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Thatsnotyou last won the day on August 15 2020

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  1. Whenever I take off/land from the local airport, I try to spot and identify as many high schools as I can by the baseball field/HS layout. Point them out to the wife. She’s somehow not impressed. I’ll observe fields near the other airports in other states. “Oh, that looks like it’s a nice field”.
  2. Love this look. As minor as this is (from someone that used to have this) I’d replace the “strings” holding your throat guard on with some snap ones. Won’t stand out as much. It’s the only thing that doesn’t look clean. I think that would take it from an A to an A+.
  3. This seems like a no brainer. All of us with Golds would likely give some thought to buying the new pads. But I’d think it’s a small percentage that will buy the whole thing when we have half of it already. I think they’d make more money overall by offering to sell the pads separately.
  4. Only if it’s a call I’m which you could possibly need help - straight lined, pulled foot, tag, ball came out but blocked, whatever. If it’s a pure judgment call, a banger, a tag play at a base, the call is the call, even if you’re not 100% sure. Coaches can’t just shop calls if they think you missed a banger. Never, ever go to your partner on something like that. If the coach wants you to ask for help, ask him what, specifically, he wants you to ask for help on. “I think he pulled his foot”. Perfect. Yup, I’ll ask. “I think he beat the play and was safe”. No, that’s not a call you go to your partner on.
  5. You don’t have to run right to an ejection - unless it’s ejection worthy. Sometimes what they do or say is grounds for an immediate ticket to their car, however. I only work to keep them in the game if I can work to keep them in the game, if that makes sense. If it’s not that, then start with warnings. And it doesn’t have to be a formal warning - I’m talking trying to shut it down early, if warranted. If it’s just a banger, and you get some harmless comments or a “no way” or whatever, I’ll generally just ignore it. There hasn’t been a question asked, nor is it crazy enough to interrupt the game. Let those go. Let them mutter and mope around. Have your ears open for something that crosses a line, but don’t overreact (or even reply) to the frustration comments. As was said, it’ll be over by the next batter and nothing crossed a line that I needed to address. If he wants to talk about it, he’ll come find me at my position. I don’t yell back and forth with coaches defending a call - that’s how we look like idiots. This goes for coaches in the box or in the dugout. If he’s absolutely screaming at me, and it’s prolonged, now, IMO, I have to respond. If I let a coach scream at me, and ignore it to “de-escalate”, he knows he’s running the show, as I’m afraid to reply. I look weak. And I probably look like I know I got the call wrong. I don’t have to defend the call per se, but you’re not screaming at me from the 3rd base coaches box, nor talking about integrity or other plays, whatever. A hand + “stop” is one of my go to moves (sometimes I’ll mix in a hand + “that’s enough”). Short, sweet, crystal clear. I don’t look like a screaming idiot like him, I’m showing him (and everyone) that I hear him and that this volume/array/length of comments isn’t going to fly here, and that I’m in control. I’m also not arguing or defending the call. My direction is clear - stop. If he doesn’t, I move on to my next step. Everyone will hear him not stop, if it gets there. He will hang himself out to dry. I’m general, some tolerance is good. No one wants the official that’s ejecting for ejecting’s sake. But I’d raise your bar on what’s “tolerable” - and how long you let things go. In your example above, I could probably get away with ignoring his first comments about what? No way! He was safe! Let him air that out, whatever. Even if it’s “loud”. When he addresses me by name, and gets into “you hate my team”, the hard stop sign and forceful “stop/that’s enough” is coming out. I’m not arguing back, defending myself or the call, nothing. I’ve said very little. That’s his warning. Depending on how much longer it goes/what he says next/blowing through my stop signs and couple times telling him to stop it/that’s enough, he may be done. In essence you’ve warned him and did try to keep him in the game - and everyone heard and saw it. Why was he ejected? Well the umpire told him to stop, multiple times, and he didn’t/made it personal/kept yelling. No objective person would label that a bad ejection. If you let a coach continually scream at you, make it personal, etc, he basically owns you for the entirety of that game. Note, if it’s the third out of an inning (I realize this wasn’t), don’t hang around. Have your ears open, but jog out to RF. If he wants to talk, he’ll trot all the way out there (unlikely). Most times they’ll just yell from the 3b coaches box with their arms out like “aren’t you going to come talk to me?” YMMV. But that’s something that’s worked for me. You’ll get a feel for ejections, and as someone said, the ones I regret the most are the ones I missed.
