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  1. In MLB replay for a force play, is it considered possession when it enters the circumference of the glove, even if not entirely closed yet? Or is it when the glove closes on it/hits back of glove? Obviously we listen for the glove and watch the bag. We can’t see, nor differentiate, ball within the circumference of the glove. You can on replay, however. Is there anything in the MLB replay rules for this?
  2. They addressed this: AND (ii) the batter, in the umpire’s judgment, demonstrates or otherwise creates an impression of his intent to advance to first base. If first base is occupied when the batter chooses to become a runner this creates a force play."
  3. Good luck never calling obstruction.
  4. Sure, but giving the runner an inch on one side of the base is not “giving him access”. I’m not protecting the defense if they are blocking most of the base without the ball. If the guy’s leg and foot is centering the base and he doesn’t have the ball, that’s obstruction. The defense isn’t the one that deserves the benefit of the doubt here.
  5. If it’s that extreme, start balking him.
  6. You can have obstruction even if he’s safe. I had this exact call a few weeks ago at 1st on a pick off. Guy dove back, hit 1b leg, kind of swam around to get his arm in. Sure he’s safe, but that’s no reason to ignore the obstruction. Plus the obstruction gives him 2nd, so it’s not irrelevant just because he’s safe. On BI, call it when you have it. If he’s out at third it’s ignored, but you don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of the throw. Call it if it’s there, then you can figure out what happens. If he was safe, you’d have a hard time selling BI if you didn’t say anything until you saw he was out.
  7. Time between innings in travel ball is rarely a minute. It’s always taking the catcher forever to get out, even if someone catches him - after I remind them too. I really don’t understand what takes them so long to get dressed. I can put on my shin guards and chest protestor in maybe 30 seconds. So you’re either that guy and count to a minute, or you try to be reasonable and work with them as best you can. But teams that are slow coming out an entire game can add 10-15 minutes to a game. That’s significant. It needs to become a hard, fast, and “OK to enforce” rule that it’s a minute. You get no pitches, one pitch, too bad. Make it a POE in HS baseball (not as big of a problem here) and write it into the tournament rules so people realize it’s a rule and will be strictly enforced. Outside of that, summer ball should be 1:30 or 1:40 time limits. They’ll play faster. And if they don’t? OK, we played 6 innings. Or 5. Who cares?
  8. Speaking of podcasts @JSam21, did umpcast disappear? Or is my phone just not catching any new episodes?
  9. I have no idea how anyone can watch that and think he wasn't trying to take out the fielder so he couldn't get his teammate out at 1st. This one seemed pretty easy with one look at it.
  10. So the "proximity" issue only is applied at first base, correct? Pitcher wheels towards 2nd, realizes no one's there as he goes to throw, so throws to the SS that is in his normal position.
  11. And what if that changes after the fielder takes an initial position, or changes position late? I guess I just don't understand why the onus is on the runner to do something abnormal.
  12. I'm strictly going by baseball rules, specifically fed rules. I don't know/work softball, so I guess you have a point there. Anyway, to me it seems messy. What if the runner doesn't know what side the throw is coming on? Now they are going to the white base, RLI. Does the defense have to "declare" the side and the runner listen and adjust?
  13. I've had multiple travel coaches try to tell me "well but on a dropped third strike, defense can use the orange base and the batter uses the white base". That's...that's not how this works.
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