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  1. Yeah, at times the sound quality has been bad, or even changed in the middle of a particular episode (I assume they had to change recording locations), but some of the stories are great, and some good usable advice. I really like the idea of "timing" being "when you use your judgement" - that is, the moment at which you render a decision - and how it's not just a matter of slowing down, but using that time to actually process what you've seen and then make the call.
  2. There's some great stuff in some of these episodes. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/12-for-12-with-gerry-davis-an-umpire-podcast/id1457899845?mt=2
  3. I love baseball and I love statistics and analysis. Imagine my joy at reading this..... lol Why are baseball games so long now? This article compared a game in 1984 and one in 2014 - same final score, same # of pitchers and pitching changes, almost the same # of pitches. Game times differed by over a half hour. Why? https://www.sbnation.com/a/mlb-2017-season-preview/game-length Here's the summary quote: "Time between pitches is the primary villain. I tallied up all the pitches in both games that we’ll call inaction pitches — pitches ... where the catcher caught the ball and threw it back to the pitcher, whose next step was to throw it back to the catcher. ... There were 146 inaction pitches in the 1984 game. There were 144 of these pitches in the 2014 game. The total time for the inaction pitches in 1984 — the elapsed time between a pitcher releasing one pitch and his release of the next pitch — was 32 minutes and 47 seconds. The total time for inaction pitches in 2014 was 57 minutes and 41 seconds. ... This, plus the modest difference in commercial breaks, explains nearly everything. It took nine seconds longer for a pitcher to get rid of the ball in 2014." That's an aggregation effect. One very minor detail, not egregious unto itself, but repeated enough times, it has a large overall effect.
  4. Coach: "Nobody's called that all year!" Me: "Coach, I don't know about any other games, but we're gonna get it right today."
  5. 1) balk - he didn't step backwards but jump-turned.... wahh wahhhhhhh (call me Debbie Downer) lol 2) When did Haywood get traded from the Yankees to the Twins? Did he again lead the league in most offensive categories including nosehair?
  6. Wow... when are you up for re-election? lol
  7. Was anyone watching the SEC tourney game between LSU and Miss St? U1 Darrell Arnold was mic'd, and they played a couple clips of him talking in between innings. He said to one of his partners and the trainer (who brought out water) that his son umpired some last summer, and doesn't want to do it anymore because, as the son said, "I don't want people yelling me at all the time." Arnold told him, "Then this isn't the job for you." Sadly accurate.
  8. Which of these constitutes "batting around"? A. B1 thru B9 all hit in the inning, with B9 being the last hitter of the inning B. B1 thru B9 all hit, then B1 comes up again and is the last hitter of the inning C. both of the above A beer and a cigar may be on the line here.....
  9. That's the detail I was looking for - if it had been judged MC, that overrides the CI/balk. Thanks, MAU.
  10. This week's CBUA video reviews a play from 2017, where the catcher steps out in front during a steal of home. One thing that is never addressed is the contact created that occurs between R3 and F2. In any other play, it seems to me that this would be malicious contact, per Rule 8-7: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- a. When there is a collision between a runner and a fielder who clearly is in possession of the ball, the umpire shall judge: If the defensive player blocks the base (plate) or base line with clear possession of the ball, the runner may make contact, slide into or make contact with a fielder as long as the runner is making a legitimate attempt to reach the base (plate). Contact above the waist that was initiated by the base runner shall not be judged as an attempt to reach the base or plate. (1) The runner must make an actual attempt to reach the base (plate). PENALTY: If the runner attempts to dislodge the ball or initiates an avoidable collision, the runner shall be declared out, even if the fielder loses possession of the ball. The ball is dead and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the collision. (2) The runner may not attempt to dislodge the ball from the fielder. Contact above the waist shall be judged by the umpire as an attempt by the runner to dislodge the ball. PENALTY: If the contact is flagrant or malicious before the runner touches the plate, the runner shall be declared out and also ejected from the contest. The ball is immediately dead and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the collision. (3) The runner must attempt to avoid a collision if he can reach the base without colliding. PENALTY: If the contact is flagrant or malicious after the runner touches the base (plate), the runner is safe, but is ejected from the contest. The ball is immediately dead and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the interference. If this occurs at any base other than home, the offending team may replace the runner. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm guessing the CI / Balk overrides the malicious contact, as MC before the runner touches the plate leads to him being called out, and because of the CI/balk we can't call the R3 out. Am I wrong, or even right but with the wrong thought process?
  11. Thanks, all. I'm trying to figure out where the one guy who contended the "soft safe signal" got that from. So far, no luck (on here and in other conversations.) I thought maybe from pro ball, but other (former) pro guys have said the "ball's dead, guys" statement is the way to go. Oh well... Thanks for the input, guys.
  12. NCAA rules (i.e. no dead ball appeals) While the ball is dead, the defense attempts to make an appeal ("runner left early" or "runner missed the base"whatever - the play is immaterial to this question). Does the umpire responsible for the call a) make a "soft" safe signal (not indicating judgment on the playing action, but denying the appeal, without saying he is denying the appeal), or say something like "the ball is dead" and making no signal or further comment?
  13. I just noticed BU running off the field right away, as the OTHC comes down to argue with PU. Not good. At the end of the video, he's coming back to the infield, but you gotta be watching your partner before running off in a crazy game-ending situation like that. Don't leave him there alone!
  14. Nice job by PU - a little close to the dish at the start, but starts 3BLX and stays in the wedge, and waits for action to complete and gets the out.
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