Aug 19, 2012 3:05 PM
First I would like to know if these 2 rulings were correct. Everything here is based on ASA softball rules.
sit 1... I am the plate umpire, a runner on 3rd base,, a passed ball on the pitch, the catcher goes back to my left to retrieve the ball, the runner from third comes into home to try and score. I position myself to see the play. However I did not realize that the ball took a wierd hop and ended up right behind me. The catcher grabs the ball and tosses it to the pitcher who is in position to attempt a tag. However, the ball hits me square in the back and the play is not made. I shook my head in disbelief and sent the runner back to third for umpire interference. My understanding of the rule is that it is umpire interference if the umpire prevents or hinders the catchers throw to retire or attemt to retire a stealing runner. Was I correct here?
Sit 2. I am the base umpire, the plate umpire never pays much attention to the game. The players constantly complain that he is out of postion and makes biased calls against certain teams, and does not know the rules and he also will never make the difficult calls. Once again, runner on third, passed ball, umpire just stands there with his hands on his hips, he doesnt move at all, runner comes running in to home, the catcher blindly pitches the ball back to the plate, he hits the umpire square in the back, the pitcher however is not in position to make the catch, and the runner scores. The catcher complains about the umpire being in the way, and the plate umpire has no idea what umpire interference is, and states that he has never heard of it so there is no such thing. I clearly see the play unfold and make the ruling of umpire interference and send the runner back to third. Was I wrong for this?
Sit 3... This same umpire that was in sit 2 has made several bad calls and refuses to get into position to make the calls, several times he has not made his own calls and wanted his partners to make the call, yet several times he has also made his partners calls for them without being asked to then looks at them and smiles. He took a foul ball to the mask last week and actually stated to the batter that he did it on purpose and because of that, when they got back into the field thier strike zone was going to shrink drastically. The next batter came up to bat and asked him if he was ok, the umpire responded with "what do you F%$#@*G care?" Then proceeded to strike him out on pitches that actually hit the ground in front of the plate. When this team got back to the field, he did actually shrink the strike zone and walked the 1st 4 batters on 17 pitches. Many of which looked like "pipe shots", now before you say anything, I know you cannot argue balls and strikes, but that is not my issue. He has admitted to two of us that he calls pitches at the chin a strike deliberately so the batters will swing at them, popping them up so they can be caught for an out. He is very inconsistant on the strike zone as well. Refuses to listen to any of his fellow umpires when they try to help him. He will call the pitch before the catcher even catches the pitch, calls foul balls before the ball hits the ground or before passing the bags, calls "fair Ball" even after being told that it is not proper mechanics. He will let the players influence his calls, and has his roomate in the stands making cat calls and making fun of his partners some of the time.
Here are 2 examples......I am the plate umpire, he is on bases, batter bunts the ball, pitcher fields the ball and the throw pulls the 1st baseman off the bag, but the ball gets there before the runner. He calls the runner out. The offense appeals the fact that the 1st baseman pulled his foot. He then looks at me and I tell him "yes I have a pulled foot at the bag", he changes his call to safe because of the pulled foot. The center fielder then says "but what about the tag" The umpire responded with "oh, he tagged him, ok he is out on the tag"
I am base umpire with a runner on 2nd base, so I am positioned between 2nd and 3rd bases (position C), long ball hit to left field, I move infield as I was taught to do when the ball goes to the outfiled area, (inside-out maneuver). As I am about ready to make my turn to face R2 and left field I hear the fence being hit. by the time I pick up the action in left field, I see the ball come down into the left fielder's glove, his back is to me at the time. At this time the R2 is now rounding 3rd and the BR is coming into 2nd. I visually pick the plate umpire up as he is signalling and out on the catch. Runners stay where they are, I inform the BR that he is out on the catch, he askes me why I am making that call, I told him I am not making that call I am just relaying the plate umpires call. A discussion ensued with many players for about 20 seconds, some were saying the hit was a home run, others say out, others were saying ground rule double. By this time I am confused as all hell, because I cannot see how these calls can be confused with each other. PU askes me for help, he tells me what happened on the play...which is this "fly ball hits the top of the fence, bounces straight up and back into the field of play where the left fielder fields it before it touches the ground" I say ok, so what is your question. he asks me if it is an out, I tell him no, he askes if it is a double. I say noooo. He then askes if it is a home run, I say nooooo. He then asks me...so what is it then. I tell him the ball is live and in play. he then says OH, OK.
How do you handle an umpire/partner like this? Please help. He does stuff like this EVERY GAME!!!!