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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. Yeah, I noticed that too. They seem to be squared off and directly over the catcher's head. So much for getting in the slot. They must have gotten their instruction from somebody who thinks that works. Frankly, as many KBO umps who have been demoted this year for ball/strike "screw-ups," maybe somebody should tell them to change their stance for calling balls and strikes, lest they be banished to KBO minor leagues!
  2. We have been told baseball will be back up and running in June of this year. Has anybody come across any written document outlining precautions to be taken during the upcoming season for umpires? I expect our members (myself included) to have questions on what is mandated vs. recommended, i.e. plate vs. base umpire wearing a covid mask for instance. How do we handle a ball where a pitcher licks his fingers and then touches the ball? How do we handle a foul ball that has come back in. Numerous people have handled it. Sanitize our hands between innings when we get a drink? Anything out there would be appreciated. You are welcome to PM me if you have any information to share.
  3. Why don't they have a class for Underwater Basket Weaving? I mean, they seem to have everything else on there......
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  5. 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.
  6. Okay, so why didn't you like it then. Can you give me more substance?
  7. 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!!
  8. 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......
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Mad Mike

    umpire

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  12. Use the rules to solve a problem, not to create one........
  13. 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.
  14. 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.)
  15. So, Zoops is on to something. If you dump them both they can take it to the parking lot and discuss things over tea.
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