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  1. LOL! Kyle, ...thanks for that, and trust me, I GET IT. MOST of the time I steer clear, but sometimes I'll chime in and I guess I haven't learned my lesson yet Anyhow, ...so you saw this? Your thoughts?
  2. Ok, great. That's a good start. So, let's say the Verdugo's back leg hasn't 'passed' first yet and it is indeed hanging over the bag. In that sense, he would not be past that base yet? (confirming). That said ... does this "2 feet on the ground" thing apply at first?
  3. From a stupid Facebook post on one of the umpire pages/groups. Loosely based on the Blue Jays game last week where Verdugo missed first base, but F3 didn't touch first base either. Ruled safe because Verdugo came back and corrected his error while no one appealed or touched first. Gil reviews it here: So .... the issue with the Facebook post is this: This person is asking at what point does the runner acquire first base. He used the photo below as the example (not exactly the photo, I just took it from the video, but it's very close to the same). The Facebook person (Call him "Mark") is saying that in the photo, ... IF the first baseman had the ball (he doesn't) ...but IF he did have the ball, that Verdugo would be out because he hasn't put 2 feet on the ground behind the bag. (???) I know that "feet on the ground" do matter for when you're advancing or retouching, but ...at first? I say Verdugo has acquired first base in the photo below as he's past it, yes? What am I missing?
  4. Ahhhh, contraire .... that's where you're mistaken. You don't have "bases down" ...no one does. Same for plate. You're always evolving and improving and / or trying to improve ... remember that
  5. what "current" thread are you referring to. By rights, I should just lock this one up in the first place. Please advise
  6. Rich is correct, your partner is NOT correct here. Second base is the award, and the ball hitting him has NO BEARING whatsoever! Please tell your partner that when you work with him again that he's wrong, and should probably hit the rule book pretty hard. These calls in these situations are what make coaches hate us.
  7. No, this is not a bash, or am I slamming the LLWS umpires (so please, don't make it that). However, honest question because I've never done LL ... Does the formal training of the LL umpires require such 'robotics'? I mean, all in all, I think these guys are doing a fine job, but I just can't help but notice the very calculated, robotic mechanics (ala 'softball) and wondering if it's being "taught"/"instructed". I watch the LLWS every year, but I guess noticed this MORE this time around Also, I've noticed quite high head heights. Again, not bashing, just noticing because a lot (if not most) of those guys are set up quite a bit higher than the top of the catchers head. Granted, it can't be easy getting THAT low on some of these kids, but .... Anyhow, just generic questions on things I've become aware of while watching the LLWS....an d I know there quite a few of you who are very familiar w/ LL.
  8. Yes, this can be advantageous, but only if the weather is cooperating. You don't want to do back to back plates in 90+ and humidity .... BUT, ... some do and will!
  9. No ... they typically don't take them off, they just check the buckle and loose end area (I believe) ...the parts of the belt that are accessible to the pitcher touching it. But, yes, I've seen belt inspections
  10. No, that sounds right. I get games from primarily one guy, and that's how he wants it worked out. There's another who will have you listed as "home plate" or "first base" ...but still, he says that doesn't matter, partners just work it out. And yes ... once you work your first game out with that specific partner, you should switch each time you have games together.
  11. Great advice by Matt .... But, ..take it, tell him that regardless of what's going on, our next game together has YOU on the plate, and I'd let your assignor know. Also, ask around to see if this is a pattern.
  12. Lynn's post game presser was bullSH*#. Yes, he wanted to see the trainer, but ... he KNOWS they check the belt, ...Lentz asked for it, ... throwing it is not the way to do it. Lentz was fine with him leaving it on the dugout railing as you can see .... Hopefully, this incident will force MLB to take another look at this inspection process
  13. Thunderheads


    How to search the site/forums for answers! LOL
  14. My concensus is that @Scissors question has been answered. I'm locking this so we don't go off the rails. If there are those who think it should remain open, I have no problem with that either.
  15. Hey all ... Here we go ... Smitth 3/4 zip pullover- black w/ white stripes, XL. Worn just a couple of times. Great condition. No numbers, etc. I can get one of these in a USPS small flat rate box (yup, lol). $45 $40 and I'll ship it. Message me, thanks! Paypal, CONUS
  16. Very sorry to report to the group that long time member Jim Knight, father of MLB umpire Brian Knight has passed. Jim was a big proponent of all things positive when it came to the MLB guys, and was always willing to share a great tip, and insight. He will be missed, and many heartfelt condolences to Brian and the entire Knight family. May Jim rest in peace and umpire that big game in the sky..... Sincerely, the Umpire-Empire family Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  17. ATTENTION NAVY/RED REQUIRED STATE UMPIRES: Here is a Smitty heavy duty cold weather jacket (ThermaBase style) in XL, navy/red. It does have an MHSAA patch on the left pocket, but can be removed. Worn just this season only (15 games?) ... just too big. Remember, the Smitty version DOES have side pockets also. $50 plus shipping. CONUS. Paypal only. Message me with questions, etc.
  18. ATTENTION MICHIGAN HS UMPIRES: Here is a Honig's heavy duty (ThermaBase style) cold weather jacket in XL. It's navy and red with the MHSAA logo. A few season's old, still in good shape. The zipper can get squirrely sometimes, but does work. #9 on right sleeve. $30 plus shipping. CONUS. Paypal. Message me please ....
  19. Ok guys, back on track please. If you feel this has been answered appropriately, let me know and we can lock it but keep it so it can be found.
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