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stevis last won the day on January 12 2017

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  1. I'm probably doing the same. In slow-mo, it does look like F3 made a full extension and didn't really shy up because of the runner, so I can see an argument for no call.
  2. I think, from following the Juan Soto saga a the start of the season here near D.C., they are doing rapid spit tests with follow-up swabs that have better Pd/Pfa. From a cost/pain in the rear standpoint, yeah, I can see why you'd do that. But it's going to lead in some persons forced to sit out unnecessary. Just the cost of doing business in these times, I guess.
  3. I was just shy of 2, you old fogeys.
  4. You think he was waiting that long, only to blow the line? It should be "Blue, the mask goes over your mouth, not your eyes!"
  5. Little League field, you can't trust that there's not a gap or other ball rolls out of play situation. I've had to call that twice on pitches. Once I even got the base award right.
  6. I guess I have trouble with the notion that the play is the most important thing when a player takes a shot to the head--at any level, including MLB! "Baseball is a game" is text in Rule 1.01 in both MLB and Little League codes. The world keeps spinning on its axis if we place runners once in a while.
  7. As a practical matter, this one would count as "incapacitate" in my book. A head shot for a 12 year old? I want medical attention on him ASAP. I'm probably--as per the comments @Senor Azul cites--giving one base to every runner (forced or not), unless someone catches the rebound. I've done this once in my career, when a pitcher got cup checked on a comebacker. Less serious, and maybe I didn't need to, but I sleep well with that call. No runners on that time so giving the batter runner first was easy. (Baseball ricocheted toward the 3rd base dugout, clearly no play if I'd let it continue). Offensive manager actually came out to ask me if I should give his batter more. I gave him the "get real" look and we went back to baseball.
  8. I'm a LL UIC in Virginia. This is the sad story we tell. I was playing an adult softball game here once, with the clouds rolling in, light and sound show, and the umpires wouldn't stop it. We ran off the field. Other team followed us. Sorry if you don't get paid because it wasn't an official game, guys, but I'm not getting killed over your game fee.
  9. To me it's just like the players are supposed to do--think about what their role is if a ball goes here, or if it goes there--it's the mental preparation that gives you an edge.
  10. They do? That's not what Williamsport is recommending--though they didn't come down with a hard no. As usual, of course, not a hint of what mechanics should be beyond "behind the mound" so I'm making up a two-person system and calling it good. For the summer, all we're trying to do is let the kids play something...we will do our best, if calls go wack, we'll live with it because 100% accuracy really isn't the most important aspect of the experience right now. Perspective.
  11. LL guy here. Yeah, it's the goofiest rule in organized baseball, but it's kind of fun if you embrace it. It's a compromise between calling an out for a small mistake (like a half-second early jump) and making sure to neutralize the advantage and discourage blatant rulebreaking. There's nothing magic about the red flag other than high visibility. One of my umps uses a purple one; I've used an orange towel at times. Tear up an old shirt if you want and use that. I order red shop towels and hand them out to our junior umpires. In either case, use some rocks and a rubber band if you want to wait it down. Definitely don't pay $6 for a formal flag. I have two, but only because inherited them from a retiring umpire. But don't throw a hat. You just look like a doofus who doesn't know how to size his hat.
  12. Yep, LL says it's your judgement. And it should be. I do think about barrel of the bat with respect to the baseline, but that's not magic--what if the pitch is up and in, and the batter turns forward ducking out of the way? That's not an attempt to strike the ball, and thus not a swing.
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