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  1. I think it's gonna be a SB, and they may count a steal of first as a PA and as helping your OBP. Here are the crazy rules in that league. A friend of mine is working the plate tomorrow with the computer balls-strikes calls for the first time. Atlantic League Debuts New Rules, E-Zone After a half-season's delay, the Atlantic League and MLB announced the debut of an automated ball-strike system (ABS) at Wednesday's All-Star Game in York. TrackMan powers the computer zone technology, as it does in Major League Baseball's pitch tracking efforts; umpires will hear ABS prompts after each pitch. ALPB also will institute a series of rule changes for the second half of its 2019 season. New Rules, Atlantic League Electronic Balls and Strikes: TrackMan will deem pitches "ball" or "strike" based on similar methodology to how the technology functions at the Major League level. A Human home plate umpire will wear a Bluetooth-connected AirPod earpiece paired with an iPhone, which is hooked up to a software program in the press box whose sole task is to call balls and strikes. The human umpire will still retain final clerical authority over pitch-calling if the system is clearly wrong (which we anticipate it will be at times). SIDEBAR: As the ALPB-MLB joint statement clearly indicates that MLB's "for entertainment only" pitch tracking technology is to be used to actually call pitches during live gameplay, it logically is subject to the same criticism and commentary as the MLB version. Our series on baseball's electronic strike zone, its pitfalls, errors, and complications, can be found at the following links. Related Post: Podcast - Truth About Baseball's Electronic Strike Zone (6/5/19). Related Post: Video - Truth About Baseball's Electronic Strike Zone (5/30/19). Related Post: MLB Fight with Hernandez Evokes 20-Year-Old Feud (5/24/19). Related Post: Call for Umpire Accountability & the 97% Plate Score (4/19/19). As well as a handful of times that TrackMan actually failed in MLB such that post-game adjustment to the vertical strike zone changed an umpire's QOC from incorrect to correct. As previously written, the electronic system has a difficult time with real-time adjustments to individual strike zones (e.g., the computer doesn't know how to adjust during the game, so it must be adjusted afterward). Related Post: MLB Ejection 085 - Lance Barrett (1; Turner Ward) (6/12/19). Related Post: MLB Ejection 077 - Jeremie Rehak (4; Brad Ausmus) (6/9/19). Related Post: MLB Ejections 044-45 - Jeff Nelson (3-4; ATL-MIA) (5/3/19). Related Post: Bad Computer Umpire - Faulty Pitch Data Defames Kulpa (4/6/19). Pitchers may no longer pick off from plate. Pitchers Required to Step Off Rubber to Attempt Pickoff: Simply put, pitchers will no longer be permitted to throw to a base from the pitcher's plate; a disengage will be required. Rules-wise, this means any errant pickoff throw that enters the stands will be from a pitcher treated as an infielder—a two-base award. The release did not specify whether the penalty for a pickoff play from the rubber would result in a balk or just a dead ball. One Foul Bunt Permitted with Two Strikes: Batters will now have an extra chance to bunt, no longer subject to striking out with two strikes...to an extent. If a batter achieves a two-strike count, one foul bunt will be permitted and counted as a simple foul ball with no further penalty (the "he bunts foul on third strike" rule, 5.09(a)(4), will be suspended). Any subsequent bunt attempt after having foul bunted one two-strike pitch shall result in a strikeout, as in OBR 5.09(a)(4). Batters can now steal on any dropped pitch. Batters May Steal First Base: Any pitched ball not caught by the catcher shall be subject to the same baserunning rules for the batter as an uncaught third strike, with the exception of the first base occupied with less than two out exclusion. The batter's election to become a runner (or not) shall be optional, but if invoked by the batter on a wild pitch, passed ball, or other uncaught pitch, it places him (and any forced runners) in jeopardy of being retired: "The batter shall be deemed to have chosen to become a runner under this rule if (i) both of the batter’s feet leave the batter’s box, 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." ALPB wants umpires to observe batter wrists. "Check Swings" More Batter-Friendly: Perhaps the most ambiguous rules change of all is the instruction to base umpires to give greater deference to the offense when ruling on half swing appeals. Here's ALPB's guidance: "In making his ruling, the base umpire should determine whether the batter’s wrists 'rolled over' during an attempt to strike at the ball and, if not, call the pitch a ball." Gil's Call: Each of the four aforementioned rules changes appear designed to assist the offensive team and generate baserunners or keep batsmen at the plate for an extra pitch or two. This is baseball's "increase offense" initiative, which is an interesting pairing with several of the Atlantic League's pace-of-play rules changes already in existence. The following Atlantic League first-half rules changes will remain in place: > No mound visits permitted other than to change pitchers and attend to injuries; > Non-injured pitchers must face 3+ batters or end an inning before being replaced; > Bases are increased from 15-inches square to 18-inches square; > Time between innings and pitching changes reduced from 2:05 to 1:45.
  2. That would take some time, and it was over 90 degrees :-)
  3. Federation rules, I was on the bases. Runners on second and third, one out. Batter strikes out swinging. On batter's follow through his bat contacts the catcher's glove and knocks the ball out. Batter now starts running to first. Catcher picks the ball up and is about to throw the ball to first. Either my partner did not see what happened or did not know what to do so I killed it from the bases, and called the batter out before the catcher threw the ball away or something and we had a problem.
  4. SavoyBG

