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  1. jms1425

    MiLB Shake UP

    Did anyone else notice the contradiction between "MLB franchises have become cash cows" and "MiLB needs to be reduced for financial reasons". And then again, is it really a contradiction? MLB doesn't financially need to contract MiLB in terms of being able to make money... only to make even more money. It's the same as corporations closing factories not because they aren't profitable, but not profitable enough. Good grief, when the hell is it enough? The answer, of course, is never. Nauseating.
  2. Ha! That's a fair point. I guess at this point I feel like ANY assignment would be sweet! :P
  3. Is anyone watching this on ESPN2? I'm so glad to have current, live baseball that I am. Does anyone know who is umpiring these games, and how they got this sweet assignment?
  4. The fielder never caught the ball, so there never was any tag attempt for the runner to try and avoid. The runner cannot be out of the baseline in an attempt to avoid a tag when no tag could be attempted.
  5. I was reading the Video Review Regulations, and came across that very passage. I came here to see where my thread had gone, and there it is. I guess after 3 pages we have our answer. I'm not crazy about it - I'd prefer to at least get a strike - but if that's how they want it called, so be it..... Thanks, Jimurray.
  6. http://ncaabaseball.arbitersports.com/front/105039/Video/player/34880/38215 SUMMARY: Count 2-1, no outs. Pitch comes in, B1 checks his swing, the ball hits something (B1's hand/the knob of the bat) and goes into fair territory where F2 picks it up and throws to 1st, but PU kills the action to award B1 1st on a HBP. Video review shows the ball hit the knob. The video concludes with the question, "What's the count?" but does not answer the question. Anyone have an answer? I only see 3 options, none of which is clearly correct to me: 1) call B1 out at 1st; but I don't think you can because PU calling time deprived him of an opportunity to run to 1st (even though he would not have beaten the ball to there). 2) make it a "do-over", but is that fair to the defense who would have gotten an out had PU not killed the action? 3) award a strike, making the count 2-2? But on what grounds is this justified? This may be the fairest option, but how do we explain it to the coaches? Thoughts?
  7. There's also 8-5-p: "A runner is out when: Art. p. A batter or any other runner who just has been put out interferes with a play being made on said runner;" So the batter is already out, and now the runner that the catcher was trying to pickoff is also out. Inning over.
  8. The video cites 9-1-a: "From this position, any natural movement associated with the delivery of the ball to the batter commits the pitcher to pitch without interruption or alteration. " And there's this.... Rule 9-3: "A balk shall be called for the following action by a pitcher: Art. g. Failing to throw to the batter immediately after making any motion with any part of the body such as the pitcher habitually uses in the delivery;" Taken together, does this mean the double pump is illegal because it is an "alteration" to what the "pitcher habitually uses"?
  9. I was working some fall ball today, and a pitcher asked me about the "double leg pump" move. In the windup, the pitcher gets on his pivot foot, raises his knee as he reaches his balance point, drops the foot as though coming to the plate, then raises the knee upward again, then delivers the pitch. I remembered the video "2019 Video Bulletin #7 - April 19, 2019" on NCAA Central Hub on Arbiter, and told him it was illegal, but after rewatching the video, I am uncertain if it's illegal because it is considered a violation of the "without alteration" part of the rule, or the "without interruption" phrase. The video simply marks it with a caption that says "illegal pitch." But is it illegal because it is an "alteration" from the featured pitcher's usual delivery (that is, if he did the double leg pump every time, it would be ok), or because the second pump is considered an "interruption" to his delivery?
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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."
  14. 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?
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