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  1. Hey...wait a minute...I don't think that was a compliment.
  2. Calling the ball does not necessarily mean that fielder is protected - it is the ump's judgment to who was more likely to make the play. He could in fact rule the pitcher was the most likely to make the play.
  3. So, if the coach says "that F*#King computer sucks" will the PU eject him for insulting an umpire? Is the computer part of the brotherhood?
  4. I guess it comes down to whether your strike three mechanic is to sell the out or the strike. If you're selling the strike, why aren't you doing the chainsaw or the Frank Drebin on a close strike two? The strike three mechanic is about the out, not the strike (or it should be). Unless you like being the center of attention, your strike three mechanic is the same whether it caught the corner, or went right down the heart of the plate. To that extent, it doesn't really matter who decided it was a strike, the batter is out, and the mechanic indicates that.
  5. beerguy55

    Caught ball?

    I would disagree from my experience simply because I don't know if I've ever heard an umpire say "catch"...they say "out"...and the occasional "yes" or "he got it"...I would agree if umpires routinely called "catch" and "no catch" - that would be the equivalent of calling both "foul ball" and "fair ball" and would be disastrous. But that's not been my experience. We've heard "no catch" many times and it's never caused confusion, to my recollection. So the potential confusion you anticipate is addressed by a learned (through experience) set of expectations. "out" vs "no catch" , "foul ball" vs silence
  6. The problem is, every tourney we run across is different, or handled differently, and the language and standards are different...in one season, we played 90 games before someone brought it up...hard to be prepared and know in advance it needs to come out when you don't find out about it until the plate meeting of game 91 in the season. And the solution, to solve the "safety" problem, is to cover it with tape. Kind of like going through airport security and having that dangerous tube of toothpaste removed from your bag, and dumped into a garbage can surrounded by 1000 people.
  7. Treat it like a BB - no at bat, but a plate appearance - just call it something else. Base on Missed Pitch? BMP. Gets counted for OBP just like BB's. There's no way around it without creating a new method to reach base, and a new stat calc. Ultimately, that's not baseball, so they can have whatever video game standards they want.
  8. beerguy55

    Caught ball?

    No, a catch is a catch whether the umpire communicates it or not. There are a handful of times a umpire's call can't be reversed, but for the most part safes, outs, etc are factual, even if the judgment resides only in the umpire's mind...their communication or lack thereof doesn't change the facts.
  9. beerguy55

    Safe or out?

    Also looks like it's the same standard for the Scoring Line. Want to be clear on terminology. The Commitment line is the first line the runner crosses. Once they touch the ground on any part of, or past, the line they are committed to go home. If they go back across the line they are out (some leagues it will be if they stop or go backwards at all). Once the runner passes the commitment line the catcher need only touch the plate while in possession of the ball to get the out. Some leagues allow the runner to be tagged past the commitment line, some (most?) do not. The Scoring line is the second line they have to cross to score the run. The runner just needs to touch the ground on any part of, or beyond, the line. Some leagues will have a double bag at home...or require the catcher to touch the plate and the runner to touch the mat.
  10. beerguy55

    Caught ball?

    "required" is a sticky word - no, they are not. A good umpire will be a good communicator. Coming up big with an "out" or a "no catch" is appropriate for good game management and avoiding the clusterF*#Ks that inevitably occur when nobody knows what the umpires judgment is. A bureaucrat doesn't make a good ump, and I have run across many whose response is "I don't have to say anything".
  11. Well, if the computer is calling strikes framing/receiving becomes obsolete and irrelevant. This to me could be used as a more positive exercise to what the strike zone should really be. I don't think any fan of the game wants that called a strike...so...change the strike zone.
  12. beerguy55

    Safe or out?

    This is a slow pitch question (typically, but not always, co-ed) - the commitment line is about 30 feet from home plate (can't remember exact distance) - once the runner crosses that line they are committed to going home...AND, they also must cross another line (1BX) and NOT touch the plate. The catcher need only touch the plate, and may not tag the runner once he has crossed the commitment line. Safety stuff...especially when the catcher is almost always female. As far as I recall the runner needs only "break the plane" - they don't need to touch the ground or be completely over. EDIT: I stand corrected - they must touch the ground on or beyond the line.
  13. beerguy55

    Force Removed?

    Wanna make sure I understand this right. If we change the OP to one out... Even though the B/R getting out removes the force for the preceding runners, because the force was on when R1 passed/missed second base (ie. the B/R wasn't out yet) the appeal to second is still considered a force, even though by the time the appeal occurred the force is no longer in effect. Is that right?
  14. beerguy55


    If you're in a league where the league provides its teams with bats, maybe - but that would beg the question to where the other team's legal bats are located. Otherwise - Why would you be required to do so - they're YOUR bats. And, in some cases, they might not even be YOURS...they belong to the individual kids (or their parents) - in what universe would I be required to let another kid use the bat I paid $300 for my kid to use? Sportsmanship or not, I'm not permitting my kid's bat to be used by someone else. They can buy it off me if they want, perhaps. (because, my kid always has two bats) You're not required to let the other team use your helmets, cleats, gloves or jocks either. NOTE: context is everything...if their team bus got robbed the night before I'd have a different perspective. But showing up with illegal equipment - nfw.
  15. I can buy that, but I doubt it's just this year...as I think it's related to a couple of other factors. The drag's lower because something about the surface and/or the seams is different. This would/may also explain why we're seeing spin rates like we've never seen before, and why we're seeing an increase in blister problems with pitchers. These are events that have happened in the last two-three years, not just this year. Over the past three years higher spin rates on pitches (meaning higher spin rate in opposite direction of batted balls), lower drag, higher usage of the shift resulting in more players trying to hit OVER the infield, plus the higher awareness of the launch angle approach to hitting, plus the higher premium on HR's to achieve higher OPS, even at the expense of K's.... In other words...it's all of the above coming to a head...but, mainly, more home runs because more players are trying to hit home runs in more situations.
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