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BretMan last won the day on November 30 2012

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  1. Ya know... In FED you can get two strikes on one pitch. Does that mean the entire rest of your analysis is suspect?
  2. The wolfe_man's a good guy! I've bought a couple of things from him, and get this... He just happens to work a few minutes from my house. On his lunch hour he personally delivered what I bought right to my door. You can't beat customer service like that!
  3. That "delay or hasten" rule works great for the situations where it was intended: Games that might involve approaching bad weather or darkness. Stalling with darkness coming, when the home team is threatening to take the lead, or purposely making outs to end the fifth inning and make the game official when you have the lead and it's about to rain are good examples of either delaying or hastening the game. But when you throw in a game clock- which is NOT what this rule was meant to address- then things get a little stickier. On this one, does intentionally walking four batters delay the game? No, it does not. The game would still progress at a normal pace expected for typical game play. Nothing is being stalled or delayed. Then does it hasten the game? That is, does it cause the game to come to a conclusion sooner than it would under normal game play. No, it actually will make another inning be played. How can you say that is ending the game sooner than normal? It not hastening the game. It's lengthening it!
  4. BretMan

    Hit By Pitch

    That’s the way I always looked at it. The batter has an obligation to avoid the pitch- if it is indeed avoidable. Many times it’s not.
  5. BretMan

    Hit By Pitch

    Yeah, but, but... If it’s rec league softball, they might very well have the rule that a batter does NOT need to avoid a pitch if it’s completely inside of the batter’s box. That’s the rule that was first created by NCAA baseball, then NCAA softball adopted it, then it trickles down to many other amateur softball rule sets.
  6. Thunderheads, that makes perfect sense to me because it’s how I solved the same problem on my old Reebok Magistrates. Lace then up just like you’d normally lace up a pair of shoes, totally leaving the top plate out of it. Then when the shoe is laced up run each lace straight up through the holes in the plate, pull tight, and tie. I have a brand new pair of V3 low tops that haven’t seen the field yet and it’s good to know this same trick will work for them!
  7. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Power-Riddell-Umpire-Chest-Protector/173789623251?hash=item2876ab33d3:g:JGoAAOSw3bBcYeZB&redirect=mobile I don't know if this one has been posted yet. That sure is...orange???
  8. With respect to the Ohio uniform requirements... I first joined the OHSAA in 2000. Their uniforms do need to have a specific logo that has to be embroidered on shirts and hats. But they never had a logo with a specific date embroidered on it, as part of the logo itself, that changed year to year. They had one logo when I started, no date on it, that was good for the first decade or so that I umpired. Then they redesigned the logo. Umpires were given a three year advance notice that the change was coming. That newer logo has been in effect for about five years. Again, no numbers or dates on the logo. It can be used every year into the future (until some point where it might change again). The good news is that our official shirts and hats can be used from year to year going forward. The bad news is...they're blue! So, Ohio is kind of Draconian...but they're not THAT Draconian!
  9. Nope...that's not even better! Don't just wait until somebody gives you the answer you wanted to hear, then agree with them. The answer to this one depends on which rule set you're using. For instance, I work two sanctions- USA Softball and NFHS/high school- and they both have different rulings. For USA softball, if the ball was deflected by the pitcher then any interference with the fielder must be ruled as intentional. The reason being that once the ball changes direction the fielder may suddenly change direction, and they don't expect a runner to predict which way a fielder might suddenly veer. So, their rule cuts the runner some slack and only calls interference if the runner does something obvious and avoidable to interfere. NFHS softball has a different philosophy. They protect the fielder at all costs. Even though deflected by the pitcher, the fielder is still considered to be making the "initial play" on the batted ball and still has 100% protection from interference, whether accidental or deliberate. I don't know what rule set you were using in your game. There are a dozen of them out there and they might rule this interference...or they might not! There isn't a "one size fits all answer" that applies to all rule sets.
  10. I really don't think that it's a matter of managers "being afraid to protest". I think it's a combination of: 1) Not knowing how the protest procedure is supposed to work, and; 2) Not being 100% sure of the rule themselves. Then throw in all the leagues that don't allow protests, and all the tournaments that charge an exorbitant fee to lodge one, and it's no surprise that protests aren't correctly used more often.
  11. I'm guessing that your question involves the fact that in slow pitch softball bunting is illegal. The definition of a bunt (to paraphrase) is when the ball is "intentionally tapped slowly within the infield". So the umpire here has a decision to make. Was it the batter's intent to tap the ball slowly? If yes, then it's a bunt and the batter is out. If not, then it's just a plain old batted ball.
  12. Well, that definitely confirms that these trilocs were supposed to be there and were missing on the CP that I bought. Good customer service is nice, but getting a product that's right the first time is even nicer. These missing parts rendered my CP unusable and fostered a negative image of this company. All over a $1.50 piece of plastic. (If that seems harsh, it's coming from someone with decades of experience in manufacturing. I have lots of first-hand experience where "mistakes = lost customers".)
  13. BretMan

    Is the play dead?

    Did an umpire ever call or signal "time" before you were tagged? If not, then the ball was still live. There's nothing about this play that would automatically make the ball dead.
  14. I found them online myself. It just kind of rubs me the wrong way when you buy a product, then have to spend extra money to be able to use it. If a lot of these are slipping out without the triglides, there are going to be a lot of unsatisfied customers who can't get their new CP properly adjusted. Not a good move for an upstart company trying to establish a foothold in a new market. For anyone that received their CP without the triglides, how exactly are you using the side clips to keep them from moving on the strap???
  15. Thanks! My thinking was that you MUST have these to properly attach the side clips. I guess that they are just missing on mine, straight out of the box.
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