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About grayhawk

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    Almost as good as I think I am
  • Birthday 08/27/1966

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    CAL PAC, SCIAC, Orange Empire, South Coast, OCBOA
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    Owner of Oasis Senior Advisors of Coastal OC
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    NCAA Division 3, NAIA, Community College, High School
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  1. 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.
  2. The requirements are the same from the windup as they are from the set. The pitcher must step directly to the base without making a movement associated with a pitch. So with a RH pitcher and R1, the pitcher must step towards first base (more towards first than home or second) with his left foot without making any motion associated with winding up. I wouldn't take any offense if a coach wants to ask me if picking from the windup is legal. Something along the lines of, "I just want to make sure we're on the same page that today's game is being played under OBR which means picking off from the windup is legal. Is that your understanding as well?"
  3. grayhawk

    Feint to Third

    The pitcher steps with his free foot towards third, feints a throw and in doing so his pivot foot breaks contact with the rubber. The pitcher is now legally disengaged.
  4. grayhawk

    Feint to Third

    If he breaks contact from the rubber with his pivot foot as part of the feint, then he has now disengaged. I am not talking about stepping behind the rubber, but rather a natural break of contact as part of his step towards third. If he maintains contact with his pivot foot, he is still engaged and still subject to the pitching rules.
  5. Simple out mechanic, just like on a swinging strike 3. On another note, I knew a guy back in my LL days that did a chainsaw on a swinging strike 3. God was it goofy.
  6. 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.
  7. Yeah, and it's one of the coaches among us. Let that sink in for a moment.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Some pitchers position their pivot foot closer to first or third base so their heel or their toes are not within the 24" width of the rubber. So stepping directly back means their foot is in a relative position behind the rubber.
  11. C is definitely a balk. There is some leeway, and for me it's just got to look like it's back. Keep in mind that pitchers don't always engage with their pivot foot completely within the width of the rubber (it used to be a requirement in Fed but no longer).
  12. Yes No If a pitcher was able to pitch without coming to a discernible stop, it would be very difficult for a runner to steal. The pitcher could pitch at any point during his stretch movement which would prevent a runner from ever getting any kind of jump.
  13. I don't see this as a competition. If you ever find yourself having balls and strikes called by a computer in a game, feel free to give the chainsaw or any other mechanic you want. I'm just saying what I would do.
  14. We have a couple of guys that use them in the off-season, especially in the heat of the summer. I've never used one, but more power to them.
  15. 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?
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