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  1. Thats on the plate umpire, who should have caught the correctable error at the plate meeting. From Wendelstedt (2015, pg. 33). “Failing to correct these errors (correctable errors) before the start of the game does not prohibit the team in error from making the proper correction after the game has begun. A team cannot be trapped by an obvious, correctable error that should have been caught by the plate umpire at the plate meeting. The position that players take on defense or in the batting lineup does not lock them into a particular batting position later in the game if an obvious error is missed at the plate meeting.” [4.03 comment]. From what Im understanding, fix the problem with the batting order and play on. No BOO.
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    tag up from third

    From 2019 MLB rulebook pg 49. Rule 5.09 (c) “An appeal is not to be interpreted as a play or an attempted play.” I think there is only four things that would nullify their entitlement to appeal once the ball is put back in play: a) a subsequent pitch b) if other runners on base, a balk c) if other runners on base, a subsequent play on that runner d) an overthrow out of play in the attempt of the appeal
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    tag up from third

    I apologize if I’m missing something but this is what I got. Ball caught by F6; R3 between 3rd and home when F6s throw goes out of play on the appeal of tag up. This to me is continuous action. R3 is awarded home. If R3 touches home, then the next base is touched and return to 3rd to tag up is no longer an option for R3. Appeal still available for defense upon the ball being put back in play. If R3 goes back and touches 3rd while ball is in dead, then touches home. All good. Nothing to appeal. I’m used to OBR, so I apologize for not talking about Fed, but we did talk about both.
  4. If they are going to take an impartial third party who administers the rules of the game and pimp out their uniforms like a cheap sandwich board, at least they can do is use the new revenue to: Give those fellas in black a 10% raise or give the profits to charity like Ump Cares. I know it won’t happen. When did the ghost of Charlie Finley become Commissioner of Baseball? No shame to cheapen the game of baseball for a buck. Just wait folks for the return of the orange baseballs.
  5. Man, that’s worse than getting put on Santa’s naughty list. Wait, has anyone ever seen both Santa and Ray in the same room? Coincidence I think not. Just saying. PS. Everyone knows Santa is Canadian. His postal code is H0H 0H0.
  6. Does that mean I can order my Mizuno CP to go with my Shins and plate shoes? Sigh. If I won the lottery, I would love to get a Belgard CP.
  7. What really helped me was making a little instructional video on BOO for my association. Actually, doing any educational project to instruct others is a great way to learn the rule set for yourself. It makes you summarize, distill and emphasize the rule set that will make sense to others if you were teaching it and in doing so, gives you deeper understanding of the topic. A media project like a video to describe a rule gives you some creativity too. You’ll find you are more engaged in learning too. Have some fun and make a video (I used my 1975 Topps baseball cards in my Boo video).
  8. I love the two-tone too
  9. Well Max, out of a population of 5.1 million, my province has had about 1660 deaths. That is 0.003% if my math is right. My 86-year-old aunt, my 82-year-old dad, my 80-year-old uncle and my 77-year-old mom have been well for their ages this past year, have not been exposed to the virus, and have had their vaccinations. I would take that over a game of baseball to umpire right now. Hopefully, everyone can safely start doing games soon.
  10. Sure fellas, rub it in. On the north side of the 49th, we have been in practice mode for outside sports. No games for 2021. I’m hoping our Head Provincial Health Officer will ease restrictions after the May long weekend. With luck, I may see a field in June.
  11. I bought a set of two-toned ones with the emblem on bottom pad from So a couple of years ago. The pads are comfortable and I enjoy them. I have them on a +Pos Zro-G mask. With a +Pos visor and harness. I’d have a better chance of winning the lottery than trying to replace this mask configuration now.
  12. Hey @Razzer That’s good to hear. I was lucky to grab a pair of McDavid shorts before they dried up. Last season, I started thinking of what I would do when the elastic went or the shorts started to fray, especially when you wash them so many times each season. I like the McDavids more than what I have seen from the F3s because the F3s look so bulky where the thigh padding is located. Also, I do like the comfort of the McDavids. Although, I get laughed at when I slip them over my Stanfields on cold days. Hope you guys are safe and healthy over there. We are getting close to full lock down in BC. Beautiful sunny spring days. It’s perfect for kids to go out and play.... Ahh crap. Everyone stay safe.
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    @HokieUmp Please note that I am Canadian, so some of the lingo up here might be different. However, if I can, I'll try give a US equivalent. There are only 3 reasons an adult umpire should be doing U11: you are umpiring a Provincial/State/District championship, zone or playdown you are mentoring a younger umpire to support their development the Assigner is REALLY, REALLY, REALLY stuck and even checked the graveyard before calling you As for U9s, unless you are mentoring/supervising from the side, are you kidding me? The younger umpires (12-14 year olds) should be doing those games. Those levels are great to practice and develop their machanics and positioning with the goal of both enjoying umpiring and developing as umpires. Its their place to grow as and enjoy being an umpire. One of the things I have found is that when we as senior umpires mentor and supoort those younger umpires during games, on the field or from the fence, you get better retention and growth in their ability. More important, coaches and parents treat the little guys and gals umpiring those games differently when they see you in the stands and walking around the park. They are less likely to try to intimidate the our younger members of the umpire community when there is an adult umpire around and monitoring their hijinks.
  14. I have ordered four times from them to Canada. Got them all. Last one was about 1-2 months ago, and the order had not even been processed for a month on my account then out of the blue, got a shipping notice. Got it about 1-2 weeks later. About average for me when buying gear from the States. Everything was there. I know I have to be patient when ordering, and I have never been stiffed.
