"Fielder blocking the base is obstruction not interference. And I agree it should be called. Like I said, I'd call it very quietly because these are young kids! And I'd take all of 10 seconds to teach the player in a friendly tone of voice…"
"Bill, in my humble opinion; That then and there; time should be stopped and teaching SHOULD HAPPEN, it's baseball at some of the youngest levels. TEACH the GAME. I know it's probably not going to be a great answer and I'll…"
"Bill, I TOTALLY understand your point!!! I do sometimes umpire very young levels of play. And I will OCCASIONALLY ignore a rule and use common sense. And I won't be hollering out "That's obstruction" (OR) "That's…"
Yes, you would be tossing me out, BUT, I think before you did that you would let the F3 know or anyone doing that move. Hey F3 or whoever, your walking a fine line with blocking B/4 you catch the ball. And even if…"
"What about at the younger levels where you have kids who do not properly take throws around the bag. It can be at 1st, 2nd or 3rd base. They literally stand in front of the bag or on top of the bag. I spend extra time teaching my kids…"
"Like Granny always said, "more flies with honey than vinegar"!!! The way I look at it is that I don't want to do your job and I really don't care how much umpires are paid, I still don't want that job!"
"With me Mike, it's all in the approach. You approach me respectfully, how on earth could I not treat you the same way? Come out raising your voice and ranting and raving.....we are not going to have a conversation about the play."
"Larry, I fully agree. Far too many times our "subtle" hints to umpires are not so subtle. Some will run you at the first hint of questioning their judgement or eyesight, while others answer questions without issue. It all depends on how…"
If you pitch, what type of pitcher are you... Power? Ground ball, Fly ball, Knuckleball?
Strictly a location guy. Never blew it by anyone, but could make folks look silly in the box.
Coach Baseball, Am a Hitting Instructor, Am a Pitching Instructor, Scout Baseball, Scout Softball
Baseball Playing Experience:
High School, American Legion, AAU, College, Independent, Minor League
Baseball Coaching Experience:
Little League, USSSA, High School, American Legion, AAU, College, Independent
Softball Playing Experience:
Independent, Slow Pitch, Fast Pitch
Who is your favorite hitter and why?
Hank Aaron - the all time greatest homerun hitter in baseball. Others have hit more with help, but nobody did it better than Hammerin' Hank. His focus at the plate, especially during the racially charged era he played during, is an example that every hitter should follow.
Who is your favorite pitcher and why?
Michael Roth is my favorite current pitcher. His attitude, approach to the game and focus have taken him a lot farther than most would have predicted. He is a true team leader and takes time to mentor the guys coming up behind him.
More About Me:
I coach baseball to help young people learn to love the game and to improve their skills. I don't coach for money, although I don't hold it against those that do. I coach for the enjoyment of helping others find success.