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  1. Yes. this is also a factor. Unfortunately kids are taught to pull pitches is framing. But there is a definite art to receiving a pitch and making it look good. Which leads me to the next item... Stealing a pitch. Yes, I said it. This mainly comes in when the pitcher is struggling. The pitcher has thrown 9, 10, 12 balls in a row. The batter is not going to move his bat. Then you get that pitch that is "close enough" that you can get. It won't be a strike 3 call but you work with the pitcher try to get the game moving. By either/both encouraging the batter to swing, or the pitcher to start zeroing in on the zone. I really don't care but either way sometimes stealing one here and there can help the game move along. Granted they don't have this problem too often at the professional level.
  2. You still need an umpire for a the judgement calls. Like I mentioned the ball which nips the corner and either hits the dirt or the catcher has to jump out of the box for. "by the letter of the law" yes those are strikes, using umpire judgement and common sense they're not and nobody offense or defense will bitch about it not being called a strike. Reminds me of a story a guy told me. He's at an elite D-1 baseball program and the catcher gets crossed up and the umpire gets hit by the pitch which by all accounts was a strike. While the trainer is out there looking at his hand the coach comes up to him and asks "That was a strike right?" The umpire replies, "How the hell do I get hit with a pitch that's a strike" Conversation over.
  3. A little late to the game, but this is pretty bad for the Trackman system. There is much more that goes into an umpire's judgement including how the pitch was received by the catcher, how the perceived track of the pitch was (curve that nips the bottom of the front of the zone but hits the dirt by the catcher) and there are just so many other and yes I'll say subjective factors good umpires have to take into consideration. Let's just say the pitch the catcher had to move out for really did nip the zone, but this falls into the "expected call" area. Nobody offense or defense was expecting the pitch to be called a strike. And a human umpire with the ability to apply their judgement wouldn't call that pitch. But I also like @Richvee's comment on the announcers attitude's when it is Trackman vs an umpire. Shouldn't it be the opposite way???
  4. Lets play what if. So what happens if the Atlantic League's TrackMan expands. Lets use this case as an example. So the computer initially calls a pitch a ball as it would have in this instance. You really wouldn't be able to reverse a call after it's made because you have too many what if's. This is a perfect example of why umpires continue to be better than computers.
  5. Once upon a time I was a certified Predictive Index Analyst. And I thought of asking my friends who work work the highest levels of baseball to take the survey. I wanted to see if my preformed beliefs were accurate on umpires personality characteristics. I never did that.
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    Shirt Care

    I have lost a few MLB & NCAA light blue shirts from red clay dust I can't remove. I have nearly all Smitty brand shirts and found that Pro Knit line of shirts are worse than the others like these
  7. I think this is one of my favorite ask the ump questions in a while. Good debate and an overall interesting situation. It really exercises the mind.
  8. @urout17 Good find thanks for sharing
  9. One thing that irritates me to the core is when something happens and then flies out the race, sex, or other protected status card. Here's something interesting I found in one of dumbdumb's links If I'm ejecting a player in baseball, I'm going to make absolutely sure the coach knows why and will take the time needed (which shouldn't be more than a minute). If your going to take the drastic step of DQing a player you need to have the backbone to follow it up with the why. It doesn't need to be a full dissertation. Your player did X and that is not permissible. Also I think the Hawaii news now story did a great job in covering the story. Thanks for the great links @dumbdumb As some of you know last year I worked at a Waterpark. I was responsible for ordering the uniforms. Being a waterpark we had 200+ lifeguards. We ran into several issues which was mentioned in one of the articles. We ordered swimsuits we felt (and I am also the father of a lifeguard) was modest, and good looking. The first issue were the cuts of the swimsuits to begin with. You really wouldn't believe how few options there are out there that offer what I'd call "full bottom" coverage. The cuts of these swimsuits generally leave some amount of cheek visible. And the ones with full coverage were generally unattractive and more expensive. We did end up choosing one that did show some cheek, but it was limited along the lines of a standard swimsuit. The greatest problem IMO was the inconsistency in sizes in women's swimsuits. Our Dir of Aquatics tried on the swimsuits before placing the order to judge them on fit, comfort and coverage. Some young ladies were bothered that the suits ran smaller and wouldn't fit in their typical clothing size. This led to a couple of problems, Some would try to fit into smaller sizes not wanting to wear the one which would fit better because of the size it said. As management we had to tell them they needed to select a larger size. Then you had the problem of body shape. While it gave good coverage on the Dir of Aquatics another similar height / weight employee would be shaped different and have coverage issues. But our lifeguards did wear shorts over their swimsuits.