  15. I use this on my caps in a tub of water. Then put my cap in a cap rack rapped in towels to dry. It works well on the caps. Grapefruit is good. https://www.eucalan.com/ It is a delicate items soap that does not need to rinsed out. I also put a little in some water and soak a sponge in it to clean my uppers on my shoes. Afterwards, I wipe the shoes off with a shammy. I’d go with wiping it with a sponge first before soaking the pads for 15 minutes. Be nice to test it first.
  16. @jonathantullos, Sorry to hear that you have come to this decision. I do not know if this will help, but I am an umpire who stopped umpiring for 20 years, a lot of it from similar experiences to you. This is what I know helps keep people in black and charcoal. a support group of umpires who you work with; knowing that you are not alone. the group always wants to get better and learns from each other; everyone, no matter their age or experience, are open to new ideas and incorporating them into their on-field practice that group openly take on the roles of mentors and create a cross-generational community that engages both young and old. the group picks up each other when times are tough and express how important each person is to their collective development and growth an Association that actively tackles behaviour and treatment of umpires with the leagues they officate; they work with leagues to create specific guidelines on players and coaches behaviour and gets the leagues on board with these guidelines of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. finally, its not about handling problems the way someone else does, but handling a problems on the field the way you handle problems. I guess I'm saying is: do what makes you successful on Sundays with your congregation. how are you a leader when you give your sermon, and be that natural leader you are on the field. Do you yell at your congrgation? Or, do you act calm, share your wisdom and explain your decisions in a thoughtful manner? Bottom line is: be the reverend on the field.
  17. Nothing like reading something out of context. Reading the second page first of this thread and after reading the thread the day before and I thought, what does some hot mom have to do with an ejection in a 8U game.
  18. Just want to second @MadMax great feedback on the XV. I have had my XV for just a little over 2 seasons and I love it. From the insights people have shared on this forum, I slapped a Delta-flex harness on it. If I were to get a backup cp I get an XV with probably a Ray-flex, to support my Canadian brother @Razzer. I actually have given an Ray-flex as a gift and it’s cool that you can customize it. I would do this in a heartbeat. As Madmax has said, this cp works great when you contour the frame (I forget what Max calls it, but I’m sure there is a chuckle in calling it a carcass because that doesn’t sound right) to your body. As Max has said, you have to form the shoulders to fit you so you protect your collarbones. Max makes a great point of using a heat gun. I have worn it around the house, and my body heat did get some form to it. A few hot summer games will get it formed to your body too. With a triangle harness tightened properly to get the cp tight to your body, it will form to you and give you first-rate protection at any level.
  19. Watching the ball into the glove is important for me for two reasons: one is timing, two is it is more information to have to make the correct call. To watch the ball into the glove, it makes sure that a plate umpire is watching the ball go through/not through the strike zone. Most developing umpire call balls/strikes too quickly because they are calling the ball before it enters the strike zone. That is why they struggle with low pitches and breaking pitches. They have decided the pitch before confirming it went through the strike zone. To develop the skills at calling a better game, we are taught to “track it to the glove.” It ensures that we track the ball all the way through/not through the strike zone. With all the information, then an umpire makes the call. Further, I see the catcher’s gloves as confirmation or proof of our call. If a catcher sticks a pitch 6” outside that’s a ball. The catcher proved it was a ball. If a catcher sticks a pitch where the glove is on the outside corner, it confirms the umpire’s decision it was a strike. If a catcher, pulls a close pitch into the strike zone, it confirms the umpire’s judgement it was a ball. Even with breaking pitches, the glove assists in the tracking the rotation of the ball and it’s movement. If I see the glove, I can imagine the arc the ball travelled. If I see breaking ball that starts outside and the catcher sticks it thigh high six inches in the strike zone, I see the imaginary arc of the pitch catching the corner. The bottom line is this for all calls: the more information you have, the better the call. Tracking the ball into the glove gives you the most information to know whether it was a strike or a ball.
  20. As someone who wears glasses, I cannot express enough how the visor improves my ability to track a ball. I will never buy another mask without one.
  21. I have wide 8 1/2 feet. Bought an 8 1/2. Had them for two weeks. Fit great. There is a online store for Walters shoe care. They have a leather cleaner that works on both real and synthetic leather. Works great on cleaning the upper.
  22. Best of wishes of a speedy and full recovery. Hoping you are back doing a plate meeting soon.
  23. Thanks @Majordave for the review of the plate shoes. Finally broke down and bought a pair of 8 1/2 plate shoes. As I have wide feet, I did not go down a size. So has first class customer service. Between the shoes and my bulky Samurai G3 shins, I feel impenetrable. Need to save for the shins that So sells. Living in the Canadian side of the Pacific Northwest, did not have to wait long for the shipment. I think I am becoming a Mizuno junky. Both shoes, socks, shins, shorts, belts, indicator, back up lineup card holder, back up mask with tg have the roadrunner on it. (well that is what it looks like). Might have to do another order for some undershirts, but that is another day.
  24. Well after many orders from the States and no problems with orders going through customs, my order from UA just got dinged for $34 by Canada Customs. Pain is that the order is with Majestic shirts you cannot get anywhere else. Another casualty of Trump’s trade war. Interested to see if other Canadian brotheren encounter similar changes too.
  25. Class act by your hometown. Remembering the era he came up in, Steve was one of the umpires of a new generation of umpires (well at least new umpires that didn’t have cool nicknames like Satch, Augie, Shag and Dutch). Just remembering as a new umpire in my early 20s (stay away from doing the math), his professional practice on the field was something to model. You just wished you could be as good as him.
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