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LRZ last won the day on October 18 2019

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  1. My apologies, MidAmUmp, I misunderstood you.
  2. "I think this thing has been blown out of proportion." As of this morning (4/4), 1.1 million cases and 60,000 deaths around the world; in the US, more than 275,000 COVID-19 cases and 7,100 deaths; numbers continue to rise and there is no relief or end in sight.
  3. On Monday, 3/30, PIAA announced that it is continuing to postpone the basketball and swimming championships, rather than cancel them, and postponing any decision about spring sports. I have no idea about the summer baseball leagues I work, but I haven't paid that assigner's fee yet. If PIAA can postpone decisions, so can I.
  4. The play reads, "With a runner on first" and "R2 scores" but says nothing about other runners on base, so it sounds like there was only one baserunner. Prossibly a minor editorial oversight, or did I misread the play?
  5. I don't work school ball, so I may be wrong, but I thought NFHS changed its notation system. Runner on first = R2, not R1?
  6. It's a pro-active protective measure. Once can be enough. YMMV, cvatsbackr, but MadMax does college and "MiLB-level" ball, umpstu and BT_Blue do college, Aging Arbiter does LL, and I work leagues for kids from 8-18 y/o, so the perceived need runs the gamut of quality/level of play.
  7. There is a way to fold a cap to get that crease, without ironing, but I can't recall things from this morning, let alone 40 years ago.
  8. I've been getting emails from referee/umpire sites offering inducements like sales and free shipping. As this was likely to be my last or maybe next-to-last season, I won't spend money on gear I'd probably never use. The crisis just increases the likelihood of my retirement from umpiring; basketball and soccer each have another year--maybe!
  9. Probably, possibly in the early 1900s, which may be why the rule is there. Our resident historian, Senor Azul, may weigh in on this.
  10. Let's refer to the actual rule for the answer to your first question: 6.01(h)(1) [this is type 1] and (2) [this is type 2]. In part, (1) states, "The obstructed runner shall be awarded at least one base beyond the base he had last legally touched before the obstruction." (2) states, "If no play is being made on the obstructed runner, the play shall proceed until no further action is possible. The umpire shall then call “Time” and impose such penalties, if any, as in his judgment will nullify the act of obstruction."
  11. In the youth leagues here, I think pitch counts are accumulative, not just for that game. A pitcher comes in and is near his maximum, and throws a lot of pitches (deep counts, foul balls) to one or two batters. Although I don't work NFHS, I think PIAA has a 100 pitch per calendar day, including doubleheaders, where (as I understand the rule) a pitcher, after pitching in the first game, can come in during the second game, and his pitch count continues from the first game. But I could be wrong, as I typically don't get involved in pitch counts, letting the coaches deal with that.
  12. At the levels I work, application of the rule would conflict with pitch count limits.
  13. If LL wants umpire uniformity behind the plate, it can employ electronics. Oh, you mean someone has already suggested that?
  14. LRZ

    +POS, again

    You know the clichéd definition of insanity, right?
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