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Forum: Rules 09-20-2018, 04:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 670
Posted By typikon
Re: Runner INT?

I'm not sure I would post this kind of thing unless you've substantially changed the circumstances and so forth. What if the person you're describing reads this, or one of the coaches?
Forum: Professional 09-19-2018, 05:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By typikon
Re: Keep Your Eyes on the Ball

I was watching a LL majors game recently where the SS made this play. He didn't get the out, but it was close.

Some players are clever enough to see opportunities for easy outs. They know the...
Forum: Rules 09-18-2018, 11:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 670
Posted By typikon
Re: Runner INT?

Anyone have two outs on this play?
Forum: Rules 09-15-2018, 03:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,059
Posted By typikon
Re: Umpire Interference?

The umpire kicked a ball inadvertently, that was on the ground. Why was it on the ground? Next time, catch the ball.
Forum: Ejections 09-10-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 360
Posted By typikon
Tennis These Days

The replay of Serena Williams' meltdown proves that the abuse of officials isn't limited to baseball. It's rather sad to see an adult unable to understand why calling an umpire a "thief" should...
Forum: General 09-06-2018, 05:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 764
Posted By typikon
Re: Can a Pitcher Balk after he starts his delivery?

At first I thought this is nothing, but there are situations where pitchers are sloppy, and you don't really know which position he intends to use, so he steps on the rubber, brings his hands...
Forum: NCAA 08-30-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 606
Posted By typikon
Re: Rules Changes

What Mike was saying is that the 2 minutes represents 32 minutes total spent on innings changes.

If you're talking about "impact" of an additional 30 seconds, it will be a wash. The likely reason...
Forum: Small Diamond 08-29-2018, 07:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,246
Posted By typikon
Re: Hawaii at LLWS in CA

I get the impression that Omiyage often involves food. So perhaps you can bring Mike the next size up in umpire pants.

Seriously: I went to Hawaii just recently. 10 days of local ahi tuna, the...
Forum: NCAA 08-29-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 606
Posted By typikon
Re: Rules Changes

What we're witnessing is a typical feature of what we must call the "Bureacratic American State." We all realize that the game is taking too long. So instead of dealing with the real problem, they...
Forum: Small Diamond 08-27-2018, 06:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,246
Posted By typikon
Re: Hawaii at LLWS in CA

So you're saying that only baseball in Hawaii has the omiyage? They don't do that for football, soccer, table tennis, etc.?

It sounds like what you're saying primarily is that Hawaii is different...
Forum: Small Diamond 08-23-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,246
Posted By typikon
Re: Hawaii at LLWS in CA

How is it very different?

Everything you've described is the exactly same as the small town where I live.
Forum: Small Diamond 08-22-2018, 10:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
Posted By typikon
Re: Texas v Georiga Games

Sounds like the problem is driven by wanting to pad umpires' egos: 3- and 4-man crews yield more tournament slots.
Forum: Small Diamond 08-22-2018, 05:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
Posted By typikon
Re: Texas v Georiga Games

Whenever I hear someone wanting more umpires on the field, I wonder: how many plays are really missed by a 2-man crew? We know there are some holes in the coverage, but we're talking about tag ups...
Forum: Small Diamond 08-22-2018, 02:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
Posted By typikon
Re: Texas v Georiga Games

This play could easily happen on a 90-foot diamond. The difference is that on a 90-field, the number of plays that an umpire might get right outweigh the number of situations where he gets in the...
Forum: Small Diamond 08-21-2018, 11:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
Posted By typikon
Re: Texas v Georiga Games

There is no way this situation is covered in any manual or training. Is there such a thing as a 6-man manual?

Had you read this play correctly, where would you have stationed yourself?
Forum: Small Diamond 08-21-2018, 10:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 508
Posted By typikon
Re: Texas v Georiga Games

Well, what should he have done differently? One of his duties is fair/foul, right? To have avoided this, he would need to have run toward the infield.

I can see no earthly reason for 6-man...
Forum: Small Diamond 08-20-2018, 11:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 387
Posted By typikon
Re: Replay

I'm not sure what exactly you're asking, however, I don't see why everything couldn't be reviewed, provided you had the "challenge limit." Most people recognize that if everything gets reviewed, then...
Forum: Small Diamond 08-20-2018, 05:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 387
Posted By typikon
Re: Replay

I agree that a catch/no catch review would be reasonable assuming no runners are on base.

If runners are present, then it starts to become a problem.

Are LL's replay review rules printed...
Forum: Professional 08-19-2018, 05:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 343
Posted By typikon
Re: Definition of Force Play

The third baseman should have tagged R3 *before* stepping on the base, and then the throw to second was all that was necessary for the triple play. No idea why they were chasing down R1.
Forum: Professional 08-17-2018, 09:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 343
Posted By typikon
Definition of Force Play

https://www.mlb.com/video/profar-starts-a-triple-play/c-2393100083

The Texas defense needs a refresher course.
Forum: Small Diamond 08-16-2018, 10:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,246
Posted By typikon
Re: Hawaii at LLWS in CA

I just got to see this video. I have no problem with the HBP call. It's hard to see in the video, but the umpire reacted immediately, I don't see how a person with any experience reacts like that...
Forum: High School 08-04-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 798
Posted By typikon
Re: 2018-19 Baseball Rules Changes Focus on Pitching Mechanics

I happen to be sitting in a hotel room in Kauai. I drove, walked around a bit. No baseball here.
Forum: High School 08-03-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 798
Posted By typikon
Re: 2018-19 Baseball Rules Changes Focus on Pitching Mechanics

Similar: pitcher in windup: steps off with his left foot and I call Balk! He then reminds me that he's left-handed. Arghgh. This is the kind of mistake that you can make once. It's like a mulligan in...
Forum: High School 08-03-2018, 04:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 798
Posted By typikon
Re: 2018-19 Baseball Rules Changes Focus on Pitching Mechanics

Even though it was your call, doesn't mean you can't get information from someone with a better angle. Pulled foot, dropped balls, missed swipes, are all legit reasons to correct a call.
Forum: Rules 08-03-2018, 04:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 917
Posted By typikon
Re: Tangle / Untangle?

My feeling exactly: we're overthinking it. The comment to the rule quoted above doesn't really address whether a fielder is "protected." It just says when the catcher is fielding the ball, which he...
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