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About jonathantullos

  • Birthday 08/13/1981

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    Meridian, MS

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    United Methodist pastor
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  1. Situations like this is what made me take the rest of the year off, which gave me a lot of time to think. When coaches started mouthing off to me like what happened in your game (very similar situations except mine was high school varsity), I should have warned and then tossed had it continued. If I believe a kid throws at me intentionally, he's gone no questions asked. In that situation, I'm erring on "that little bastard threw at me. He's gone." This is a safety issue and can not be ignored. I especially wouldn't have put up with a ten year old doing that. As someone else said, you're new and still learning (as am I). Don't put up with that crap again.
  2. As a Christian, I believe in the power of resurrection. My days as an official are not over yet. After some counseling and many conversations with several fellow officials, I have decided to give it another whirl. I've already talked to my assignor and he has agreed to have me back in the association next season. I'm also planning to officiate football in the fall. Ump-Attire ought to be happy with this news, as I will have to buy all new gear. So far, I've lost about 80 pounds with a bit more to go! I will be a much better official this time around. Thanks for your support when I left earlier this year. It was partly what made me consider giving it another shot. Jonathan
  3. Well, I've made the decision to leave the field... Perhaps for only a while but it's likely I won't return. Here's why. Note: I'm not going to accept criticism. I know I let some things get out of hand but, again, reasons why are explained. Perhaps someone can use my words to help their association or governing body better understand why so many of us are leaving and hopefully do something about it. https://revjktullos.com/2019/03/25/death-of-an-umpire/
  4. I've got obstruction, score the run.
  5. I received this email earlier about a modification that Mississippi is making to the bat rules for middle school games. Is anyone else seeing this? What are your thoughts? NFHS Baseball Rules Book 2019. Rule 1 Section 3 Art.2c3 states, the bat shall have the following characteristics and components. 3. Not weigh, numerically, more than three ounces less than the length of the bat (e.g. a 33-inch-long bat cannot be less than 30 ounces). The Rule Book also states, "In order to make NFHS rules skill-level and age-level appropriate, the rules may be modified by any organization that chooses to use them. Therefore, the MHSAA is modifying the bat rule for seventh and eighth graders only, to allow the bat not weigh, numerically, more than FIVE ounces less than the length of the bat. This policy goes into effect for this 2019 season.
  6. Yeah, sorry about that. Obstruction, not interference. I also read the case study quote wrong. Like I said, long day.
  7. Oh. LOL Sorry, I meant obstruction (it's been a long day).
  8. I saw the case book quote above my post but not until after I posted. If that's the way FED wants it called, fine... But I also don't agree with it.
  9. Yep, that's interference all day long.
  10. It's sad that such a letter is even necessary but I think we all understand why it's needed. I love baseball (and football) and I love officiating. I've had run-ins with parents after games, one so bad that I had to be escorted off the field by law enforcement after the game was over (side note: The host school refuses to play the visiting school where this happened due to this incident). The parents need to calm down and realize that this is a game - it's not life or death.
  11. I appreciate your concern. I should have noted that I have since moved and such a warning may no longer be necessary. What I was dealing with before in another state... Well, I won't get in to that. But, again, thank you. Have a good evening.
  12. We can agree to disagree on that. I had a run-in with an assistant my first year and thus I make sure to make this clear from the very beginning. If you don't like it, don't do it.
  13. FWIW, in FED if an assistant comes out to argue, it's supposed to be an automatic EJ. At the plate meeting I let the HCs know that I will not be talking to their assistants per FED rules. Never had an issue.
  14. Unless one literally travels and calls games every single day nonstop, I see no need for such. I have a Force3 bag for my gear and a closet I keep it in when not in use. I hang my uniforms up in said closet. So... Yeah.
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