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Old Sun Feb 26, 2017, 11:24am
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Originally Posted by AtlUmpSteve View Post

If I were the rules editor, I would refuse to restate what I believe is clearly stated (and/or clearly NOT included).

Which is how the old rule book (not that long ago) used to be written. And then everyone thought they figured a way around a rule based on personal presumption. And that includes coaches insist on their own interpretations based upon when isn't written must be a fact or the book would have stated otherwise.

A perfect example is the "safe" signal when the umpire doesn't rule INT. It is real simple. If the umpire does not kill the play, in his/her judgment there was no INT. But no, the coach needs a positive affirmation of a negative to be able to understand the "no call".
The bat issue in softball is as much about liability, insurance and litigation as it is about competition, inflated egos and softball.
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