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  1. This doesn't make sense. The point of P/DH is to allow the pitcher to simulatenously occupy 2 positions, pitcher and DH. If one position is replaced, the P/DH remains in the other positions. Further substitutes for the replaced position (a P/DH remaining as DH, but replaced as a pitcher) can replace the original replacement (pitcher) in this example, while allowing the former P/DH to remain in his other role. If a P/DH gets replaced by a P/DH, that new P/DH can be replaced by either a pitcher or another hitter, and remain in the other role. Maybe NFHS will allow that in the official version of the rules for next season.
  2. I have never seen any game administration personnel at the field, except for specific tournaments (e.g. the Cougar Clash, a tournament for 13 and 14 year olds in Vienna, VA every May) and for high school games, so no TD is apparently the norm for travel games in my area. Fortunately, most games do not have that level of idiotic and unsportsmanlike behavior by the participants. However, it would help if there were game administration personnel at travel baseball games to keep order, especially when only 1 umpire can be present.
  3. I immediately called time when the catcher was knocked down, then spent a few seconds processing the situation, and finally made my ruling of malicious contact against Blue 8. I was in the wedge to rule on the tag play that was developing at home, so I could see what happened. After I called time, I stepped back, processed the information, and came up with the decision.
  4. It would make total sense to have people from the state association attend games incognito, then observe violations, report back to the state office. In that way, state officials could observe coach behavior in its natural habitat, not just read ejection and unsportsmanlike conduct reports filed by game officials. Imagine the look on the coach's face when Bob in the black t-shirt who was sitting in the 3rd row of the stands walks into the locker room after the game, and tells him that he has been fined (or suspended) by the state office for his actions.
  5. Isn't U1 looking up the ass of that play from C anyway? It's damned if you do, damned if you don't. Re: merit, I meant that in the literal sense. I wanted to play devil's advocate and see if there was a situation where U1 in D might make sense for a 2-umpire game.
  6. 2-man U1 in D for R2/R3 or R3 only was just a thought experiment on my part. I wouldn't do that on a real field during a real game. U1 in D with R3 only might have some merit, because R3 would disappear on a base hit, and U1 could cut towards 2nd base as a U3 would in a 3-man game, to pick up the BR. However, I would rather stay at C if there was a possible play at 2nd base or 3rd in an R2/R3 situation. The 3-man system has a better solution (U1 in B, to be able to go either to 2nd or 1st base, with U3 in a (short) D position), but it would take some time before 3-man is generally adopted during the regular season.
  7. What's the loss? C is already a long way away from 1st base, and the saying for 2-man is angle over distance, so I don't see any major downsides to starting in D with R2/R3 or R3 only. With R3 only, U1 in D is in an excellent position for the pickoff, and can cover the back end of the rundown, with HP taking the front end of the rundown.
  8. Why not be in D, and then cut inside a la U3 on batted balls? That should get U1 to the working area if needed for a call at 1st base (or at 2nd or 3rd base, since the plate umpire won't be rotating in those situations with any crew size anyway). This might lessen the learning curve to 3-man (D would already be a normal position, just generalize it to more situations, and it might provide better coverage on plays at 3rd base than the current mechanic of starting in C does.
  9. Joe West is not working 2-man. There would have to be a catastrophic sequence of events to injure 2 umpires on a 4-umpire crew.
  10. ilyazhito

    Tag up scenario

    Yes. The appeal is a time play, not a force play. If the runner scores legally before the appeal is executed for the 3rd out, the run scores. Even though the conditions for an out on an appeal play are the same as those for a force play (either base or runner may be tagged), an appeal play is NOT a force play. This is important for everyone to know.
  11. ilyazhito

    Tag up scenario

    You are correct, because he needs to tag up from the base that he had at the time of the pitch (defined as when the pitching motion begins), and that base is 1st base. I would honor the appeal on R1.
  12. Both are gone, if the situation is as you describe it. They can continue being assholes to each other in the parking lot.
  13. ilyazhito


    I get sniped for calling a "Little League strike zone", but I still call the strike zone according to the rulebook dimensions. Bottom of the ribcage is my rule of thumb for the "midpoint between the shoulders and top of the uniform pants". Having a pitch tracker available at every high school field would vindicate other umpires like myself. I'd be calling the same strike zone high school, college, or pro. Players and coaches need to adjust to the rules, not the rules to them.
  14. As Lou said, score the run. The uncaught 3rd strike rule exists as a holdover from the days when catchers did not wear gloves. The reasoning is that the batter does not become out unless he is put out, and the catcher securing strike 3 is the act that puts out the batter (this is why the catcher is credited with a put out on a strikeout, when scoring a game). The rule is suspended when 1st base is occupied with less than 2 outs, to prevent the catcher intentionally failing to put out the batter, and then throwing for an unearned double (or triple, if 2nd base was also occupied at the time of the pitch) play to retire the runners who were forced by the batter becoming a runner. Because the OP happened with less than 2 outs and 1st base occupied, the batter is declared out on strike 3. This removes the force on the runners, so they must be tagged out if they attempt to advance. Because there was no more force, the catcher could not retire R3 by tagging the base. Since R3 was not tagged, and he touched home plate, the run scores.
  15. I use rubbing alcohol to clean my mask pads. Apply an isopropyl alcohol solution to a rag (I typically use an old sock), and wipe the mask pads with the rag. Let the mask pads dry. Your mask should be disinfected.
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