  10. Okay let's keep this one clean... And I don't want it to seem like I'm ripping on other officials. https://www.foxnews.com/sports/high-school-swimmer-dqd-because-ref-saw-butt-cheek-touching-butt-cheek We often talk about judgement, given that this is a NFHS rule (which apparently there are no guidelines for interpreting this - Next years swimming casebook) would you enforce this rule in this situation? IMO, this would be a prime example to enforce preventive officiating. Talk to the coach, tell them hey, Suzie's showing a little to much butt, could you make sure that's taken care of please or something like that. But to DQ someone for this, wow. Another point Apparently other officials did not agree and publicly commented about it. I don't know if I'd ever make a public comment about another official's call in a situation like this. What say you?
  11. Exactly what I was thinking. I wonder before the clip how many balls he'd tossed aside.
  12. @AL-Ump Oooh I love the wintergreen alcohol idea. I've always used Lysol after each use and clean regularly during the season, then a thorough cleaning at the end of the season.
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    Dorian

    We live on the coast in Currituck County in Northeast NC. My son's school has already made today a half day and classes cancelled for Thurs & Friday. But bussing becomes an issue once they declared mandatory evacuation for Currituck & Dare County's Outer Banks. Just an FYI they can't /won't force you to leave a home you own, but if in the event of an emergency you call 911, you may be SOL as they will not send out first responders in the peak of the storm. Each storm there are stories of those who refuse to leave, then have a heart attack or give birth, etc and nobody comes to help, but they've been warned. From the looks of it, it won't be a major event here. Each news forecast makes the prognosis look even better. When they took the bullseye off of Florida and made it a Cape Hatteras, NC landfall as a Cat 2 that was making things interesting. But since then each forecast the wind speed is getting lower as well as the amount of rain and chances of flooding. Now depending on which news service you watch where I live is scheduled for 45-75 mph winds and 4-8" of rain and a 2-4' storm surge. The timing is going to be important for all the coast as to if the storm surge is amplified by high tide. The storm speed is changing and making that hard to predict. My daughter is at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and they have cancelled classes for after 12:00 Thursday and all day Friday. They made an announcement that they plan for the home opener of the football season to go on as scheduled. They are calling for 20-40 mph winds there and 2-4 inches of rain. Fortunately the Tar river is actually pretty low right now and they aren't anticipating any river flooding since there won't be much rain anticipated up straem. But Greenville floods pretty easily after a heavy thunderstorm so flash floods there are a real concern as well as localized flooding. My mother just moved to Wilmington,NC earlier this year (was ground zero for Florence last year). Wilmington is a potential target for landfall for Dorian. They're expecting 75+ mph winds, 6-10" of rain and a storm surge of 4-7'. She's a few miles inland and will be staying in place. Even if this is a minor event for Southeast NC it could still be devastating. Many areas have still not recovered from Florence. Driving down just 2 weeks ago I still see people who have RV trailers and are living out of them infront of their still damaged home. The good news is the storm is moving quicker, and the winds are decreasing. As for now I plan on being at work as scheduled for both Thursday & Friday and being at the ECU football game Saturday. Other than living a few years in the Washington DC area I've lived in this area my entire life. My personal hurricane plans are I will ride out at home up to a weak Cat 3 hurricane. I will evacuate for anything stronger. Last year when Florence's original bullseye was Kill Devil Hills, NC we were preparing to evacuate, but my wife's company evacuated all key personnel (which they consider her) our family and our pets to the DC area. Fortunately that became a non-event for northeastern NC, but we all know how southeastern NC took it on the chin. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Currituck,+NC/@36.4275996,-76.0869554,11.75z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89a53492039aeef9:0xf9426d78f78b2700!8m2!3d36.4465659!4d-76.0142968?hl=en
