Jump to content


Established Member
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


lawump last won the day on July 10

lawump had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

994 Good


About lawump

  • Birthday July 15

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    South Carolina
  • Interests
    umpiring and lawyering

More information about you

  • Your Association Name
    Carolina Baseball Umpires Association; NCAA
  • Occupation
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    ex-MiLB umpire; NCAA Div. 1; Am. Legion (2015, '17-'19 World Series)
  • How did you hear about Umpire-Empire?
    ABUA (umpire.org)

Recent Profile Visitors

6,224 profile views
  1. I do that @Aging_Arbiter just because I know you can't see GIF's.
  2. My random thoughts: (1) You need to invest in a good mechanics book. In your case, I recommend purchasing the "Minor League Baseball Manual for the Two-Umpire System". There are several mechanics books out there. Many will recommend the CCA (college) Manual. The CCA Manual is great if you're looking for a book with easy-to-digest diagrams that show you where to start and where to go when the ball is put in play. And, in fact, I do use that manual when I'm looking to refresh myself on rotations, etc. The Minor League Manual, however, covers a lot of stuff that the CCA Manual does not discuss, including check swings. As the MiLB Manual states, "PU may ask BU on his own for help on a check swing if in doubt." And, there is absolutely no restriction on asking the base umpire for help when the base umpire is in "B" or "C". In fact, the PU must ask the BU for help (no matter what position the BU is in) if the PU rules that that the batter did not swing and the defensive manager/coach wants an appeal. The bottom line is that it appears that you need to learn more some two-man advanced mechanics. (2) You stated that you're young and just moving up to the varsity level. As such, if we were together and you made this mistake, we would have had a long talk after the game with a goal of making you better (and not a goal of humiliating you). With that said, your partner did not do that. I don't know what his experience level is, nor do I know what his "place" is in your association. I would likely text him back and apologize and say that "you're still trying to learn". (As stated above, don't add any qualifiers to your apology other than to say "I'm learning".) With that said, I wouldn't do much more. Clearly, he's not interested in making you a better umpire. (3) You wrote in a post above, "but in all my years of playing and watching baseball from little league through HS and up until now I honestly haven't seen a PU appeal to a guy in B or C." The likely reason that this is the case is because "in all (those) years," you were watching the game as a player and not as an umpire. I'm willing to bet that at some point in your playing career (or during some game you watched as a fan) that this type of appeal did, in fact, occur. You just didn't notice because you weren't watching the game as an umpire. You need to make sure from now on that you are watching games as an umpire (assuming that you are no longer still playing at some level). In short, your experiences as a player don't mean SH*# as an umpire. In fact, being a former player (especially if you played at a high level) can be a hindrance to being a good umpire. The reason is that as a player you are trained to watch developing plays during the game in a certain way. As an umpire, you need to watch the game in a completely different manner. Frankly, when I have guy call me asking to join our high school association I always ask , "what experience do you have". When they respond with, "well, I played all the way through college," I respond with, "so, you have no experience". [As an aside: I then work to get them in an umpire camp and working local youth leagues.] In short, your experiences as a player don't really matter anymore. (4) Use this as a learning experience. But make it a "Big" learning experience and not a "small" learning experience. A small learning experience is if you walk away saying only, "now I know that if the plate umpire appeals to me on a check swing when I'm in "B" or "C", I need to give him what I've got." That's fine...but I challenge you to reach for a bigger learning experience. A "Big" learning experience will have you walking away saying to yourself, "what other 2-man mechanics have I not picked up over my seven years of umpiring? I need to get into a detailed mechanics book and really break down my mechanics. Or, maybe, I need to attend a good 2-man mechanics camp." Good Luck to you!
  3. lawump

    First one

    Based on what you wrote, looks like you handled that well.
  4. Before the company featured in this story went out of business, they allowed me to wear the exact cool vest shown in the picture when they came to a stadium at which I was working. It was over 110-degrees on the field with unbearable humidity, but I felt great! I definitely would recommend a cool vest under the chest protector for the hottest of days. https://www.onlineathens.com/article/20120615/SPORTS/306159976
  5. lawump

    Caught ball?

