonder if he ever knew how much he has affected my life and my relationship with my son and with the boys I umpire. I wonder if the coach and I will ever be able to meet and not talk about that day......so far its the first thing we mention when we meet after a long off season. I wonder how many others are out there. I wonder if he is happy. Best thing I ever did on a ball field?.....I called the Police.
    15 points
  3. This past week I found out I was accepted to a collegiate umpiring group and will start to umpire college baseball this coming spring. The long standing members here will remember but I think I first joined UE when I was 15 doing in-house LL games. Excited for the challenge ahead, and looking forward to continuing to improve and climb the ladder.
    13 points
  4. Great on your CC and congrats to you. Here is some advice I give to guys when working the plate in a "big game" (that is, when they are in the situation you were in). I've posted this elsewhere, but I'll rehash it here. The key to getting relaxed on the plate (when you're really nervous) is to get the game into a defensive flow. Baseball is the only major American sport which is designed to be in a defensive flow. Think about it: it is the only sport in which the defense possesses the ball. Everyone wants the batters swinging, the ball being put in play, and the defense making plays. When those things are happening, the managers/coaches do not have time to waste yelling at you as they're too busy thinking ahead about their next possible coaching move because the game is moving along at a good pace. So, how does one get the game in a good defensive flow? Usually, at the beginning of the game the first pitch that you have to judge (a pitch where the batter does not swing) is an easy call. Usually the pitcher is so jacked up that he either throws an obvious "ball" or he takes a lot off his velocity and throws a "down-the-middle" strike to calm his nerves. HOWEVER, at some point (usually in the first inning) you're going to get that first "nut-cutter" pitch of the game. This is a pitch that is borderline and could go either way. THE FIRST TIME YOU GET A "NUT CUTTER" PITCH YOU HAVE TO CALL IT A "STRIKE". If you can do that...if you can go onto the field with the mentality that you're going to call the very first borderline pitch you see a "strike"...it sends a message to everyone that you're calling strikes. (And trust me, everyone gets the message.) No one is going to argue with you at this point because (1) the game has just begun and (2) they're trying to figure out your zone and, thus, are not going to complain that you're being inconsistent. By calling this very first borderline pitch a "strike" you let both dugouts know that you're not planning on having a "walk-a-thon". Furthermore, (even if subconsciously) you're telling them and yourself that you are not going to squeeze the zone just because you're nervous. Where plate umpires go wrong when they're nervous is that they allow their nerves to affect their judgment (that's human nature). Unfortunately, it is my experience that the vast majority of umpires who are really nervous end up "squeezing" the zone. And, of course, this is the exact opposite of what you want to do in a "big game". What you want to do in a "big game" is get the game in a defensive flow so that the game has a good pace and everyone is focused on the game (and not you). Call the first nut-cutter a strike, and everything settles in from there. If you can do that, in 98% of these games your nerves will be gone by the second inning. [The other 2% are games where the pitchers themselves cannot overcome their own nerves and the game turns into a walk fest...but at least that has nothing to do with you!] My mantra coming out of the locker room in these games: CALL THE FIRST NUT-CUTTER A STRIKE!!!
    11 points
  5. I want to extend my congratulations to and make you all aware, that our very own@MadMax has been selected for the plate in the Arizona 6A, (our largest schools), HS State Championship game. The game is next Tuesday May 18th and is held in the Angels' spring training stadium. Our umpiring association has an annual get together at the game to which all of the State's HS coaches are also invited. All in all, it's quite a deal. He's earned the spot based on evaluation by our association and review of the HS coaches we work with. When I heard the news I immediately thought back to the uncomfortable conversation Max had with his first assignor here in AZ. Why hadn't he been working varsity games in his home state? Was he qualified to work the national level PG event we were holding that weekend? As I recall, his first role was bringing ice water to us during the event. The first games we worked together, Max jumped in and worked three man without being compensated. In the nearly four years since then Max has taken every opportunity to work his butt off and get better. There have been endless numbers of youth games on scorching, dusty fields. Clinics and camps, taking advantage of every opportunity to learn and improve. His summers have been occupied with college and now independent ball. His primary in season focus has shifted to NAIA baseball. I still hear from so many umpires that honors like this are "political", whatever that means. Max is still an outsider here to a large degree and has much less tenure then most of the umpire working for our association. So it's gratifying to see a clear example of merit being reward. Way to go buddy!
