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  1. Thanks for your comments and kudos. As all of us are taught, slow everything down before making your call. It's easy to get caught up in a play like this to bag a runner out quickly. I think my reasoning for making a call like I did was that I had time to see this play develop with the slow roller off the bat and both first/third crashing on the play, not the case on most plays but this one seemed to work out (at least I thought so). I agree, less words on a quicker play is always better. I had some really good instructors years ago and their words of wisdom stick with me to this day.
  2. Funny thing is that the field we were on has a setting sun directly down the 1B line. This was the first game we've had there since Covid shut us down earlier this year but we've both worked there many times over the years. We pre-gamed this exact situation just to remind ourselves, not that that had any bearing on my call in this situation.
  3. Fed HS fall league varsity game. Bottom of the first. Runners on first and third, I'm in B. Slow roller towards 3B. 3B charges in, scopes up the ball and makes a play at first. First baseman was breaking in as well on the pitch so the 2B was covering first. 2B was at first waiting on the back side of the bag for the throw which was high. 2B had to jump slightly to grab it, I'd say 3-4", but CLEARLY came down on the bag BEFORE the BR. I yelled "I HAVE THE FOOT DOWN ON THE BAG BEFORE THE RUNNER, HE'S OUT". To me it really was an easy call that I was 100% correct. Of course the 3B HC comes out asking me to get help on the call, saying that he missed the bag. I politely said "Joe", I was exactly where I needed to be, had a perfect angle and I clearly have what I called. I don't need help with this one". Of course he didn't like that answer and that I was now stubborn to not even appease him. I let him babble for about 20 seconds (nothing ejection worthy) before I said "Ok, let's get back to playing" Believe me, if I didn't see what I saw so clearly I would ask my partner. My question is, how many of you would go to your partner just to keep him quite? I was always taught to own your calls and only go for help if you absolutely need it. Maybe I'm old school and don't measure up to this PC world. Thoughts? Thanks guys.
  4. Hahaha...nice. In my playing days yes but now I only wear a cup when I have the plate.
  5. I'd take getting hit in the head on the base path any day over any other part of my body. It's the only place I have protection.
  6. Just an observation. I was watching a game this morning and the HP umpire stayed in this position for all right handed batters. When a LH came up, he setup up straight over HP and didn't move. I was waiting for him to get bit but luck was on his side.
  7. It's good to hear Fox might be adding former MLB umpires to the booth for postseason games so we don't have to listen to asinine comments from uneducated announcers.
  8. I agree but the problem is these fall ball games. They're looking for a few players for next years team so they're constantly moving players around and in/out of the lineup. I'll see two or three different catchers throughout a game. I do like the comment that @Maven suggested and will use that in the future. ("Why? Don't you want to get an out if they try something?").
  9. "This is just like the infield wanting “time” to throw the ball back to the pitcher. Not happening on my field." I totally agree, My assignor did call last night to talk about weekend availability and I did bring it up.
  10. HS Fall Ball.... Bottom of the first.....0 outs, runners on 1B and 3B. Catcher wants time so he can signal their coverage play. I say no, just signal your play. He looks back at me like I have three eyes. He makes no signals and just gets back in his crouch for the next batter. The HC wants to know why he didn't put a play on and he just shrugs his shoulders. Now the HC wants time, which I grant and he goes out to the mound. I know he's waiting for me to come break up their meeting,. I take a few steps out in front of the plate and say "OK guys, let's play". Of course he doesn't budge. I'm thinking "Really? You want to do this in the first inning of an inconsequential game? OK, I'll play, so I head out. I get half way there and he turns to me and says "Why are you making this game about you and having an attitude?" Of course I ask "What?" "I'm talking to you in a normal voice." I then ask "Why does your catcher need time to signal an infield play? Your pitcher is standing on the mound with the ball in his hand and your catcher is standing in front of the plate." If I called time I'm taking away any possibility of the offense to run." He then tells me he wants his fee for the game returned (for fall games we get paid before the start of the game). I tell him I'll give him his money back and do the game for free as long as he's sitting in his car. He turns, walks back to his dugout and we don't hear another peep out of him the rest of the game. I've working with other umpires who always grant this time and it bugs me. When I ask them between innings or after the game all they say is it's always been that way. Anyway, three innings later, same situation for the same team, catcher steps in front of the plate, signals, returns in his crouch, done. Sometimes the rats just like to see how much they can get away with.
  11. Aren't all kids on the team supposed to get an arm band as not to offend?
  12. A quick read... https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/27609761/what-really-happens-mlb-replay-review-room?platform=amp&__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR3nNYTH_L3zGPrXZETNzTBm3pV_uTes2tJvlwsDDbnpAQS3mjW-Jebf6sc
  13. urout17


    So I'm watching these LLWS games. I do not want to offend since I don't work this level of ball but is it required for the umpires on televised games to signal their calls like robots? I thought that was reserved for softball games, again, no offense intended, just my observation. And yes, I understand the proper mechanics are being used but I'd just like to know if this is stressed in all areas of the country.
  14. I totally agree. I'm watching my daughters varsity HS softball game her senior year (2010). She comes up to bat her first time in one game that literally meant nothing forgetting to take out her stud earrings. I mean these were small, 1/8" dia. As soon as she steps in the box the PU ejects her from the game for jewelry. I was speechless. The head coach got tossed next. I can chuckle about it now but wow.
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