Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

7 Neutral

Profile Information

  • Location

More information about you

  • Your Association Name
  • Occupation
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    HS, MS, CYO
  • How did you hear about Umpire-Empire?
  1. For better or worse, discipline following an ejection or incident is totally up to the league's staff, BOD, or whomever has that authority. While you're free to disagree with the ultimate disciplinary decision, @MulletUmpTheSecond, it's likely that there's little you can do about it short of civilly expressing your concerns (which may get little more than a canned, "Thank you for your input," response). Both Jonny and LRZ are right. If you feel that the league doesn't adequately back up umpires when they have to take care of business, it's time to do some soul searching and deci
  2. In Michigan, umpires had the option of handling balls or letting the home team be responsible for them this year. In the first game I umpired this season, I opted to let the home team handle them. In all subsequent games, my partners always chose to handle game balls, so I eventually did the same for the rest of the season because I felt like I was the odd person out. In those games, I sanitized my hands between games, after games, and even between half-innings when I was able after putting a different ball into play.
  3. I'm not sure how rare these for veteran umpires, but I had follow-through interference and backswing interference in separate games this year. In the case of the former, the coach against whose team I made the call thought I was MSU when I made it. It felt good to check the rule book after the game and see I got the call and its enforcement correct.
  4. Having recently been struck by foul balls behind the plate and a line drive in the field, I can understand how scary it is when any umpire goes down. I hope Ron recovers quickly with no lasting negative effects.
  5. I can't recall where I learned it from, but I was taught to ask a partner a yes/no question whenever possible when asking for help. In your example, I'd likely ask my partner, "Was the first baseman pulled off the bag on that throw?" This lets your partner know what exactly you need help on and give you an immediate yes or no answer in reply. I'll also agree that one should not ask a generic, "What did you see?" type question because it can easily lead to an answer that's not useful to the situation that prompted the request for help and unnecessarily prolong the discussion.
  6. In my penultimate game of baseball during my rookie season (and only one so far), my strike zone seemed crappy no matter how hard I tried that day. After the game, I chalked it up to this being the one awful game I seem to have as a rookie in each sport I've officiated so far. Late in the game, I had a pitch deflect off the batter's bat and hit the upper edge of my mask where it rests against my head. I can't say for sure if I had any sort of concussion; at minimum though, it was more of a challenge to stay focused on plate duties for the rest of the game than it already was. Thankfully,
  7. Those are female crickets, so you won't even hear any chirping (because only male crickets chirp) . My officials association has done Zoom meetings for football and basketball. So, I believe it may do the same for baseball and softball. Even if the COVID situation here improves significantly between now and March/April, I believe the school whose auditorium or cafeteria we'd normally use as a meeting site may still not want to let anyone in after hours that doesn't have an absolute need to be there.
  8. I had a play that was a routine yet close force out at third to end an inning. The 3rd base coach wanted me to get help . I told him, "Coach, my partner is 90 feet away, and I'm right here. I have the better look." If there was a pulled foot, sure I'd consider getting help. But not for this play -- especially after my partner and I agreed in our pregame that we wouldn't seek help from each other solely to placate a coach. This works for clued-in coaches. In one instance, I used this in a basketball game while reporting a foul by adding, "She slid into the airborne shooter." The
  9. I've officiated 8 years of basketball and 3 years of softball. Depending on my work situation next year and any feedback I get this year from partners that also work the sport, I might consider adding cross country for next fall.
  10. I wonder why the author is writing an article in 2020 about an incident that happened just over seven years ago . The date stamp on the video is 10-5-13 (or 2013-10-05 for the benefit of anyone visiting from outside the USA). I recall seeing this video posted elsewhere shortly after the incident took place. Perhaps he just now discovered the video? But yeah, that was both egregious and disgusting to watch.
  11. I had 3 softball games last month when a colleague needed me as a sub after an unexpected family situation came up. Barring a similar situation this month, I probably won't umpire again until the school season in Spring 2021. In the meantime, I'm curious to see what kind of basketball schedule, if any, I end up with for the Fall and Winter.
  12. "He's screwing us just like he did yesterday!" -- This was said about me by a fan in response to a routine force-out to end their team's half of the first inning. The best part: This happened at a softball tournament's consolation game -- a tournament where I didn't umpire any of the previous day's games . I had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing out loud.
  13. @The Man in Blue & @beerguy55 - Thanks for your thoughts and reminder that some situations can be no-win no matter how gracefully we strive to handle them. You're right that there are coaches who correctly realize that someone working solo because of an unanticipated no-show or last-second change may miss something just because of the inherent limitations of having one umpire and they handle those situations with class. Those coaches that don't get it and want to die on that sword likely find themselves warned, restricted, or tossed.
  14. I can see this as a possibility if social distancing was required next season (Spring 2021 and beyond) with a solo umpire because of the fact umpires are already stretched thin in many areas and there's a vested interest in keeping them as healthy as possible. Otherwise, I think it's a 50/50 toss-up at best. I wish I had thought about saying something similar this weekend. The second umpire assigned to the softball games was a no-show. So, the umpire I eventually replaced had to do the first three games solo. Having arriving early with the games behind schedule, he asked me to b
  15. I was asked by a colleague to take a couple of softball tournament games he can't work due to a last-second conflict. I was told we will be using standard 2-person mechanics (PU behind the catcher, BU at A, B, or C as appropriate). Although the entity running the tournament posted guidelines for coaches/players regarding the handling and cleaning of balls and equipment, there was nothing there for umpires. Here is what I intend to do: As a BU, I will use hand sanitizer between half innings if I have to touch a ball or anything else contacted by others. As a PU, I'll use hand saniti
  • Create New...