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  1. It's always a good thing to remember that punctuation is important. Something as small as a comma can change someone's life! Lets eat, Grandma! ~Little Johnny Lets eat Grandma! ~ Jeffrey Dahmer?
  2. Aging_Arbiter


    As an established member..........I don't care about the ads. If it pays the bills, go for it!
  3. Didn't "clothesline" ............or didn't stop using that mechanic when it was removed?
  4. Update @yawetag........already checked with SWMBO. There IS the bag you mentioned. They are stored at each field in the equipment shed (not necessarily outside), and will be removed during the winter. All pertinent info is recorded by/for the league to make sure we follow up with battery life (testing)/unit replacements....
  5. Good call on the razor @BLarson! I'll be sure to pass it along. The worst part of this event was trying to keep the players in the dug out to help minimize the trauma from the situation. The mom collapsed about 20 ft. behind the 1B (cinder block) dugout so they couldn't see), and only a chain link fence separating them otherwise. Her son was in 1B dugout. I called time and we sent players to their dugouts as soon as I saw (heard a woman screaming for help and looked over) her on the ground convulsing, so the 11-12 y/o's could be around adults that may be able any questions and provide any comfort that they could. Like @Umpire in Chief said, most of the machines are dummy proof. The following day, the Manager from that team said the part that bothered his son the most, was not being able to see anything, yet still being able to hear the machine's robotic voice saying "push, push, push," when providing the rhythm for chest compressions, after a shock had been administered.
  6. ECELLENT POINT!!! I'm going to use that.
  7. @noumpereYeah, you can see where they did the outline of the template with a nail (to the left of center in the chalk). Not bagging on volunteers, but many don't realize that line from the template IS 4" from the plate, and it should be the outside of the chalk line. **Side note, Due to the topic, the incorrect placement of the batters box was not why I posted the picture. But thanks for noticing!
  8. Not that we are trying to reach a target, but we just had an AED save a 2nd parent this year Saturday night. Went to visit them in the hospital yesterday. Said they haven't felt this good in over a year. They had an abnormal rhythm for a while. Seized and died behind the dugout. AED administered shock, Heart is now in perfect rhythm with ZERO abnormalities. In 20 years with this league, we NEVER had an issue. Here we are with two in the first year we have the AED's. (smh) not looking forward to fall ball. I think I'll get my other knee replaced instead.
  9. Oh @Kevin_K.........you Little Rascal
  10. For that price, why not donate it to the local little league?
  11. If you are indeed following little league, the "one ball" comment is not entirely accurate. While he may physically and every literal sense of the meaning "only use one ball to do so", he must face one batter. Pitch to that batter until he reaches base, is put out, or the inning ends (by a play on another runner).
  12. ....................will help protect a catchers bare hand from being ripped open by cleats too!
  13. LOL @GPblue..........I thought we were the only ones. Try being between Pirates/Phillies/Orioles...............and being a cubs fan (I'm a transplant).
  14. That's just un real. I missed that post back then (or was not signed in for awhile).
  15. Looked to me like it went off of F2's right leg guard, which would make it foul at that point......no matter where it lands. A FOUL BALL is a batted ball that settles on foul territory between home and first base, or between home and third base, or that bounds past first or third base on or over foul territory, or that first falls on foul territory beyond first or third base, or that while on or over foul territory, touches the person of an umpire or player, or any object foreign to the natural ground. NOTE 1: A foul fly shall be judged according to the relative position of the ball and the foul line, including the foul pole, and not as to whether the fielder is on foul or fair territory at the time the fielder touches the ball.
  16. When was this? I'm not familiar with that story, and your clues don't help. You didn't specify which Ocean, so there are about 18-20 "States on the Ocean".
  17. AGREE 100%. I do believe I stated "if the shoe fits". I too have a former JR umpire, went to the school, and currently in the CPL. I have no doubt that if he doesn't move up this year, he will be doing high level varsity ball during his first year in our HS chapter (next year) before he has to report. Some got it, some don't. Some work for it, some won't.
  18. I would argue that you are being a "pitchers umpire" by doing this. It's not the fact the batter got caught looking. If you have a pitcher that is hitting spots, and getting the backwards K in the book, rip that phonebook, rip cord, whatever! If he's pumped up & feeling good, he'll keep throwing good. If you squeeze a pitcher who's having a bad day, and he gets depressed or pi$$ed at you, he's not going to improve his control much. just my .02
  19. I understand and can empathize where @The Man in Blue is coming from. The "good ol' boy" network is still prevalent in many organizations. But keep in mind, they don't know you until you get out there an work with them. Maybe you have, I don't know. Along with @Richvee, I'll admit it, I'm an old fart too! Many of us were brought up having to "earn" our keep. I liken this to the ruined youth sports in todays society. Back when I played little league, you used to have to win to get a trophy. If the shoe fits, too many of this younger generation have a sense of entitlement. Younger people feel that they "deserve" something, instead of going out and "earning" it. I like the idea of the scout that @The Short Umpirementions. However, all of us know the shortage of umpires already. I highly doubt an organization will dedicate a certain person for this. oh yes, it needs to be a "seasoned" umpire, so he/she is aware of the nuances associated with the game itself. So don't expect that anytime soon. Here's what I tell guys in my area that ask my opinion. You have to put in your time to get experience. Experience will allow you to move up. Then you have to put in your time there, before you move up again. If you aren't willing to do that, and expect things to be handed to you, try another sport.
  20. As @pnewton stated... A FOUL TIP is a batted ball that goes sharp and direct from the bat to the catcher’s hands and is legally caught. It is not a foul tip unless caught and any foul tip that is caught is a strike, and the ball is in play. It is not a catch if it is a rebound, unless the ball has first touched the catcher’s glove or hand.
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