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Old Fri Aug 18, 2006, 04:31pm
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For anyone watching Game 1 of the LL World Series, the first base umpire just made a great, gutsy, and correct call on a check swing appeal, punching the batter out with the bases loaded and two outs. It was the sort of call that I've seen quite a few umpires chicken out and call a no-swing.

So far, so good...it's early!
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Old Fri Aug 18, 2006, 05:26pm
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Check out the size of F3 playing right now for Saudi Arabia...
Biggest player in LLWS history. 6'9" 265 lbs I think they said.

Edited to add.... Correction, 6'8", 256lbs.

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Old Fri Aug 18, 2006, 05:55pm
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For anyone watching Game 1 of the LL World Series, the first base umpire just made a great, gutsy, and correct call on a check swing appeal, punching the batter out with the bases loaded and two outs. It was the sort of call that I've seen quite a few umpires chicken out and call a no-swing.

So far, so good...it's early!

You should have waited until the second inning to post. the 1st base ump made a good call on the check swing, but has failed to get in position on any calls at first.

The plate guy's zone is awful. during one at bat he called a curveball down the middle a ball and a pitch at the eyes a strike. Also he hasn't made it past the plate on a ground ball yet.
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Old Fri Aug 18, 2006, 06:36pm
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You should have waited until the second inning to post. the 1st base ump made a good call on the check swing, but has failed to get in position on any calls at first.

The plate guy's zone is awful. during one at bat he called a curveball down the middle a ball and a pitch at the eyes a strike. Also he hasn't made it past the plate on a ground ball yet.
Told ya it was early!

Yeah, the WP had 14 Ks, many of which on called 3rd strikes at the ankles or shoulders.

In the international game, good old Andy Konyar is working the left field line.

Big time Smitty at 2nd base, with the "incomplete pass" style safe call from the 50's.
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Old Fri Aug 18, 2006, 06:38pm
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Big time Smitty at 2nd base, with the "incomplete pass" style safe call from the 50's.
Sheesh.... ya beat me to it....
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Old Fri Aug 18, 2006, 06:59pm
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The plate guy's zone is awful. during one at bat he called a curveball down the middle a ball and a pitch at the eyes a strike.
I really don't think he can see the outside part of the plate. He seems to be missing those.
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Old Fri Aug 18, 2006, 08:05pm
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Told ya it was early!

Big time Smitty at 2nd base, with the "incomplete pass" style safe call from the 50's.

Not as bad as him punching the sky on an out on an attempted steal.
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Old Fri Aug 18, 2006, 08:32pm
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Not as bad as him punching the sky on an out on an attempted steal.
Yeah, another throwback to the days of yesteryear!
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Old Fri Aug 18, 2006, 08:58pm
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Big time Smitty at 2nd base, with the "incomplete pass" style safe call from the 50's.
What the heck s that?

I am watchng the extra inning game right now. The PU points to first with his right hand for a check swing almost exactly like he does for a strike. He also has two completely different punch outs for right and left handed batters-nothing wrong with that...just interesting.

Do all little league batting helmets have this much padding? Holy Moley...I have never seen that much padding.

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Old Fri Aug 18, 2006, 09:27pm
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What the heck s that?
Start by crossing your arms in front of you, then out to the sides, cross them again, then out to the sides again. Like a football signal for "incomplete pass" or "no good" on a PAT/FG. Not the accepted mechanic for "safe."
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Old Fri Aug 18, 2006, 10:02pm
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My guess is that Easton gives each team a new set of catcher's gear and Wilson provides helmets that coordinate with the teams jersey color.

All the teams, thus far, have had that same style helmet. I believe that padding allows for the helmet to be "one size fits all". I'm sure it compresses for larger heads.

F.Y.I. The Cal Ripken tourney is going on as well. Those games are being show on OLN (Outdoor Life Network). If you want real baseball!
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Old Fri Aug 18, 2006, 10:37pm
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F.Y.I. The Cal Ripken tourney is going on as well. Those games are being show on OLN (Outdoor Life Network). If you want real baseball!
Yeah, I watched that for a little bit today. Real baseball and real Smitties to go with it from what I witnessed. And I've never seen so many blown rotations. Is it really that hard to remove your mask with the left hand?
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Old Sat Aug 19, 2006, 06:36pm
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The PU working the Venezuela game has an outside corner Tom Glavine would be jealous of.
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Old Sat Aug 19, 2006, 06:46pm
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His "ball" calls sound like "BAAH".

LOUD.

The hitters think he's saying "HAAH" which is confusing them.

Just watched first pitch to a batter ... off the plate... PU yells BAAH.

Batter looks back at PU cuz he thinks he called it a strike. Same thing on next pitch.

2-0 count batter takes 3rd pitch for actual strike on inside corner and heads to the dugout.

They have to call him back cuz it's only 2-1.
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His "ball" calls sound like "BAAH".

LOUD.

The hitters think he's saying "HAAH" which is confusing them.

Just watched first pitch to a batter ... off the plate... PU yells BAAH.

Batter looks back at PU cuz he thinks he called it a strike. Same thing on next pitch.

2-0 count batter takes 3rd pitch for actual strike on inside corner and heads to the dugout.

They have to call him back cuz it's only 2-1.
And, he uses different timing on left handed and right handed hitters. He has this delayed strike call with a point on right handers, but on lefties he calls strike much faster because he uses less footwork and a hammer. He is very inconsistent too.

I'm sitting here yelling at my TV on some of the outside the zone strikes he's calling. Can't hit those pitches with a 6 foot bat.

And what's with that "got him!" call on swinging strike 3? A bit over the top, IMO.

Smitty at first base is going to call a runner out one of these days while F3 is dropping the ball. Weak looking mechanics as well.
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