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Mike Katz

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Murrieta, CA

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Men's 50

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, Feb. 18, 2016
Katzy63
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Intentional walk rule

I've personally umpired Jackbrun during a couple of these games with the player mentioned above. Although there seems to be next to no problems when these two teams square off under my watch, things tend to go awry with the other umpires who fill that slot on other occasions. Partly because they think they are doing nothing wrong by circumventing rules in order to make everyone happy, therefore having an easier night and a quick paycheck. Know what you're doing, be humble and willing to admit you made a wrong decision if it comes to that, keep ALL players safe, and keep yourself and the city safe from legal liability. And remember that it's a recreational league with a few tournament players, everyone has to go home to their families and a job to support them.

Jack, have you ever considered letting someone else pitch to him during his at bats? Maybe set it up so that the pitching change is done as quickly as possible so that game time isn't lost? I know we spoke of this briefly last week during bp, but from what I can tell, the person in charge of the league is a doufus and can barely manage the league to begin with.
, Jan. 7, 2016
Katzy63
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Question?

A 55 yr old who played Major Plus as a 54 year old (this means he played 50 Major Plus) can play 50 Major, but WOULD be counted as one of the Major Plus players for that team.

I could be wrong, but just because he aged a year I seriously doubt the Plus tag would drop if playing in the same age group as before.
, Jan. 3, 2016
Katzy63
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Teams and game times for next weekend in menifee

Due to teams changing their status, dropping out, or not paying the fee in time along with worry warts about weather, the schedules will get posted as soon as they can... I just received an email stating pretty much that.
, Sept. 29, 2015
Katzy63
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

If you look at OUR rules, and by that I mean SSUSA, they really want the front line and inside (plate side) lines enforced. Why? Because generally when someone steps past those lines the pitcher is the one in jeopardy.
The point I was trying to get across in my previous post was that the culture in our game now is to just let them play, and make as few calls as possible. When you think about a rulebook that consists of a hundred pages, the only things you really want to hear called are balls, strikes and outs. Oh, and the occasional infield fly. Isn't it the umpires job to look for infractions if they do happen? I hate to say how many times I've heard teams scream from the dugout that a guy stepped out of the box, but their view is skewed. Or a pitch is too high or flat. Most of the time the catcher has the same view you do, and laughs about it just as I do.
, Sept. 29, 2015
Katzy63
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: No batters box, Umpire calling batter out for hitting outside the batters box

So any call that has to do with going over and beyond a marked boundary should just be disregarded? Because You think it's a chicken-crap call? Ever get a speeding ticket and tell the cop it's a chicken-crap ticket cause you were only going 5mph over the limit? If so, how'd that work out for you?

Since nobody likes the rules that have been in place for decades to be called, why don't we just throw two more defenders on the field and remove the foul lines as well? Hell, since everyone thinks the strike zone isn't what the umpire is calling anyways, let's just put a tee out there for you to hit off of? No more need for an umpire now.
, July 13, 2015
Katzy63
Topic: Bats
Discussion: USSSA AND ASA BATS?

The new "hologram" ASA stamp that does not have a year associated with it is tested differently and won't pass the 1.20/1.21 tests in the same manner as the other bats. These are the ones designed for the low compression .52 cor balls that Bruce mentioned.
, May 30, 2015
Katzy63
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

Why move the box forward? The rear of the strike mat is almost at the back of the batters box to begin with, and in my opinion moving the back of the box deeper makes more sense than pulling the forward line closer to the pitcher. I always enforce the box rule as it is written, emphasis on the front and inside lines on contact, and tell both managers at the plate meeting that it will be enforced as well. You'd be surprised how many leadoff batters I ring up on it, as well as the power hitters taking a little too much liberty.

As for the batter wiping away the lines prior to getting set in the box, there is a rule pertaining to that as well. Can't remember the numbers on it, but had an umpire warn the same guy multiple times to not do it. Towards the end of the game I told the umpire to just toss him if he's going to continually defy you. Oh I'd never toss for that, I just need those lines so I know where the box is! C'mon Blue! If you're going to continually warn without punishment then why waste your breath?
, Jan. 30, 2015
Katzy63
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

The ASA bat goes by the same name and is a "maxload" version. Another version is called the Freak52, it is a one piece bat and comes in balanced or supermax. Hope this helps.
, Dec. 3, 2014
Katzy63
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

SSUSA Rule 1.5: The batter's box is 3-foot by 7-foot area to which the batter is restricted. The lines are considered as being within the batter's box. At least some portion of both feet must be on the line or within the batter's box.
SSUSA Rule 7.3(A): The batter must have at least some portion of both feet on or inside the lines of the batter's box at the start of the pitch.
SSUSA Rule 7.5(C): Batter is out when an entire foot is touching the ground completely outside the libes of the batter's box when he hits a ball fair or foul.

Sorry B.J. and Paul, didn't mean to repeat either of you, but placing all 3 rules within the same post might make it easier for those not familiar with SSUSA rules to understand.
The way I interpret the rule is that prior to the pitch, as long as both feet are in contact with the line you're good in my book. I haven't looked at an ASA book in some time, but like USSSA, no part of the foot may be outside the line at the time of pitch. This is where the confusion comes from. In Vegas there were a lot of teams that only play ASA and they kept quoting ASA rules about this or that. Even had one team hand me their copy of the ASA book which I handed back with a copy of the SSUSA book so they could be more informed. The dugout laughed and the pitcher who was whining all day just killed me with his laser eyes.
, Dec. 2, 2014
Katzy63
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Foot placement in batter's box before pitch

Not to confuse the question, but the foot placement before the pitch according to the rules is the same as foot placement at the contact point when striking the ball as well.
As an umpire I was shocked at plate meetings when my partner would discuss the batters box rules and then not enforce them at all. Then as those teams found their way back to our field I would touch on that rule again as I was the plate umpire and actually enforce it. Kind of shocking how some do and some don't, but it's the world we live in I guess.
, Dec. 29, 2012
Katzy63
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Turning 50 in April... Looking to join a team for 2013

New to the So. Cal area of Murrieta/Temecula. Looking to join a team for the upcoming year. Can play INF or OF, been playing with the kids too long and 40's was something to dabble in when opportunities came about.
, Dec. 29, 2012
Katzy63
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Menifee Tournament Jan. 12 & 13,

Not affiliated with any teams this year, looking to play in this if anyone needs a guy, I turn 50 this April and have played a handful of events with the Magic Sports and Johnny Blaze teams in the 40's over the years.
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