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Mad Mike

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  1. That is very impressive! You never know the kind of impact one can have on a ballplayer. Kudos for you being a role model to him.
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    On these type of plays, you may not remember the exact rule(s). However, a good general guide is to look at this situation and try to apply a "fairness" standard. The throw was wild. As a result, it caused the defensive player to be out of position trying to catch the errant throw and there was contact. Ask yourself, why would I penalize the offensive player for a poor throw by the defense? If a coach comes out to argue, you can repeat this question back to him. The question should answer itself.
  3. I wanted to query if anyone from this site is going to attend Black & Blue Umpire Camp in Riverside, CA, October 19-24, 2021? If anyone has attended in the past, please post anything you know about the camp, what to expect, what to bring, and most important....any good places to eat while there.
  4. Daryl- Check out the Pioneer League Rule change: Revised “Check Swing” rule allows a hitter to appeal to the base umpire on a check swing strike decision from the home plate umpire. Previously, only the pitcher or catcher could ask for an appeal. Pioneer League Announces New Rules (milb.com)
  5. This clinic will be close to you in near future. Home • Mid-American Umpire Clinic • Springfield, Missouri (midamericanumpireclinic.com) I have heard a lot of good things about this clinic.
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    @agdz59, I am sharing this with you to help this situation out. I have enjoyed most of your posts...you challenge me to get in the rule book and confirm what I thought was known and in some cases, change what I was doing that wasn't completely in line with the rules. Most of the guys and gals on this website are all about giving their 2 cents and moving on. However, you can agree to disagree (and have plainly done that). But ask yourself this: Is everyone wrong on this and I am right? Or might it just be the reverse. Just two points for you to consider here: 1) For OBR in 2021, Look in the very last paragraph of Rule 5.12 Calling "Time" and Dead Balls. It says the following: "After the ball is dead, play shall be resumed when the pitcher takes his place on the pitcher's plate with a new ball or the same ball in his possession and the plate umpire calls "Play." The plate umpire shall call "Play" as soon as the pitcher takes his place on his plate with the ball in his possession." 2) Case Play 2013-07: Hidden Ball Trick Fails due to Time Out | Close Call Sports & Umpire Ejection Fantasy League Peace Brother.
  7. Very impressed they even have the runners lane painted!
  8. MC. Runner definitely extends his arms out when initiating contact. In addition, like noumpere suggested perhaps there was some earlier chirping taking place in the game that makes this decision easier for the calling umpire.
  9. @Senor Azul Any references what constitute mound visits in OBR?
  10. How about this guy? You wanna work with him?
  11. The truth is out there!
  12. So, while we hear about Lebron James flopping on the court. Have you heard about another Lebron in the Dominican Republic? Apparently, this guy likes to assault umpires with a bat. I hope they ban this guy for life from the game. https://dailycaller.com/2021/05/24/baseball-elvis-lebron-umpire-fight-video-bat/ Accoridng to the website Outkick, MLB Insider Hector Gomez didn’t mince words over what reportedly transpired Sunday on a diamond in the Dominican Republic where a Chicago Cubs prospect named Elvis Lebrón was arguing balls and strikes. “Este señor debe ser expulsado de por vida de toda actividad deportiva y de recreación y, al mismo tiempo, debe ser sometido a la acción de la justicia por intento de homicidio,” Gomez tweeted, which Google translates to “This man must be expelled for life from all sports and recreational activities and, at the same time, must be brought to justice for attempted murder.” As you can see in the video, LeBrón can be seen attacking the umpire with his bat, then returning to fire off his helmet before going back for yet another attack on the umpire. Gomez later tweeted that the Cubs have cut ties with the prospect. “The aggressor, who has a history of violence on the pitch and in society, according to witnesses, was arrested by members of the city’s police. While the [umpire] continued the game, but an hour later he was taken to the San José hospital for evaluation,” Gomez wrote in another translated tweet.
  13. Let's say in one week you are doing high school ball. The top velocity you might see in a high school game is 70 to 80 mph. The following week, you begin to work college and/or minor league. The velocity obviously increases. What tips do you have for dealing with increased speed when calling pitches? Any other pitfalls to watch out for as the speed increases?
  14. @beerguy55 If you were coaching the team that was screwed royally, how would you handle this? Pretty sure you would get ejected, but what else could/should a coach do? Pull his team off the field? Getting popcorn ready to wait for your reply!!!