    11 points
  6. My best LL story wasn't even on the diamond. In addition to umpiring, I coached LL for 13 years, either regular season, fall ball, or both. Coached my kids from tee-ball to juniors. Had a kid that I coached, Ethan, off and on from tee-ball up until his 11 year old season. He wasn't the most talented player, but was a good kid and played hard. He left baseball after his 11 year old season and focused on soccer, which he became one hell of a player. We kept in touch with him and his family, and still do to this day, he recently graduated from college. When he turned 13, I received an invitation for me and my whole family to attend his bar mitzvah. I had never been to one, and if you've never been, it is an awesome time. I was very honored to be invited. During the reception of probably close to 300 people, there was a continuous slide show of Ethan's life, and there was even a couple of pictures of me and him on the ball-field, which by itself was really cool. But at wasn't the best and most humbling part. As we were leaving near the end of the event, I thanked his mom for inviting us. She said she was very happy that we came, and then said these words that I'll never forget. She told me that I had a "significant impact on Ethan's life." What, me? I mean I just coached him in LL. I never treated him any different than any other player. I always had the mindset when coaching that I would give every kid a fair shake. You could play any position for me, you just had to work hard at it. That was pretty much my philosophy when coaching. I was stunned at those words. Never did I think I'd have that much of an impact on a kid that wasn't my own. I have a lot of fond and memorable stories involving LL, but that one tops the list.
    10 points
  7. Many years ago, my uncle went to pick up his new car. There was a metal dealer medallion on the left side of the trunk, and the dealers name also on the license plate frame. . My uncle saw them, asked how much he was getting paid for the advertising. Refused to take the car until they took them off. They obliged.
    9 points
  8. The problems start here. Right or wrong, we can't allow that, and it's more likely fishing for a call. "Knock it off, now." Now, instead of ejecting him for violating the instruction you should have given, you look like his lap dog. Not only is fishing allowed today, but he gets you to come to him. This, we can ignore. It's mere venting. That's not ignoring. Did you offer him a backrub while you were over there? You said you were busy officiating the game, which they already knew. They probably knew the count just fine, and were just trying to disrupt F1's rhythm. I expect they had some laughs back in the office about how in your head they were. Answer questions, ignore statements. But don't ignore disruptions. It seems to me that you might have an issue with caring too much (that is, at all) about whether and how much coaches like you. None of them like you. Some hate you. That's OK, because you don't have to listen to the whiney kids or their parents.
    9 points
  9. he shouldn't have had a chance to flip you off. Time to go sparky.
    9 points
  10. Congrats @MadMax! If you didn't know, I looked up on the Arizona Scholastic Umpire Association and it says that as a gift for this accomplishment, you get to pick one item from the Wilson Umpire Catalog.
    9 points
  11. 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!