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    Dorian

    We live on the coast in Currituck County in Northeast NC. My son's school has already made today a half day and classes cancelled for Thurs & Friday. But bussing becomes an issue once they declared mandatory evacuation for Currituck & Dare County's Outer Banks. Just an FYI they can't /won't force you to leave a home you own, but if in the event of an emergency you call 911, you may be SOL as they will not send out first responders in the peak of the storm. Each storm there are stories of those who refuse to leave, then have a heart attack or give birth, etc and nobody comes to help, but they've been warned. From the looks of it, it won't be a major event here. Each news forecast makes the prognosis look even better. When they took the bullseye off of Florida and made it a Cape Hatteras, NC landfall as a Cat 2 that was making things interesting. But since then each forecast the wind speed is getting lower as well as the amount of rain and chances of flooding. Now depending on which news service you watch where I live is scheduled for 45-75 mph winds and 4-8" of rain and a 2-4' storm surge. The timing is going to be important for all the coast as to if the storm surge is amplified by high tide. The storm speed is changing and making that hard to predict. My daughter is at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and they have cancelled classes for after 12:00 Thursday and all day Friday. They made an announcement that they plan for the home opener of the football season to go on as scheduled. They are calling for 20-40 mph winds there and 2-4 inches of rain. Fortunately the Tar river is actually pretty low right now and they aren't anticipating any river flooding since there won't be much rain anticipated up straem. But Greenville floods pretty easily after a heavy thunderstorm so flash floods there are a real concern as well as localized flooding. My mother just moved to Wilmington,NC earlier this year (was ground zero for Florence last year). Wilmington is a potential target for landfall for Dorian. They're expecting 75+ mph winds, 6-10" of rain and a storm surge of 4-7'. She's a few miles inland and will be staying in place. Even if this is a minor event for Southeast NC it could still be devastating. Many areas have still not recovered from Florence. Driving down just 2 weeks ago I still see people who have RV trailers and are living out of them infront of their still damaged home. The good news is the storm is moving quicker, and the winds are decreasing. As for now I plan on being at work as scheduled for both Thursday & Friday and being at the ECU football game Saturday. Other than living a few years in the Washington DC area I've lived in this area my entire life. My personal hurricane plans are I will ride out at home up to a weak Cat 3 hurricane. I will evacuate for anything stronger. Last year when Florence's original bullseye was Kill Devil Hills, NC we were preparing to evacuate, but my wife's company evacuated all key personnel (which they consider her) our family and our pets to the DC area. Fortunately that became a non-event for northeastern NC, but we all know how southeastern NC took it on the chin.
  15. You've got to find the balance of what keeps the game moving, it may not be easy and there may be some trial and error and it will also depend on each individual game and how the coaches do and learn to keep the game moving. I've actually pleaded with coaches before "I'll work with you, but you have to work with me in keeping this game moving." And what really gets me is many times at these age groups where this is a problem they have a time limit of some sort. Either no new inning after _______ amount of time or drop dead at _________ amount of time. It kills me that they do things to slow the game and reduce their playing time, then complain. I use to be of the mindset, let them waste all the time they want it's their game if they only want to play 3 innings, then thats what they get. But now in the big picture, I'd prefer to keep things moving it helps set the standard that the pace needs to be kept up. Next thing you know they're high schoolers with these bad habits.
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