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  1. This isn't a he-said/she-said thing. We can look at what actually transpired. I do not see the implication that you see--just that Cactus was making a point that we don't have the experience to judge.
  2. No, he didn't. The only one that did say it was acceptable at that level was Mazza. Cactus said, in essence, we cannot say it's unacceptable because we are not at that level.
  3. You know, I'd understand, but for the timing. I know where you are, and that your new equipment will not see a pitch for five months. Therefore, not only do you have an issue with being addicted to new equipment, you are a masochist in staring at it for close to 200 days...:GL:
  4. I hope not, since your hubris is your major cause for much of what you say, on multiple boards.
  5. He didn't say that. You have some confirmation bias issues.
  6. That's the rumor I'm hearing.
  7. If it makes you feel better, I read your post the same way. He's not the one with the problems--you are.
  8. I already wear one. My opinion? Depends.
  9. There is a lot here that is correct. I'm not nitpicking, but making an important distinction--if the pitcher goes at the head, he's done. Players understand getting a pitch in the ass or the side. At the head, it is extremely dangerous and off-limits. If the pitcher in this one had thrown at the batter's side, this situation would (probably) never had happened, as both sides would have (probably) accepted the payback. The pitcher not getting tossed after the pitch at the head escalated it, and the dual warnings (per rule, I know) made it even worse. If the pitcher intentionally throws at the head, toss him. It is that simple. Edit: I read your analysis too quickly, and it didn't help that it was interrupted by the video. Let's just call this an elaboration on what you stated.
  10. Hmmm...did your partner's returning-in-kind involve the concept that the manager should have a (expletive) clue about how to conduct an appeal? Or that it wasn't him that had it in for them all season, they just played like (fertilizer?) This story brought back memories. I may have said or not said those things once upon a time in a similar situation.
  11. Then the obvious choice would be the MYAS Gopher State Clinic. Unfortunately, those are held in May, so you'll have to wait until next year; Bugsy also has his local clinics in the April-May timeframe. Northwest also has a HS clinic in March, but you may have to be a member or a candidate to go, depending on the turnout. If you do any MSHSL ball, there are mechanics clinics held in late March. If you're looking to go sooner, I'd suggest the Mid-American clinic in Missouri--yes, there's travel involved, but I think you'll get a lot out of it.
  12. For whom do you umpire?
  13. You instructing? Still MAJ? Get your ILE done?
  14. Almost happened four years ago. I was two weeks back from 16 months in a lovely sandbox, and tossed an AC (in his dugout) who yelled at me (BU, in neutral position between innings) that I had missed two of the three calls that half inning. HC accused me of being on a power trip. I informed him (tactfully, of course) that I had just been dealing with far more important issues than a baseball game for a fair amount of my life, and if I wanted power, I'd go back to that. He then replied with a sarcastic "Woo-hoo." Pretty sure that BU was the only reason I didn't clock HC, since he was on my right side.
  15. This is why leagues that use youth umpires need to assert and enforce that they will support their umpires' decisions from day one. I got a reputation in the LL where I started umpiring as being a hard-ass (at age 16.) Maybe the art of umpiring came naturally to me, I don't know; but the BoD supported me on what happened. I was the UIC at 19, which was the last year I worked LL (because I had moved on to higher levels.) I wonder how many umpires we could have developed in my age cohort had they known they had the support to grow.
  16. It's just mechanics. One team, one spokesman. Unless he learned that the hard way.
  17. Matt

    Balk or no Balk?

    There is one of two balks here. If he started to raise his arms before disengaging, then he has started his motion to pitch and interrupted it. If he disengaged before raising his arms, then he is simulating a pitching motion while not on the rubber.
  18. Even if he had gotten to 2B, I'm putting him back on 1B. There's no intervening play.
  19. No argument here. Unfortunately, once his teammate interfered, the penalty specified for interference means that the obstruction award is pointless. By rule, the runner must return.
  20. Close. R1 is still R1. Although you protected R1 to 2B, he cannot legally advance there due to the penalty for runner's lane interference. He must return to TOP base. Or, to put it another way, what base would he have achieved absent the obstruction? 1B--the interference would have put him back there, anyway.
  21. " 'The only way to make sure you get that call right is to get another official,' Buie said. 'We have to have three officials to get that call correct.' " No, you don't. This is watchable in a two-umpire system, as long as both know what their responsibilities are when the ball is not theirs. We all get complacent now and then, and that's probably what happened here.
  22. Whenever it is necessary. If someone crosses a line, they are done. If not, they stay. Are you regretting not ejecting in particular situations? If so, then maybe you are being too nice. If you have no regrets, then there is no reason to think that you are being a pushover. I have yet to wish I hadn't ejected someone. I have often wished that I had ejected someone, or ejected them earlier than when I actually did. I know the intent of your question is to see if there's some sort of baseline with which you can compare your actions to those of other umpires. The thing you need to remember is that each ejection is an individualized action tailored to one specific set of circumstances. Quantifying ejections, in the general sense, is just about useless for that reason. What would help you, though, is talking with colleagues that work the same leagues you do. They might be able to give you a feel for what flies and what doesn't in the games you work. If everyone else has ten a year, and you have none, then you can try to figure out if you have a different style of game management that is better, or if you are being a pushover. In short, number of ejections is not important. When you eject or don't eject is the salient issue.
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