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maineump last won the day on August 20 2018

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About maineump

  • Birthday February 15

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    I have been umpiring since 1980, starting in LL. I am now working college, high school, American Legion and yes, still doing LL. I have umpired in tournaments as far away as Guam.

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    Retired Career Fire Captain / Paramedic
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    College (D-2, D-3, D-1 non-conf, CCBL), High School, American Legion, LL regionals/WS
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  1. Congrats Rich. You will have a great time. Enjoy every second - it goes by really fast.
  2. No, I met him and the rest of the MLB crew working the Mets/Phillies game for the LLWS/MLB classic. Chris Guccione (HP), Jeremie Rehak (1B), Mark Ripperger (2B), Gerry Davis (3B)
  3. I got a chance to meet and hang with him and the rest of the crew this summer. We also got to watch him work 1B in a game that night. He is a very nice guy, and is really on the ball. He is going to be one of the really good ones in MLB.
  4. I'm interested in where your site is hosted? Homestead who maintains it? The e-board - right now, me How much do you pay for it? Not sure Can you share the URL? http://www.easternmaineumpires.org
  5. It's all about merchandising
  6. Yep, I had them twice. The 11 inning and against New York. Great kids and outstanding coaches. Hawaii and Georgia shared the sportsmanship award.
  7. Thanks for the insight. We did ask if there was a tag of the runner. Lots of confusion for everyone. The pitcher was confused about how to do the appeal to start it off. From the replay you saw, did the runner leave early? I have not seen any replays yet. The only replays I have seen were on the 2 calls I had reviewed at the plate. That was in the replay room at the series.
  8. If I remember correctly. The manager felt that the step off was a balk/illegal pitch. This was while PR was attempting to appeal a runner leaving early. So, after finally figuring out what he was asking for, we got together. Our discussion (as I remember) was about the appeal and if it was proper, we also talked about an illegal pitch, and everyone had a proper step back. So bottom line (in our opinion) was - 1. proper step-off - check 2. appeal on runner - we decided that the appeal was improper. He touched the wrong base and did not tag the runner - so safe. To the last part - adding a ball? I'm not sure if it would have helped or not - don't remember the count.
  9. There was some talk after the game. I agree, they did crowd the plate. Hawaii played it well and threw inside. The Koreans could still get their hands through, they we aggressive at the plate. Not sure what the plat guy had to say about it, as I never asked him.
  10. Yes we did attend the classic. Very good show by MLB and LL. We also had our pictures taken with the Phillies, and spent an hour or so with Gerry Davis and his crew. If I remember it was Chris Guccione, Mark Ripperger and Jeremie Rehak, a call up. They were great guys and fun to hang out with. Lots of knowledge in that group. Chris called to innings at 2B in the LL game and got a banger. He sold it and didn't get reviewed. He was all smiles when he came back the locker room. Well, there were lots of things going on. Mostly, the manager was trying to tell me what he wanted in Korean (BTW, I don't speak Korean), and it frustrated him until the interpreter got there. If I remember correctly, he wanted to review the play at HP. After that review, Puerto Rico wanted to review 1B. There was also something about a balk - there are no balks in this division. I think that was on a tag-up play, and PR appealed incorrectly. Most of the issues, IMO were language barriers and a very different culture. I think in the end we got it right. It was a lesson in International relations. I hope this answers this part of the question.
  11. Typical day started with breakfast at the hotel. It depended on game times on who showed up. We were generally at the venue 1.5 hours before your assigned game time. This time was used for cleaning shoes and gear, collecting cleaned uniforms, discussing the day before (early in the tournament we really didn't watch each other due to the number of games. There was also the usual locker room banter. Pre-game was 30-45 minutes before we went to the field. Post-game after was led by crew chief and staff. Depending on schedule some went to eat at venue, went to watch another game or returned to hotel if last game. We did carpool with each other as well. We stayed very busy all week, and generally were at the complex. It seemed most of the week waiting out rain delays. We did have a day off, and guys went and saw local things. Sounds boring, but we all felt we were there for baseball.
  12. Nope. 1bx was what the individual umpires did on their own. We were told to do what you do at home. I used 3bx into the wedge on my plays at the plate. I was asked by the other guys how to do it. During the week, the guys would talk and try to learn from each other.
  13. Well the 2018 LLWS is in the books. This has been a very busy 10 days but was a very cool experience. I checked in a few times late at night after a day at the complex. I saw a few questions that came up, but don't remember them. If anyone has questions about how things work during the series, please ask away. I will be on the road all day Monday, but will try to sign in Wednesday to answer stuff for you all Thanks for following along ( if you did) and call em like you see em.
  14. This is my 4th extra inning game of the series
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