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home plate collisions

Started by Michael Paes. Last reply by Robin Mackey Aug 3, 2014. 20 Replies

Batted Ball Hits Baserunner

Started by Bill Stanton. Last reply by Perry Lee Barber Apr 9, 2014. 10 Replies

pitching delivery question

Started by Michael Paes. Last reply by Michael Paes Mar 15, 2014. 2 Replies

Calling All Birmingham, Alabama area umpires!

Started by Perry Lee Barber. Last reply by Perry Lee Barber Jun 27, 2013. 1 Reply

Dealing with heat

Started by Michael Paes. Last reply by Michael Paes Jun 18, 2013. 3 Replies

MLB ump call

Started by Michael Paes. Last reply by Kip Gross May 11, 2013. 10 Replies

Plate umpire needing help

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So So Umpiring

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I don't hate umpires

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My Name is Not "Blue"

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Comment by Pelle Högström yesterday
Hello everybody, I'm not a real umpire myself and do not really aspire to become one but I do think that a better understanding of the works of an umpire will help me become a better player and person, hope that is okay...
Comment by Philip D. Harris on March 25, 2015 at 2:32pm

Good afternoon, I am a youth umpire scheduler in Kansas City. If you are in the Nashville area I have a great umpire who has relocated to Nashville and would like to continue calling games.  Please reach out to me if you have means to connect with a scheduler in Nashville area -

Comment by Bill Stanton on March 25, 2015 at 10:53am

Kip- I was sitting close to the field and that was the coaches argument. He felt that the ball was thrown and the batter deserved to be on first after being hit by the pitch. The umpires explained that once the Balk was called, the play was dead.

Comment by Kip Gross on March 24, 2015 at 4:55pm
Although you can balk from the windup, I'm curious to know if college rules are the same as professional. Here in California, a high school BALK stops all action immediately. Professional, action continues till that play is stopped. In other words, swing the bat in professional baseball if you hear BALK from an umpire.
Comment by Kip Gross on March 24, 2015 at 4:37pm
Although you can balk from the windup, I'm curious to know if college rules are the same as professional. Here in California, a high school all stops all action immediately.
Comment by Bill Stanton on March 24, 2015 at 4:36pm
He was in the stretch. My bad for typing windup.
Comment by Michael Richards on March 24, 2015 at 3:46pm

"Comment by Bill Stanton 51 minutes ago

I'm at a college game right now. Pitcher started windup. Field umpire called a balk. Pitcher threw the pitch and hit the batter.
Umpires huddled and put the runner on 2nd base on 3rd and had the batter return to the batters box.
Did they get the call right?"
No.  He didn't balk.  He pitched from the windup which is legal even if a runner is on with an unoccupied base ahead of him.
The call should have been a no pitch.
Comment by Bill Stanton on March 24, 2015 at 2:50pm
I'm at a college game right now. Pitcher started windup. Field umpire called a balk. Pitcher threw the pitch and hit the batter.
Umpires huddled and put the runner on 2nd base on 3rd and had the batter return to the batters box.
Did they get the call right?
Comment by Michael Paes on March 15, 2014 at 10:04am

Guys:

Stray thought after watching Sportscenter top ten.  Is there anything in the rules preventing a pitcher from using a softball style windmill delivery?  Not sure it could be done from the stretch, I am surprised no one has tried it, with the speed and movement softball pitchers get.

I know Satchel Paige and others windmilled at the start of their deliveries, but it wasn't done for momentum, like the softball delivery.

Thanks.

Comment by Michael Richards on August 31, 2012 at 2:45pm

I wanted to post a video of my leadoff plate appearance in the MSBL World Series at Tempe Diablo Stadium last year but it exceeded the 100mb limit.  That is because I struck out by taking 6 straight balls.  It should have been a shorter video exept for the fact that the umpire in order to speed up the game called more strikes than he should have.  Three more in this at bat.  Why do umpires believe that a large strike zone speeds up the game?  The only thing poor umpiring like this does is hurt the desire to ever fork out 100s of dollars to participate in tournaments.  In the video you can see the catcher move further outside with each call.  You also can see the umpire lean over to the outside every time the catcher moves.  One person did not move to get to the outside pitch and that was me, the batter.  The plate did not move either but for some reason, the umpire and the catcher had their own little cute game going on.  After going 3 and 1 on the first four pitches out of the zone, why did the catcher continue to move further away?  He knew something that the batter was not aware of.  Why would the pitcher want to walk the lead off hitter? Why would he not throw at least one pitch over the plate?  The catcher and the umpire conspired to cheat me out of my at bat.  Call it what it is.  It is cheating.

 

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