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July 23, 2019
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What's your call on a bang-bang play at a base?

Dave, I agree. Consistency is key.

BJ, I agree, and I do those things. I always hesitate and process, and if the runner CLEARLY beats the throw...well then, they are safe.

My discussion springs from one of our playoffs this weekend where I made the call as an out on a bang-bang play. The non-umpiring players all wanted the safe call, but my umpiring peers agreed with my call.

I suppose my point is that the perspective of a player/umpire - umpire/player is often better. I know that I have become a much better player having umpired for a time. It makes me appreciate the nuances and, of course, I understand the rules much better. (Also, I appreciate the role of umpires when making calls)

That's all.

Cheers, eh?
July 23, 2019
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: What's your call on a bang-bang play at a base?

So, you hear it all the time..."Tie goes to the runner!" To which I usually respond, "Yes, if you are in the 6th grade."
As an umpire I have always called those really close bang-bang plays as outs. Many/most of my umpire colleagues agree, while most non-umpire ball players seem to want the 'safe' call.
I'm curious as to the thoughts of others.
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