So my spring/summer 2014 ended (probably) on a high note – a 12 minute, 1 inning continuation game. As those of use who umpire know, it all evens out in the end. For every 1 hour 20 minute 1-0 gem, there is an 18-9 2:35 stinker. For every time we call a game for torrential rain after an inning, there is a game where we sit around and wait out thunder. This one was great – a 1-2-3 top of 7 followed by a reached-on-error, steal of 2nd, steal of 3rd, score on a ground ball. Long walk across the lot, a few minutes of chatting with my partner, and in the car 16 minutes after first pitch. Hopefully, I’ve already had the extra inning marathon that this one matches up with!
This is from last night’s Brewers-Nationals game. Original call was R1 safe and BR out. Changed to R1 out and BR safe. This article on cbssports.com covers it pretty well and it really goes to show how many different variations of the same play can happen. I think I think, at least with the benefit of seeing it a few times, that there is no interference on the play. and safe/out should have stood. I haven’t visited ump-emp yet today, but I’m sure there will be a dozen opinions and no definitive conclusion.
Oakland was playing Toronto the other day. The Blue Jays had the bases loaded with one out and hit a ground ball to the 1st baseman (F3), who attempted to tag the runner (R1) going from 1st to 2nd. Umpire Vic Carapazza ruled there was no tag. F3 then threw home and the catcher received the throw on the bag for the easy force out.
What do you think happened next? Toronto manager John Gibbons came out to protest that his R1 was tagged and, therefore, the play at home was a tag play and not a force out and that the run should count. And after a 4+ minute review, they overturned the call, and counted the run.
So the catcher acted on the information that he had (a big safe sign from Carapazza) and made no attempt to tag the runner (who would have been out by 10 feet). Obviously, that’s a hole in the replay rule that has to be fixed. The A’s played the game under protest, but won the game so it was moot.
Here’s the play. You really do see something new every darn day out there.
He did get up and finish the game. The lesson is obvious.
I don’t know much about this – but I’m going to try my best to volunteer for a game or two:
Summer Softball Tournament Saturday, July 12, 2014 The 22nd Annual Jack Gardner Memorial Softball Tournament will be held on Saturday July 12th, 2014.
Jack’s Kids is a committee supported by our Somerville Elks Lodge 1068 for the past 22 years. We are a local charity that raises money for children and families with illnesses and/or special needs.
Jack’s Kids is dedicated to helping children and their families with the expenses and issues related to childhood illnesses and disabilities. Our moral compass is directed to support these children and families in any way we possibly can. The organization is completely volunteer run and we are a non-profit 501c3 organization and all donations are tax deductible. Read about how Jack’s Kids started here.
Here’s the email for more info or to volunteer a game or two: Hswerner07@yahoo.com
The Daily News sports section was a big part of my youth. I got my love of newspapers from my father.
As a young sportswriter, Phil Pepe was assigned the role of Yankees beat writer for the New York World-Telegram & Sun on August 2, 1961, and he covered Roger Maris’ race for the home run record to the very end. Pepe is the author of more than 50 books on sports, including a biography of Yogi Berra and collaborations with Yankees legends Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, and Whitey Ford. Pepe was the Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News from 1968 through 1981 and is a past president of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Take a look at this – there’s a lot to think about….what do you have?
First of all, umpiring, like golf, is a humbling experience. Just when you think you’ve gotten pretty good, you realize that you don’t know shit.
My biggest pet peeve in umpiring, I think, is the ump who quotes a ruling like he’s 100 percent sure, when he turns out to be wrong. Well…that’s me! Before watching this play and then researching the rules, I would have bet anything that the protection for interference goes away (and, therefore, the potential for obstruction exists) when a ball is deflected or misplayed. In fact, in discussing this play with a coach (and before getting the right info), I confidently said the fielder is only protected on the initial play. And it turns out, I couldn’t be more incorrect.
Here are some interpretations, from my friends over at umpire-empire:
After a batted ball has been touched (deflected) by an infielder, if the ball then strikes a runner (unintentionally on the part of the runner), it is alive and in play despite the fact that another infielder may be in position to field the ball. This is not the case if a fielder is making a play on the ball. Specifically, if a batted ball is deflected by an infielder and another infielder has a play on the ball, the runner must avoid the fielder. If the runner interferes with the fielder making a play – even though the ball has been touched by another fielder – the runner is declared out. Under the rules, a fielder making a play on a batted ball takes priority.
After a fielder has made an attempt to field a ball and has missed, he can no longer be in the “act of fielding” the ball. For example: if an infielder dives at a ground ball and the ball passes him and he continues to lie on the ground and delays the progress of the runner, he very likely has obstructed the runner
The MLBUM (#43, play 5 in the 2013 edition) says it’s umpire Judgement. If the ball deflects off one fielder, and the umpire decides the second fielder had “a legitimate play on the ball”, INT is called. “However, if the umpire judges that the second fielder is does not have a legitimate play on the ball (i.e. Merely moving in the direction of the loose ball”, then OBS is called.
So now I know.