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  1. Only A is legal by rule. I'm probably balking the others, although if B overlaps with A at all I'd probably allow it.
  2. maven

    Caught ball?

    Yes and no. The guideline I was taught is to signal and verbalize when the ball is caught below the fielder's waist or while he's running. So, yes, we should signal and verbalize on a shoestring catch. But there's no mechanic manual that has us verbalize "ground." The mechanic is "No catch!" and signal safe. Sell it on a trapped ball. When in doubt, signal and verbalize. We're in the communication business, so why keep our rulings secret?
  3. And the mechanic is: [signal safe & hold it] That's nothing!
  4. maven

    Safe or out?

    Is this a baseball question or sex?
  5. maven

    National Anthem

    Looks like the umps were doing the standoff.
  6. I found a couple pages that explain how to do that. How to Stop GIFs From Auto-Playing in Your Browser Disable GIF Auto-Play
  7. It's easier than that. Just ask. 1. Fielder tags runner. 2. Me: why are you tagging him? 3. Fielder: he didn't tag up. 4. Me: He's out! And the conversation does not have to take place with the fielder: in some situations, I might ask the "defense." And if play is continuing, the conversation can take place during the next dead ball (the appeal is the tag, not the conversation, and the tag occurred during a live ball).
  8. maven

    Fake Tag

    Who knows? What code do they play under?
  9. Not as described (assuming that by 180* you mean 180°). If he goes through a full 540°, I'm probably calling that a tag attempt. (Side note: if you're going to communicate with the kids, you can't write, "because this is LL"; you have to say, "because LL." You're welcome.)
  10. You're flattening 2 distinct events into 1. First, we have F6 chasing the runner and trying to tag him. The runner is moving toward 1B, and his baseline goes there. The runner avoids that tag attempt. Second, F6 stops and begins to throw to 1B. The runner also stops, turns, and heads toward 2B (new baseline). He does go around F6, who does not attempt to tag him (had he done so, the runner should be called out). Instead, F6 tries to throw to 2B. Again, as described, this is nothing. That said, I like to get this out whenever I can: I might see F6 do something—anything—that I could call a tag attempt as the runner is going around him. But that's not what the covering umpire saw, so it's nothing.
  11. My thought: I had hoped after the addition of the HP collision rule that I'd never have to see one of those again. Correct call.
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