    Lord Byron

    Featured Story by Author Ronald T. Waldo As a change of pace today, I’m throwing some love in the direction of those who judiciously handled the indicator during baseball’s Deadball Era. Undaunted by criticism and threats of bodily harm from players, managers, and fans, the game’s umpires persevered and forged onward, doing their best to make decisions and render calls that were correct, and supported by baseball’s rules and tenets. Just as was the case with players and managers, the umpiring fraternity contained some individuals who stood out among their counterparts because of personality and attitude. One such person who walked to the beat of his own drum was arbiter William Jeremiah “Lord” Byron, who was known as the “Singing Umpire,” due to his penchant for breaking out into song while officiating a game. When Byron first broke into the major league ranks in 1913, he gained acclaim for reciting poetry or bursting out with a little musical interlude while undertaking his diamond task. One example of his ability to quickly create lyrics for even a situation when fans were upset with his work was the musical line: “Fandom must be very sore. Listen to the awful roar.” Over time, the monotonous tone of Lord Byron’s warbling voice drove players crazy. Not surprisingly, New York Giants manager John McGraw wasn’t a big fan of the umpire’s singing, or his ability as an arbiter. Byron took all the criticism in stride, usually exhibiting a sense of humor. This trait manifested itself even when he wasn’t inspired to unburden the vocal chords and burst into song. During the progress of a game at the Polo Grounds on one occasion between the Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, Byron quickly exhibited that he had a grasp of the ever-changing diamond conditions. An airplane from a nearby amusement park suddenly flew over the ballpark, and the machine’s pilot circled over the field from a height of 2,000 feet for several minutes. Byron, who was working behind home plate, called time, and summoned McGraw and Cardinals skipper Miller Huggins onto the field for a conference. When the two managers reached the umpire, William announced a new addendum to the rules. “A batter hitting that machine will be entitled to two bases,” Byron solemnly proclaimed. Leave it to Lord Byron to institute “air rules,” to accompany the standard ground rules for a specific ballpark. Sometime during the 1916 campaign, Byron received a severe tongue lashing from a devoted patron following a game between St. Louis and the Brooklyn Robins at Ebbets Field. This fan was particularly irked over a critical decision that was rendered early in the game. “Bill, I think you missed a decision on Daubert [Brooklyn first baseman Jake Daubert] in the second inning,” said the Robins’ rooter. “Well, perhaps I did,” replied the singing arbiter, “but in the course of a year I make about 500,000 decisions in umpiring 154 games, and if I miss only one in a game I’m a great umpire.” Lastly, sarcasm certainly oozed from the pores of patrons when it came to this great umpire, following a play that brought the fans to their feet. In one particular game, Lord Byron made a decision on a close play which received a positive reaction as he, runner, and fielder all converged on the scene, and went down to the ground in a heap. “What are the crowds cheering for, George?” asked one fan in the stands. “The umpire called him safe,” replied George. “It was a great slide.” “I’m so glad,” responded his relieved friend. “When I saw him tumble I though surely he’d be hurt.” Throwing some tainted love in the direction of arbiter Lord Byron, master of singing, air rules for a baseball game, and overall greatness as an umpire. -Author Ronald T. Waldo Photo - From left to right, umpires Lord Byron (NL), George Hildebrand (AL), Bill Klem (NL), and Bill Dineen (AL), during the 1914 World Series. 6060 11 Comments5 Share
  5. Rich Vee and I just worked a game together for the first time this year. Rich had the plate and he had the honor of banging out the tying run at the plate to end the game in the top of the 7th. We got it done in 1:55. Nice job, Rich!
  6. Thanks yaw. I assume it would be the same for softball and they got it right.
  7. This happened today in a state tournament softball game in NJ. I'm wondering what the correct ruling is. Batter hits a HR out of the park with a runner on first, two run HR. Batter-runner trips over first base and falls down, gets up and starts towards second and falls again. The first base coach comes over and helps the girl to her feet. She then finishes rounding the bases. The umpires conferred and counted the run, saying that the coach assisting did not matter because the ball was not live. Is this correct for baseball? Suppose the runner is called out. If it's the third out and the other runner had not scored yet, would that other runner still be allowed to score on the award?
  8. SavoyBG


    There is no such thing as restricting a player to the bench under Federation rules. Only coaches can be restricted.
  9. Thanks, that clears it up. The obstruction only matters if the ball is fair and uncaught.
  10. Interesting play today in my high school game. I was on the sacks, two outs with a runner on first, so I am in the B. Batter pops up on the first place line about halfway between home and first. The pitcher calls the ball and is sizing it up. The first baseman is also charging down the line to try and catch it. The batter-runner and first baseman collide violently. My partner on the plate delays a couple of seconds and after the ball hits the ground he calls time and calls the batter-runner out for interference. He told me later that after he saw where the ball landed he decided that the first baseman had a better chance to catch the ball than the pitcher. If this play occurs and you decide that it's the pitcher's ball, then you have obstruction on the first baseman . Now, suppose the ball is caught by the pitcher in foul territory, or the ball lands in foul territory. You can't give the batter first on a foul ball, can you? If obstruction is called it's not a dead ball and the play continues. What are the different scenarios with fair or foul, and with the batter-runner.
  11. Me too, Bloomfield.
  12. That's usually just during a pitching change. If it's just a conference without any changes you don't see it.
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