    9 points
  12. 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 evaluation. And, I couldn't handle it. I proceeded to go out in Game 3 of the series and have the worst plate job in the history of minor league baseball. I had to throw out the pitching coach from one team who stood on the top step of the dugout and put his hands around his neck and screamed, "you're F*#King choking," because he thought I was calling too many "balls". In the 8th inning, I had to throw out a batter on the other team who thought I was calling too many "strikes". I so did not want to throw the batter out, that I gave him three warnings...but he left me no choice. When I tossed the pitching coach, he sprinted out of the dugout with a look in his eye that I have never seen before or since on a ball field. I thought he was going to tackle me, except that his manager (who was making a mound visit), sprinted off the mound and tackled him. I was screamed at for the whole game by fans (like I was at a youth game and the parents were going nuts). Because the home team was only 45-minutes from where I grew up, I had my whole family in the stands (they weren't yelling...at least I don't think they were!). After the game, as I was leaving the field, some fan was verbally assaulting me and threatening to kick my ass. My Dad and Uncle (two high school football coaches) decided to get in his face...and they were all about to come to blows! I was so GOD awful, that one of the managers (after I had ejected his pitching coach) said, "Matt, you have to expect to take some when you're struggling this much." All I could manage to say was an implied acknowledgment that I agreed that I was sucking up the stadium. I said, "Dick, I was ready to hear it from you and I would have listened to you for a long time...but I ain't listening to your pitching coach." The moral of the story is that this game will eat you alive if you start thinking and acting like you have it figured out. I thought I was "hot sh!t" and this game literally handed my ass to me. It was a lesson in humility that I have never forgotten. I was so lucky that I was not evaluated that game. If I had been evaluated that game, I may have been sent back to rookie league!
    9 points
  13. (This isn't a LL story - sorry - but it's right at the end of the age range, and is something I won't forget.) When I was still in Virginia, in November '17, I had a pair of 13U games between a team from Richmond and a local team. I worked the plate in the second game, as I prefer. Top-3, the leadoff hitter came to the plate. He suddenly got kind of a thousand-yard stare, and started taking these little steps, like the beginning of tipping over. I gave the coaches the get-the-hell-out-here wave, and then got him in my arms and helped him to the ground. At that point, he started to have a seizure. So .... game over, given the trauma. I found out through the grapevine that the seizure was from a brain tumor - one on the surface of the brain only, and still pretty new, but "not optimal," as they say. The following April, I was assigned another pair of 13U games. Same venue, and it turned out to be the same two teams. Less than six months after that game ...... that same kid was back - not only playing ball, but he was the *starting pitcher* for his team. He'd had surgery at Johns Hopkins - *brain* surgery, which I cannot emphasize enough - and was recovered and on the ballfield. I wrote about it on my Facebook feed, and said: "I don't have a lot of Big Conclusions to draw from it, other than to marvel at the times we live in, and the things we can do to help people. Even though I don't know the exact impression it's made on me, I felt like it's something worth describing." But to me, it was nothing short of remarkable.
    9 points
  14. The plate coat in my profile pic -- shown here larger so you can see just how sexy I am -- is the highly esteemed Fechheimer. The best part is that it was just GIVEN to me by a retiring umpire, and fits like it was tailored to my exact dimensions. I never win anything, but I'm calling this a huge win!
    8 points
  15. There is a reason some umpires refer to coaches as rats. This tool is a great example. That he was around to make the second set of accusations is something that should have never been allowed to occur. Some one ought to school him on how to talk to officials. Some one ought to school him on appeals versus fishing for an answer he likes. Someone ought to clue him in that officials talk to one another. Someone ought to clue him in that bringing up perceived wounds from prior games gets tickets to the parking lot punched. He would not have been around to start a second round if I were in your shoes. The next time I saw him he would have no wiggle room. Say something stupid, ticket punched. Dump him every time until the message is received. Dump anyone who acts like this. Your afternoon always gets better and you will become more comfortable with every ejection. There is no regret in writing an ejection report that includes everything this jackass said. This guy should have been ejected as soon as he started with his prattling about whatever his gripe of the moment was. As our long missing friend @BigUmpire would have said, shoot one monkey and rest tend to fall in line. There is no game fee in the world that allows d-bags like this to stay with in sight and sound of a field when they are given enough rope to hang a warren full of rats. You said you partner was a senior guy who was "doing a great job behind the plate." Where was he when clown boy was demonstrating his ignorance for all to see? I would love to know how your post game conversation with your partner went. He allowed you to get steamrolled. You make no mention of your experience, so I presume that all of this ass-hattery is something you have no experience with or have not dealt with effectively (read eject). P-shah to the moral high ground. It isn't worth diddley squat. He should have been ejected..... twice.