  15. Who cares what level this is. This is embarrassing. How in the heck did all three geniuses not correct this situation? This is basic. And to those of you who are new umpires, this is why we tell you three things have to happen after a foul ball or time is called: 1) Pitcher must have ball in their possession and on the pitching rubber 2) Batter is in the box and ready 3) Umpire puts the ball back in play, by pointing and announcing "Play" [Do this every time....don't get lazy. The next thing we are going to see is a hidden ball trick pulled off after a foul ball....and the ump calls somebody out when the above is not met.] Absolutely shameful performance.
  16. NFHS Rule Set R3 leading off. Pitch is thrown. Catcher attempts to back pick R3 who is diving into 3rd base avoiding being tagged out. Catcher's throw nails R3 between the legs as he dives into the base. Ball lands directly under R3 as he is lying on top of third base. R3 is mad he just got nailed in the family jewels. Time has not been called yet. R3 picks up the ball and throws it into left field in disgust over being hit. How would you handle this play and what rule(s) support your decision?
  17. I took this from Stevetheump.com website. They publish NFHS Points of Emphasis and Rule Interpretations. This is SITUATION 20 from Year 2013: SITUATION 20: With runners at first base and second base, the runner at second bluffs a steal of third by running hard to third before he stops and retreats back to second base. The pitcher, seeing the runner take off hard to third base, legally throws to the unoccupied third base. The third-base coach wants a balk called on the pitcher since the runner from second stopped. RULING: A pitcher may throw or feint a throw to an unoccupied base in an attempt to put out or drive back a runner. As long as the umpire judges that it is reasonable for the pitcher to believe he had a play at third, even though the runner stopped, it is a legal move. (6-2-4b) Here is the link: NFHS Rule Revisions 2007-2020 (stevetheump.com)
  18. You should have asked him, so was R1 forced to run? The answer would be, "no." because the ball was caught. Thus, it is not a force play. You were 100% correct, the run should count. I realize it was a JV game; however, did you protest his misapplication of a rule? This could have helped the umpire understand he was misapplying a rule.
  19. +1 props to @Beerguy55. This is the better way to handle the situation. Don't grab the shi%$y end of the stick by tossing the coach. He does not have control over the stupid things parents say at games. He would have the ability to ask the spectator to leave so the game isn't suspended or forfeited.
  20. Matt's advice above is the best remedy here. As you know the umpiring community in some locations is rather small and tight knit. Feel free to mention what happened to you about the payments to others who will listen. In the end, the guy will lose a lot more than $100 bucks with a hit to his reputation.
  21. Situation: 3-1 count and ball 4 is thrown by team who is behind in the 9th inning. Coach comes out for mound visit. Delays leaving to have a word with the umpire. As you walk him back towards plate area, he says the magic words and you toss him. Now the fun part, he decides to mess up your well swept and clean plate by kicking dirt on it. Here is some video of the issue: MiLB - Toby Basner Ejects Ranting Rojas Late in Toledo | Close Call Sports & Umpire Ejection Fantasy League The question is: Do you sweep the plate off or make/ask the catcher to clean it off? Other option is to leave it dirty for a batter and then clean it off. What say you?
  22. NFHS & OBR Question came up about pitching substitutions at a meeting. SITUATION: Second Inning, manager comes out to the umpire, states he wants to switch pitcher and first baseman for the batter coming to the plate. The new pitcher strikes out the batter. The manager then comes back out and tells the umpire he wants to change them back. How many times in that 1/2 inning are we going to allow the pitcher to switch with a fielder and then switch back? If anyone has a rule cite for both codes, it would be appreciated.
  23. NFHS & OBR How would you handle the following situation? R1, 2 outs, Outfield is playing a shift to left field. Batter loops a line shot to RF. RF being out of normal position, takes off his glove and throws it at the ball to stop it from going to the wall. RF hits the ball with his glove. He picks up the ball and throws it in on the relay. R1 heads for the plate and is thrown out at home. The penalty is three bases for this in OBR. Are we going to negate the out and allow R1 to score (BR goes to third)?
  24. Use some caseplays on the old farts for NFHS. If they don't like the written word, then use this string of stories: Close Call Sports & Umpire Ejection Fantasy League: Search results for obstruction at first base
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