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June 23, 2022
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Great call by a manager!!!

For those who feel coaches or managers are only rah-rah guys, only make line ups and donít really coach or manage one bit should have witnessed what took place in a game I umpired the other night.
Home team is batting, itís bottom of the 7th inning, bases loaded, two outs, theyíre down one run. A strong home run hitter is upóthey have home runs left. First pitch is a ball. Visiting team manager calls time and comes out to the mound and talks to the pitcher. Pitcher then announces he wants to walk the batter. Huh? Is he serious? He just walked in the tieing run! What the heck is he thinking? Is he high, drunk?
Next batter gets in the box. Before the first pitch the pitcher appeals the runner on first batted out of order. After checking the scorebooks it was confirmed, the runner on first batted out of order. I have an out, run does not scoreóball game!!
That manager was heads up enough that he saw that and put guy on base before it was too late.
What a great call!
June 23, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: time limit rule for league play

I believe the rule as you posted is a bit confusing. In my view its a.certain time limitóin this case 75 minutesóthen the open inning. When time expires you finish that inning and then the open inning. If time expires between innings then itís open inning. Thatís all that needs to be stated,
The key in this might be where you mention early or late games. Does early mean the first game scheduled and late mean the last game scheduled? If true and perhaps Iím reading you wrong, it sounds like there are different time limits for the early or late games! Thatís a new one on me. Never heard of that one.
To answer your questions: (going by 75 min time limit then open inning)
1) Based on the rule you posted it sounds to me that the umpire made an incorrect decision. Did he think it was 65 minutes then the open inning?
2) Protestable? Depends how your league handles something like that. That team does have a legitimate beef, the ump didnít give them their allotted time!!
3) Rule rewritten? It sounds like it should be. Perhaps managers can meet with the league director and come up with something clarifying this so it would clear up any confusion and be easy to understand.
Good luck!!
April 28, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

Runner on 1st, 1 out. Batter hits a short fly ball to right field. Runner at first tagged up and bluffs going to second after the catch. As the runner is jogging back to first the right fielder throws to first behind the runner. The throw goes out of play before he got back to first. Whatís the call?
April 4, 2022
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Playing with Eleven

As one whoís played quite a bit of middle for the last 25+ years much of the success of the 5 man infield can rest with the pitcher. Thereís a ton that goes into that but to keep it simple have the pitcher pitch to the defenseóeasier said than done!!
Example: if a righty is batting and you have 3 fielders on the left side pitch the batter inside-make him pull. Vice versa for a lefty.But there is so so so much more!
Also keep in mind it wonít always work but limiting certain batters options can make a difference
April 4, 2022
stick8
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Cold weather

Use an ASA or USSSA bat if you have access
March 28, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Batting out of order

Itís pretty simple. If youíre a courtesy runner and your turn to bat comes up while youíre still on base, itís an out and you lose the runner.

March 23, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: How would you rule the call

Larry if the umpire ruled it a catch, itís a catch! What the left fielder says doesnít matter.
March 9, 2022
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Whatís the Rule

Based on the situation as you described you are correct MurrayW
Dead ball. Batter is awarded first base. Since the runners on base were not forced to move they stay on second and third.
Feb. 28, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Base runners hit by batted ball

The difference is in baseball the base is not considered a sanctuary to not be called out if a runner occupying said base is struck by a batted ball.
Feb. 21, 2022
stick8
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: What's the call

I find it totally bizarre that someone would do that to a ball that might roll fair. Did this really happen?
Iíd call dead ball, interference on the on deck batter, the batter is out.
Feb. 20, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Base runners hit by batted ball

BJ, we use the same rule in One Nation.
And it could be a fielder not touching the ball (a grounder going thru the wickets for example) or touching the ball.
It hasnt happened in a slow pitch game Iíve umpired but it has a couple times in high school baseball games Iíve umpired. Both times we ruled the runner out. In both games itís a judgement call by the umpire.
What seems puzzling to me is iin baseball the batter is awarded a single
Feb. 18, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Base runners hit by batted ball

Good question. Every slow pitch rulebook Iíve ever read states if a batted ball passes thru a fielder and then hits the runner that runner is not out. Strictly going by that then the rule would be different in slow pitch.

Feb. 18, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

Interesting. Didnít know they had that rule.
Feb. 18, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

Interesting. Are you at liberty to state what organization has that rule?
Feb. 18, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: Base runners hit by batted ball

To your question: baseball rule:
1) runner is off bag and ball passes thru a fielder--play on (**but see below)
2) runner is on bag in front of defensive player: dead ball, runner is out, batter is awarded a single
**Suppose a runner is on second, one out. Runner takes off for third on a hit and run play. Batter hits a grounder in the hole between short and third. Third baseman dives and canít come up with it. The ball then hits the runner but the shortstop is behind the runner in the hole looking to make a play.
Is the runner out?
Feb. 18, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

Thatís the way Iíve always understood it to be lb16.
However k man referenced another organization that has a different rule that he spelled out. .
Feb. 18, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

K man, correct me if Iím wrong but I read this as a runner who was tagged after passing the commit line can still be be out if a defensive player has possession of the ball while standing on home plate before that runner crosses the scoring line. Is that true?
Feb. 17, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

Caztex, thatís a heads up play by that runner!
Feb. 17, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

Bruce a couple things here
1) the umpire should have called you safe right away when you were tagged after you crossed the commit line.
2) itís a bit grey in the book but as I understand SPA rules, the play would be dead if the runner interfered with either the catcher or third baseman trying to make a play. Otherwise itís still a live ball until the ump determines no plays can be made at any other base.
Keep in mind if the ump would have correctly called you safe you are not required to touch the second plate or cross the scoring line, you go right to your dugout.
Feb. 15, 2022
stick8
Topic: Rules of the game
Discussion: You make the call

Airborne, that was a headsy play by that runner!
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