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  1. Or, hey, they can pay their labor what they are worth.
  2. Awesome advice here. Can I extend the conversation to 2-man double plays from B or C? In this situation, it's hard not to think "I gotta make a call before I turn my head to first!" - so I find myself not taking the time I do in A. How do you guys handle that?
  3. I've been doing that as long as I've been umpiring. Loud enough for the catcher to hear. As others have said, it short circuits the inevitable questions. Never had an issue from the catcher. Some batters. But your going to get that either way. Never understood the "Don't do it."
  4. I like what @beerguy55 is saying. As I move up, the vets are telling me not to say as much. Don't verbalize clearly foul balls. Don't verbalize can of corn outs. Things like that. Then I think of situations that could cause confusion. And I don't know what to think.
  5. Good old boy networks can go to hell. There is nothing wrong with discussing the bad with the good no matter where it lies, rookie, grizzled vet, the just starting, and - maybe most importantly - the powerful. Don't hide poor performance or wrong behavior by anyone. Bring it up, fix it, and get on with it. MLB umpiring has come a long way but there are still a lot of people wondering why the likes of CB Bucknor and Angel Hernandez have a job that many young, hungry umpires are doing better.
  6. Can I extend this thread with a related, potential obstruction I had to deal with last night? Adult men's wood bat league playing under FED rules. R1 and R2. Batter hits a hard shot directly to F5 playing maybe 10 feet from 3B. Plenty of time to walk over and touch the bag - except F5 cannot get a handle on the ball until he's bumbled his way to where R2 is sliding into 3B while he is literally straddling the bag on the 2b side with one hand gripping the ball on the ground and his glove on the ground between R2's foot and 3B. He finally grips the ball and touches 3B while R2's sliding foot reaches his glove in front of the base. I had an out. But what if he never gripped the ball until after R2 is tangled in F5's glove and arms? Does it count as he's still in the act of making a play while the runner is in the act of reaching the base? I think I would have called obstruction if it had gotten that far but, in my judgement he touched the bag before the runner's slide engaged with his person. Should that still have been obstruction? I didn't see any hesitation on R2's part before sliding.
  7. Not a bad idea. Maybe it will put a kabosh on broadcaster speculations that are almost always incorrect.
  8. Call some place paradise - kiss it goodbye. - The Last Resort
  9. I can tell you there is no fee to sit on that hillside. Back about 1997 my moms car broke down while on vacation driving up the hill to Williamsport. We and our three kids were behind her. While we got a part I can't even remember replaced, the boys and mom sat on the hill and watched some of the LLWS. awesome coincidence. But maybe that's changed in the intervening 25 years.
  10. Agreed Dawg. Which means kids who don't have the means are locked out of the best baseball opportunities.
  11. In our association it is standard practice that whoever has the plate notifies their partner 24 to 12 hours ahead of time to check in, see about shirt color, where and when to meet, etc. I am working the bases tonight with a partner who a couple of weeks ago asked me to take a plate for them because their knees were barking. I said yes. Today he gets in touch 6 hours before game time after I reached out to him asking me to take the plate because his back is hurting. I did a plate last night as a replacement for a guy that was injured. All handled through our assignor. I was really looking forward to the bases tonight anyway because I've been doing a ton of plates the last few weeks. Should I 1) be the nice guy and say 'sure!', 2) tell him to handle it through our assignor, 3) tell him no thank you, 4) something else.... TIA.
  12. I've been in touch with my colleague who was going to work the regional this year. I'm passing along what he told me, perhaps others here can confirm or refute it. He had been scheduled for the 2020 regional which had been canceled but they carried over the appointment to this year. A couple of months ago, LL informed the Regional umps of the protocol to be used. After that he and some others declined the invitation thinking the ump protocol too restrictive. This was before the Delta variant surge. If this is true and there were a lot of umpires that declined, could these be less experienced umps out there?
  13. Back on topic - Bill Haller was the umpire. An AL umpire for 20 years and wore #1. Worked 15 ALCS, 4 WS, 4 All Star games and was the last umpire to wear a balloon CP in the World Series. And he didn't take sh!t from nobody "You gonna be in the HoF for f'n a World Series, Earl?"
  14. I just want to say that Earl Weaver was a heck of a character. I love this.
  15. A colleague of mine is down there working the NWR. Wishing you guys luck - don't s*ck!
  16. When I have a banger like this, I'll sometimes indicate where I see the tag after the out call. With safes that aren't obvious like the throw beats the runner but the fielder tags late or misses a swipe, I'll similarly say "missed the tag!" after the safe mechanic. It doesn't always forestall a conversation but sometimes it's enough.
  17. just the mechanics, only if it is infecting the bench or fence. Verbalizing it? I'm stopping that with a warning and then restriction if it continues. That can confuse the defense (and offense for that matter)
  18. agdz59

    Rundown

    Yeah, "make a play" I would interpret to include when a defender with the ball pursues the runner as well. And, if that is correct, it would prevent the runner from hightailing it into the outfield.
  19. Given those interpretations and the play from last night. The on-deck batter clearly could not help, but a following runner could have before a member of the defense tagged the groggy runner. What would make it interesting is watching the following runner pushing / dragging the preceding runner without passing him!
  20. I bought two for this year as well and really like them for all those reasons you state.
  21. - You weren't there. - MANY other umpires in our association will not work with this guy. - The TD was OK with how I handled things. - I'm going to be asked back, he will not. - Coaches thanked me a week later for the way I handled things. - My association assignor has told me "I wish I had 100 guys like you." at the tail end of this season. - I am not going to apologize as I have nothing to apologize for.
  22. In my short time doing this, I've been exposed to three different mechanics. Right hand fist while holding your right arm extended toward ground. Right hand pointing to the ground, verbalize "strike" while giving the safe sign. Current association wants the later but I'll be damned it's hard to change from what I first learned (#1)
  23. Sounds like I'm right there with Scotty - doing the best I can. Thanks all.
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