Report Umpire isn't behind plate and pitch is thrown in Ask the Umpire Posted Thursday at 12:16 AM 4 hours ago, HokieUmp said: Maybe I'm just lucky, but there have been a number of times where a pitcher TRIED to throw a pitch when I wasn't ready, or fully in my spot, or trying to get my mask back on - but none have ever gotten to the point where they THREW it. Why? Because I simply STOP THEM from doing it. I know that sounds dickish, they way I'm writing that. It's what it is, since it seems fairly obvious. But what I mean is, most of us that umpire have this thing called a voice, and usually, one or more arms. So if I see the young man (and let's be honest - it's generally the younger and/or less experienced players that do this) starting to make his motions behind the plate, I'm putting my hands up and hollering something to get him to stop. I guess "No pitch!" is the favoured way, but I've been known to just say "Hang on!" or "Dude!" in that sitch. I'd love to know how it got to such a point where not only did ANY of the pitcher/catcher/batter combo not realize the ump wasn't there to begin with, but the pitcher went all the way through his set or windup AND delivery and didn't screech to a halt on his own. (But to specifically answer the question: nothing would happen that would count in the game. Pitcher might throw it, batter might hit it, but it means nothing.) I would like to know that, too. However... ...if it happens, I don't agree (nor necessarily disagree) that it means nothing.