    8 points
  16. Hilarious, considering that there is a merit-based system in place (including the awarding of playoff assignments and crew chief positions). At least get your facts straight; the seniority-based system started dying in the 1990's and completely died in August of 1999. As for "we can all name the MLB umpires with the poorest performances". That's laughable. Everyone and their mother always names "Angel Hernandez" first when listing the umpire with the "poorest performances". The only problem, however, is that the objective facts don't bear this out. From 2001 to around 2013 (I forget the exact last year as I forgot what year I was discussing this with a friend who works in umpire administration), Angel finished in the top 5 every year in the computer grades for balls and strikes calls. Yet, through all those years he was consistently named by announcers, members of the print media, and idiots on social media as the worst umpire. So, the idea that "we" can all agree on the umpires with the poorest performances is wrong.
    8 points
  17. Addendum: I'm sometimes asked how I get 7 innings done in 90 minutes. Three simple things: Call more strikes Enforce the batter's box rule Enforce the warmup rule If you allow just 3 minutes more than I do every warmup, you're adding about 3 minutes X 2 teams X 7 innings = 42 minutes per game. Even in time limit games: though some say, "who cares?" I say that quick innings are better baseball. Keeping everyone's head in the game produces much better games. Plus, who says we have to reach the time limit? Apologies for the rant/derailment.
    8 points
  18. This may not be new to some of you. I apologize if I'm bringing up "old news." I was at a regional PONY tournament last night. I've done PONY for a number of years, off and on, both in Texas and Virginia, and I think I generally prefer it to LL. But since I'm mostly as "have gun, will travel" kind of umpire, I move from gig to gig, crushing dreams wherever I roam, so I don't really pay attention a lot of times to the post-season of the different orgs. So I'm there this week, working mostly the Pony (14u) and Bronco (12u) divisions, with the odd Mustang (10u) game. We had sectionals last week, and it's been fairly smooth - other than the rain we're getting belted with this week. But one of the things that was added at this regional level, starting last night, I believe, was the Shetland division. IT WAS 4U. THAT'S F-O-U-R. Now, don't get me wrong - I think the little ones are friggin' ADORABLE. And there are enough motor skills needed for baseball, that it takes a long time to develop, so why not start early? And if we were just talking about "regular season" stuff, I say "Sure! Let 'em play! Let 'em run around, try to throw and catch, play with dandelions, what the F*#K ever! It's good for them, and again - they're totes adorb!" But are you SH*#ting me, with this tournament nonsense??!? Where wins and losses are somehow supposed to then matter?? When there are players actually still in diapers out there? And - knowing coaches in the way only umpires can - where they're possibly being hollered/yelled at??!? How is this A Good Thing? I know I sound naïve, but remember - I'm not generally a "house-league" umpire - I move around from gig to gig, and don't work exclusively in one or a few places, so I guess I'm not exposed to this as much. But for F*#K's sake - there has to be a limit, or a point, where clearer heads prevail, and egos are checked at the damn door (meaning: certain adults have to stop worrying about adding to their trophy cases), and the kids just play the game.
    8 points
  19. Can I let you in on a little secret? This is not new. Let me take you back, children. All the way back through the hoary mists of time, to 1976. Bell bottoms, sideburns down to the chin-line, all-metal cars with seatbelts no more than after-thoughts. America was a younger country then. A simpler country. And in Mount Airy, Maryland, a young HokieUmp - neither a Hokie yet, nor an umpire, so actually a young [NAME REDACTED] - made it to first in some fashion that required over-running. Being a left-hander in many aspects, he turned to his left to perform the 180 degree move to get back to 1B. ......where he was tagged and promptly called out. They say HokieUmp stills roams the baseball diamonds of the world, calling safes and outs, balls and strikes, searching for the man who called him out that fateful day. All so that he can finally say, "Hello. My name is HokieUmp. You called me out on a rules myth. Prepare to die." And the circle will be complete. ---------------- All of that to say, Arch, that the world is filled with f[REDACTED] idiots. And they, somehow, breed faster than we do. So we're doomed. (And yes, I am aware that's not nearly as sexy of an origin story as "bitten by radioactive spider." You work with what ya got.)
