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June 12, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

Here's one for you Garocket or anyone else:
Runner on first 1 out. Line drive to short who makes a nice catch. Runner at first is caught off the bag and tries to get back. The shortstops throw back to first is wild and goes out of play. Umpire signals dead ball and points the runner to second base. Baserunner neglects to go back to first to tag and goes right to second. Next batter is in the box and the defensive team appeals the runner at second didn't properly tag up. Is the runner good or is he out?
June 12, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

Neck in the law of mathematics 1 + 2 does equal 3--lol. The only time a runner gets 3 bases is if a defensive fielder throws their glove at a ball and it makes contact. Then it's 3 bases from the time of the pitch.
BTW, one of your guys, Billy Osborne, played with us last weekend in Knoxville. He did a very nice job. He's fast for his age!!
June 12, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: June, 1970

Thank you for your service Southpaw! Question about that day, was it an actual ball field you played that game on?
I had one unusual experience as an umpire. League game about 5 years ago. A police car pulls up and two cops come out and walk onto our field. One turns to me and says "give us a little time here". I certainly wasn't going to say no to the police!! They walk up to the pitcher and a 15-20 minute conversation ensued. Then there was a physical struggle after which they announced he was under arrest, subsequently handcuffed and then taken away. The icing on the cake was the minimum to start was 9 and the team only had 9 guys with pitcher. I had to call a forfeit since the pitcher leaving made it 8. Very unusual to say the elast.
June 4, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

Good point Garocket. The key here being it was the second play by the defensive team which means runners move up two bases from where they're at the time of the throw.
June 4, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: One base or two?

Hitman, it's two bases--the one your going toward and the next one. In that situation the batter-runner gets third base.

June 2, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Correct Call???

I interpret "if there is a play" to mean a throw is made to first for attempting to get the batter-runner out. If a throw isn't made to first then there is no play at first. The batter runner therefore cannot be out. To be on the safe side the rule of thumb for the batter runner when going to first is to always touch the outside bag on a infield ground ball and you'll never be called out for touching the wrong bag. First base coaches should be encouraged to holler "outside bag' to the runner. Better to be safe than sorry.
May 29, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: New DBO HR rules for 2014

Neck, in either WSL or GSL, maybe both, has a home run rule similar to what you outlined. Now keep in mind this is men's ball, not senior ball. As I understand it each level has an x amount of hr hitters allowed who can hit as many as they want per game. As I also understand it if one of the hr hitters is walked, either intentionally or unintentionally, another batter who is not a hr hitter is allowed to hit one in that inning.
Again this is only what I heard second hand. If someone knows the real rule please feel free to correct me.
May 27, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Raising the hr limit, putting in an 11th fielder or balls thru the middle being a dbo will likely reduce the number of times batter hit the middle. But the only true way to protect a pitcher from getting drilled is putting a pitching screen in front of him.
May 26, 2014
stick8
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Is this altering a bat?????

Garyheifner, I can't speak for all umpires but I would consider that altering a bat. Your applying a foreign substance on the bat which is altering it from it's original design.
Question I have: you pointed out you use this bat in a "pick up" league. To me "pick up" means a bunch of guys getting together to play. Is this league sanctioned by SSUSA, SPA, USSSA, ASA, or any other association where the teams may pay a sanction fee?

May 19, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Pitching masks revisited

Caveman you are exactly right!! I'm not an attorney but back in the day I was an office manager for a group of personal injury attorneys. A good attorney can and usually does get around any waiver.
May 19, 2014
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rain and tournaments

Papa01Smurf are you sure SSUSA would get a full day refund for all the rented fields if said day was rained out?
April 28, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Mistake

Softballer48 if the defense does the appeal properly it would be valid. As I stated the other team can certainly protest the blatant unprofessional conduct or if it's a two man ask that ump to ask his partner for help. Umpires are not out there to tell teams where to hit, where to play on d or do what your scenario outlined. IOW, they don't play favorites. They're supposed to ne neutral.
April 28, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: I need a ruling on this scenario

If the out at second is recorded beofre the runner from third crosses the plate no run. If the runner at third crosses the plate before the out at second is recorded then the run counts.
April 27, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Mistake

Crusher, if I read your scenario correctly the field guy ran out into the outfield to see if the outfielder made a catch or not. In that case the home plate umpire has the infield for any plays including making sure runners legally touch the bases. Of course this is USSSA mechanics. In my estimation the field ump does not make that call.
April 27, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Mistake

Softballer48, I head up a crew of USSSA umpires where I live. If I ever found out one of my umpires actually said that, he wouldn't be in my crew anymore.
April 26, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: IS IT A CATCH

1jonsey, in your scenario I have a legal catch. And I have to question the wisdom of umpire next to you stating the manager could protest the call. Unless he's asked Umpires shouldn't be volunteering info like that off the cuff.
April 26, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Umpire Mistake

Softballer48 if what you stay is true that base umpire shouldn't be umpiring anywhere. Was this a league or tournament? I would mention this to the director.
Crusher was that the field ump or the plate ump that made the call?
April 3, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

How do I get in on this free golf gig? lol
April 2, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

Neck I know Robbie all too well. I played league ball with him and on occasion festival type tournaments with him. I've also played against him when he played with the big boys. It's much more fun playing with him!!
He can do it all--hit, run, he can go get it in the outfield and has a HOSE of an arm. If you go to Mike Macenko's website there's a link to an excellent article about the basics of outfield play that Robbie authored. It's a good read--easy and simple to understand.
And yes, at times he can be outspoken. But knowing him like I do I believe that comes from a great passion he has for the game. Once he gets a taste of playing senior ball I can envision him being a great promoter of the game!!
April 2, 2014
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: OBSTRUCTION

Garocket your technically correct. In my scenario, the USSSA rule is if after running into the firstbaseman, the batter runner gets up and continues to second then obstruction is called. If the batter-runner gets up and retreats back to first, it's nothing. Now if in the judgement of the umpire, that firstbaseman intentionally, deliberately or blatantly obstructed the batter runner and the runner went back to first my right arm goes out and I wait until the play is over and then call obstruction. It's all umpire judgement.
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