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  1. Can you have the DH take the defensive position, remove the SS from the game, and then move to pitcher (pitcher either moves to SS or is subbed out by a new SS)? Can the DH and their defensive counterpart flip?
  2. beerguy55

    Line Up Rules

    The answer is "yes". The answer to "what happens next?" is "It depends". I've seen tournaments and leagues where you simply shift/compress the lineup, and I've seen others where you rename the player to Otto Owt. Edit: I've also seen tourneys/leagues where it doesn't matter if the batter has played/batted....same thing, some rules you just shift/compress the lineup, others he becomes an auto out. Typically, when it goes to "auto out" the player can return...when it compresses, they can't.
  3. Yes AND have in game umps get on a mic and explain it...like the NFL/NHL. I'm also wondering when MLB teams are going to start making sure their coaching staff includes someone who knows the rulebook, cold. I suspect Mattingly didn't protest because he didn't know he could, didn't think of it, or didn't understand the situation fully...a Rules Assistant would have helped with that. To at least get him to argue the relevant points...I get the impression that Mattingly didn't even know that a HBP in the strike zone is a strike....he's arguing whether or not the batter intended to get
  4. This is one more example where MLB needs to adopt the same transparency as the NFL, and explain these decisions to the millions of chumps that are paying to watch this product, immediately after. Otherwise we're always left to speculate. From the replay, it looks like it hit the batter BEFORE it entered the strike zone - ie. his elbow was in front of the plate, not over it....not a great camera angle though. Or, regardless of that, the ball only entered the strike zone because it deflected that way off the batter. I'm curious though...the rule says the exception is if the ba
  5. I think it was done simply for the sake of clear communication. The batter is inherently at a disadvantage on a check swing with two strikes because he is not allowed to appeal...so the defense could just wait until they throw the ball to first base before they appeal the check swing. Although, as I said above, the batter can run to first each time...especially on balls that get far away from the catcher...I'm not sure we really want that to become a habit for two reasons: 1. it's a time waster 2. it may lead umpires to make an incorrect interpretation of the batter's actions
  6. However, the purpose of said mechanic is to provide immediate information to offense and defense that it was indeed a strike...to try to avoid an unfair situation/advantage to either team...once a few seconds has passed and the catcher has thrown the ball back to the pitcher I'm thinking that ship has sailed...is it still appropriate to volunteer the third strike call at that point...let alone kill the play before doing so? Now, I think this scenario is different because IMO the BU saw a swing that isn't supported by the rules...but that aside, I'm thinking if the BU isn't volunteering th
  7. beerguy55

    Walk-up music

    If you can't afford the big scoreboard, how about a Town Crier announcing score, count and outs every other pitch.
  8. This is not really relevant...think of any check swing situation with two strikes...the batter ALWAYS has the option to run, just in case (the reality is, if the catcher receives the ball on the hop, the batter stays put and just hopes it's a ball...if the ball goes to the fence, the batter runs and hopes it's a strike)...and in many situations, except for advanced/experienced umps, there is no affirmation of a strike until an appeal is requested...the ump can ask on his own...in more advanced scenarios the base ump can offer on his own (and I know many debate whether that should be done)...in
  9. Good point - a swing, by definition, requires intent - that sounds potentially like another incorrect application of the rules...meaning it should have been a ball, meaning the protest is moot.
  10. Protest, even if it's just to get the right answer and educate the coaches and umpires. Not sure what the outcome would be - need more info - even though the ump was wrong in his application of the rules, that doesn't mean it changed the outcome of the game (regardless of the two runs), which is the second requirement to upholding a protest. So - first, the ump shouldn't have called "do over" - he should try to determine what would have happened if the play didn't get killed. Eg. if the ball went to the backstop, batter gets first...runners advance probably...if catcher caught pitc
  11. The visitors are protesting...the wrong call led to the home team scoring two additional runs. If the protest is upheld there's likely cause to resume the game from that point. Whether or not this is really protestable or correctable is the crux I guess.
  12. beerguy55

    Earned runs

    Yes...however, if the team were to bring in a new pitcher to try to finish the inning, any runs charged to that pitcher (ie. from the first batter he faces onwards) would be earned (provided no other errors).
  13. I've said it before and I'll say it again - the only way I coach again is with a team of orphans.
  14. The glove is not an "object"...if worn properly it's part of the player. If the ball has only touched the player it's still in flight, even over the fence...it's status is not determined until it hits something else, either in the field or in DBT.
  15. Yeah...in my early years with my daughter, 10U I think, at the RECREATIONAL LEVEL, we had these conditions in place: 1. Volunteer umps, provided by "home" team (guess who ended up doing that most of the time) - both teams could also volunteer a base ump if they wanted...not required, and rarely done. 2. Coach pitch after four balls - ie. no walks...offensive coach then pitches, every pitch is a strike...third strike foul is out - no U3K rule 3. No outfielders - "home run" to any ball that goes past dirt infield (pilons placed beyond bases) - purpose is to have smaller tea
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