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lawump last won the day on October 15 2020

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About lawump

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    South Carolina
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    umpiring and lawyering

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    Carolina Baseball Umpires Association; NCAA
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    ex-MiLB umpire; NCAA Div. 1; Am. Legion (2015, '17-'19 World Series)
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  1. All three look extremely professional. Unless your assignor/association has a mandatory uniform policy...what does it matter? And a little bit of history...in 1997 MiLB umpires were not allowed to wear a "base jacket" on the plate. Back then, you wore a short sleeve shirt or a plate coat (there were no long sleeve shirts). In 1998, us MiLBer's were suddenly allowed to wear a "pullover" jacket on the plate. The reason for change in terminology and policy? MiLB took over running umpire development from MLB and they didn't want to pay for plate coats anymore. Starting in 1998, Mi
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    I will add this war story (which I'm certain I have posted before): Normally, for the levels I work (shaving-aged players) I do not eject a player simply for swearing (as opposed to calling me a swear word). With that said: I was once working a high school game. A groundball was hit up the first base line, fielded by F1. F1 made a swipe tag attempt at the B/R and my partner (the base umpire) called safe/no tag. After the play, my partner came to me for help and I quickly told him that I didn't have anything different. Now...to set the scene...as we were talking, parents/fans of th
  3. We're Zooming it for weekly rules meetings. We are, however, having our on-field camp/clinic for guys with 3-years of experience or less. However, it will be socially distance (we are limiting attendees, it is entirely outdoors, we are using two fields and two cages to break-up groups, everyone has to wear a mask, etc.).
  4. https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/20294816/skunk-outfield-how-most-epic-trick-play-history-broke-baseball
  5. And, they get the money back if they win the protest.
  6. $100 is the standard fee for all youth groups in my area of the country...including high school
  7. South Carolina is being pushed back roughly 2 1/2 weeks. We'll start our "pre-season" tournaments (these are games with umpires) at the end of the first week of March. Our state championships will be the first week of June rather than the second week of May. Of course, with positivity rates running at 20% right now in our state (that is, 20% of all people tested are testing "positive") it is entirely possible that this season could be delayed further.
  8. Not me! I actually tried to change this rule to the OBR rule. I didn't get very far. In fact, it didn't even come up for a formal vote, as I recall, as there was little appetite in the room to change it. So, it is more than one person.
  9. The game management lesson in this scenario is that the line-ups must be reviewed carefully at the plate meeting, and the plate umpire has to ask a couple of questions. These include confirming for whom the DH is batting (including batting for himself if he is a DP/DH) and confirming that all of the team's substitutes are listed. These should be routine procedures followed at each and every plate conference. So, I'm with beerguy55...who played on defense in the first inning? For whom was the listed DH batting? We cannot fully evaluate how you handled this until we know that informat
  10. With the numerous rule changes over the last several rules cycles, I would say the differences are becoming greater as NCAA has been trending towards being more in line with OBR interpretations and away from FED over that time. All of that to say: that even though it is not that long ago a 2016 edition of the BRD is probably too out-of-date when dealing with the NCAA as it has had a lot of significant changes.
  11. I have mixed feelings about the “must use hammer mechanic” mantra. On one hand, if an umpire has consistently good timing, he can point to the side without any problems. In the 23-years since I completed my formal professional training, I have always pointed to the side. That includes when I worked Class “A” baseball (which is the most advanced and fastest level of baseball in the world using a 2-man umpire crew). I have never missed anything as a result of pointing to the side in those 23-years. (A brief aside (pardon that pun): I DO realize that I have probably just jinxed myself).
  12. And just to add my two cents: some day this will happen again only the head coach/manager will come running out directly to you (the plate umpire). Your only reply must be, “you need to talk to my partner,” followed by (should the coach continue to talk to you) “skip, you need to talk to my partner about his call!”
  13. Here's what happened. I talked to the base umpire after the game. First, he said that the plate umpire gave a loud and unmistakable strike three mechanic (which was a different mechanic than his strike one and two mechanics...as is the case for most of us (the late, great Harry Wendlestedt not withstanding)). He said they both couldn't believe what happened. Second, he said they got together after the play. While talking, my base umpire told the plate umpire that it was BOO and they needed to handle it accordingly. The plate umpire said, "no, its too late we have to let it stand." Ultima
  14. Sometimes, third world plays actually occur. This play happened in a weekend travel ball game involving 13u teams. The game was played using FED rules with some modifications (the modifications are inapplicable to this play). I assign the umpires for this travel ball organization's games in my geographical area. Top of the seventh inning, tie game, R3, no outs. Batter is called out on strikes. The umpires then did what they normally do between batters (give each other signals, mentally reset, etc.). The next pitch comes in and the batter hits a deep fly to left field which is caught
  15. Actually @grayhawk did not give such an example. (And that's no dig at Grayhawk.) Grayhawk's suggested mechanic was actually taught in 1997 at umpire school (and, in fact, it continues to be taught). So, Grayhaw's post is a compelling example of an amateur umpire knowing and using an advance mechanic taught at pro school that a lot of pro school students struggle with. (I would expect nothing less from @grayhawk, BTW). Unrelated to the quoted posted above, but related to other posts in this thread, I'm going to stick up for some of us trainers. By way of example, I actually receive
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