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KenBAZ

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KenBAZ last won the day on September 4 2017

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About KenBAZ

  • Birthday 06/27/1957

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    Male
  • Location
    Chandler, AZ

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  • Your Association Name
    AIA
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    HS, Men's, Youth
  • How did you hear about Umpire-Empire?
    ABUA (umpire.org)

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  1. 13U Triple Crown played under modified Fed rules. Bases empty, I'm in A. BR hits a little flair that F4 charges hard from deep to attempt to take in the air. F4 secures the ball in his glove while diving to the ground and apparently jamming his wrist. F4 is lying on the ground with the ball in his glove, (I think), also on the ground. I make no call. The BR passes 1B and turns immediately to run back to home. F4 pulls his hand out of his glove leaving the glove on the ground with the ball in it. I verbalize, "No Catch!". F1 reaches into F4's glove lying on the ground and and throws to F3 who tags the BR as he attempts to return to 1B from down the line between Home and 1B. Not a word from either team, but of course the parents had no idea what had happened. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  2. "Time!, ...Ball!, ..Stay Here!" Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  3. Well here in the Phoenix area we work as much as we can stand. Fall and Spring are the busiest but there are games year round. @MadMax can tell you what he's doing with multiple sports but just baseball, I did about 300 games this year. That's around my regular job and my pickleball addiction. I've done as many as 600 games a year. My buddy from Tucson had a similar# of games but he had to take games here in the Valley to work that much. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  4. Welcome, MadMax and I are up in the Phoenix area and one of our buddies is just now in the process of moving up from Tucson. We'd be glad to help you any way we can. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  5. KenBAZ

    AITA?

    Perhaps some of us that have the choice of working or not working the small field games can feel good about choosing to not work them by recruiting and mentoring a few guys willing to work kids games. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  6. KenBAZ

    Double Play

    If R1 failed to execute a legal slide then he cannot do anything that hinders or impedes F6 in completing a possible double play. With that as the rule would you have interference? From your description, it sounds like an easy call. Also, please note that intent to interfere is not required. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  7. I always think, does he think I'm not seeing the same thing he's seeing or does he think I'm unaware of the balk rules? It pretty much has to be one or the other. At least you didn't just start yelling "balk"! If you feel like you have information the umpiring crew has to have you you might try asking; did he stop twice? If we are treated respectfully, the vast majority of umpires will give you a quick explanation of why it's not a balk or call it next time if we missed it. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  8. KenBAZ

    Legal Play or Balk

    Funny, a couple of weeks ago I had a former MLB pitcher arguing with me about a pitcher stepping directly to 3rd to throw out a runner from 2nd who broke too soon. He insisted that F1 had to step off prior to throwing to 3rd. OBR, I told him that the step and throw to an unoccupied base was allowed when it was for the purpose of making a play on an advancing runner. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  9. KenBAZ

    Exposed!

    Max, You know how I feel about umpires like me who use a HSM. Nothing changes, it does not get put down ever. It is taken off and held in the left hand. It's not to be more pushed back on the top of your head. The only time I ever have an issue is when I have to put my skull cap back on after the National Anthem. I just ask my partner to hold my helmet for a moment while I put my skull cap back on. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  10. I've been accused more then once of having a slow hook. I also believe that if the HC is a good baseball guy most issues can be handled by him without everyone knowing about it. Late in a game like that you just want it over. Having said all that; a middle school kid turning around and screaming at me about balls and strikes? Gone, past tense, as in you were playing in a game and now you're not. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  11. You guys are missing out on the all important style points the kids get for wearing them on their hats! Especially during night games[emoji16] Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  12. KenBAZ

    Chasing out play

    At Evan's it was suggested we say, "Ok, you do your job and I'll do mine". Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  13. KenBAZ

    Stike zone

    Most good umpires will clean that up pretty quickly. "In my judgement...So by rule..." Any way the coach frames this it seems like arguing balls and strikes. The coach is basically saying, I don't know if you are ignorant of the rules or just bad at your job. Not likely to be well received. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  14. KenBAZ

    Stike zone

    Guest, You now know how the height of the strike zone is to be judged. I'd recommend you stick with your policy of not disagreeing with the umpires' zone and having your kids adjust to what is being called. The reality is that your team is likely to be much more successful with the umpire and overall then they would be if you are asking questions about the umpires' judgement. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  15. What was the DHC's specific question? That might change things for me. If he asked about a pulled foot I most likely would go depending on where I started and if my partner could be counted on to be paying attention. If he was asking about the ball being dropped I'd be much less inclined to ask for help. BTW, it's definitely a had to be there call but if I had a ball drop after what I thought was voluntary release, I'm coming up big with the pull out of the glove signal and, "He's out, he's pulling it out, he's out!" Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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