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  1. I wouldn’t point on a “that’s nothing.” Signal a wash out. Pointing for that’s nothing looks the same as pointing for something. More people will also see you compared to hearing you when you point.
  2. I’ll generally always eat the (heated) coach convo, even if it’s not technically mine - I won’t throw it at the other umpire, especially if he’s less experienced than I am. But here? I’m re-directing that coach to your partner. Let him figure it out.
  3. This also isn’t a “must be 100% convinced he’d be safe” situation. You’re removing the obstruction. Put another way - without the obstruction, are you 100% sure he’s still out at the plate? I doubt it. THAT’S the burden of proof needed. The benefit of the doubt must go to the offense here. You’re looking at it the wrong way - you’re basically penalizing the offense for running home and being out on a banger.
  4. The throw being offline or not offline absolutely matters - it can’t just be dismissed. Let’s say the throw beats him by 20 feet - but it’s 10 feet away from the plate. And it’s a race to the plate. What you’re saying here is that he’s out because the throw beat him by 20 feet. I also don’t understand your argument that different throws would have been made. But if they were, they likely would have been more rushed and perhaps worse. You’re bending over backwards to excuse the defense here when they are guilty of obstruction and the guy is out at the plate by a hair.
  5. I have obstruction. He’s barely out at the plate. If you feel he was obstructed, I don’t see how he wouldn’t be awarded home given that margin.
  6. Since you mentioned gloves, all my cold gear has been some of the best purchases I’ve made. Nothing worse than being cold. Winter gloves for bases, thin gloves on the plate. Under armour cold gear tops and bottoms. Fleece lined base jacket. I also have one of those hoods/neck gaiters which I wear all the time, even if just around my neck.
  7. This helps avoid burnout, too. When it’s baseball season, it’s baseball season. I get excited when I get a schedule in December, but then I occupy myself with other hobbies in the off-season.
  8. Yeah, I completely disagree that letting go of the bat on a pitch should be considered carelessly throwing a bat. That’s a brutal interpretation, and would sound absolutely ridiculous when explained to a coach. Bat falls nowhere near anyone on a very deliberate action. Yeah coach, that was careless. In reality, this is generally a guy hitting an outside pitch and the bat ends up nowhere near anyone and doesn’t travel very far in the air. If that’s considered careless, you’d have to consider a guy swinging and missing and losing grip of the bat careless. Which also seems a bit wild.
  9. You’d have to be realllllly out of shape to use that one. You have him to third? No, you take him, I will catch my breath for a few seconds then jog home. Side note - on occasion I’ve moved to the foul side of the bag to take the banger into third from RF/RCF. I realize I could be playing with fire - I’m not really looking where I’m running at all times (pitcher going to back up could get me), as I’m watching for a touch and obstruction while being ahead of the play - but when I can get there without issue, it’s a really great look. Lot of head on a swivel. That look is better than the throw coming somewhere over my head and avoiding that while trying to get set and a get a good angle. The biggest downside I almost learned the hard way? I had a guy slam on the brakes once halfway down and go back to 2nd - and realized I was completely screwed if there was a play at 2nd with a trailer from 1B or whatever. Sometimes trying to be too perfect with a two man system that isn’t made for perfect looks everywhere.
  10. I’ve run down to do the “cover the plate as BU on a triple” mechanic. I’ve never ended up with a play at the plate from it, but it always gets a chuckle with my partner and myself. But, do you know how sharp it would look if there was a play? It’s not much different than 1B rotating home on a hit in 3 man. If you think about it, the mechanic makes sense. There are two umpires and one base runner. The PU is jogging somewhere near the mound, then over to third to hopefully get a look at a banger. If a relay is dropped, or a ball gets away, why have him chase the play if there is a better way? The BU is doing, well, nothing once he’s made a ruling on fair foul down the RF line. Jog back in and watch the play and be in a position to make yourself useful either at the plate or with a possible rundown.
  11. I’m sure they are great, but man, I don’t know if I’m up for spending $200 for a week’s worth of underwear.
  12. The non-curmudgeon group of umpires greatly prefer black to navy blue.
  13. 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”.
  14. 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+.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. And here I thought I was the only one.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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