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The Man in Blue

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  1. Back to the original question ... I fully agree with the case play that @Senor Azul posted, but would caution the guidance can be wrong with a slight tweak to the situation. In the case play, the runner scored during (and thus arguably because of) the appeal process/discussion. If the runner was scoring on his own and legitimately ... meaning there was no defensive play to be made IF it hadn't been the third out ... then I am leaving the run on the board as my actions did not cause or allow the run, the defense did.
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    I can both agree and disagree in theory @beerguy55 ... and that is not what the USA rulebook says. Why would the runs be negated? An appeal is not a force play.
  3. @SeeingEyeDog ... never had anyone do that nor have I heard of it, but I like it and will try to incorporate that into my game. Thank you!
  4. Great, another new mechanic/signal I have to learn? Slightly off-topic, but to me the greatest scene in one of the greatest movies is actually the air-traffic controller scene. I don't know why, but that scene just comes off as so real and authentic.
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    Because ASA hasn't existed for a few years now. You wouldn't move the runners back if there were less than 2 outs ... why would you do it for the third out? Same concept. An appeal is not a force out. Removing the run for an appeal on the runner who scored but missed the base makes sense (IMO). What the USA rule does not spell out is what runs come off when the appeal is made on a runner who scores. The rule does not specifically state it should be all the runs after that runner. It just says that the run from the appealed-on runner should be removed. (Just poking the bear
  6. Agreed @Matt, I didn't mean to imply otherwise. He can be as pissed as he wants. It may make my job more difficult the rest of the game, but ultimately it doesn't matter. I was just trying to point out that this is a spiraling puzzle that does not have a correct answer as to whether there was interference, but a "better" answer regarding the mechanics. My takeaway/opinion: if you see it, you should call it IF your partner doesn't ... no signal from the BU means he may not have seen it (just missed it or it looked different) however BU ACTIVELY signaling means he has the call. Inte
  7. I like what you said Recontra, but I do have to drill down on that bolded bit a little more. How do we know that isn't what happened? How do we know the BU didn't miss it from his angle? I am fully agreeable that his signal gave him the call and PU should let it stand ... but that doesn't mean the BU was right. Poking this one a little further ... what happens when the coach comes out to talk to BU and BU comes to PU to talk. BU says "It looked good to me, but I got caught behind the runner." PU says "Oh, I had interference all day on that one." The two come apart, explain the c
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. 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 seve
  12. 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 ste
  13. 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.
  14. Oh crap ... I just got this ... Retroactive like ...
  15. Nobody puts Baby in the corner! Oh, wait ... that’s Jennifer Grey.
  16. 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.
  17. They just needed a different interpretation.
  18. 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!
  19. Nah, I’ll just chalk it up as an interpretation.
  20. @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 year
  21. 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.
  22. 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. Al
  23. Here is a great suggestion for those of you who may plan “programming” or instruction for your local association (or coaches’ meeting!): contact the local National Weather Service bureau (not your local TV weatherman) and invite them to come talk about lightning and severe weather safety. Under normal circumstances, their meteorologists love to come out to community meetings (and are required to do so many each year) and educate. I knew a few of the local NWS folks from work and had this on my list of things to do back when I was slated to UIC this summer ...
  24. I don’t understand what your problem is @Umpire in Chief ... the rule book is for games. This was just practice ... it’s fine.
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