RBIbaseball Posted May 18 Report Share Posted May 18 I'm not talking a 20-0 route and showing a little mercy to get folks home... I'm talking about an average HS varsity game... I had a game a couple weeks ago with a respected veteran umpire in my region (has went to state finals a couple times)... R1 stealing second, ball beats runner by 2 steps. Due to poor tag / great slide, F6 whiffs the swipe tag, missing runner by a couple inches through entire tag. Think MLB swim move, but just not as fancy. I call safe, "no tag", and give the safe signal a second time. F6 knows it and does some self reflection, I hear it from the 3B dugout / fans on how can I miss that "ball beat him by a mile", but no one comes to argue. Anyways, half inning, my PU asks me what I saw, and I tell him. His response, "you gotta get an out there". "You're the only one in the ballpark that knows he's safe, just get an out"... Went on to talk about game management, etc. Asked another veteran umpire about that advice and he said something along the lines of, once you get more experience you'll know when you should make the "smart call, over the correct call" or something along those lines.... Thoughts? I'm a get it right integrity kind of guy, and F the noise of anything after... I'm out there to get the call right for that kid in that moment that did or didn't make a play... Do you guys suggest I take this advice and adjust my mindset. Would that make me a "better" umpire? ... Serious question. Thanks 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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