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Mad Mike

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Mad Mike last won the day on March 4 2017

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  1. I saw this on Wendlestadt's website. I thought they were only doing on-line. They have a basic and advanced one week class listed here. The basic started today though.... Abbreviated Course (umpireschool.com)
  2. How about using objective evidence such as official times published on-line and in newspapers regarding SUNSET? If you add in at the plate meeting that we call it 15 minutes before official sunset then nobody can say you made anything up. So, if official sunset that particular day is 6:15 pm, then we announce at plate meeting, the game will end at 6:00 pm, then you will have less argument(s) from participants. After all, they agreed with this at the plate meeting, right? Also, this is a good standard to keep you from liability in the event somebody gets hurt if you play too long.
  3. I take notes between innings when I am out in RF. This gives me a chance to write down things the crew did well and not so well for our Post Game. In the event we screwed something up, it helps to write it down-so you know it can be covered in the locker room---AND then FLUSH it to keep your focus during the rest of the game.
  4. This little sting is gonna hurt. Innocent until proven guilty, but wow, this seems pretty damn stupid if true: MLB umpire Brian O'Nora, 57, arrested in Ohio sex-sting operation | Fox News
  5. Our Association is looking for some new ways to collect dues besides taking cash or checks. We are looking into trying to find ways to either take credit/debit cards or peer-to-peer apps like Venmo to pay dues. If any of you have any experience with what works well beyond taking cash and checks, please let me know what type of method(s) have worked well (including those that haven't worked so well). We want to find something that will work for the vast majority of officials, including those who are not technically savvy.
  6. If the real intent of the rule requiring the pitcher to take signs while on the rubber is to say prevent a quick pitch from happening, then perhaps you could smooth this over with the player by not simply addressing the rule, but mentioning the spirit of the rule and why/when it is called and when it is ignored. If the pitcher was not quick pitching anyone, then you could simply say you interpret the rule to prohibit quick pitches for safety reasons. Since the intent of the rule was being met, there was/is no infraction.
  7. @Maven, the balk penalty is not mooted unless if the ball is put in play on a balk AND all runners including the batter runner advance at least one base. Then we wave it off and play on. If all runners do not advance one base safely, we wait for action to conclude and then enforce it, correct? While the above being the case, what about if they were playing at Oakland which has a deeper backstop than most fields. R2 could have motored home and scored from second, no? Or do we think the umpire killed it prematurely thinking that BR obviously was not heading to first and R2 would not
  8. Well played Mauer, well played...........
  9. What a great way to doctor the ball without the umpire having the ability to check the balls! Did you notice any extra spin or cut on the pitches that a little pine tar might have been present on the ball?
  10. Mad Mike


    @aaluck, you should ready the linked article below........ https://www.closecallsports.com/2016/11/baseball-rules-guru-carl-childress.html
  11. I am looking for some feedback about our Association offering coaches and parents pre-season rule clinics, either in person or providing a handout next year. I figured a good starting point would be "baseball rule myths". For example, the hands are not part of the bat and such. Has anybody held any rule clinics for coaches during the pre-season? How about for parents as well? Any feedback on what worked well (or not) would be great.
  12. I can't recall specifically who said it, but on this site a contributor noted that if you let one coach drone on about various complaints the other manager (who has been minding his P & Qs)will see this and think he needs to get in the mix on behalf of his team. Then you have both managers chirping, either at each other or at you. In either case that is a losing proposition. If you shut it down early, you can focus on the game and get them to focus on coaching their kids and not offering you opinions on how to umpire. Based on your military background you probably understand the term "Peac
  13. Try this link for differences between OBR and NFHS: http://www.stevetheump.com/nfhs_pro_rules_dif.htm
  14. OBR, unlike FED does not provide for restriction to the dugout (unless local league rules are in place). Should have dumped the first guy who was arguing. Completely over the top to yell and address other players---and continue to argue. Anybody who wants to bring a rule book on or at the field to show an umpire up deserves to hit the parking lot. @Jonnycat nailed this. Don't kick the can down the road. Stand up for yourself, your partner, and other umps. Schooling them early will help all involved--including the coach. If you let this slide, the players see that it is acceptable
  15. A couple of guys I know sent an assistant packing recently. The guy would not leave and said, "You're not man enough to make me leave." Well, after telling the head coach to get him out of the area or the game was over, the guy left. However, he only got a one gamer after objecting to a Runners Lane Interference Call. I looked at the video and sure enough the kid is running in fair territory when he got hit. Good call. It seems that the powers that be should have given him an extra game (beyond the normal one gamer) off for refusing to leave and then basically threatening them to try and
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