    I cannot argue; I haven't worked a game with players younger than the high school level in a long time.
  6. lawump

    Caught ball?

    (1) That is not the proper mechanic as taught by MiLB or NCAA. They absolutely teach the verbal mechanic of "no catch! no catch!" If "no catch" works on those levels (big crowds, big stadiums) it can work at lower levels. (2) Since I was trained in proper mechanics in 1997, I have never had the problem you reference in your post. By emphatically giving the safe mechanic at the same time as yelling "no catch", I have never once had anyone get confused. I've certainly had arguments over my call...but never confusion as to what I called.
  7. lawump

    Caught ball?

    Let's take all of the issues in this thread one at a time. First, (as pointed out above by @beerguy55) "required" is a sticky word. They are not required by rule to yell "catch" or "ground". However, an umpire does have certain requirements placed on him/her by various umpire mechanics manuals (different manuals exist for different organizations). If an umpire fails to follow a required umpire mechanic...it could affect his/her ability to advance as an umpire, but there is nothing much a team can do during the course of that game as a result of an umpire not following a proper or required mechanic. Second, as for the mechanics, on any play, an umpire has a hierarchy of calls that should (required on the MiLB level) be followed at all times. On a given play, the umpires should rule on aspects of that play in this order: 1. Fair/Foul 2. Catch/No Catch 3. (React to) next play Thus, on a sinking line drive down the left-field line that has F7 diving to make a catch attempt, the umpire should first rule on whether the ball is fair or foul. Thus, the first mechanic one should see from the umpire is either (1) a point fair (2) a point foul or (3) the time mechanic followed by a point foul (for an uncaught foul). After the fair or foul mechanic has been given, the umpire (using proper timing...especially on a catch) will then signal and voice a catch or no catch. The umpire should vary the intensity of his call (both emphasis of his mechanic and the level of his voice) depending on how close the catch/no-catch was. If (as is implied in the OP) the catch/no-catch is very close, the umpire should either give several emphatic safe signals while yelling "no catch! no catch!", or, if it is a catch, the umpire should raise his right arm (with his hand in a fist) up above his head while yelling "that's a catch! that's a catch!". The reason that fair/foul is ruled on first is because that is what happens first. For instance, a batted ball hit in the air to the outfield (beyond first or third base) becomes fair or foul the split second it is touched by the defensive player (or hits the ground). However, a catch is not completed until the fielder shows complete control and voluntary release of the ball...which can be several seconds AFTER the ball became fair or foul.
  8. lawump


    This dumbness on the part of teams is not limited to Little League. It happened to me in Legion, too. Five years ago, after a kid got a single in a Legion playoff game, the DHC came running out protesting that it was an illegal bat. The state department used the BBCOR standard. This bat did not have the BBCOR stamp on it. OHC came out and argued and argued. Finally I just said, “coach, no need to argue. If I’m wrong, file a protest. Otherwise, we’re done.” His reply as he began to walk away was priceless, “but Blue, we only have two bats left!” Thats right, they only had two bats that met the BBCOR standard. Yup, I’m the dumbass!
  9. lawump

    National Anthem

    True story from this game: we entered the top of the 7th inning at 1:15. The visitors were winning 4-0. The PA announcer then starts cracking jokes about us being "on a record pace" and "this may be the fastest game in stadium history". I knew exactly what was going to happen next. The top of the seventh took two minutes (five pitch inning). But then the home team scored 4 (not one, two, three or five...but four) runs in the bottom of the seventh. We ended up playing 12 full innings in 2:59. Some guys just deserve to be shot.
  10. Your wish is my command.
  11. National Anthem before my first plate job of the 2019 American Legion playoffs.
  • Create New...