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  1. Me, too! I was also confused about which hip was the catcher's "inside" hip as in "stay tethered to his inside hip." "Inside of what?" It clicked in my brain only after I started thinking about the "wedge" like it was analogous to the "slot" we fight for when calling pitches, and the catcher's "inside hip" can be either the left or the right, just like we might have a left or right handed batter, with a "slot" either off the catcher's left hip, or off his right hip. R-3 is like the pitched ball, and the catcher is like our batter. And that "slot" between the incoming runner and the catcher is
  2. That's seriously the most hilarious umpiring story I've ever heard! Thanks for sharing. I'm still laughing a day later.
  3. Several acceptable ways to skin this cat, depending on when an umpire was first trained and what level they're accustomed to doing (also age and mobility). I always pre-game this. College/OBR PU's typically head toward the library, not towards the shortstop--FPSR interference rule differences make that logical. In high school, PU heads toward shortstop to have closer eyes on the aftermath of the slide play at 2nd after BU turns with the throw to 1st. "Hey, BU, R-1 only, safe at 2nd on an infield double play type batted ball, you want want to take R-1 into 3rd after you take the call at 1s
  4. Don't think Ted Williams ever said to walk up to the plate and get "angry," play with a chip, or to have any negative emotion whatsoever. Never saw him angry. And don't really think that's what he meant by "get mad." Zen. That's good. I guess I liken "mad" to extreme, extreme focus and awareness, sensory overload, time slows. Kinda like one of the all time greatest golfers once reportedly saying that when standing over the ball, a golfer's swing thought should be: "There's nothing more important in the history of the world than me striking this golf ball." I think I know what he meant, but be
  5. Because it’s now hard to work on mechanics, Covid has left me trying to work on my mind. Possible epiphany. I’m a baseball guy. You’re all baseball guys. The greatest hitter of all time (IMO) was Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox. He was once asked what it took to be a good hitter. And this is what he said: “There's only one way to become a hitter. Go up to the plate and get mad. Get mad at yourself and mad at the pitcher.” It just occurred to me the same concept applies to the pursuit of excellence in umpiring. “There’s only one way to become a great umpire, walk onto the field a
  6. Same scenario as OP, except catcher and Batter-runner exchange words after ball 4, Batter-runner clocks catcher on the side of the head with his fist. FED game. Ball stays in catcher's mitt, and catcher does not go down. Catcher does not retaliate. What do you got? And what's the FED rule reference? I presume the consensus answer is that Batter-runner is ejected but not for malicious contact because punching someone not making a play on the player when the ball is live is not "malicious contact" in a high school game per discussion above. Batter-runner did not interfere with any play, so
  7. Tad is my boss, so that's how we'll be rolling
  8. Fair enough. We may just have to agree to disagree. I got "malicious contact" as well as a fight. I don't believe they are mutually exclusive. I got a live ball until I make that call. "Fighting" is not defined in the rule book. However, everyone knows it when they see it. Malicious contact is defined. If the batter-runner throws a punch at the pitcher or runs out and tackles him, and the pitcher does not retaliate in kind, what do you got? I got malicious contact.
  9. I think my point is that "D" is the result under h.s. rules "if" the umpire determines that the batter-runner initiated malicious contact upon the pitcher during a live ball situation, and the ball became dead because of that call. A runner throwing a punch with intent to injure (or excessive force :-) is malicious contact in my opinion, even if a fight develops as a result. If the BR took a swing at the catcher after ball 4, that is no different under the rules IMO than if he charged out toward the mound and threw a punch at the pitcher. If the pitcher is first charged with malicious contact,
  10. I was limiting my answer to FED rules, if the umpire determines that the BR (and possibly the pitcher as well) committed malicious contact upon each other. They're both immediately ejected, and the batter-runner is immediately out. Rule 8, Sec. 4, ART. 2 (e) (8-4-2-e). "Any runner is out when he: e. initiates malicious contact;" Rule 9, Sec. 1 (a) (9-1-a) "EXCEPTION: A run is not scored if the runner advances to home plate during action in which the third out is made as follows: a. by the batter-runner before he touches first base; But I was wrong on abandonment. By Rule, ab
  11. "D" is a correct answer, at least under high school rules. "and then both players run at each other, arms and fists wailing away." Both BR and Pitcher are ejected for malicious contact, BR is immediately out, being a runner who initiated malicious contact, and because BR is the 3rd out and was put out before attaining 1st base, no runs score. Game over. Visitors win! BR also abandoned his effort to run the bases when he charged the pitcher and began wailing away. You could call him out for that as well. Same result.
  12. I also agree with maven's reasoning: "ART. 4 . . . Follow-through interference is when the bat hits the catcher after the batter has swung at a pitch and hinders action at home plate or the catcher’s attempt to play on a runner." But I don't therefore understand Situation 3 above. If the runner is sliding into second when the batter swings, and his follow through then hits the catcher, without more, where's the hindrance? If there's no hindrance, then why are we sending R-1 back to 1st? If there's no hindrance, there's no interference, and therefore no dead ball. So, why is R-1 going b
  13. Thanks for sharing. Marvin Hudson's S3 mechanic looks great. I think the trend seems to be away from overly complex or dramatic. I switched to just a straight back pull/tear, but I kinda like his. Maybe I'll try an inverse upwards half hammer with the right, and then a straight back pull. Can't copy him too much. When my local gym reopens, I'll get up in the aerobics mirror room and give it a go. Usually call a lot of balks, strikes, and make a lot of other calls in front of those mirrors.
  14. I count this as a cool milestone. Every fall/winter I get to work some "volunteer" college fall/winter ball games with a couple former pro and current NCAA umpires. Every one is like a private mechanics clinic with the pre and post games. Was working a community college game Saturday before last and up to the plate walks a right handed 6' slender kid batting south paw. It's a boy (now tall man) who was on my son's T-ball and minor league Little League teams. I was assistant coach for his dad for the minor league team, they needed an umpire, so 11 years ago I went to a LL weekend mechanics clin
  15. I've taken 3-4 hard straight on foul back shots this summer/fall with my new (now used :-) F-3 V2. High school varsity level pitchers throwing 80+. No concern over concussion at all. I will say that the original V1 (IMO) offered a bit more reduction in impact severity, but it also was significantly heavier. I still have mine--haven't considered using it. The springs and Kevlar pads on the V-2 did their jobs. On one of those impacts, my catcher was wearing a new All Star Mag. We chit-chatted about our masks. He suffered a concussion last playing season, so he ordered both a Mag and an F-3. He s
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