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PNWBlue
07-01-2008, 06:32 PM
I'm in C position.

Batter hits a hot grounder near the third-base line.

PU calls clearly 'FOUL!'

O-Coach at 3B inquires loudly, "Foul?"

PU responds, "Yes. The ball bounced over the bag and then landed foul."

The coach repeats the statement, phrasing it as a question, back to the PU, who is now walking up the baseline toward the coach.

PU says again, "Yes."

The coach is somewhat baffled. "Are you kidding me?"

PU turns toward me, points in my direction and asks, "What do you have, partner?"

I respond, "Well, I have about the worst angle possible to make that call."

I then go to him and ask what he saw. He explained it again and clearly just has it turned around in his head somehow. However, with the call already made, I can't really think of anything to do other than to continue with the original call he shouldn't have been clarifying in the first place.

"Coach, that's a foul ball," I offer, hating that I'm saying it, but not sure any other way to get out of it other than throwing my partner under the bus with both hands.

"But he said the ball bounced over the bag and then went foul!"

"It doesn't matter," I respond. "He called it foul."

"Have you ever played baseball?"

"Coach, that's enough."

Oh, it was a LOOOOONG night.

bobjenkins
07-01-2008, 07:43 PM
"But he said the ball bounced over the bag and then went foul!"

"It doesn't matter," I respond. "He called it foul."



Potentially better response: Yes, but once it's called foul it remains foul. There's nothing we can do.

dileonardoja
07-01-2008, 11:05 PM
"But he said the ball bounced over the bag and then went foul!"

"It doesn't matter," I respond. "He called it foul."



Potentially better response: Yes, but once it's called foul it remains foul. There's nothing we can do.

True for FED but OBR? It could possibly be reversed depending on the situation

bobjenkins
07-02-2008, 02:11 PM
"But he said the ball bounced over the bag and then went foul!"

"It doesn't matter," I respond. "He called it foul."



Potentially better response: Yes, but once it's called foul it remains foul. There's nothing we can do.

True for FED but OBR? It could possibly be reversed depending on the situation

Once someone reacts (as in the OP), it's going to stay foul.

Dano
07-02-2008, 04:15 PM
Several years ago...

I was BU.


PU was young and inexperienced.


Pop Up behind the plate and everybody misplayed it.

Ball hit the ground and bounced into FAIR territory.

Unfortunately, when it hit the ground, the PU called FOUL.

Batter was standing there like a deer in the headlights.

Coaches appealed to me and I simply said "The call is a foul ball and that is what it is".

In those types of situations.. there is NO other option.