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Thatsnotyou last won the day on March 25

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  1. I still swear by the patch latch. Haven’t had a problem with it.
  2. Lightning delays is where you run into a problem. Was held hostage this last summer during a lightning delay with no end in sight, site personnel trying to talk to TD elsewhere, no one wants to call it, won’t get championship game in after it anyway due to no lights, etc. That’s the one time we get really screwed. At some point we either need to get paid to sit around, or be able to leave after X time without penalty. That’s a complete waste of my time.
  3. Depends what level ball you are working, IMO. If you mainly work varsity, you need to get a second pair so you aren’t way off from your partner (yes, charcoal gray differs brand to brand, but it’s not terribly noticeable like medium gray/heather would be). Maybe even get combos, so you only have one backup pair that can work for either job. If you work sophomore or freshman and/or travel/in-house? Who cares, you aren’t matching anyone, they are gray, it’s more than good enough. No one involved in the game will know, nor care, that they are the wrong shade of gray at that point. They are just happy you’re there giving a good effort. I realize you said evaluator, which implies varsity, but maybe that’s not the case since you might be new to the pants game? As someone mentioned above, evaluators aren’t at most games in my neck of the woods. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen one outside of a playoff game, unless it’s someone from my organization, which is also extremely rare And if it’s a true “I have the other car today, picked this up while at work, only have backup gear on me today” that’s more than OK in my book. I wouldn’t sweat it.
  4. Three warm up pitches between innings, no other infield balls.
  5. I used to give time almost every time it was requested, unless the pitcher was already delivering. I stopped it this year. Run into a couple issues and have called 4 or 5 strikes on guys stepping out, but so be it. You’ll learn to not just back out of the box when you say time (and I say no) and you’ll put your other hand on the bat instead of showing me your palm for ten seconds. Unless there is a good reason for time in the box, I don’t call it. Get in the box and hit. It’s a 1-1 pitch with no one on. You don’t need time. Few issues, but plenty of “no” and they stay in and get ready to hit, so in the long run I think it has helped. Some teams will try to slow down a pitcher with good pace. No. Why should we let you slow down a pitcher that gets it and throws it? They get cheered for time. “Yeah, your box”. No, it’s my box.
  6. 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?
  7. 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."
  8. Good luck never calling obstruction.
  9. 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.
  10. If it’s that extreme, start balking him.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. Speaking of podcasts @JSam21, did umpcast disappear? Or is my phone just not catching any new episodes?
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