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  1. 16 hours ago, The Man in Blue said:

    I agree with you that it is our duty, but I don’t agree with “only one person to blame”, @yawetag.  Maybe it is my work experience, but I have this unusual philosophy:

    A worker can fail on his or her own, however it takes the whole organization to allow the individual to do it.

    I'll agree that anything past the rule book has shared responsibility. Every group has their own quirks to mechanics and expected norms. I'll also agree that my approach to learning is different than others, so I don't expect the same level of desire from others that I showed my first years of umpiring baseball (and my first year of refereeing volleyball).

    But to not even open a rule book until two full years after starting? That's baffling and absolutely falls on the individual. The rule books are available for free online and less than $10 for the book itself. There is no excuse for someone working the craft for two years and to not even once think "Ya know, I should probably read the rules."

    I can't even imagine someone working even one season's worth of games without thinking "I really don't know what to call here" or "Wow, maybe that coach is right." Never a deer-in-the-headlights as they watch a player run into another? Never a ball thrown out of play and the concern of whether they awarded it correctly? A weirdly caught(?) ball? Nothing where the crowd is yelling after you guessed at what the correct call should be in the situation?

  2. 2 hours ago, Biscuit said:

    I don't think I actually picked up a rule book until just before year 3.

    There's only one person to blame for this.

    Before I stepped on a field, I had read the book at least twice, found several online tests, and downloaded PDFs of different mechanics from various organizations. No one told me to do it, but I felt it was my duty as an arbiter of the game.

  3. 19 hours ago, The Short Umpire said:

    My initial reaction is that it seems like a great idea, but my question is, would it put the catcher, or any other player using one, at a disadvantage by cutting off hearing in one ear?

    I wore similar setups for over a dozen years. The only time it prevented me from focusing on outside noises was when someone was talking. Based on this only being used for pitching signs, that shouldn't affect any hearing during play.

    9 hours ago, kylejt said:

    Y'all do understand that any sort of wireless comms can be hacked, right? 

    The NFL has been using them for years and, AFAIK, no issues. I know the comments to the on-field helmets are still coded, so I'd suppose the same would be true for baseball.

    Also, with today's technology, you can digitally scramble with auto-channel changing and such. It would take knowing whatever "code" is in their encryption (which can change between games and innings) to "hack".

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  4. On 11/23/2019 at 2:34 PM, Biscuit said:

    Unless something big happens, high schools won't go to three man. Not (only) because the added cost, but also because of the shortage. Some places they don't even have two!

    Agreed. If the funds magically appear, they'd have better results by taking that extra umpire fee and paying it to the two that already show up. That would attract more to the craft.

    Not saying that money is the reason most of us do it, but it doesn't hurt. Especially in a sport where officials typically have to spend a few hundred dollars before they even enter the field.

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    We could hear the umpire say to a parent at the start:

    "Enough, I'm not hearing another word out of any of you. If you want to have a game here, quiet down."

    That only led to more hostility from the crowd with one parent telling him to "stay professional for the kids and just do your job. That's it."

    I'm 100% against any umpire interacting with the fans. This situation is why.

    That said, this umpire was in a no-win situation - and I hate that. If he'd simply ignored the fans, they wouldn't have stopped. If he'd gone to the coach, it's a toss-up if he'd done anything. You see what happened by trying to deal with it himself.

    There needs to be a concerted effort to make it stop. There needs to be penalties assessed to teams who allow their fans to act this way. I don't know how it can be done, but it needs to be done.

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