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May 2, 2020
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: DO RUNNERS RETURN

BJ, maybe Iím mistaken, but based on the wording of the rule I would say the runs count because technically the batter, even though he missed first, didnít go to his team area before ďacquiringĒ first base.
Even if the defense appealed its only two outs.
May 1, 2020
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: You make the call

Runners on second and third, one out. Batter gets a base hit. Runner at third scores. Runner at second is thrown out at home. On the throw home the batter takes second. Next batter comes up. Before the first pitch the pitcher appeals the batter didnít touch first base. Umpire calls him out.
Does the run count?
April 30, 2020
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Virus-Regulations

Wood 1966 itís not a question of being afraid to play. Like you and most others Iím chomping at the bit to play. And I will be out there as soon as the go ahead is given.
To me sanitizing balls every inning seems a bit extreme. Pandoraís box just might be opening.
April 30, 2020
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: New Virus-Regulations

Although only a recommendation the fact wiping down to sanitize the balls every inning is even mentioned begs the question. Is it really safe to,play?
April 27, 2020
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Choking up on the bat, rule?

Oz I played both with him and against him. Opposing players got so mad at him for doing what he did. I marveled at it. When I played with him I asked him how he did that. He showed me. Easier said than done!!

April 26, 2020
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Choking up on the bat, rule?

Oz I used to play against a guy out of Cincinnati whoís nicknamed the ďdancing bear.Ē Heís a pretty good pitcher and being burly built he was a real strong hitter. When batting if he ever saw a third baseman playing deep on the edge of the grass he would sometimes choke up when the pitch was being delivered and execute this slow level swing with a full follow thru. The ball would dribble slowly toward third and there was no chance to throw him,out.
If you played in trying to take it away he would literally undress you. (Just like billyóďget off me ballĒ)
He didnít chop the ball nor did he stop his swing. Totally legal.
March 31, 2020
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: WALMART

AJC, my guess is people want to be ready in case you know what hits the fan.
March 25, 2020
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can't sleep

BJ, where you stated that the ball is retrieved from the dugout (dead ball territory) and is put back in the infield is when an appeal can be made, Iím not certain thatís entirely correct. If Iím umpiring and k mans scenario plays out as he describes it
1) I have a dead ball
2) I move the runners up accordinglyóin this case the throw from the outfield two bases from the time of the throw. Runner at third scores.
Now if someone is retrieving the ball I will always make sure to examine that ball for any damage when itís thrown in. In the interim sometimes the pitcher will casually ask if a certain runner left early. I will tell them you have to wait until the next batter comes up and make your appeal before the first pitch. Iím thinking thatís what you meant to say.
Thatís the way l learned it.

March 23, 2020
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can't sleep

Hat Man your scenario is a live ball situation.
When the runner crosses the scoring line or touches the second plate the umpire does not make a call.
A dead ball appeal would be after the ump called ďtimeĒ. The play is over and you have to wait until the next batter in the order is up. Before the first pitch the defense appeals to the ump that the runner left third early. Then the ump makes the call.
If you donít appeal before the first pitch to the next batter you cannot appeal the play.
March 23, 2020
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Can't sleep

Hat Man going by your description: Iíd wait until the play is finished. When the third baseman had the ball standing on the bag and yelled out ďump,runner left third earlyĒ and if I witnessed that he did, Iíd have an out. Itís a live ball situation.
March 21, 2020
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: COVID-19 Treatment

Player, a doctor told me that if you test positive then stay inside your home for 2 weeks and isolate yourself. Self quarantine if you would.
Right now there is no cure or vaccine available and Iím not aware of any pills one can take to combat this. The best thing he said was to try and eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep and most importantly, stay hydrated. Hopefully ones immune system will rid off the virus sooner than later. Unless something is developed thatís the best way to fight off the virus. It may take a few days.
March 19, 2020
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missed Infield fly call

Wayne37 I could be mistaken but I believe thatís what the NCAA and MLB do in this situation.
But then if an NCAA or MLB umpire miss on obvious infield fly rule they should find a different look e of work.
March 18, 2020
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: missed Infield fly call

Alanó23, I am glad to learn you are trying your hand at umpiring!! If not done so already, Iíd like to see more players umpire, or at least try it. It could be at a lower level or even youth.
If you feel you missed calling an obvious infield fly rule it certainly can and should be called after the play is over. Going strictly by the situation you describe Iíd have the batter out and runners return to the bases they occupied. It would be runners on first and second with one out.
Always keep,in mind, In a situation like this you want to get it right.

March 16, 2020
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19) ē Part II

I agree with bkb555 when he says they are trying to contain the spread. This is really just a precautionary measure since itís believed to be a contagious virus. Iím not certain I necessarily agree with those who say that the coronavirus is worse than the regular flu. Not enough is known about the covid-19 to make that determination. My guess is they say this because thereís no vaccine for it as of yet.
March 16, 2020
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Catcher already has the ball when non-forced runner crosses commit line; I assume runner is out?

K man and Dave are correct! That might be the only time on a throw to home a runner from third is out before he crosses the commit line.
March 16, 2020
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19) ē Part II

Dbax, why would you say to that poster that you can understand if he doesnt give a crap about bimself? Thatís not a very nice thing to say. Just because he wants to play ball doesnít mean he doesnít care about himself and his health.
A better way to put it would be that by playing you take a risk of contacting the virus from others in the complex and potentially spread it to others. Most people would understand that. But to say he doesnít crap about his health is not nice to say.
March 16, 2020
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Catcher already has the ball when non-forced runner crosses commit line; I assume runner is out?

K man thatís actually a smart play by that runner!! It may appear cheesy but if that team wins the game by one run it sure looks good!!
Hereís a situation we had in a league game last year:
Bases loaded 1 out. Grounder to first base. He throws home, catcher catches the throw with his foot on the mat before the runner from third crosses the commit line. Catcher then throws to first to complete an apparent double play, end of inning. Other team emphatically argued that since the runner didnít cross the commit line when the catcher caught the ball he should be safe because he continued and crossed the scoring line after the catcher threw the ball to first. Umpire ruled a double play because itís a force at home.
Was the umpire correct?
March 15, 2020
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Scoring line

That is correct. If runner is tagged after they cross the commit line they are automatically safe and do not have to cross scoring line or second home plate.
March 14, 2020
stick8
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Jfsully Iíve read that nearly 90% of people who get this virus recover fully within a few days with no major issues and many times donít see a doctor. So you are correct about it not being a deadly virus, except for the elederlybwith conditions. Everyday more is being learned about the coronavirus. Some are saying it acts similar to the SARS virus. I believe this is the big snag, not enough is known about it.
Irregardless if you show no symptoms there is no need to get tested. If you have an elective surgery scheduled at a hospital you may wish to put it off so those who have the virus and need treatment may not have to wait.
So live your life, do what you normally do, play ball etc etc.
And of course most importantly, practice good hygiene.
March 13, 2020
stick8
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Dbax, you initially responded to Oz40 by claiming what he posted was 100% wrong. He was not wrong, he is exactly correct. You either forgot or were not aware of what and when was declared back then.
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