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The Man in Blue

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  1. That, that, that. Somewhere along the way we got away from playing the game properly and moved towards figuring out what we can get away with. Absolutely agree with the definition of hybrid above that. The rule book gives you two things to chose from. Creating some cock-a-mamie thing in your own mind and then pushing it until it is considered legal is ridiculous. Honestly, this (not hybrid pitching, but the fast-and-loose rule applications) is one of the driving factors that has led to me gradually reducing my baseball schedule and increasing my softball schedule.
  2. I agree with all of this and have done this. However, keep in mind that YOU are not the one punishing the team. The coach is. I would never enforce that lightly or abruptly, but I would enforce it. If you aren’t, then why bother with the ejection in the first place?
  3. We all have our opinions. Granted, the level of play (pro, minor league, college, youth) will have some influence on your action. IMO, 18u Babe Ruth is still “youth” baseball. Regardless of rule set, (again, IMO so you can tell me how wrong I am) an ejection of an adult from youth sports means “you can no longer be where I can see or hear you” not “you can continue to be a horse’s ass and make a joke of this, you just have to do it 20 feet to your left.” Failure to comply means game over. Yes, it sucks for the team and I give the coach every possible opportunity to avoid costing his team the game. Just like ejections though, they do it to themselves. I just enforce it.
  4. Good comments so far ... Nip this in the bud and do it early. Especially when you are calling from behind the mound. Everybody knows that is not ideal, and if you are going to complain about it as a coach then you need to go immediately. You agreed to play the game under this circumstance, we are not screwing around. I will take this a little further though ... I'm not sure how much time he took while "gathering his things" (so this could be true sooner) but at the point that he moved behind the backstop the game is over. Everybody can collect their things. @BlueClue, I went seven years before I had an ejection. Then I had several in three weeks. I was going home asking myself "Is there something wrong with me?" That is always a possibility, but my partners all assured me they were good ejections. I am not working this year, but from anecdotal stories I'm heaing, it sounds as if people are stressed out and even antsier than normal.
  5. Well ... no. His theory was the metal spikes in the ground would make him more of a lightning rod. Technically, they would benefit him by giving him a ground (giving the electricity a better connection/path to ground) plus he would have some minor insulation from the soles. (Realistically, it probably wouldn't make a darned bit of difference at that voltage.) Many years ago the utility that I used to work for had an incident where some kids were using an old flagpole to try to knock a toy off of an overhead power line. Because the pole was so long, they stuck it in the ground to steady it. That probably saved their lives, as most of the current went through the flagpole direct to the ground. Some current did stray and pass through them. They had electric burns on their hands (contact point) and the bottoms of their feet (exit point to ground). The other thing to remember is that it isn't voltage that kills, it is amperage -- specifically amperage across the heart.
  6. In as much as it tells you conditions are favorable, not that lightning is going to strike or where it will strike. I'm not saying it doesn't have value ... but the waters are murky with people who don't understand the difference between that and Weather Bug on their phone. That is where things get dangerous.
  7. Oh crap ... I just got this ... Retroactive like ...
  8. Nobody puts Baby in the corner! Oh, wait ... that’s Jennifer Grey.
  9. We have had this debate on here before, but I stand by what my National Weather Service guy told me ... That is a lightning detector, not a lightning predictor. It is a tool. Use it to make decisions, don’t use it to make decisions for you. Also, your phone is not a lightning detector. It is a communication app relaying information from NWS that is slowed by a third party getting it and turning it around. You are also limited by communications disruptions. Again, OK to use it as a tool fro information. Don’t use it to tell you what to do though.
  10. They just needed a different interpretation.
  11. I thought about “If heathers fit, you cannot quit.” Thank you for the link Jim! I will have a 10-hour drive ahead of me on Monday ... going to check out Liz Hammerschmidt’s podcast!
  12. Nah, I’ll just chalk it up as an interpretation.
  13. @JimKirk you have an advantage I don’t ... you have data! I just have anecdotes from a grumpy old umpire. If orgs are looking at uniform changes, it is a good time to make that case! Regarding the size/gender issue ... do you see the manufacturers changing their tunes with a changing demographic in umpires? PS — of course USA is looking at a new uniform change. 2020 was the “deadline“ for umpires to comply with the ASA/USA switch. Now that guys and gals have caved and bought the generic USA logo gear, it’s time to roll out the enhanced colorful logo! (I called that one years ago.)
  14. Just as charcoal is the standard for baseball, heather is the standard for softball. As I said, I don’t really have any preference on color (and double duty out any equipment/uniform is better!) and I understand @JimKirk’s desire to reduce skus ... but it is a little insensitive/narrow minded to tell an entire sport they need to change their standard.
  15. I understand the notion of reducing skus, a highly recommended move for most retail establishments (too many years in retail, education in business/OD, and some side gig consulting), but there must be “enough of a market” if they still exist and you carry them though. That or you are trying too hard to be all things to all people. The rest is just my personal opinion below ... It is a personal preference, but I cannot stand white on my shoes. Not when I am officiating and not even in my everyday life. As far as officials’ shoes, it’s only purpose is to advertise the manufacturer. All black looks more professional (even though the professionals don’t wear it). When I reach the point that I only work on turf, I will reconsider. As long as I work on dirt, white is blight! Even as a primarily softball guy, I don’t have any impassioned plea about Heather Grey pants though. I would like some consistency across manufacturers though, whether that is charcoal, Heather, or just grey.
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