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Forum: Situations 05-21-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 106
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: ODB interference

I think you have to factor into the decision whether the player who you would rule caused the interference is going to cry. Remember, there’s no crying in baseball.
Forum: Small Diamond 05-18-2018, 04:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 127
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: Legal Pitching Change

You’re right. I did misinterpret that.
Forum: Rules 05-18-2018, 02:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 177
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: What is this

No runners on....

The batter’s mitt....

Runners return....

???
Forum: Rules 05-17-2018, 09:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 177
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: What is this

I think your overly emotional response may have caused you to misunderstand by point. My post states that NEITHER player is guilty of any intentional act to draw a penalty call, or a violation. I...
Forum: Small Diamond 05-17-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 127
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: Legal Pitching Change

The fact the new pitcher was the starting pitcher is irrelevant in this situation. If he is coming to the mound to replace another pitcher he is now a relief pitcher and we must enforce the same...
Forum: Rules 05-17-2018, 01:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 177
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: What is this

By definition, batters interference, is the act of the batter interfering with the catcher attempting to THROW the ball to a base to retire a runner. Or, batters interference is when the batter...
Forum: Rules 05-17-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 177
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: What is this

There is no evidence that the catcher, “Stuck his mitt into the path of the bat.” You’re assuming this to vilify the catcher. I have seen batters yank the bat back very aggressively on an inside...
Forum: Mechanics 05-09-2018, 12:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 225
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: Check Swing / Double Play

This is not an example of the reversal of a call putting a player at a disadvantage. This is a correct call (PU’s call of ball, followed by the appeal to the BU who then legally and correctly changed...
Forum: General 05-05-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 416
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: Mad mommies

Centuries ago I was doing a LL 12u game when I had a play at the plate where I called the runner out. Immediately following the play the runner’s mother comes out of the bleachers onto the field to...
Forum: Rules 05-05-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 182
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: OBS?

It sounds like R1 was possibly retired before reaching second base because he was slowed down by the hinderance of F4 backing away from the base. It is true that one can’t obstruct a retired runner,...
Forum: Professional 04-28-2018, 06:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 140
Posted By Richard_Siegel
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Forum: Softball 04-19-2018, 02:25 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 38
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Missing note in 2017?

The NOTE copied below was part of rule 7-4-8 for many years. Today I wanted to discuss it with another umpire. When I went to show it to him in the 2018 NFHS rulebook it wasn’t there! I found it was...
Forum: High School 04-12-2018, 10:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 407
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: Runners lane

Devils advocate. The only way I would call the RL INT without a throw is if the BR was running in fair territory and began to wave his arms over his head obviously trying to obstruct F3’s vision and...
Forum: Situations 04-12-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 182
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Never seen this

It is common for catchers to ask for “time” when they give signs to the infielders with runners on first and third. When they ask for “time” I always grant it. However, if they just go out and give...
Forum: High School 04-12-2018, 04:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 407
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: Runners lane

I suspect DP made a typo and meant: "Runner is NOT in the runners lane catcher hesitates with throw and does not get the batter/runner."

The post just makes more sense that way.
Forum: Ejections 04-12-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 491
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: Bad Mechanics/Weak Umpire Lead to Ejection

So you’re saying it not OK if all the players have visible beards?
Forum: High School 04-12-2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 407
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: Runners lane

No throw, no interference.

Runner is in the lane, no interference.
Forum: General 04-11-2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 314
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: Tempting....

The best advice is to Never take medical advice from unknown umpires on the internet.
Forum: General 04-11-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 314
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: Tempting....

Nobody is suggesting you get surgery. Unexplained falling is not a symptom of spinal stenosis. Falling is a balance issue that is a neurological condition. See a neurologist who might treat the...
Forum: NCAA 04-09-2018, 05:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 183
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: One for the bucket list!

A fake tag that causes a runner to adjust his speed or base path is obstruction in all codes of baseball. Only LL and Fed mention the FT as a specific violation because doing it requires additional...
Forum: Small Diamond 04-06-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 122
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: Interference

As you aptly point out, CI should called CO, as it is in FED, since the violation is committed by a defensive player as is the case with all other forms of obstruction. That being said, most other...
Forum: Jim Evans Academy topics 04-05-2018, 07:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,912
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: 4th out on b-R missing 1st when intervening run scored

What you explain to the coach is the following, “no run May be scored on a play when the third out it’s made by a runner being forced out or the batter-runner is put out before he reaches first base...
Forum: Situations 04-05-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 714
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: Shenanigans

I don’t see it that way. In a normal situation, to bring in a new pitcher the coach will come out with the new pitcher who has already warmed up in the bullpen take the ball from F1 and hand it to...
Forum: Situations 04-05-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 714
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: Shenanigans

This a certainly not a situation that comes close to consideration of a forfeit. It’s just chicanery by a coach who is probably used to having weak umpires working his games, that he can get one over...
Forum: Jim Evans Academy topics 04-05-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,912
Posted By Richard_Siegel
Re: 4th out on b-R missing 1st when intervening run scored

I agree that by strict interpretation of the definition of a force out a batter-runner declared out on appeal for failure to touch first base is not a force out. Similarly, a batter-runner retired by...
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