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Mad Mike

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Mad Mike last won the day on March 4 2017

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    Sixth District Officials Association
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  1. If Nike wants to continue using Colin Kapernick as a spokesperson, I won't be wearing any of their garb. Simply taking a Sharpie to the swoosh isn't good enough.
  2. Okay, so why didn't you like it then. Can you give me more substance?
  3. Has anyone recently attended the Southern Umpires Camp? I would appreciate any feedback on the camp-what went good, bad, ugly, or you simply couldn't get enough of it. Seems like this would be a good primer for NFHS and OBR too. I read some of Warren's comments from 2010, just wanted to see if there was anything more recent. Thanks!!
  4. Base umpire (BU) I am working with takes a steal into second base. BU calls the guys safe. The defensive coach comes out to argue about the play wanting an out. After some back and forth, BU has had it with the coach and says, "Coach, his di** was on the bag when he was tagged." The coach, who was from Madison High School in your neck of the woods, stops arguing and is so stunned by the comment doesn't know what to say. After standing there for 30 seconds, he turns around and marches back to the dugout without another word said. To protect the innocent, this issue happened in the mid 90s. Nobody in the their PC mind would say that anymore and/or get away with it......
  5. Mad Mike

    Bats

    Cup check anyone? But seriously, I loved how Lawump handled this one...." If I’m wrong, file a protest." I wish more umpires and coaches would use this to resolve disputes. Somebody is going to definitely learn something out of this and know how to handle it next time.
  6. Drug test all the guys who made these "rule changes". The checked swing madness is going to bring on a lot more ejections....and what about the batter to decides to run, what if he thinks better of it and still has one foot in the batters box....is he out? safe? This is inviting madness and seems like a desperate ploy to get more people interested in the game with inviting more controversy. I don't see this as being in the best interests of baseball over the long haul.
  7. Mad Mike

    umpire

    Kill two birds with one stone: Use Murphy's Orange Oil Spray. Cleans while it shines! Doesn't crack leather like Windex or other "cleaners". Gives off a good shine.
  8. Use the rules to solve a problem, not to create one........
  9. If this occurred only 3-4 feet from the base, shouldn't the runner have slid? While there is no requirement to slide, if there is contact, it has to be legal contact.
  10. NFHS Rule Set Situation: With one out in the inning, the manager wants to bring in the shortstop to pitch and have the starting pitcher move to shortstop. He makes the switch and the relief pitcher begins to toss warm-up pitches. As he finishes his eighth toss, the manger tells the umpire he was just informed (by his assistant) the new relief pitcher can't pitch due to pitch count restrictions. He wants to bring in a different pitcher off the bench. Now, if we look at NFHS 3-1-2, it requires a starting and/or relief pitcher to pitch to the current batter or a pinch hitter, or until the third out is made. In this situation, the umpires obviously don't know who is under pitch count restrictions--so, we don't have the right information to not allow the switch. How would you guys suggest handling this? Does it matter that the coach realizes his mistake before we put the ball in play? How about if it is a simple defensive switch and nobody is initially brought from the bullpen or bench? (Spoiler alert: We allowed the manager to make a second switch because the ball was not formally put in play.)
  11. So, Zoops is on to something. If you dump them both they can take it to the parking lot and discuss things over tea.
  12. Even if you can't call HS ball just yet, I wonder if you could register anyway and attend the meetings, get to know people, and through that networking probably get additional opportunities? If you can't "register" maybe the local Association would let you attend and learn what you can. If you were in our area, we would love to have young guys who were interested and wanted to learn!
  13. Perhaps Senor Azul can enlighten us; however, as Noumpere stated "If the game was played under FED, then the runner cannot legally retouch first and is still subject to being out on appeal." Isn't OBR the same? If the kid was halfway between 2nd and 3rd when the throw went out of play, then he cannot legally re-touch second and then first because he is beyond the base that was not properly tagged. He certainly could go back and physically re-touch 2nd and 1st; however, it won't save him under "last time by" because he can't legally re-touch when he is beyond the next successive base when the ball is dead. So, we go this right, but for the wrong reason(s) or improper procedure? OBR also does not allow dead ball appeals....I realize this was coach pitch, so maybe the rule(s) are more lenient on this though. So, the defensive team would need the umpire to put the ball back in play and then appeal, correct? Great discussion and a play to bring up. What a cluster!!
  14. I loaned my cup out and never got it back. With a follow-up question, "Can I use yours?" Response, "Nah, I'll take plate both games."
  15. Mad Mike

    What's the Call?

    @Senor Azul, What are we going to do when the 2016 version of BRD becomes too old due to all the rule changes?
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