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March 5, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: pitchers mask

I would suggest if you have a huge head, not get a helmet. Plus helmets don't have a "true" fit to the shape of one's head.

Feb. 12, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

Robo2,

You can chase the foul balls then. That's all I can deceiver.

You described how the 70's and up swing
Jan. 23, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hitting to RF by a RH batter

What I do.

Move back off the plate a little bit, and open your stance some. When swinging, keep your head, and front shoulder in. When you stride with your front foot, don't step back in towards the plate. During the swing, don't drop your right shoulder. That will cause you to pop up more often than not, or hit a little grounder.

You will probably want to pull your hands a little closer to your body, while keeping the bat head back as you swing through. When you make contact, explode with your wrists.

See if that works for you.
Jan. 20, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: face masks

If anybody is interested in wearing protective shin guards, I would suggest the ones from Gerry Davis' umpire equipment site. They are super lightweight, and easy to run in.
Jan. 16, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: face masks

Fred S,

Do you know if you have a flat, or rounded mask? Could be the difference.

You could try smaller mask pads also.
Jan. 11, 2014
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: face masks

Don't get mad, and throw a titanium mask. Yes they are light weight, but they're not the most durable masks around. Seen guys in baseball wearing them as umps, and players. The foul balls will bend the cage on occasion.
Dec. 17, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR rule - why????

JBTexas & PattyMac, FYI~It's harder than it looks, and I wasn't the one whining in the first place. What good does complaining do?

Try playing a baseball doubleheader on a hot Sunday afternoon. Softball is a walk in the park compared to the real sport.

I've played both, and baseball can get very competitive at the National's in Phoenix. Some teams have gone as far as to fly in a pitcher to pitch one game on a certain day on more than one occasion.

Playing wood bat, the game goes by pretty fast also. You guys complain about senior bats breaking.......oye vay with the Louisville Sluggers.

Just be thankful you can still play.

It's a different animal that will devour you in the blink of an eye. Of an eye I said!!!!

Dec. 13, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: HR rule - why????

It's SLOWWWWWW pitch softball for Christ's sake. Some of you need to get over yourselves.

So many areas now have adult baseball. Try testing your skills actually playing a game where pitching really matters, catching is actually a position, bases are 90", and stealing is allowed. Oh, and you get to use wooden bats where even greater skill is involved hitting a ball than with the watered down composite bats they used in high school, and college.

Just saying
Dec. 7, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Positioning of screen protecting pitcher

Use a screen. Buy a pitching machine. Get the pitcher a chair to sit on (or not). Pitcher cannot field balls except for flies, but can go to back up bases, or retrieve errant throws. Thrown ball hits screen, immediate dead ball. Umpires place runners at all bases.

Sports played with fast moving projectiles will always have an element of a possible severe injury.

Sorry. No more Cheetos to go with your whine.




Dec. 7, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: ~~~TIMING~~~

Just look for a pitch that is over the plate from about the armpits to the belt high. Take a nice fluid swing. Follow through. When I'm healthy, and am able to do this, I'm usually pretty successful.

Just haven't been too healthy the last couple of years for the most part. Frustrating.
Dec. 7, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What do you do for arthritis

If it you have to, try going to see a pain management doctor. It is a pain in the ass to do it (no pun intended), but I need a hydrocodone from time to time for ailments that aren't arthritis related also.

FYI~there is no cure for arthritis. I know what helps my joints, but I can't tell you the same.

IMO~Ice is the best quick fix remedy.

Good luck finding something that helps.
Nov. 10, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

It would be nice if the website here would post a copy of the rules somehow.......perhaps in PDF form...........;0
Nov. 10, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

It doesn't matter if a batted ball hits runner while they are standing on third base. It matters where the ball struck the runner. Was it part of the body in foul, or fair territory.

Runner gets struck by batted ball in fair territory. The ball is dead immediately, and all runners forced to advance move up one base.

Just saying.
Nov. 10, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

Why would the scorekeeper be telling the umpire about a batting out of order? That's the coaches job.

If they replaced someone in the field, what's the big deal if everyone plays the field anyway? I would look at as an un-announced substitute.

Nov. 9, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

A good way to determine if a ball has passed a fielder.

Use the "string theory". Imagine all the infielders are tied to a string that goes all around the infield. Ball goes past imaginary string, it is past an infielder.
Nov. 8, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

Did the ball strike the runner in foul territory, or fair territory. Even if the runner is standing on the base, this makes a huge difference.
Nov. 8, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

There is such a thing as an "advantageous fourth out". I just can't think of good scenario at the moment.

Remember, I'm just using baseball logic, not applying the softball rulings if they are different in some way.
Nov. 8, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

First scenario, the six hole batter is declared out, and the number seven batter is the proper hitter.

Second scenario, the three hole hitter is declared out, and the four hole hitter comes up again.

In a batting out off order, you never move up, always down in the batting order. The best rule of thumb you need to remember.

A proper appeal would be if the team appealed the batter out of order before the next pitch is thrown to the next hitter.

You can only appeal after the time at bat is finished. To appeal in the middle of an at bat, the proper batter is sent to bat with the same count on the hitter he replaced.

I would imagine since nobody can advance in slow pitch, all runners return to last occupied base.


Nov. 4, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

Another one. Batter in the four slot bats in the three slot, and hits a single. Defense make a proper appeal. What's the call, and who is the next batter?
Nov. 4, 2013
Wayne 37
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rules question. Happened at Huntsman

In my scenario. I would chalk it up to my stupidity, and let it go, or I might eject the player who went to the wrong base if I suspect they did it purposely when I was attending to some other umpire duty such as adjusting the scoreboard. Either way the play stands........the batter completing his time at bat wouldn't enter into the equation as this isn't an appealable offense.

How about this......easy one for me, but can be a brain teaser for less experienced umpires let's say.

The batter hitting in the sixth slot bats for the batter in the first slot, and hits a single. After a proper appeal by the defense, what's the call, and who is the next batter?
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