    8 points
  20. If you had one that ran on the anger generated by parents, you'd never run out of power.
    8 points
  21. Best thing I ever saw, was SWMBO and another coach save a woman's life. It was a 2nd chance (district only) tournament for the players that did make the State or International teams. A player hit a home run. I was on the bases. The ball was thrown back in and I put it in my pocket until the half inning was over. I walked over to their side of the field, asking for who the mother was, and I handed her the ball. She had no intention of even being at the game that night, as she hadn't been feeling well. A batter or two into the next half inning, I hear a woman screaming for help. I'm in A and see another woman lying on the ground behind her teams dugout (1B side). Call it command presence if you want, but the Marine came out in me when I called time. Everyone heard it. I yelled for SWMBO (who is a nurse) and pointed behind the dugout with emphasis, as if awarding a base. I cleared the field and had the 3rd base dugout blocked by the coaches and a couple of board members that were at the game. Fortunately, they were all block dugouts, so her team couldn't see. SWMBO called for the AED and a bystander retrieved it (it was the last game of the season and the FIRST year we had AEDs at the fields). Parents gathered around to help in blocking the scene from the players. Fortunately, she was revived and we visited her in the hospital the next day. It was the mom who I had given the homerun ball to. She hadn't been feeling well due to an irregular heartbeat (arythmia I think?), but the AED kick started her and she has had a normal rhythm since.
    8 points
  22. The system is ....... sport specific boxer brief underwear (I like Adidas Climacool) .... Nutty Buddy, jock, then tights. I never ( VERY RARELY) have to adjust the cup, and there's no reason to get totally undressed between games, ... reach down and slip the cup out from under the jock.
    7 points
  23. You go to a minor league game and have no idea what the 18 players did but were all consumed with what the two guys were doing.
    7 points
  24. Whatever the size of the difference, this difference can pucker an umpire's cheeks faster than anything else: All I know is that one day I went to rub up the baseballs before my plate job and instead of them reading, "New York-Penn League," they read "American League". I asked the clubby what was up. His reply was, "you didn't hear? Gooden has a rehab start tonight." And that's how I found out (through the label on a baseball) that I was umpiring my first game with an actual MLB pitcher. Talk about not being able to fit a pinhead up my a$$!
    7 points
  25. I was just at an NCAA camp a couple weeks ago and someone brought this up, and the instructor, who works Big 10 conference games said “I know you are told not to do it, but on any close pitch, what are you going to hear?” “Where was that at?” He said “I’m just avoiding the question” and followed up with “if I say ball down” and coach says “that’s not down”, I can just ignore it but at least I avoided a back and forth (ball, where was that, I had it down, that’s not down). he said “you can only get in trouble if it’s a horribly blown call” and if that’s the case, you’re in trouble with coach whether you said where it was or not. long story short, he gives location on a close pitch (within a ball width or so) to avoid a back and forth. I personally like this philosophy, and I definitely like it better than “selling a ball” with more emphasis on close ones. Just “ball away” as calm and confident as any other call. I think that will avoid a lot of conversation about strike zone
    7 points
  26. I believe he's referring to: OutWest brothers agreeing to market UmpLife products as his exclusive supplier in US, then making their own versions of his products to sell at cheaper prices. There was a big to-do about it on UmpLife FaceBook page and a bit on here too awhile back (maybe 12-16 months ago). The second unethical thing I believe he meant was when All Star was testing the Cobalt CP. Only the testers had them and they were not ready to be mass produced yet, but OutWest jumped the gun and made a deal about it on their website and FaceBook pages - complete with a special offer for sales! In short, if you bought one today, or by a certain date, then you got it for like $60 off the retail price! It was a good deal, but I understood that All Star management was very upset that they did this without their permission. All Star wasn't really advertising the CP yet, so didn't really want all this publicity on an unfinished/tested product. As a result, once they finished testing and began production, AS supplied OutWest much later than other places like Ump-Attire. There are some very outspoken folks on here and UL FB page who don't think any umpire should ever do business with OutWest going forward, but this is a personal decision each of us must consider and decide. You do you is my reaction to all of this. What makes all of this very awkward is that OutWest also runs the best selling wall for used/new umpire gear on Facebook. They ran it prior to becoming OutWest, but it is under their name now. It's hard to say you won't do business with them on one hand and then use their wall to sell something on the other. I could share my opinion on things, but it really doesn't matter what I do - you decide what is fair and just for your situation and then do accordingly. I won't judge you however you decide. I will say that, based on my personal experience, Ray's products (UmpLife) are of significantly better material and craftsmanship than OutWest's. I've tried the mask and CP harness from both and Ray's are much better, so you are getting what you pay for in the end. The main problem is that their elastic is much stretchier than his. Ray's elastic stays/holds in place for you, while their version seems to keep slipping/stretching requiring more adjustments. Finally, Ray offers full customization whereas OutWest does not offer it at this time.
