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  1. <sad-trombone.mp3> goes here.....
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    What's interesting about the scenario that I was describing is they don't really NEED me at those younger games. I literally DID have a choice. For reasons that I can't quite wrap my head around, the littles have more than enough dudes to cover. As it played out, there WERE 14U games on that Saturday. So I ended up violating a DIFFERENT rule of mine - the "don't work too many F*#King games in one day" rule. We've talked about it before here, but I've NEVER been an advocate of working a ton in a day - there's Just. No. Way. you're that good by games six/seven or so. But there were som
  3. That's a little more GIF-y than emoji-y. But I'll allow it.
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    Dead ball

    This is my 3rd attempt to write something, and it gets off-track or I start to get snarky, so I'll leave it at this: You actually had salient points to make in your post. But I don't much like the general tone of that sentence right there. That clanged off my ears, as in "SOME of these guys think their SH*# don't stink." I don't work anything near that level, and I'm sure I DO make mistakes. But if there are people that are gonna pay me to do it? Yeah, I'm going to try and act like a professional when I'm out there.
  5. Admit it - you miss working with me, and once I left, you found you couldn't find the strength to carry on.... [All the emojis we have in the software, and NONE are barf ones??!?] Congrats and best wishes to your son, and a belated "well done" to your daughter.
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    If you haven't heard of it, there's a subreddit called "Am I The A--hole? I have one of those situations involving umpiring, and we need content, so why not? So I like working games, and I'm generally not all that fussed over the level of ball. I think I'm pretty good at what I do, but I'm content to top-out at HS ball for the most part. But I'm starting to narrow my range a bit, because I get tired of the little dudes. THEY'RE okay, actually, but just the lack of skill, the coaches (who ALSO sometimes could use a skill infusion), and the parents, frustrate me. Things are winding
  7. It's really very simple. This is slow-pitch, so the only acceptable to answer to any rulebook question is "Open another beer, Poindexter, and STFU."
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    $500 Fine!

    Neither of those thing have happened yet - the suspension or the fine. The only source for those statements are Torrey Smith. In fact, the Fox article - and this is an outlet that doesn't tend to like journalism or journalists much - even went to trouble of saying "a Pennsylvania youth football league that allegedly fined and suspended a coach" [emphasis mine]. When the coach in question himself gives the age range that he gives (at least one five-year-old was playing), and then says "players that never play," he's a worse example than some alleged "wussification of America." If yo
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    Game 4, NLDS

    Is that a serious statement - that this is arguing? Do you not go to the rest of the Internet? Even as a biased fan, I was legitimately unsure of why this played out the way it did, based on my (admittedly FAR lower-level) experience. It was discussed, and answered. I'd still handle it differently in my games, and that's okay. Maybe my REAL question should have been: in a sport that has comically large amounts of money to spend, why on Earth would that situation exist? Where, especially in a place built for that specific sport only, there would be a gap left for a common elemen
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    Game 4, NLDS

