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Mike Walsh

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  1. Every now and then I still get a guy that tells me to just go with his call on a checked swing. I tell him if he doesnt want my input, don't ask, but if he does, he'll get what I had, not what he had. MIke
  2. i think most of the discussion fails to acknowledge that removing the force because R1 made it to 2nd safely does not mean the FPSR no longer applies. The rule doesn't require a force out. It means that when the ball is hit and a force play is possible, the runner must slide directly to the base. In the video, he didn't, so he can and should be called for a FPSR violation. MIke
  3. Working, 9u games, being young, new to the board - I assume you don't have a lot of experience. Based on your follow-up, you are approachable and willing to listen. Not taking advice from a coach is a bad policy. Like umpires, they know the game, but have a different perspective that you can benefit from. A 9U coach may have less to offer than a varsity Fed coach, but you never know if you don't listen. Next time, be polite until he gives you reason not to be. I really like the way you kept walking while he talked though. Mike
  4. Mike Walsh

    Almost 2 for 1

    You were in the B position, right? You got a good look at the pulled foot and called it. Did you signal that he was safe because he was off the bag? Doing so may have prevented F6 from going off, but regardless, he was out of line. But why do you say all he had to do was have you ask the PU if he agreed with your call. What if the PU told you he didn't see a pulled foot? If you weren't sure, ask before the call. Since you made the call, and based on your description, you had no doubt. If your partner said out and you day safe, whose call do you go with? Sounds like a better approach would be to tell the coach that it was your call, and he's safe. Mike
  5. That's hard to justify. Do you tell the coaches that although they paid your fee, you don't like your partner so you are leaving? Mike
  6. I don't want to be hollering across the field at all, even if a coach is. If you are in the A position and the coach is at 3rd spouting off, you might get away with telling him that's enough (unofficial, unrecorded). But if he keeps it up, before the rule change what would you do? If someone is yelling at you, the Fed objective is to keep him in the game if possible, and resume the game. Understood, sometimes it's not possible. But if he hasn't crossed the line, I try to get the coach to approach me, asking him something like, "What did you have, Joe?". If I can beckon him over, I might meet him part way, and then when he doesn't need to yell to be heard, he might calm down. If not, then he will get an official warning. I'd record it, and last year, we would move on. This year Fed would also require me to bench him. That change is not going to help. Mike
  7. The rule change does not require a written warning. It says that when warnings are issued, they must be recorded (written). Subsequent violations require ejection even if minor. Serious transgressions can still result in an ejection without a warning.This does not prohibit us from using preventative umpiring techniques such as IAWRE, either. It's just that when we get to the warning phase, we have to write it down, and if they behave badly after that, they get ejected. Not really much of a change; more like a clarification. Mike
  8. There's no fence, but there is a stand of trees that is so far out there in left center that if a bounding ball goes into it they want the award to be a) 3 bases, or b) 4 bases. Mike
  9. Great gear can be expensive. Good gear is sufficient if funds are tight and you don't know if you will be an umpire in year 2. Cheap gear is never worth the risk. For face masks, you can get a steel mask for $19.99 at any sporting goods store. It will protect you, but your neck will be sore after a game, and if you have a DH behind the plate in one day, forget it. There are lots of really good masks on the market that will protect and be comfortable. My mask cost $230 and is worth every penny. But my game fees have paid for it over and over again. When you are starting off, I suggest paying about $70. That price will get you a really good mask that is comfortable. There are lots of brands out there, but if you pay somewhere in the vicinity of $70, you'll be happy with the results. Down the road you can decide if $230 is worth it for you or not. Mike
  10. That's hard to justify. Do you tell the coaches that although they paid your fee, you don't like your partner so you are leaving? Mike
  11. Mike Walsh

    ASA Umpire

    If you are talking about the defense ignoring the automatic out, there would be nothing unethical. It's just the defense being a good sport, figuring that if the opponent can beat them with only 8 players, they deserve the win. It's just a choice. Mike
  12. Mike Walsh

    ASA Umpire

    Since BOO is only enforced if the defense appeals, why would they ask you? It would be up to them to "not see it." Mike
  13. I get what you and Rich said. And while it would most likely rise to MC in some games, there is no MC under OBR, so OBS is all that's left. Thanks. Mike
  14. You make an interesting distinction. In pro ball, the players get paid; in amateur ball, they do not. But what about amateur ball played under OBR? If it was an American Legion game, for example, it would be amateur ball played under OBR with Legion modification of some rules. I'd offer the option because it is an amateur game. But the pro interpretation, under which the game was played, would imply that the manager would have to know the situation and request it. I think your distinction covers it, especially if you intended it that way. Mike
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