    7 points
  27. It’s more “frequency & familiarity” for me, @KenBAZ and the rest of us in Phoenix. We see these coaches (and players, too) so often, on so many games, on so many plays, these guys know what Outs look like, and what our (umpire) “calling cards” are. Most umpires – Ken and I included – won’t be affected or swayed by a BC’s pleadings, so what’s the point? Conversely, there are the occasional umpires who get waaaay bent out of shape over a BC’s theatrics, and go right to emphatically cautioning, formally warning, or generally escalating strife to the point of ejecting. … all over a hopeful safe mechanic? 🤨 Really?? There are far taller hills to die on, guys.
    7 points
  28. No player can appeal a check swing. F2 can request that the plate umpire do so. I did a 1-umpire game once, and F2 asked me to appeal a check swing call. So I checked with the batter's 1st base coach, and he said the batter didn't go.
    7 points
  29. On a more serious note: T-ball should not have umpires, because it should not be in the least competitive. It should not be a proxy competition for aging, fattening daddy coaches. And it should never, ever, provoke argument of any description. T-ball should introduce little kids to the most basic fundamentals of baseball: hitting a ball, throwing, and catching. And above all: it should be constantly, unremittingly, hilariously fun for everyone there. Were I king of the world, we'd never see a T-ball question on this forum (maybe a funny story or video). The fact that we do see them reflects a range of sad facts about our culture, how it raises its children, and the diminishing value of baseball.
    7 points
  30. I saw this morale patch elsewhere, but thought it was completely appropriate for some of our members.
    7 points
  31. It's a problem because the rules have made it a problem. Get rid of the rule.
    7 points
  32. Similar to @kylehutson above... 11U LL Allstar game... 2nd or 3rd inning the visitors have scored 21 runs and have had 2 outs for about an hour, hour and a half, basically forever. Can of corn fly balls, dribbler back to the pitcher, doesn't matter. That 3rd out is not going to happen. It is so bad that the visitors parents are telling the players to bat opposite hand. Expanding the zone does nothing... ball bounces and crosses the plate, that looks like a strike. Next pitch comes in and no matter where it is, base hit. Team has been gong station to station since yesterday. We're on the 3rd or 4th pitcher at this point. You get the idea. FINALLY my U3 mentions to the VTHC who is in the 3rd base coaches box that is by chance a coach were to assist or hinder a runner, then that would be interference and would result in an out... after about 10 seconds you can see the light bulb come on. Next pitch comes in, past ball. R3 jumps off the bag, VTHC bear hugs him, U3 and I (I'm PU) both point and announce interference and THANK GOD the half is over. HT comes up, 3 up, 3 down. Mercy rule, game over. For the next 3 months during meetings my nick name was 21... like there was anything I or my partners could do to change anything. Painful... just painful.
