umpire_scott Posted August 4, 2015 Report Share Posted August 4, 2015 So I received advice on this board last year to try and limit granting time unless it is necessary. So rather than hold my hand out while a batter positions himself in the box I have allowed the pitcher to notice and not begin his motion. On the few occasions where they have begun early I've stopped play and asked them to step off and then simply told them to not begin their pitch until the batter is ready. So the other day I had a coach say "if he is in the box my pitcher does not have to wait". I replied "yes he does", he replied "no he doesn't". I dropped it at that point and continued the game. Part of me felt like I should have clarified that today during my game your pitcher has to wait. First off am I handling the situation correctly and would you have said anything more to the coach?I've also taken a stance I noticed from another umpire I worked with, plus a general philosophy regarding not granting time to the kids that call time every time they dive back into a base or when middle infielders jog the ball into the pitcher. My logic and understanding is that baseball is a live ball game and therefore time should only be granted when there is a reason for it. With this in mind on plays where a fielder is not "keeping the tag on him" I generally have not granted "time requests". I've caught a lot of flack from some coaches that teach their kids to call time constantly for this stuff. Do you guys just grant "time" if asked or do you use your discretion? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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