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About lawump

  • Birthday July 15

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    umpiring and lawyering

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    Carolina Baseball Umpires Association; NCAA
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    Attorney
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    ex-MiLB umpire; NCAA Div. 1; Am. Legion (2015, '17-'19 World Series)
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  1. lawump

    How to award bases

    I came "this close" (think Maxwell Smart) to getting that rule changed. Most on the committee agreed that it was kind of silly to have the rule (once I explained it to them). In fact, our preliminary vote was to do away with this rule. However, when we discussed it further, there were several on the committee who felt that if we changed this rule we would have to make a major overhaul to the dead ball appeal rule (which no other rule set has). So, my proposal to adopt the MLB rule was tabled to allow further investigation as to how the dead ball appeal rule would have to be modified should the MLB rule be adopted. Of course, now I'm no longer on the committee. Just a little history.
  2. Have your crew's second base umpire act like an NBA referee during an in-bounds play: have him move his right arm, parallel to the ground (almost like a safe call with one arm) as he counts off the seconds. LOL What a joke.
  3. The NFHS has replied that the play in my question is a "timing play". That's the official interpretation given to South Carolina by the NFHS. You can check with your own state's rules interpreter to see if this interpretation applies in your state.
  4. I requested that my state request an official interpretation because these case plays are actually discussed in our association's study guide (and I'm working on the 2020 updates to that guide). I asked my state to submit the following question to the NFHS: On the following play, are R1 and R2 allowed to score because B5’s “out” for passing R1 is not a force out? Or, is this a time play where R2 and R1’s runs only count if they touched home before B5 passed R1? PLAY: R2 & R1, two outs. B5 hits a home run (out of the park). While running the bases, B5 touches first base and then passes R1. Here is why I am asking this question: The above-play was in the casebook for years as play 9.1.1 Situation M, but was removed in 2016 (I believe). That casebook play held that R2 and R1 were allowed to score. Then, in addition to 9.1.1. Situation M being removed from the casebook in 2016, a new case play was added (3.3.1 Situation FF). As set forth in the 2019 casebook, that case play does not have the same facts as the old 9.1.1 Situation M, but its holding in part (b) (stating that a time play exists) seems to directly contradict the old 9.1.1 Situation M holding. I know that just because a specific play was removed from the casebook, does not mean that the removed play’s interpretation is no longer valid. Sometimes, a play is removed from the casebook simply due to page constraints and not because the interpretation is no longer valid. (The NFHS has only so many pages it can publish in the casebook). So, in short, my question is: if there are multiple runners on base with two outs and the batter hits a home run, are the other runners allowed to score if the batter is called out (after having touched first base) for some reason (such as passing a preceding runner, or committing malicious contact)? It is appears to me that there is a conflict between Casebook Play 9.1.1 Situation M (which was in the casebook for years through 2015) and the 2019 casebook play 3.3.1 Situation FF. And, since the NFHS has never explicitly stated that 9.1.1 Situation M is no longer valid (it only removed it from the casebook), it does not appear to me that the conflict between these two plays has been resolved.
  5. The second I left MiLB, I went from the box ("heel/toe") to scissors and my knees have never been sore after a game, again.
  6. Bruce dies at the end of Jaws, too.
  7. lawump

    Legion Camo

    And a lawyer. Don't forget the "lawyer" part!!!
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