    7 points
  33. You might be an umpire if you see some sort of argument going on anywhere (Costco parking lot, Starbucks, etc) then throw up your hands and yell "TIME!" I did that once in a bar, where two patrons were about to throw down. So startingly it was that everyone stopped and revaluated the dumb situation (including myself).
    6 points
  34. Well, they are wearing navy, so.....
    6 points
  35. For God's sake, don't adjust your cup during a game!
    6 points
  36. 6 points
  37. We live in a social media world where everyone gets an "opinion" (Like!), no matter how wrong, unhinged, unhealthy, ill-informed, seditious, or evil. This thread is not the first time that the so-called post-truth era has reared its head on this forum. Unfortunately, nobody has to accept "you're incorrect" any longer: they can simply say, "that's not my reality." For umpiring, we still rely on the "system" to weed out this nonsense, and we promise promotions and threaten lack thereof to those who decline to accept the "realities" of the game. Go back to kiddie ball. But I wonder how long that can last. Yesterday's truth and objective standards are today's bias and prejudice. Cancel the umpire.
    6 points
  38. Adding to @tpatience's excellent advice, request an extra-strong stitch, and/or eliminate as much extra material from the tucked-up hem as possible. This prevents it from snagging on the shin guard plates when you crouch and extend, crouch and extend.
    6 points
  39. I believe he's referring to: "OutWest brothers agreeing to market UmpLife products as his exclusive supplier in US, then making their own versions of his products to sell at cheaper prices." Absolutely not true at all. I agreed to sell them products with my logo and OW the on it with the condition they could not customize and UL products they purchased. I started getting photos sent to me with custom graphics which I did not do. I was trying to help OW with products and they threw it back in my face. I cut them off and a few weeks later they Knocked off three of my products. UL products are available through me or Ump-Attire.com. UA is my only Distributor World Wide and it is a pleasure working with the staff and President and CEO Jim Kirk. Our deal was never signed on a paper, it was a handshake based on trust. I cannot say that about a small company I tried to help.
    6 points
  40. "You'll pick up your BU when you get to the field, and if you don't, give me a call, I'll ump with you."
    6 points
  41. 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
  42. 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.
    6 points
  43. 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.
    6 points
  44. Strikes --> Outs Outs --> Innings Innings --> Completed Games Games --> Paychecks Paychecks --> Beer Beer --> Sleep Sleep is good. Call more strikes.
    6 points
  45. I had the exact opposite last weekend ... I saw it coming and moved to a "reverse 45" for that very play and the RF airmailed one that had me looking like a greyhound after a rabbit. Chased the kid all the way to third base. A grandma stopped me in the parking lot after the game and told me how impressed she was that I ran that kid down! Being a little older and built like a bowling ball, I took that for a compliment.
    6 points
  46. Make your call. If you are 100% certain F3 held the bag tell everyone as you are making your call: " He held it!" or something like that. If you are not certain, make your call as you would normally. If anyone asks you to get help, call time if necessary and conference with your partner(s) so only the umpires are a part of the conversation. I am not a fan of yelling across the field to get input on a play. If no one asks you about a pulled foot or a swipe tag, the call belongs to you and stands as it was judged.
    6 points
  47. 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
  48. 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 things to do then get upset because someone resurrects an old thread. Really, are you that angry, that something like resurrecting an old thread gets you that worked up? Maybe some people just make mistakes and don't realize the date of a thread, or maybe the topic genuinely interests them, or maybe to them it's a legitimate question. I realize often times it adds no value, but seriously, who cares? Don't respond if it bothers you, just move on. The thread will go away, I promise. And if it doesn't, I don't think your life will be affected in any way, shape, or form. Seriously, WTF is the matter with some people. I just don't get it.
    6 points
  49. Yes, OBS. Fielders in general are required to stay out runners' way. The only time they always have the right of way is on a batted ball. This play is not a batted ball, so OBS. Same ruling all codes. I will add that I would wait to judge the OBS: contact alone is nothing. We're looking for hindrance, and the defense gaining an advantage from the contact.
    6 points
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