  6. His initial rant would have had a verbal and hand “stop”. Maybe twice. If he continues, and dugout restriction is appropriate in your area, restrict. If it’s loud enough or he gets to the point where he’s questioning your integrity, eject, walk away and don’t engage any longer, partner gets him out, move on with the game. Way too much leash. Once he knew you were essentially afraid to eject him (that’s likely how it looked to any outsiders), he wouldn’t stop. Then he started bringing up weeks ago. Don’t entertain any of it. Get away and/or assess an appropriate penalty. As has been said, keeping coaches in the game isn’t praise worthy. This guy was done with you and the game that night after that last call - send him on his way. Sometimes they have to go.
  7. I'm not sure anyone has it worse than baseball umpires, especially if you aren't in an ideal climate. Terribly cold or unbearably hot, no locker room, indefinite game length (most guys last year, including myself, averaged closer to 2:30 per game than 2:00), lowest per hour game rate. I think we all just want to be compensated fairly for our time/effort (plus more gear than any other sport). If you have a 4:30 game and you leave at 3:30 or so to drive a half hour, then get dressed...2:30 game length ends at 7:00...you're home at 7:30. That's 4 hours of your time, give or take. Here where I'm at, it's all for $65 (or less). That's while factoring in day job constraints, family, gas, whatever your situation may include. Illinois Varsity (2 man): $65, DH $110 Non-Varsity Solo: $62, DH $106 Non-Varsity (2 man): $56, DH $100 No multiplier for games worked solo
  8. And here I thought I was the only one.
  9. If it’s a single game, I’m fine sticking to the time limit in a close game. On a field with 6-7 games on it today, and umpires working 2-3 games, and a field maintenance guy or two there from 7am on….starting an inning with a second left is completely asinine.
  10. You’ll never, ever get me off using odd/even on the indicator. If we can deduce that one team is superior to the other, let’s have them be home (see: my related thoughts on flipping home/away when reaching slaughter or time limit). When games are 2:15 apart with 2:00 no new inning time limits, everything helps. Use all the tools at your disposal to help keep fields and umpires (and other teams) on time. Don’t start a new inning in a 6 run game because “well, there is a minute left!” Thanks, you just threw the next game behind by 15-30 minutes, and it’s only game 2 of 6 on the day. The guys working the last two games really appreciate your consideration, when it’s not your problem they started the 8pm game at 9pm. How exactly is this going to bite me? I don’t care what they think, I’ll save the time and pay it forward. I’ve yet to have a comment on it. I think anyone who doesn’t take advantage of this is foolish.
  11. I don’t understand this rule change. Pitcher steps on. Stands up and down. Goes set. I’m sorry there youngster, you didn’t lean in…? I don’t think I’ve ever had a pitcher take a signal directly from the dugout. If I have, he sure hasn’t tried to quick pitch, or take it while set, or whatever this rule is trying to prevent.
  12. It’s also not fair to Team A that was the home team in a normal game and gave up an extra 5 in the top half of the 7th. Meanwhile, Team B was the visiting team and didn’t have to play D in the 7th. No matter how you slice it, straight up or using this switch rule, it’s fair (enough) for all teams IMO. It’s also pretty tough to sort tiebreakers with 8 teams at 2-1 in a 25 team tournament or whatever. This team played this team but not this team, etc. It’s not completely fair now anyway, so may as well make a rule change to help teams, umpires and fields stay on time.
  13. But since it’s the same for all away teams that are ahead, it’s fair for all teams. Most tournaments max out on RD or even just use runs against. No reason this policy shouldn’t be used. Putting a field back an hour or more by the end of the day isn’t nearly as important as run differential. But again, rules are the same for all teams at that point. As for your last paragraph…nothing worse than controlling the “flip” when you know one team is much better than the other, and that team chooses away.
  14. As far as TDs coming up with ways to get fields and games on schedule… Tournaments should put in a “flip home and away teams” rule. Away team up by enough for slaughter rule? Home team bats first next inning and is now the away team. 7th (or 6th if that’s the age level) inning and/or time limit will expire this inning? Home team bats again, and is now the away team. This would save 10/15/20 minutes all over the place, and wouldn’t be hard to administer. It even saves you a changeover between innings. Clear the bases, ready to play again. How many times have we all needed 3 outs to end the game…but we can’t get there because the away team is piling on absolutely worthless runs? This would fix having the wrong home team. I once did this on my own last year during an 8pm fall game. Talked to the coaches in the 6th. They both said that makes sense. In something like a 5 run margin game near 10pm, we went 1-2-3 and went home. On the way out, some fans stopped me and said how did you come up with that? That was genius! In tournaments, time is at a premium (most of our stuff is no new inning after 2, but game times 2:15 apart). Here’s a way to save time that doesn’t compromise the game whatsoever.
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