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The Man in Blue

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    Land of Lincoln Officials Association
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  1. Can I let you know in a few years?
  2. Correct ... For softball umpires ... remember, the batter-runner must take a step backwards to be called out. Just stopping is not illegal.
  3. The Man in Blue

    foul ball?

    Since we have had some inadvertent typos, let’s go straight to a source ... NFHS Baseball 2018 (I don’t believe there is a code where this is different, though the wording may be different). SECTION 16 FOUL, FOUL TIP ART. 1 . . . A foul is a batted ball: a. which settles on foul territory between home and first base or between home and third base; or b. that bounds past first or third base on or over foul territory; or c. that first falls on foul territory beyond first or third base; or d. that, while on or over foul territory, touches the person of an umpire or a player or any object foreign to the natural ground; or e. that touches the ground after inadvertently being declared foul by an umpire. f. that hits the batter in the batter's box; or g. that hits the ground or home plate and then hits the batter or the bat which is held by the batter, while he is in the batter's box. ART. 2 . . . A foul tip is a batted ball that goes directly to the catcher’s hands and is legally caught by the catcher. It is a strike and the ball is in play.
  4. A lot of assumptions on our parts ... as is the norm on these forums. My assumption: if the runner stopped a few steps after second, the coach was already stopping him before he got to second. I guess I am different in my coaching thinking though — if I thought my runner should be on third and it could be close, I am coaching him to third and forcing the play to give the umpire something to work with when making his decision. I’m not walking him into a tag out 10 feet from the bag though — that gives the umpire the wrong thing to work with. My experience is most umpires are conservative in awards. If Blue sees him stop at second, the vast majority of umpires (at the youth level anyway) are not going to give him a freebie. Just to clarify, I personally am not using that for my decision. I am saying this based on my observations of many umpires. And just because I like evil laughs.
  5. If the third base coach held him up at second, the third base coach agreed that second is where he should be. If the third base coach really felt he should have gotten third, the third base coach knew the obstruction happened and should have been coaching him to third. Not saying your award has anything to do with that ... just observing coaching behavior.
  6. Regarding the Illinois mayor ... I had to do a Google search to see if I knew him. I don’t work up that way, but encounter public officials from that direction in the course of work. I do not recognize him. Did find this interesting though: ”The Chicago Tribune reported in 2016 that Farquhar had been accused — though never charged or convicted — of aggressive behavior in the past. He was accused of punching a neighbor’s dog in the head, assaulting a police officer and being aggressive in disputes with another former Monee mayor. His former wife also was granted orders of protection against him in 2001 and 2002.” https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/ct-met-ex-monee-mayor-pleads-guilty-20180628-story.html
  7. But if we pay them, it’s OK to yell at them!
  8. Gotcha’ ... sorry, I have a hard time following where you are going sometimes. You are correct that it is sometimes hard to get follow-ups (or accurate reporting) when you are at the whim of local media. National media may pick a story up, but 99% of the time it is sensational filler for them, so there won’t be any updates.
  9. What does his son have to do with it and why do you want somebody with access to a legal database?
  10. Oh yes, people do think they are entitled to assignments ... and to be fair, those people come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and levels. It is wrong when somebody’s ability and talent are overlooked based on any physical characteristic. You can’t fix this by doing more of the same. It is equally wrong when somebody is put into a position based solely on physical characteristics and that job is beyond their ability. What is sad is that we generally have come to associate “diversity” with the things we can see. In our culture, in corporate America, in officiating ... we mistakenly believe “diversity” is a picture. If you are building a diverse team, you want the exact opposite of that: it is the stuff “inside the book” — our different life experiences, cultures, perspectives, personalities, learning styles, communication styles, etc. — that adds up and makes a stronger overall team. “Diversity” (or more appropriately “inclusion”) is recognizing the individual and the contribution that person can make to the team.
  11. If he crosses it, he may trip over it. Better not to go near it.
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