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Forum: Baseball Tue Feb 05, 2019, 08:17pm
Replies: 2
Views: 636
Posted By David Emerling
Verbal obstruction? (FED)

An issue came up last night at one of our weekly preseason umpire training sessions and I would be interested in some of the opinions in this group.

PLAY: Less than 2 outs. R1 stealing on the...
Forum: Baseball Thu Jan 17, 2019, 09:58am
Replies: 1
Views: 742
Posted By David Emerling
Follow-through interference (FED)

I just attended our State Meeting last night. They handed out the 2019 Preseason Guide. In it, on page 11, there is an article entitled: "In the Swing of Things: Follow-through Interference" that...
Forum: Baseball Mon Nov 26, 2018, 09:04pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,002
Posted By David Emerling
Actually, runners (on 3rd) are taught to take...

Actually, runners (on 3rd) are taught to take their leadoff in foul territory (so as not to get hit by a fair batted ball, like you said) but to return in FAIR territory (after the pitch) so as to...
Forum: Baseball Mon Nov 26, 2018, 01:20pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,002
Posted By David Emerling
... because the base is in fair territory. Even...

... because the base is in fair territory. Even if a runner leads off in foul territory (as they should, like you pointed out) they have to momentarily reenter fair territory to return to the bag,...
Forum: Baseball Mon Nov 26, 2018, 12:33pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,002
Posted By David Emerling
R3 "interferes" with F5 on line drive

PLAY: With R3, batter hits a low, scorching line drive toward the 3rd base bag. F5, playing near and even with the bag, lunges forward to catch the ball; however, F5 is prevented from catching the...
Forum: Baseball Fri Jul 07, 2017, 07:44pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,280
Posted By David Emerling
It seems that you are correct. And, since the...

It seems that you are correct. And, since the same batter is up (the improper batter) - he is still batting - therefore, his hit never happened. And, now the offense can now put up the proper batter....
Forum: Baseball Fri Jul 07, 2017, 01:15pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,280
Posted By David Emerling
Run with penalties? Now, you're scoring the run?

Run with penalties? Now, you're scoring the run?
Forum: Baseball Fri Jul 07, 2017, 11:53am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,280
Posted By David Emerling
Then, I take it you disagree with the statement...

Then, I take it you disagree with the statement in this blog that says, "...the team batting still has the chance to send up the correct hitter without any penalty." In other words, the defense...
Forum: Baseball Fri Jul 07, 2017, 11:00am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,280
Posted By David Emerling
Batting out of Order (w/ balk) [OBR]

I read the following from the following umpire's blog:
https://umpiresblog.wordpress.com/ (you have to scroll down a bit)

"...a balk is called with a runner on first base and the pitch is still...
Forum: Baseball Tue Oct 25, 2016, 02:13pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,718
Posted By David Emerling
I don't think we've ever received any guidance on...

I don't think we've ever received any guidance on this situation in our area. There does not seem to be any rulebook justification for a forfeit. So, I guess the way I'd handle it is to do like you...
Forum: Baseball Thu Oct 20, 2016, 12:24pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,718
Posted By David Emerling
What I have done, however - more along the lines...

What I have done, however - more along the lines that you are suggesting - is allow the state association to decide a matter under dispute regarding a player's eligibility to play.

On two...
Forum: Baseball Thu Oct 20, 2016, 12:09pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,718
Posted By David Emerling
Well, I have done it - on several occasions. In...

Well, I have done it - on several occasions. In each case, it was because the visiting team didn't show up or didn't have sufficient players. I tell the home team coach that it is a forfeit and it...
Forum: Baseball Wed Oct 19, 2016, 07:36pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,718
Posted By David Emerling
How do you confirm that a team didn't have 9...

How do you confirm that a team didn't have 9 players to start or couldn't finish with 8? How do you confirm that a team willfully violated the rules? You ask the umpire! ... who was the one that made...
Forum: Baseball Wed Oct 19, 2016, 03:46pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,718
Posted By David Emerling
I'm not sure I agree with that. I imagine there...

I'm not sure I agree with that. I imagine there can be some unclear situation that is would cause the umpire to "suspend" the game and allow higher authorities to make a final determination as to...
Forum: Baseball Wed Oct 19, 2016, 02:04pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,718
Posted By David Emerling
Smile That seems reasonable. However, if no adult (of...

That seems reasonable. However, if no adult (of any kind) steps forward - would the game be a forfeit or simply suspended? Is there any rule that specifically prohibits the players from continuing...
Forum: Baseball Wed Oct 19, 2016, 01:39pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,718
Posted By David Emerling
FED coach ejected (only coach)

Per rule, an ejected coach is required to leave the vicinity and have no contact with his players.

What if he was the only coach?

Can high school players be permitted to continue the game...
Forum: Baseball Fri Mar 25, 2016, 11:58am
Replies: 6
Views: 1,208
Posted By David Emerling
In your opinion, do you think they changed the...

In your opinion, do you think they changed the wording from "I've got it!" to "Get back! Get back!" because, in the first case, the fielder is not addressing the runner whereas, in the second case,...
Forum: Baseball Sat Mar 19, 2016, 08:18pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,208
Posted By David Emerling
Does this mean that a defensive player can simply...

Does this mean that a defensive player can simply yell "Foul ball!" because it is a general statement (i.e. not directed to an offensive player)? It certainly is not mimicking an offensive...
Forum: Baseball Sat Mar 19, 2016, 04:39pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,208
Posted By David Emerling
Trick pickoff play at 2nd (FED)

We've all seen (on the internet) the fake pickoff play at 2nd where the pitcher twirls and throws, the middle infielders dive as if trying to catch a wild throw, the centerfielder runs in as if he is...
Forum: Baseball Mon Feb 01, 2016, 01:23pm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,052
Posted By David Emerling
I like that! That certainly simplifies things...

I like that! That certainly simplifies things greatly. Thanks!
Forum: Baseball Mon Feb 01, 2016, 12:58pm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,052
Posted By David Emerling
Complex play

I would be interested in some opinions about the following convoluted play:

PLAY: 1 out, R2. On the pitch, R2 is attempting to steal 3rd. Batter hits the ball but catcher's interference is called....
Forum: Baseball Wed Aug 19, 2015, 06:39pm
Replies: 12
Views: 2,556
Posted By David Emerling
batter intentionally picks up a live ball

The batter walks on a pitch in the dirt. There are no oither runners on base. The ball deflects off the catcher and goes about 10 feet up the 1st baseline. The batter, while trotting toward 1st,...
Forum: Baseball Tue Apr 21, 2015, 09:56am
Replies: 31
Views: 6,772
Posted By David Emerling
... because the rules specifically mention the...

... because the rules specifically mention the teams being able to demand (OBR) or request (FED) a "2nd opinion" on a checked swing. It is a customary part of the game. That is not the case with a...
Forum: Baseball Tue Apr 21, 2015, 01:09am
Replies: 31
Views: 6,772
Posted By David Emerling
I agree. Neither would I. That's why I brief this...

I agree. Neither would I. That's why I brief this before the game starts. So, in effect, I am asking my partner. I'm asking him to make the call if he sees it. If he refuses because he's not...
Forum: Baseball Mon Apr 20, 2015, 02:35pm
Replies: 31
Views: 6,772
Posted By David Emerling
I think this is a critical pre-game briefing item...

I think this is a critical pre-game briefing item between the umpires.

Whenever I work the plate, another thing I brief my partner is that if he thinks the pitch hit the batter to go ahead and...
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