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Cato the Younger

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  1. I also 100% agree with this and wouldn't hesitate to toss the catcher out of the game. Also his coach when he comes flying out of the dugout to defend him with any nonsense about batters interference.
  2. I 100% agree with this post. I've told the batter that if they stand perfectly still there doing the right thing and by moving they are actually putting themselves potentially in harm's way for interference.
  3. I appreciate the class in how you moderate. Thank You. I don't blame anyone for posting what they did as I accept responsibility for my failed attempt at humor. I do have a viewpoint on umpiring, and so I should have been wise enough to expect the reaction to a poor attempt at humor from some of the regs here. I also have that feeling you get when you miss one in a game, and you know you missed it. It sucks, but you need to put it behind you and focus on the next play. I really am here to post about umpiring, I was the OP of this thread and still not a fan of this rule change an
  4. Sorry, just trying to be funny. You might be surprised with hanging out with me. Sometimes posting something does not always come across in the right context. I found your post very amusing. I do apologize for how it came across. I was trying to be playful but a see how the post would be perceived. Like I posted above it was a crash and burn.
  5. Failed attempt at humor and yes I figured someone would google the post it but I was relying on fair use and trying to be funny. That post crashed and burned.
  6. Or even better after batter steps into the pitch and crushes it for a double bring him back and say you gave him time and see the batters coach's reaction. I agree with the others that said the coach was fishing.
  7. First this is an umpire board not a grammar class but since you brought up the topic........ Why not? I do know a bit about Latin and the Latin-obsessed writers of the 17th century. This should be obvious by my choice of handle. Some of these silly groundless rules (termed 'fetishes' by Henry Fowler in 1926) have a very long history. Back in the 17th century, some notable writers tried to make English grammar conform to that of Latin rules..... hence a veto on split infinitives as well as your preposition confusion you posted about above. The word proposition ultimately derives from Latin prae
  8. If he didn't pick up the non-pivot and just spun, I agree it's a balk, and I have posted that more than once in this thread. Others in this thread including me have been also discussing when the pitcher steps but does not gain ground. This is not enforced as universally as a balk the posting here would imply and I pass on balking this.
  9. Agreed. I think you hit on one of the big reasons. I'm not saying I would never call this situation a balk, but certainly things would need to change than the current status quo for me to be throwing up my arms in Federation, and pointing at the pitcher in NCAA at the pitcher......... yelling "balk" when this happens. I just want to point out that there are a number of rules in the book that I deliberately pass on every game with an awareness that there is some sort of a violation of that rule. This is just one of them. I think the other issue is guys that spend time enforcing
  10. An alternative point and point of view and pointing out reality is far from trolling. Especially when this is a situation that is far from universally enforced. For example, if OP comes on and says the pitcher turns the first and fails to release the ball is that a balk???? That's one that everybody pretty much will be on the same page and should be. I've seen guys turn, step and not gain ground on a pick-off many times in baseball games. No-one says boo. No coaches, no fans, no players, no umpires. Try and get away with that pitcher turns the first and fails to release the ba
  11. Pitcher picking off in tee-ball?????? That is a pretty interesting tee-ball league you work in. Don't worry I understand your point even though technically it didn't make any sense. There's also a big difference between spinning off the free foot and stepping but not gaining ground. It looks a lot different. The spin I would call. But stepping and not gaining ground? No way. I'm fascinated by how much conviction there is. Obviously, in pro baseball, this is enforced, and I've posted about that. But funny how we think that this is a regular balk call in Federation and
  12. If you guys want to be "balk evangelists" enforcing this one knock yourselves out. You have rule support, but I am not going to be balking this anytime soon if smoothly executed unless a whole lot more of your colleagues actually start calling it. There's a huge difference between what's preached at association meetings and what's actually called in games by many umpires.
  13. You hit it right on the head. The trend is going in the opposite direction. I've been assigning umpires since the late 1980s, and the median age is going up not down. I think we can talk a lot about why that's happening. But the first thing for any assignor is to cover the game. Very difficult to go back to an athletic director and tell them well we have to move your game is nobody good enough is available. We need to focus on reality in many of these older nonmobile umpires are the most reliable and have a lot to offer to the game. If high schools were paying $450 for a baseball game or
  14. I have deep respect for your level of professionalism in your efforts to maintain a high level of fitness. But I think everyone needs to be careful with applying such high standards to one piece of a very large pie. I will give you an example is an umpire that I work with the area that was a catcher for a very good Division I program in the late 1960s. For a guy that's in his late 60s, he still is in good shape and still has a nice solid arm which he likes to show off from time to time in firing the ball back to the pitcher. Personally, I like a little larger strike zone, but he's o
  15. In a different world, you may be right. But I deal with reality. Your post implies that you are young. The ruthless reality is in my area more and more umpires are reaching the Social Security line ( eligible to receive Social Security) I assign a lot of baseball and quite frankly if we were to "retire" umpires that lost a step or were injured we would not have enough to cover our games. Not only varsity but sub-varsity as well. I suspect this is similar in other areas as well. Many times these guys are banged up with a bad knee etc. from working a lot of games, and they're actual
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