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  1. Given your description, your umpire was probably correct. Given their explanation, they were correct for the wrong reason.
  2. Yes. It is not a caught fly ball--for the purposes of baserunning, a foul tip is treated the same as any other strike (with one exception not relevant here.)
  3. I could care less, and my opinion would be the same if I was an umpire at a level where this would happen.
  4. Exactly. In the OP, both the second and third outs would nullify the run.
  5. is not consistent with That does not say that any move or step towards second is an attempt.
  6. You are incorrect. The RIM specifically says that the appeal out in the OP is a force out--when a missed base is a forced base, the force cannot be removed (unless the runner corrects the infraction.) Since both outs 2 and 3 would nullify the run, it doesn't matter the order.
  7. This is incorrect. There has to be an attempt to go to second, which is judgment. A step in itself may or may not be an attempt, and it is possible to step towards second or turn left and have it not be an attempt.
  8. Your point is incorrect for OBR. The RIM interpretation I cited says the moment matters.
  9. Might not be. However, plenty of MiLB games are worked with 2 umpires...just saying.
  10. Matt


    I'm in class and don't have my manual handy, but this is only correct for NCAA (and I think FED.) Wendelstedt says that a runner's status on appeal for a missed base is that at the moment the base was missed, so the second appeal is still a force out and no run scores.
  11. The rule isn't referring to intent in talking about advancing/retreating--it's defining it based on the runner's position. Think about this--if a runner does that under your interpretation, they can come off the bag in this manner and move to either 3rd or 1st. If the runner had never touched 2nd but merely stopped in the same place in this example, we would have no question that they could not advance to 3rd legally and that if a force at 2nd existed, it was still on, thus the only base they could have acquired is 1st. Allowing them to come off the bag in this manner and advance to 3rd creates an inconsistency in application. I also have a hunch that is why "both feet" is part of the definition--to minimize these instances. However, we can't ignore the rule when it includes such plain language that was obviously there for a reason.
  12. I would say all balls are dead when they become dead.
  13. If this is accurate... ...then this is a missed base under this. The diagram shows that.
  14. The key word is interferes. Even in HS, there was no interference.
  15. With appeals, I'm of the mindset that unless you're sure they missed the base or left early, do not uphold the appeal. The replay, to me, showed that he probably missed the base, which under the logic above is not sufficient to uphold it.
  16. I'll never say never, but this is one thing where it would take extremely extraordinary circumstances to say anything.
  17. I use a similar position. To your first comment: There is a school in one of our D3 conferences that until a few years ago played at whatever local field that was open. They once had a DH postponed because the HS field they thought they had obtained was double-booked with a JV game, and as the JV team was part of the HS, that took precedence. Now they have seasonal contracts with one site.
  18. Matt

    Is this a balk?

    Not necessarily. You'd have to see it.
  19. Matt

    Is this a balk?

    There's no rule against trying to deceive the batter. Every umpire needs to lose the idea that deceiving the offense is what makes something a balk.
  20. Matt

    Is this a balk?

    Throwing home is legal if they are running or not. The pitcher disengaged, so this rule is irrelevant.
  21. My front one is flesh-colored.
  22. Only an out if intentional and the ball had a chance to become fair.
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