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  1. No doubt about that. The number of stabbing, lunging, slashing, horrible bunt attempts I see at all levels is astonishing. I gotta think it has something to do with the homer-centric nature of the pro game nowadays.
  2. Congrats on working the ALWS again, the crew looked solid in the games that I watched. Too bad there were so many rain delays but what can ya do. Since it's been in the news a bit that Legion participation is down quite a bit in some areas of the country, just wondering if you are noticing a weaker ALWS field in recent years?
  3. The new language makes it sound like that is not the case now . From NCAA.com: The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a 20-second action rule in baseball that will be enforced before all pitches in the 2019-20 academic year. It will be optional for a school to have visible clocks to keep the time between pitches. If no visible clock is used, one of the base umpires will keep the 20-second time limit on the field. If the pitcher is at fault for violating the 20-second action rule, a ball will be awarded in the count. If the hitter violates the 20-second action rule, a strike will be awarded in the count.
  4. So it appears that NCAA is expanding their pitch clock to 20 seconds on all pitches. I've always carried a stopwatch on the bases for timing between innings but have never kept track between pitches. For those that have, what are some tips? I guess what I'm getting at is I don't want to be peeking at my stopwatch when the pitcher balks or makes a quick pickoff attempt.
  5. No mention of scouting out hot moms in the stands?
  6. As the article mentions some areas are doing ok as far as Legion teams go; including my area of the midwest. But it does seem like participation has gone down in general - just like all sports there is more specialization and fewer 2 & 3 sport athletes. Many FB and BB players are training for those sports all summer and give up baseball. As with all youth sports there is lots of money involved and people have figured out ways to make a living off of it with the travel teams, etc. so I can certainly see it pulling the more serious athletes/parents and instead of playing with the kids you grew up with you go play with other kids who are stars or at least think so. Certainly seems as though people think they have to dedicate their lives to a sport to be good at it. A few other observations of mine: - More rules in Legion ball. Let's face it; people want to load teams with talent - Legion doesn't really allow that. - Decline of Legion posts. Was just talking to our Legion commissioner a couple days ago; he said less that 10% of the teams in our state receive any funding from a Legion post anymore. Some teams charge over a grand to play now. Some teams have cut back their schedules, argument could be made that it's due to funding; certainly some of it is due to kids being busier. My small-town legion team played 60 games in our 2-month season in the early 2000's and there was no player fee. Now they play maybe half that.
  7. Had a kid hit what would have been a 3-run homerun on one in a postseason game last year. A couple base hits in college games this spring. It's not common but it's not the rarest thing.
  8. If the motion truly stops, yes, that's a balk in any rule set that calls balks.
  9. zoops

    Rubbing Mud

    Yep, here in the northern part of the country usually if you go turf, it's to beat the nasty spring weather. Not much point in having any dirt on the field in that case. One of the 5 fields I work that have turf has a dirt mount but they are planning to change it to turf as well.
  10. Over half of the fields in my area are now turf and it would be nice to have a can of mud to rub up baseballs. I can't seem to find it carried by any of the retailers I use for my other umpire gear; just a website to order the Lena Blackburne mud directly. Just curious if anyone else buys this stuff.
  11. Agree with you guys, between this and the pitcher being ejected a few games ago, part of my heart warmed a bit when I saw Vandy's rally in the 9th to end Louisville's season. I know just about all of these teams have their a-hole moments but they got what was coming to them.
  12. No doubt the CWS umpires have forgotten more about umpiring than I'll probably ever know. I am sure they did something to address it as you can see the Vandy manager running by and stopping, presumably to talk to the umpire about what is going on. It just wasn't shown on TV how the umpires handled it. I guess my angle is how would we (you) handle this if it were to happen in one of your games? If a pitcher is walking off the mound yelling "F U" to the opposing batter, you'd have to have an ejection in a normal game wouldn't you? Is this a situation where if only the batter and pitcher can hear it, it's not EJ worthy? Is it just a warning on a stage such as the CWS?
  13. I didn't watch the whole game so not entirely sure if there were things leading up to this, but surprising that it seemed the PU didn't get involved here. Then Vandy rallied in the 9th and most of their dugout was out taunting the pitcher. How would you handle this? As an aside, I was surprised to see ESPN replay the pitcher's tirade a couple times where you could clearly see he was f-bombing the batter (it wasn't fuzzed out like it is on the link), especially in a college game. https://www.espn.com/college-sports/baseball/cws/story/_/id/27027839/vandy-rallies-9th-pitcher-profane-taunts
  14. Not that I think it needed to be, but is this reviewable?
  15. Looks pretty clearly to be the correct (no) call... https://www.espn.com/video/clip/_/id/27005726
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