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About lawump

  • Birthday July 15

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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. My worst game, ever, was caused by my immaturity. It occurred during a four game series in the minor leagues. In the first game I was evaluated by a MiLB evaluator (I had no idea I was being evaluated...I found out after the game when he walked into the locker room). It was the best verbal evaluation I could ever have hoped for. It literally included the line, "do not change a thing! If anyone tells you to change it, you tell them I told you not to. You are on your way." Needless to say, as a young 20-something my head swelled bigger than the size of Texas as a result of this ev
  2. First, let me say from personal experience Rojas is a piece of SH*# and I'd tell him that to his face if he walked into my office right now. I had the pleasure of throwing him out at a plate meeting; he's that big of a POS. With that said, to answer the question in the OP, I'd want to know what level of baseball I was working. If it was a professional game, there is no way I'm brushing off the plate. And, I'd hope for the next pitch to be right down the middle. I would then "ball" the pitch. And when F2 asked where that pitch was located, I'd respond with, "how do I know, I can't see
  3. The universal DH is a collective bargaining issue. For now, the union will not agree to the universal DH. How strongly they are opposed to it is unknown, as it is very likely that at this point in time they just are not going to concede to any management request on any CBA issue since the negotiations on a new CBA are expected to be very contentious. (The current CBA expires at the end of this season.) Personally, I would be very surprised if the 2022 season starts on time as I would expect a strike/lock-out...just because its baseball and they (both sides) never do anything right with
  4. As an aside to this thread, I think a CR should be allowed. (Not that what I think counts anymore...it used to count 1/11th...but not anymore.) The purpose of the CR rule is to speed up the game; that is, it is a "suggested speed-up rule". I, personally, don't think that it should matter if F1 or F2 is also the DH. The purpose of the rule is to speed up the game. So, under this interpretation we don't allow the F2 to go into the dugout and get his gear on while his team is still batting (thus, speeding up the game) simply because he's also the DH? That doesn't make sense to me. If the C
  5. I suggest going through each potential answer to a question and asking yourself, "is this potential answer true?" [I am going to change the nomenclature from the OP to the correct nomenclature] Is "R2 scores, R1 is awarded third base, and B/R is awarded second base," correct? No. So, we eliminate "A". Is "R2 scores, R1 scores, and B/R is awarded third," correct? As discussed above, it is. So, we know "B" is a correct answer. Is "R2 scores, R1 and B/R are awarded a minimum of one base and potentially more based on the umpires' judgment," correct? We all know this is i
  6. There was that time when I said, "screw it" when I had a Division 1 game with a game time temperature of 29-degress and a wind chill much lower (one of the coldest days in SC history). On the bases, I wore my long sleeve shirt (on top of some thermals). On top of the shirt I wore my insulated zip up base coat. On top of that I wore my plate coat. So there you go: I wore a long sleeve shirt and plate coat on the bases, at the same...and at the same time I was wearing a base coat between them. I dare anyone to criticize my fashion choices!!! (For the record, four years later and
  7. lawump


    Not to hijack the thread...but I'm sick of all these "Canadians are so nice" posts all over the internet. I mean, Blue Jays fans are complete buttheads (see the "beer throwing at umpires as they walk of the field" incident from a few years ago) and there are a TON of videos on YouTube of Canadian parents going batSH*# crazy at youth hockey games. I'm beginning to think Canadians aren't really that nice...they just have a great marketing department.
  8. lawump

    Uniform question

    https://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20081016/sports/81016013 https://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/sports/baseball/24capecod.html Just an interesting piece of history about uniforms and who "owns" them...at least when it comes to copyrighted logos/names of MLB teams.
  9. 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
  10. lawump


    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
  11. 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.).
  12. https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/20294816/skunk-outfield-how-most-epic-trick-play-history-broke-baseball
  13. And, they get the money back if they win the protest.
  14. $100 is the standard fee for all youth groups in my area of the country...including high school
  15. 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.
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