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  1. KenBAZ

    Batters box

    Because we are describing pitches as if they can't be both over the plate at one point and on the batter's box line as well. A pitch received on the batter's box line is not necessarily a ball, it depends on the path it took to get there. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  2. KenBAZ

    Batters box

    When? Pitches don't just move forward along the batter's box line. They move in or out, often across the plate and then into the space between the plate and the box. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  3. @MadMax makes a good point. How you look, how you conduct yourself and especially how much you hustle saves you a lot of grief. I wonder how often coaches and players are thinking when I'm umpiring... "well he screwed up that call but he's sure busting his A**!".
  4. Funny, the other night I had a MSBL game as my first game back from the surgeries. I had a Manager I didn't know commenting on every call on the bases. In the 2nd he came out on a pickoff attempt and I refused to go to my partner on it. After the inning was over he started out to my position in short right to continue to argue the call. I just sent him back to the dugout and told him the play was over, he'd had his chance to ask questions and we were no longer talking about it. Of course, the next batter is out on a wacker at 1st and from the 3rd base coaches' box I hear, "well you know why you're out". Between Innings he's back in the dugout and saying loud enough for me to hear, "you have to have some character, where is your ethics, show some backbone". I walked to the dugout and warned him if he continued to question my impartiality, ethics or character he would no longer be a part of the contest. I was very direct and did not allow him to argue further. I told him he'd had his warning and walked away. (I wish I had not been so angry when I delivered the message but that's for me to work on.) In any case, we had no further problems with either side. I don't know what the last crew this team had was willing to put up with but I'm willing to bet the next crew that gets these guys will have an easier time of it. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  5. Guys, take it easy. The coach will think we are unapproachable. What we are saying is that as described, we don't find any rule support for getting an out. I will say that if I am the HPU the offense team would be no closer than outside the batter's box on their dugout side. Also, your catcher would not have to go to their dugout because he would be instructed by name not to do so. I understand that a 12u Championship seems like a huge deal, but educating your kids about how to handle winning and losing is much more important. Good luck coach, enjoy the ride. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  6. "Coach, time is already out." The other thing I love is base coaches instructing their base runners to call time. "Coach, he can ask for time." Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  7. Plenty of games available. I've had my assignors teaching out to me even though my arm is still in a sling. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  8. I drove through the Coachella Valley the other day on my way to the O.C. . It was hot as hell. Be smart, good luck. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  9. Guys, I've been down with the shoulder surgery but it has been a scary dangerous situation for us here in the dessert southwest. I've tried to monitor a few guys like@MadMax who are working multiple games daily in some record tempatures. We have lots of showcase games, LL, men's league and collegiate summer league games to cover and many umpires have decided it's not worth the risk. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  10. In response to Jim's question. If a HS pitcher was on the rubber with the ball live and he went to his mouth as in the diagram, I have and would call a balk. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  11. As I described it in my first post it is not yet a balk or an illegal pitch. I've done this dozens of times. Between pitches I'm locked in on the ball which means I'm watching the pitcher all the time he has possession of the ball. If the ball is live and the pitcher is off the rubber and goes to his month, I'm looking for him to wipe right away. If he does not, I'll call time before he engages the rubber. He has not balked yet. The smart DHC will know why I've called time and why we are changing baseballs. Call time, approach the pitcher and quietly ask to see the baseball. While taking your time inspecting the ball, remind F1 that if he goes to his mouth he needs to wipe every time. I then exchange baseballs with my partner. If the ball is not live and the pitcher fails to wipe, I just have to hold things up before my partner puts the ball in play. I try and be as unobtrusive with this as possible. Most of the time, fans, coaches and players, (and sometimes my partners), don't know exactly what's going on. But the delay is short and a situation is avoided. Most of the time, depending on the level and our relationship with the DHC, I'll turn to their dugout and quietly or non-verbally let them know why I called time. Most good baseball guys are happy that we've avoided a penalty for what would have been a very technical violation and will reinforce the proper behavior they want from their pitcher. Some sharp OHCs will pick up on what happened and will also appreciate that my crew was vigilant and proactive. Sometimes they just want to know what is going on and a few times they've asked if going to the mouth is a balk. I just tell them, "not if he's not on the rubber". Or, "not if the ball is not live". Only one time that I can recall has a coach said; "so you called time before he balked". I can live with that. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  12. If F1 goes to his mouth and fails to wipe before he grabs the baseball or engages the rubber I'm calling time. We're changing baseballs and F1 and DHC are getting an explanation. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  13. Thanks for this Gil, very thought provoking and useful learning. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  14. Welcome Chris, no chance to stay cool here in AZ[emoji41] Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  15. Batted ball hits batter while he is in the batters box. The ball is dead right? Not foul? The proper verbage is "Time"! Not "foul"? Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  16. I've had the pleasure of listening to Jim Evans walk us through this move as we watched his video. It's one of the few times he talks about an OBR FED difference. What I saw was F1 disengage from the rubber by stepping to 3rd and I don't care what happened next. The only way I'd ever get this wrong is misappling the OBR rule and then being unwilling to admit it. Maybe I'd want my crew chief to come to me on this to give me a way out. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  17. Johnny: Glad to have you! You've only worked 100 games so far this year? No wonder you're moving[emoji2]. Seriously,[mention=2599]MadMax[/mention] moved here about this time last year and is now solidly part of our umpiring community. We need more good umpires. We are coming up on the slowest time of the year here, July, so it may take you a little while to start working a lot. That may not be a bad thing as it will give you the chance to get acclimated. The high was 112 degrees today. If you PM me with your contact information I'll email you with a number of assignors. Max is helping out one of them and may have games he needs covered. I love that this site allows us to find and help each other! Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  18. KenBAZ


    Good call Blue. However this is an appeal play not a force play. It's an obvious appeal that the runner left too soon. If the runner did not leave prior to the catch then he would have to be tagged while off the bag. It seems like this is often misunderstood. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  19. Look at the top image. That Wilson throat guard is long enough that if it gets hit it just swings back and hits my CP. Is there another throat guard you think was designed for the Shock FX? Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  20. Yes, I think of it as the max protection package. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  21. @kylehutson you are my dog[emoji1]. I can't get away with anything with you. It's just like my second marriage. I was talking about the helmet/throat guard setup of course. My stance is similar, my left hand would not be on top of my kneecap like that however. I think his eyes are down in the strike zone not closed. He's prepared to track the pitch into the glove. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  22. Wow, those are two great LL programs. I live a block away from the CALL facility in West Chandler. Don't work much LL anymore but I'm sure I get all of the kids you work with in club ball. Good luck with the tournament. PM me if there is anything I can do for you. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  23. Totally not from that valley[emoji4] Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  24. That's my set up exactly. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  25. The key to them retaining their cushioning is the mid-sole. These don't look like anything special. Not bad, but most likely they will take a compression set fairly quickly. About what you'd expect from a $60 shoe. I'm not aware of any innovations in Under Armour's shoe line. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
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