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JonnyCat last won the day on February 9

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  1. I'm not convinced either. I'm also not convinced about passing, as well. I can accept either ruling, but for some reason, I can't stop thinking about a missed base appeal. Like you said, a home run is a 4 base award. For some reason, I like a missed base appeal. I could be wrong, and probably am on this one. But I haven't entirely ruled it out either. Interesting play and discussion for sure.
  2. Looks like there will be a lot of that. It's too bad. On one hand, with more independent teams, it might open some opportunities for more umpires to work higher level games. But unfortunately, it will still be poverty wages and little to no benefits. Also, it will be harder to break into professional baseball. That door just got narrower. Looks like there is going to have to be a big purge of MiLB umpires, too. I guess we'll see how that shakes out.
  3. I did a little more research into realignment and came across this ESPN article. Don't know how accurate it is, but it sounds like there could be an AZL and GCL? Any more intel on this? https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/30887636/mlb-announces-changes-minor-league-structure-featuring-120-team-regional-alignment
  4. No mention of the AZL and GCL. Are they still going to have rookie ball leagues?
  5. Because I don't get paid by the hour, that's why. I'm amazed by how many PU dips%$ts I work with that turn the game into a never ending social event. Yapping with the spectators and coaches as if they are running for mayor. Taking forever between innings or when there is a pitching change. I understand that sometimes the game will run long, that's just the way it is. But for god's sakes, I get paid by the game. I'm happy to get out of there as soon as possible. And so is everybody else. Never in the history of ever have I heard someone say, "golly, that game was too quick, I wish it was
  6. Although this has never happened to me, I'm inclined to agree with you. Once he's off the field, I would probably clean the plate have have a chuckle inside while doing it. Maybe think in my head all the clever things I would like to say to him. Some of them, okay most of them, NSFW! If he wants to be an A$$hat and emulate his favorite MLB manager, that's on him. I still want to be able to see the plate.
  7. Agree, 100% correct! The CR rule could be so simple. If you want to speed up the game, fine, I'm all for that. But don't try and disguise it as participation, either. They want to increase participation by most of the time have a kid stand on a base and then the next batter gets out? There you go kid, you got to play for 30 seconds, now go back and sit on the bench. Don't worry, your reward for working hard in practice will be riding the pine again while watching others play. Hopefully F2 will get on and you can have your minute or two of fun. If F2 doesn't get on, well maybe next game.
  8. My best LL story wasn't even on the diamond. In addition to umpiring, I coached LL for 13 years, either regular season, fall ball, or both. Coached my kids from tee-ball to juniors. Had a kid that I coached, Ethan, off and on from tee-ball up until his 11 year old season. He wasn't the most talented player, but was a good kid and played hard. He left baseball after his 11 year old season and focused on soccer, which he became one hell of a player. We kept in touch with him and his family, and still do to this day, he recently graduated from college. When he turned 13, I received
  9. Your explanation is how I understand the rule. I read Maven's post to mean something else would happen if the foul fly was caught.
  10. Maven. Can you please clarify? I thought it doesn't matter if the foul ball is caught or not according to the MiLBUM posting by Senor Azul. I'm just a little confused here. Thanks.
  11. It's been around for a while here in SoCal at least. But yeah, not too common. I actually didn't know that cheer-leading was considered a sport in our Section either.
  12. Latest update from California is that Baseball "could" be able to start on March 13th. However, there are a lot of variables. Our area has to be out of of the stay at home order, which is still in effect at least until Jan 25th. Then we have be in purple tier for a while, then move to red tier and be in it for 2 weeks, and then we can resume baseball, but still with restrictions. The stay at home order is tied to our ICU capacity, and right now Southern California is at 0.0% capacity. In order to get out of the stay at home order, we need to be at 15%, so we're a long ways off. Nothing ca
  13. I prefer to use the Steven Seagal litmus test on whether to dump or not with regards to profanity: Project Name. (2).mp4
  14. Yes it is acceptable. Yes you can wear long sleeves or a plate coat. There are also open bottom jackets that are designed to tuck into your pants that work on the plate. The bottom line is, be comfortable when working games. If you need a jacket so you're not freezing and only have a pull over, by all means wear it. Honestly, nobody cares. If that's all you have, then wear it and others be darned. Not everyone can afford an expensive plate coat or all sorts of extra gear. Sometimes it takes a while to acquire a large variety of gear. There's not a coach, HS and below, in the history
  15. This just in from the State of California. Looks like nothing can happen until Jan 25th at the earliest, and as far as I can tell, no baseball activities until we hit the red tier. Still so many questions, and I can barely make heads or tails of these new guidelines. Hard to make plans for a season when it's still all in limbo. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx#.X9gbvomy9wc.mailtohttps://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/outdoor-indoor-recreational-sports.aspx#.X9gbvomy9wc.mailto
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