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Jimurray last won the day on October 14 2019

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  1. Jimurray

    Fielders Balk

    I know there is no balk penalty for this. I'm asking @MadMax why he would say we wouldn't call this, inferring that there is a balk penalty in the rule but we shouldn't call it. One possibility is that he only has reference to an older Triumph OBR hard copy that does not indent the "Penalty balk" in line with the (a) paragraph, leading a few umpires to believe that penalty also applies to: "4.03 When the ball is put in play at the start of, or during a game, all fielders other than the catcher shall be on fair territory". To be clear, most F3s are going to a fielding position at the actual TOP. I don't think TOP should be referenced when discussing the rule.
  2. Jimurray

    Fielders Balk

    Unless you have been reading a poorly indented older Triumph version of OBR rules there is no Balk penalty for any fielder not to be in fair territory when the ball is put in play, pitch or pickoff. Why would you say "we won't do it"? It's not in the rules in OBR. Where do you get your OBR reference to "time of pitch?
  3. In years past I used to notice quite a few MLB umps not putting the ball back in play after time. Lately I've noticed more consistency on the point.
  4. Jimurray

    Tipped Ball

    Until this year you would be correct in all codes. OBR might change that to a foul tip this year:
  5. Mine's gone too. TX and NJ are supposed to have membership thru the state association. NFHS says they won't accept individual applications from those states as well as quite a few more.
  6. The key word per a recent OBR/MLBUM interp is "touches"
  7. Probably solves the issue of whether the ball nicked the glove or hand prior to hitting the chest protector. Sharp and direct and gathered by the catcher before it hits the ground?
  8. My state, Texas, has automatic NFHS Officials membership which allows access to the NFHS Arbiter central hub with all sports rule and casebook access. I believe PA and MS, @The man in blue's future home, also have automatic membership. The problem is how to get invited to the Arbiter NFHS group via your association. I had an existing NFHS account which then became free but I'm not sure how a current Texas official could get access thru our TASO or UIL organizations or how either of you could get access thru your associations. The rule and casebook apps on arbiter have great search functions.
  9. Doesn't the player's org have to vote/approve actual rule changes? 2019 OBR "A FOUL TIP is a batted ball that goes sharp and direct from the bat to the catcher’s hands and is legally caught. It is not a foul tip unless caught and any foul tip that is caught is a strike, and the ball is in play. It is not a catch if it is a rebound, unless the ball has first touched the catcher’s glove or hand."
  10. Jimurray

    Ruling on this play

    Off topic. Please don't be an "appeaser"
  11. https://mlb.nbcsports.com/2020/06/08/mlb-accuses-angel-hernandez-of-eavesdropping-on-phone-call/
  12. If you read the reviews at least 4 umps use them for Little League runner leaving early violations. I think most other codes with closed base divisions call an out right away but LL does not. It's penalized after the play by placing runners or poofing one. There is no out declared. Most of us just point and/or drop our hat.
  13. https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/judge-rules-lenny-dykstra-cannot-be-defamed-because-his-reputation-is-that-bad/ar-BB14SS7g?ocid=msedgdhp
  14. Jimurray

    How Many Bases?

    In OBR/LL the runner can properly retouch as long as he doesn't advance a base after the ball goes dead. FED baseball does not allow the runner to legally retouch if he was past his advance base when the ball went dead.
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