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isuphloyd Wed Apr 18, 2018 01:04pm

Asking for help
 
NFHS Varsity game. 2 outs in the 7th inning. Catcher throws down to first to try to pick the runner off. Umpire on the bases calls safe. Coach comes out of the dugout yelling at the home plate umpire that the runner came off the bag. Home plate umpire then walks to the base umpire and says "i have her off the bag, shes out" Game ends. This just seems a little off to me

jmkupka Wed Apr 18, 2018 01:24pm

That's never going to happen. At least not if I were the base ump.

If the DC requested (nicely), and if I thought there was a possibility that I missed an element of the play, I'd ask my partner a specific question. Depending on his response, I would or would not change my call.

But if things happened as you've described, there'd be hell to pay, right there on the field. Don't care if my partner was my boss, assignor, whatever. It would probably be my last game with that association (because of my reaction);)

EricH Wed Apr 18, 2018 02:38pm

Wow
 
Yes. That is completely unacceptable.

Rich Wed Apr 18, 2018 03:22pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by isuphloyd (Post 1020898)
NFHS Varsity game. 2 outs in the 7th inning. Catcher throws down to first to try to pick the runner off. Umpire on the bases calls safe. Coach comes out of the dugout yelling at the home plate umpire that the runner came off the bag. Home plate umpire then walks to the base umpire and says "i have her off the bag, shes out" Game ends. This just seems a little off to me

I'd be on the phone to the assigner before leaving the parking lot.

Manny A Wed Apr 18, 2018 04:28pm

You should have titled this thread, "How Not to Ask for Help, and How Not to Respond", because the coach didn't ask the correct umpire, and the PU certainly screwed the pooch on this one.

Believe it or not, this situation is a mandatory "must ask" to get help in college play. NCAA Rule 15.4.3 says, "On a decision regarding a pick-off attempt, when asked by either coach, the base umpire must confer with his or her partner." No different than when the catcher asks the PU to go for help on a checked swing. The umpire has no choice.

So perhaps this PU was thinking he/she was working a college game, and knew his/her partner had to come to him/her for help. So he/she went ahead and gave that help from a distance to get the call right. :cool:

jmkupka Wed Apr 18, 2018 04:55pm

Even then, it's up to the calling umpire whether to use the information he received from his partner in deciding to keep or change his call.

CecilOne Wed Apr 18, 2018 07:23pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by isuphloyd (Post 1020898)
NFHS Varsity game. 2 outs in the 7th inning. Catcher throws down to first to try to pick the runner off. Umpire on the bases calls safe. Coach comes out of the dugout yelling at the home plate umpire that the runner came off the bag. Home plate umpire then walks to the base umpire and says "i have her off the bag, shes out" Game ends. This just seems a little off to me

It is not a little off, it is WAY off. :eek:
I count at least 4 errors, not counting the post-game lecture. :o


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