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  1. Felt like I had to make an account to ask about this situation. Have you ever been asked "Did he go?" while you were standing behind the pitcher? Happened to me. 0-2 count. Batter appeared to obviously offer at a close pitch, his hands looked well in front of the plate and bat also looked like it had went around with his wrists breaking enough that I could say I'm 100 percent sure it was a swing. I'm sure everyone watching the game knew it was a swing, including everyone in the stands and definitely the 3rd base coach who was ejected for arguing after what happened. It looked like one of those calls that are pretty easy to make from where I was standing. Anyways, I'm waiting on the PU to make the call and he hesitates then points at me and asks if he went. I was so shocked that he was asking me for help on this one that I made a mistake here. I should have just made the call but I looked back at him and just said "It's your call." Now I guess everyone thinks that neither one of us know even though it looked like a pretty obvious call. Now the dugouts are starting to chirp a bit so I call time and we talk for a minute. I tell him what I saw and that it was definitely a swing. I wouldn't call it a swing if it was close but this one wasn't close. We call the kid out. One of the coaches comes to argue, even though I'm sure he had to know we got the call right he wasn't happy with how we made it. He keeps arguing and is warned not to continue and he goes to the dugout. He stops for maybe 10 seconds but is tossed for something he says when he gets to the dugout. Game went okay after that. Then the PU punched out the next batter on the first pitch because I guess he forgot the count wasn't 0-2 anymore. So that didn't help us look any better. Overall the game went okay after that. We handled the coach okay. Ejection went probably as well as it could have. After the game the PU wanted to switch crews so I worked with a different guy. Then he texted me after the game "Thanks for screwing me today ***hole I pray I never work with you again. This is high school varsity ball not the little bull**** you usually do." Which I thought was a little ridiculous, but oh well. I can't help but feel bad for being caught off guard on that play.
  2. Opening day is tomorrow for NJ HS. Here is part of an email from our association interpreter, a very opinionated individual... We do not go to our partner on a check swing because the coach has requested it. We can go to our partner IMMEDIATELY if needed. We all must be consistent in this mechanic all the time. Coaches have told me and umpires that some umpires still go when requested by coach. Please stop that and be consistent and the coaches will understand better and not ask. While I know that we are not required to in HS, but I have always done it as long as the coach hasn't been a d!ck about it.
  3. 12u under OBR. I am in 'C' with runners at 1st and 2nd. Batter squares to bunt, pitch is WAY inside, pitch hits batter in the stomach. Partner calls TIME and tells batter to take first. All sounds fine, EXCEPT the batter CLEARLY offered at the pitch. DC politely approached plate and conversation goes like this: DC: Sir, didn't he offer at the pitch? PU: Coach, the batter was hit by the pitch. DC: Yes, I know that, but didn't he offer at the pitch? PU: No. DC: Can you check with your partner? PU: No, that's not an appealable call. I know the initial call is his, and I'm only to get involved if HE asks for help...but when he is mistaken on a point of rule (as opposed to judgment) should I have done anything? I had been trying throughout the entire time to quietly get his attention, to let him know I had info he ought to know. The coach walked back to the dugout scratching his head.
  4. I don't think I've ever seen a bigger miss on a check-swing appeal ..... ever ........ http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/11493214/v1127684683/?query=umpire
  5. My ears are bleeding ............. Your browser does not support iframes.
  6. I saw this comment on a thread on reddit about obscure baseball rules. Ever heard of it? (direct link to comment.. https://www.reddit.com/r/baseball/comments/3dyicl/whats_a_baseball_rule_that_the_average_fan_might/ctaavvv )
  7. he must have done it right! http://m.mlb.com/video/v486285283/?query=umpire embed feature not available on this video yet
  8. WOW ....kudos to Joe for knowing the difference!! Your browser does not support iframes.
  9. Looks like he went, but ........ James Hoye "toss" is good! Your browser does not support iframes.
  10. Something from opening day in Detroit ...........   thoughts? discuss?   http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/25138082/torii-hunter-rips-umpire-joe-west-after-dubious-check-swing-call?FTAG=YHF7e3228e   http://m.mlb.com/video/v62904883
  11. Jerry Meals does not see Perez tap ball foul with 2 strikes because Peavy threw a one hop pitch to home and Posey came straight up and blocked Meals. Meals thought the pitch was off Posey's shin guard. Meals points at Cooper and asks him if he went. Cooper, 1st base umpire, says yes, but does not say foul. Ball rolled foul by 10 feet about 10 feet up third base line. Cooper asks Crew chief Kellogg and the best umpire in baseball, #77, Jim Reynolds, if he could have done it differently. Ted Barrett asked Hunter Wendlestadt if Eric Cooper could have handled it differently. Unfortunately, the film crew cut the audio before either question could be answered. Interesting to see World Series umpires working on mechanics. Crew got together and called a foul ball. If you taught umpire school how would you advise?
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