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Got my 'first' EJ yesterday. By that I mean, my first real one. I've had two, but one was for language in a teenage division, and the other was for a kid that kept slinging his bat at the Pony age level, after being warned twice. I call those procedural more than anything else.

But I finally got a real one yesterday. It's not the most exciting one - no histronics or anything - but I'll post anyway.

(The game is NABA. I know, here and other sites have had postings about not doing adult ball. But - I think it was here - UmpireInChief and I both talked about how those games have been pretty smooth this year. And they have; I've only done six, counting the two from yesterday, but they've been pretty proble-free.)

Batter's got a 2-1 count. I call a strike on the outside corner. He's the catcher for one team, so maybe he thinks he hasn't seen something like that called, but he clearly doesn't like it. (Personally, I don't think there was anything wrong with it - certainly not a "gross miss.") First, he backs out of the box in disgust and says "C'mon" or "No way" - frankly, I don't remember - but he's not way out, and he's heading back to the box, so I'm not that concerned at this point.

Then, he decides to draw a line about 1-2" off the outside edge of the plate. Well, h3ll, this is an EASY one! I do the hand-to-mask, and my first two words are simply "You're done!" as I give the big arm motion. Ejection 101 - draw a line, receive a free one-way ticket to Outside The Fence.

"There's no way that was a strike!" I guess he was trying to spend just a little more time on the field.

"It doesn't really matter at this point. You drew a line on me, so you're done. Leave the field."

Isn't this something a player of any experience knows is going to happen if he does it? Or have enough players gotten away with it, so that it's not formally part of The Code? Although no one else from his bench came out to argue the EJ, there was enough mumbling (some of incredulous) from that bench for a while to make me think some of them are just clueless about something like that.

Anyway, I got him. And you know what?

It felt pretty good.

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My initial thought would be, of course they do! He is center stage at home plate and after a call against him, he draws a line, what better way to show you up?

However, like you said, things like this may have been disregarded in some way. I have never called adult leagues and have read posts that would sway me to not even mess with them.

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My initial thought would be, of course they do! He is center stage at home plate and after a call against him, he draws a line, what better way to show you up?

What I thought was kind of funny about that is 1) as the catcher, he'd already seen some "outside" stuff that I got for strikes, and 2) if he's going to do that and show me up (and get his a$$ run for it), then get some mileage for the effort, and draw the stupid line WAY out there. Putting it about 2" off the edge of the plate? Son, that's IN the strike zone! All a ball has to do is touch just part of the black, and the balls 2 3/4" wide. So you just proved my point!

Thinking about it later, I guess I could have, without saying a word, taken a ball out of my bag, and laid it down on the edge of the black. "See, it WAS a strike. And oh, by the way, you're ejected."

But that's one of those fantasy scenarios one can never actually do on the field.

However, like you said, things like this may have been disregarded in some way. I have never called adult leagues and have read posts that would sway me to not even mess with them.

Well, like I mentioned, this was the first real episode in six games with this league. The team that was winning - and winning handily - bitched more about the zone, but nothing overly loud, and certainly without demonstrating at the plate.

I worked adults all the time in Australia, and had fairly smooth games. So it's variable.

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i work some adult ball in tulsa and had a catcher bitch about my outside corner while he's batting. nothing major, just asked "are we gonna get that too" my reply was you should know you've already been back here. that's about the only "trouble" i've had with that league. now the spanish league.....man is it tough. no fences, only chalk lines down the sides to mark dead ball territory and they are close. from everything i heard from other umpires this league had some bad apples and the police were called several times. now they hire off duty officers for security. only had 1 problem the 2 yrs i called for them. i learned "oilfield" spanish and can pretty much cuss with the best of these guys, had one fan start cussing me in spanish and i told him to go, he threatened to be waiting for me, his "team" escorted me to my car and waited till i left before they did. this fellow came up to me my next game and appoligized, and offered to buy my snacks and drinks for the day. turned out to be a classy bunch of guys that just wanted to continue playing the game.

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I have done quite a few of the adult league games with no problems whatsoever. As I write this I am thinking, "Crap, I have a DH this Sunday, and all hell is going to break loose because I said this." Anyway, I think one of the reasons for having success in these games is not to work them like I do HS or Legion. I still work hard and hustle my butt off when I need to, but most of these guys are doing this strictly for fun and exercise, and not to reclaim lost or never had, glory. They just want to go out, play hard, but have fun and yuck it up while they are there, so I yuck it up with them, and have gotten along very well with them. I save the red ass attitude for HS and Legion when I have a pain in the ass "Rat on a bucket." When I do the over 30 and 40 guys, I follow their lead, and HAVE FUN! Their games are my most enjoyable, especially the over 40 guys. This method seems to work for me, anyway.

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I did one NABA game a couple of seasons back and haven't done one since. Didn't run anybody, but I got such a headache from the 'ping' of the aluminum bats I was miserable for most of the game and all the way home.

As far as the near-EJ goes, that was with a batter who I'd rung up twice on a low (knee-high) strike. The second time, he stood at the plate for a couple of seconds just looking down. About the time I get ready to prompt him to move, he walks back to the dugout mumbling. No lines drawn, no wisecracks, etc.

Made up my mind that day that if I did any more 'adult' (using the term very liberally) ball, it would be a wood bat league. There's at least something pleasant about the sound of a wood bat contacting the ball.

Just my two dinari.

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