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  1. Nobody ever runs from third to home in fair territory and I’m pretty sure you know that.
  2. I would change the rule. While it’s not fair to let the runner go out of their way to block a throw, it’s also not fair to ask a right-handed batter to make a detour by crossing the foul line twice when between any other two bases they’d be allowed to run in the shortest path (a straight line).
  3. I’m like the opposite. I’m not an umpire, but I’ve read the book from cover to cover multiple times, and yet I still come here to ask questions.
  4. spark2212

    Force out at First

    Is there a way for him to gain possession without digging the ball out of his shirt? What if he presses down on the ball (through the shirt) with his hand? Edit: I should specify, I’m referring to a thrown ball that goes down his shirt.
  5. Furthermore, while R3’s actions certainly call attention to the whole debacle, without a defensive appeal is there a reason to change the call?
  6. spark2212

    Force out at First

    Related question: if the ball goes down F3’s shirt and gets stuck there, does he have secure possession of the ball?
  7. spark2212

    End of Game Out

    Yes and no in that order. Those plays are still timing plays.
  8. Any runner could be out as soon as the ball is caught if the fielder caught it while making contact with the base they came from. I don’t know if that’s the same thing as “being out on the catch.”
  9. spark2212

    Walk off situation

    On that note, in this video of a walk-off home run, I like to notice that each umpire waits to make sure the runner touch their bases before heading off the field. (Situation ATL @ NYM Game 162 R1, R2, two out, Atlanta leads 6-4 in the bottom of the eleventh. So, slightly different, but still.) I also have to wonder why no players ever remain on the field on the off chance they’ll have something to appeal. 36D594CE-987B-4DA3-B9D9-426BD44DEB7B.MOV
  10. spark2212

    Walk off situation

    If everybody does what they are supposed to do (circles the bases correctly without a hitch), the game is over only once the batter has finished circling the bases and has scored. If a runner commits a base running infraction with fewer than two out, the game is over as soon as the winning run scores. If the third out is made via a base running infraction either by the lead runner or by the batter before reaching first, nobody scores, the inning is over but the game continues. I’m not sure what the ruling is when the batter makes the third out after safely reaching first but before the lead runner has physically reached home plate.
  11. I was wondering... does anyone know of any good sites like this for other sports, particularly for NHL refs?
  12. At least on ESPN they say it’s some algorithm based on what usually gets called on them. And it’s not the same size. Taller players have noticeably larger K-zones than shorter players.
  13. And I didn’t mean integrity as in honesty, I meant integrity as in structural integrity, the same way you wouldn’t let a blown call go unchallenged while trailing 9-1 with the bases empty and two outs in the ninth.
  14. I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to say that.
  15. That’s not the only thing the commissioner and disagree on. https://nypost.com/2019/09/15/joe-torre-the-mlbs-reasoning-for-rejecting-mets-9-11-hats/
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