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mrumpiresir

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  1. Please.... Hawk Harrelson is an idiot.
  2. I didn't think it was funny. I'd like to believe that during the rendition of "God Bless America" these men had a chance to reflect on the greatness of this country and realize that they are just playing a game. Alan Hess MSgt Retired, USAF
  3. I still think if the umpire had confirmed F3 had possession of the ball he would have made the correct "Safe" call.
  4. Right. Would you like to say why? A play is an attempt to retire a runner or BR. The flip to F4 was not an attempt to retire the BR.
  5. I have never heard it done this way. Shouldn't you be looking at the foot and hear the "pop" of the ball into the glove? You will not see the foot touch the bag on a close play if you are watching the ball all the way into the glove. Once the ball is released from F4 or F6, you should be looking for the foot to hit the bag. In the video, I think the umpire was looking at the foot, heard the "pop" and ruled the "pop" came before the foot hit the bag. What he did wrong was not verifying F3 had secure possession of the ball. Correct IMHO to the last line. Unfortunately, from what I can surmise when watching a lot of non MLB games, is that a lot of umpires have not been taught to look at the foot and "listen" to the pop. They have either been taught to follow the ball into the glove and glance down, or they are in a group that offers no formal training and this is they technique they gravitate to by osmosis, or whatever, when they have to self-train themselves. The ah-ha moment is when they are taught the way you explained and all those safes now become outs. Even though the other way, by sight, caused them to miss the call IMHO by just a hair on that bang bang play every time, at least it was consistent and players on either side would know it was always a "safe call" whereas one going by "sound" and getting the call correct IMHO would always be an "out" call. I prefer outs to safes on bangers.
  6. The relay throw to F4 was not the first play. Two bases from TOP unless BR had already reached 1st base.
  7. I have never heard it done this way. Shouldn't you be looking at the foot and hear the "pop" of the ball into the glove? You will not see the foot touch the bag on a close play if you are watching the ball all the way into the glove. Once the ball is released from F4 or F6, you should be looking for the foot to hit the bag. In the video, I think the umpire was looking at the foot, heard the "pop" and ruled the "pop" came before the foot hit the bag. What he did wrong was not verifying F3 had secure possession of the ball.
  8. Precisely why, as BU, I never advise the incoming pitcher as to the situation. If he asks me a specific question , I will consult with my partner and give him the answer.
  9. Why didnt his parents have him remove it before he played? You mean, like, have them take some responsibility? Really doesn't happen much today.
  10. Reading through this it sounds like F1 and F2 have the BR in a rundown between the plate and 1st base. Unless you are sure he intentionally interfered, play on.
  11. Does anyone else think the PU is too close to the play?? These plays have a habit of blowing up on you when you are this close.
  12. What could Upton have been arguing? Did something happen earlier that we are not aware of? Certainly he isn't arguing the called third strike, because if he is, he is on a very short leash.
  13. mrumpiresir

    Balk?

    Well played JV game between two schools that have very good programs. With R1 and R3, pitcher has come set and is beginning his motion to the plate. Catcher yells "Step Off" but pitcher has raised his non-pivot foot off the ground and freezes at that point. After a brief pause he delivers the pitch. I called a balk for starting and stopping. Coach ask why and I said "starting and stopping". Coach: Well that's legal, he can stop. Me: No, once he starts that move he must deliver "without interruption". He can't hang his leg. Coach insisted he could raise his leg and come to a complete stop. I disagreed. What do you think?
  14. This is the nuttiest thread I have read in a long time.
  15. Yes. If properly worn, and the glove touches the bag while the ball is securely held in the throwing hand, you have an out. No different than his shoe touching the bag.
  16. I worked the bases in a game with a guy who put up the DNP sign every time the batter stepped out of the box. Most annoying.
  17. I was a MSgt in the USAF preparing to go to work. I knew it would be a busy day. We prepped our aircraft for combat and quickly moved to an increased state of readiness. We were wondering where in the world we would be in two days, but as it turned out we did not deploy. One of the strangest things I remember was being outside the next day and noticing the complete absence of aircraft flying in the skies. Eerie. I still get a lump in my throat whenever "God Bless America" or the national anthem is played.
  18. Since he has no eyes, his other senses are sharper than other umpires. He calls balls and strikes by sense of smell.
  19. mrumpiresir

    Tag?

    Where is it written the ball must be off the ground?? As long as he has secure possession, and he has contact with the bag, call the out. (Note that upon picking the ball up off the ground he has shown secure possession).
  20. So what does this have to do with your incorrect interpretations of the rule?
  21. No rule states that Runners are required to avoid contact. It says the runner must attempt to avoid contact. In the video the runner had a clear path to the plate and F2 moved into his path at the last moment. What rule did the runner violate? The statement that he deliberately failed to avoid contact is nonsense and means nothing. This is not MC. Why do some umpires insist that any contact is MC?
  22. speak for yourself. I watched a 13 year old do it last week; going from home to 1B no less. And I got to call time and explain my (lack of) ruling. You were wrong here also.
  23. Good for you. We DO NOT have to take abusive behavior from a coach or anyone else. When they gotta go, they go. Thanks.
  24. I do my plate shoes the same way I did my boots when I was in the military. Black Kiwi shoe polish. Give them a good spit shine once in a while. Then after a game apply a little polish and buff with a good brush. They look good!!
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