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    Asst Dir of HR
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    LL, PONY, USSSA, AAU, Legion, JV, Varsity, DII
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  1. One of my biggest pet peeves about baseball today at all levels. I blame the aluminum bat which you can bunt a double, but you cant drop one 20-30' up the third base line.
  2. I'm locking this one down. While it did rebound it started heading down a track I don't care for. But, I'll make my final thoughts on the original topic first. @ArchAngel72 I fully understand your safety concerns from this and other threads and I do applaud it. That said we have to generally work within the confines of the rules as written. If we overstep especially in the safety arena the law of unintended consequences can come and bite us in the rear. I can also see the argument that if sunglasses are not worn on the face they do become jewelry as they're not fulfilling their purpose of protecting the eyes. I also fully understand you saying this is the info you were provided by more senior umpires. I think every umpire on the site has fallen victim to "Ol' Smitty" as Carl Childress would speak of. The guy who has been around a while, knows the ropes and seems knowledgeable - especially to new umpires. But his info is frequently either out dated or simply wrong. And we find out the hard way as the newer umpire when the egg falls on our face. As for the other posters in this thread, just remember we've been there too. Umpire-Empire was created to sway away from other sites which at that time that made people feel inferior if they had an opinion (whether factually correct or not) that didn't conform to the majority opinion (whether factually correct or not). I know I've personally changed and grown from my interactions online both here and elsewhere. First thing that comes to mind is you can probably find here and/or elsewhere online my defense of the FYC. Now, I have more tools in my game management arsenal that I realize my thoughts weren't the best. Also, the vast majority of us, by the simple fact we're umpires, are probably dominate type personalities and we're not opposed to an argument and not likely to have our minds changed quickly or easily. Which is generally a good trait for umpires. But as times have changed from stick with my call to the day I die to lets get the call right; so must we all be open to that change.
  3. @Razzer does ... Maybe that's next in line for UmpLife
  4. I had to leave the game early and I thought I had seen lightning earlier, but the stadium lights made me second guess myself. While heading to my car, I saw it was definitely lightning. But what the coaches call "Heat Lightning" But still extremely dangerous. I listened to the radio until I gout out of range of the channel, actually waiting to see if they delay the game, but it didn't happen. My question is more around the facility. Unless the lightning was I'll term way too close for comfort, the umpire crew wouldn't be able to tell with the stadium lights. And I can only imagine it would be really hard to tell in a MLB stadium. Also, in Virginia with the local HS's they have taken much of the lightning responsibility off the umpires and on a school official. I've been told to go on a lightning delay before I've seen or heard any traces, and I'm okay with that, but officials don't have to wait until told by the school official either. So is there someone at the field who has that responsibility beyond the umpires who may not be able to see and certainly don't have the monitoring/ detection equipment?
  5. @The Man in Blue doesn't belong to me but feel free to use. I thought the branching was pretty cool too.
  6. So this happened at the golf course in my neighborhood today... Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  7. I was at a MiLB game tonight and there was visible lightning in the area. In games in levels where I work I would have stopped play. My questions are, what is the lightning rule for MiLB and whose responsibility is it, is there someone in the organization who it is to inform the umpires. I will say that it could be hard to see with the stadium lights. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  8. That is one tough call. In real time I thought it was a HR (even knowing by the video title it wasn't) Replay #1 inconclusive to me. Replay #2 still in conclusive It wasn't until #3 where you can see the shadow of the ball on the pole you know. Without HD replay able to zoom in like they did you will never know. But all that said they ended up getting the call right. Hernandez... we'll I'm just not going to make any comments.
  9. I unintentionally ended up watching a few hours of both the LLWS & ALWS on Saturday. I found my self at a Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch (B-Dubs has never been my favorite place and this trip will likely be my last - but that's a whole other story and also why I was there for nearly 2 hrs.) They were playing LLWS & ALWS games at the same time. I must say the umpires I saw from both games were actually great. My only qualm would be in the LLWS game it showed U3 chatting it up with R3. I' sure it was innocent enough and both were smiling, but IMO that can only be used against you when a call goes against the other team now your showing favoritism. Both sets of umpires looked sharp, made good crisp calls and had excellent timing. I did not see any bangers or really close plays for either game, but my initial thoughts watching what I did were that both sets were very strong.
  10. Wow I go away for a couple of days and this is still brewing... I stick with my statements from the prior thread. But wow who would have thought it would still be discussed. All this is going to do is make them come up with more clever and innocuous signals. But even at this level how much control do 12-13 y/o have ; none is anywhere near a Maddux and can put the ball exactly where they want it. If I adjust my helmet with both hands, its inside; one hand outside; brim middle. If I have 1 hand on my knee its inside, 2 hands outside, no hands middle. You get the idea. They will become more clever, making the rule impossible to enforce. From the article I actually agree with Keener: You don't want to EJ a kid at this level Unless the umpire is 100% sure, a warning is appropriate. So I stand on my original thought. It will have to be ridiculously blatant for me to touch that. They may be relaying signals, but ow do I know what they mean or they're tipping pitch locations? Maybe it's some sort of other offensive signal? Then whats to keep the catcher from setting up inside and getting the pitch over the middle (might not work on the opposite side - at lease for a called strike). Still a whole lot to do about nothing.
  11. Honestly, that S mark doesn't bother me too much. But I have been noticing their Logo much more prominently on umpire and basketball referee jerseys. I wonder how effective the branding is. They are the dominate uniform manufacturer in official apparel. And obviously they don't want to lose that. But the only one who will see, notice this is other officials, so while it confirms and reinforces their brand, it doesn't seem it would expand the brand IMO. But remember quite a while ago when they first started hitting the market (at least for baseball) the ridicule of the name? I also seem to remember I think the first Smitty thing I recall getting were a pair of ball bags and I seem to remember the bag packaging saying something like Smitty Lanyard and whistle company which I remember thinking was funny.
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