    I'm a Nats fan, so I'm not gonna try and be unbiased. But I gotta ask - did they blow it with that Trea Turner hit, here in the 6th inning? I know I'm an amateur-level umpire, and will work no fields as nice as those, so I don't know their groundrules. But when I run my plate meetings, part of it goes something like: "if a ball gets stuck somewhere like the fence, have 'em put their hands up, and we'll go look. Otherwise, if they reach to play it, it's all they can get." So Bellinger reaches and THEN puts his hands up, after he realizes there's a negative chance of getting Turner
  11. I thought the way ballplayers think, and The Unwritten Rules and all that, it was: "Fool me once, and I'm sticking one in the next guy's ear."
  12. Hey hey hey ..... get your own set of clouds, man. There's plenty of them for everybody.
  13. I'm not going to offer my own thoughts, but just say: I'm not sure The Commish would agree with you on that, in that there's all the "speed up" emphasis going on these days.
  14. I actually had to get up and walk away from my computer, after I saw this. (To be fair, I also had to use the restroom, but still.) It's like you went into a lab to create The Perfect Post that would make me head right into "Yelling At Clouds" mode. I realize the professional game has bags of money to burn, but in what way would this help the game as played? Fair/foul has eyes on it, the rule is straight-forward; for batter being hit in/out of the box, or hitting WHILE in/out of the box, there are already interpretations and guides for that. Don't get me wrong - my entire working car
  15. "Grumpy Old Man"-take coming.... THIS thread alone is why I can't stand replay, even in this version. I would prefer it be limited to fair/foul at the poles, and for maybe "HR or not?" situations where stadiums have a nook/cranny deal. Put it this way: when I woke up this morning and decided to catch up at U-E today, I didn't think I'd read about a dozen posts on the esoterics of gloves and laces and "was that guy tagged" - when it's one of those "I know it when I see it" plays - and yet here we are.
  16. I see your side of the argument, but I just won't agree with it. Here's the problem, Arch - if I can use your "first name" - as I see it: you strike me as a guy that likes people. Sometimes, this is a lot easier gig if you don't. That sounds glib, and I'm not gonna lie when I say I'm using it for comedic effect. But I tend to go out on the field not looking to make it a good time or a good day for the players and coaches. I'm not looking to make it a bad day, either - I'm out there to call the game according to the rules. If I want it to sound noble, I could say I'm out there for th
  17. I'm not sure how I feel about a lot of this debate. I've already umpired for about three times longer than I ever played the game, and didn't live around enough kids for the "sandlot" variety. So I probably don't have the same perspective on this as other people. What struck ME the most about this post..... Max (or do I use "Mad" instead?), I'm a decade OLDER than you, and yet that was about the most get-off-my-lawny post I've read in some time. Arguably heading towards "yelling at clouds." Which surprises me a little, because - and this is on me, sure - I have a certain "image" of
  18. It's weird, right? You go on an umpire site - one where people actually DO care about the craft of umpiring - to rip a dude, and then enlist us in how to make him look like a [redacted] at a future game with some grandstanding protest (when the game hasn't started, ergo, nothing to protest yet). And when the not-unsurprising feedback comes out, it's OUR fault. (By the way, if you asked coaches 'are you better than the average coach,' 90% would say they are, so ..... yeah.) Huh. That IS weird. (Not gonna lie - I REALLY hope you're with a program somewhere here in Texas.)
  19. The quote: "I can accept a half ball out of the zone, but when you start calling a ball out, a ball in, a ball up and a ball down, you've expanded the strike zone 60-70%. To say "I have a wide zone" is a cop out, because you've made the zone subjective." Bolded emphasis yours, as I just cut-and-pasted. Maybe it's a terminology disconnect, but that quote equates a ball in every direction equates to a wide zone - at least in the "out" direction. That ball that grazes the zone is a ball out, to me, at least, and from what I'm seeing here, I ain't alone. To be more conciliatory than is my
  20. Oh, [redacted], now you've done it, @yawetag. You've just crushed a dude.
  21. I"m just pointing out that, if you want to just squeak by, getting the story complete before, say, THE ENTIRE WORLD spoils it for you, you might .... speed up the process a touch. Just saying. (And besides, considering movie effects of the mid-50s, it's not that bad!)
  22. The movie is 63 years old, for [redacted's] sake!! You got enough internet to get here, doncha??
  23. Green part: Keep working hard, and let it remain a mystery. Red part: They don't. Don't talk to/deal with the fence.
  24. (Quoted post edited to save space.) My turn. Now that I know what the age range is, I can properly snort my beverage out through my nose at some of this. Imma let you talk about "elite" players and all that, because you're on a roll, but when you're talking about 10 and 11 year old kids - nah, dude. Just ..... no. I have no doubt there are good players - it's always the way of things - but let's not Roy Hobbs these guys. (I mean, 2 K/inning can happen with a terrible pitcher, if the hitters aren't all that great, too, so there you go.) And, to overemphasize a point ..... 9, 10,
  25. Coach, a lot to unwrap here. 1. When and how should you do it? Well, how about not at all, and therefore, the "how" is moot. But if you're gonna do you, depends on the ejection policy of these tournaments. Since you're gonna get run - or *should* - if you do it, minimize any follow-on penalties they might have. (You might have figured out I'm against this. Making a point or not, *I'd* dump you with either the pulling the money out, or the associated comments. And I'd sleep like a baby.) If it comes with an extra penalty, plan accordingly. 2. Again, you haven't said what age
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