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That's what I would have guessed..............Looks like he was showing him................---> is the way to the dugout

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Maybe I'm too long in the tooth to have fun anymore?

Is it wrong of me to just be in the camp of simply running the kid and moving on with the rest of the game? 

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33 minutes ago, johnnyg08 said:

Maybe I'm too long in the tooth to have fun anymore?

Is it wrong of me to just be in the camp of simply running the kid and moving on with the rest of the game? 

Absolutely not wrong of you.  Things have already gone horribly wrong if you are ejecting, do not make yourself part of the spectacle.  What this ump did is no better than what the kid did.  All he did was just show the kid “I can do this and you can’t because I’m the umpire.”

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7 hours ago, johnnyg08 said:

Maybe I'm too long in the tooth to have fun anymore?

Is it wrong of me to just be in the camp of simply running the kid and moving on with the rest of the game? 

John, ...I'm with you ....

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On 3/10/2020 at 8:45 PM, johnnyg08 said:

Maybe I'm too long in the tooth to have fun anymore?

Is it wrong of me to just be in the camp of simply running the kid and moving on with the rest of the game? 

 

On 3/11/2020 at 3:58 AM, Thunderheads said:

John, ...I'm with you ....

Ditto!

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Yeah, no need to two Picasso's out there. Just a nice easy overhand toss, to make sure is manager knows what just happened, then a quiet word with the scorekeeper. 

 

Me, I'd have the scorecard in my hand as I flail over my head, just so the skipper knows he's leaving, and needs to modify his linenup, too. 

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I love it!!!!

I will keep this in mind!

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Let me post my thoughts using my perspective as an assignor:  If my state high school league sent me this video, it is going to be difficult for me to defend you (the umpire).  I'm going to hear from the league that "your umpire is supposed to be the adult and not sink to the kid's level."  I'm also going to be told, "if you want me to defend your umpires when they eject a kid for drawing a line in the dirt, then I have to punish your umpire when he does the same thing."  Don't get me wrong, our high school league will suspend the player.  But, I'm willing to guess that you (my umpire) are also going to be suspended...and there's not much I'm going to be able to do to stop that.

IMHO, there are things we used to be able to do (things that were "arrows" in our quiver of "preventative umpiring") that we can no longer do now that every moment of every game is being recorded by someone.  (I, personally, believe FYC's have to go the way of the dodo bird (if they haven't already) because of videos.)  In this age of "everything ends up on Youtube"...just eject the kid and move on.  It makes my (the assignor) life so much easier.  

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I’m just gonna make a guess that this umpire made some other mistakes that preceded this incident. 

1. When he showed up for the game it was probably a few minutes late (because he knows the coach so it won’t be a big deal, at least that’s what he’ll tell you). 

2. Before starting the game (that he showed up late to) he probably went straight to the dugout of this team and talked for another 5 minutes cause he needed to catch up with the coach.

3. Between innings I’m willing to bet that he stands by the fence talking with the people sitting next the backstop while the pitcher throws his 20 warm-up pitches. 

 

Alone these issues might not seem like a big deal but they boil down to 1 main problem, over-familiarity. I’d put money on it and guess that he’s umpired 100’s of games with this particular player. Unfortunately that is just a guess and we don’t get that side of the story, we just get the video clip that makes him look like a child. I’m sure he meant this in good fun but there are ways to have fun without sacrificing professionalism. I’m not gonna knock him for the single action that we saw in this video, I’m just gonna knock him because I’m sure there are tons of other little things he does that undermine his own authority. And all of those little things are what makes partners like him miserable to work with. 

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