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Through the Eyes of a Patriots Fan: The Infield Fly Rule and the Somerset Patriots

August 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The Infield Fly rule is defined in rule 2.00 by describing it, and then later on to explain the reason(s) the batter is out is stated with rule 6.05e.   I have been coaching for many years, starting with the T-ball level up to Babe Ruth League.  At one time I was also responsible for assigning […]

Toronto’s Lawrie Gets Four-Game Suspension

May 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Toronto’s Lawrie gets four-game suspension (via AFP) Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was suspended for four games by Major League Baseball on Wednesday for a tirade against umpire Bill Miller in a home loss to Tampa Bay one night earlier. Lawrie was also fined an undisclosed sum for his emotional eruption, which came […]

What To Do About Jerry Meals

July 27, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

I feel compelled to write a few thoughts about the controversial call made by 14 year umpire Jerry Meals in the 19th inning of the Braves and Pirates 19 inning game that concluded early in the morning on July 27th. Baseball has had an ongoing debate about the use of instant replay and the reliability […]

“Nobody’s Perfect”

June 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Just one step away. One break. We all know the feeling. What separates us is what we do when the moment comes and what we have learned to prepare us. That’s what this week’s read, “Nobody’s Perfect,” is about. The “almost-perfect game” is merely part of the story. Read Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce’s story […]

Touring The Bases With…Terry Tata

June 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Umpire Terry Tata officiated in the National League from 1973-1999, and umpired in four World Series, seven National League Championship Series, three All-Star games and five no-hitters, for two of which he was behind the plate.  During his major league career, he umpired in 3,743 regular season games. Click here to see a video of […]

A Good Old Fashioned Mano a Mano Fight in Milwaukee

April 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Baseball fights still occur, but very seldom are they only a two-man affair. It seems the entire team has to show up now. But in baseball’s Deadball Era I have come across a number of one-on-one fights. One of the nastiest occurred in Milwaukee on May 8, 1913. The press coverage gives us the feeling […]

Major League Baseball And Major League Baseball Players Association Announce New Protocols On Concussions

March 29, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

New York, NY, Tuesday, March 29, 2011 … Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) announced today that they have adopted a series of protocols under its new joint policy regarding concussions, which will be in effect from Opening Day forward. On behalf of MLB and the MLBPA, a committee […]

Ten-Man Baseball

March 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

I just finished reading Leigh Montville’s biography on the Babe “The Big Bam“. I’m ashamed to say that this was the first Babe Ruth biography that I have read, especially after reading a ton of bio’s about much more obscure players. One of the many factoids that stood out to me was this…. In December […]

Bermuda Triangle Behind Home Plate

October 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Something strange has been going on at home plate during the two LCS series. In the space of five games, we have seen five clearly blown calls on balls that never got past the plate. It’s as if there’s no umpire at all back there, or like a wrestling referee the assigned umpire is somehow […]

Say Yes To Instant Replay

September 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

If there were ever a climax for the instant replay debate in baseball, it came on the night of September 15, 2010, when Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter pulled a “Tom Cruise” when batting in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, and the Yankees down a run, Jeter squared to bunt on the […]

The Kids Were Alright

June 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I can’t say I loved every minute or every game of my brief umpiring experience, but I did love the idea of being out there on the field and close to the action of the game. I also can’t say that I was noticeably above average at umpiring. To this day, I’m still hazy on […]

How To Be An Idol

June 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I met a great man last month. Doug Harvey visited the Hall of Fame for the day-long orientation given new electees, including a tour of the museum and collections and a staff reception. At these receptions, the new Hall of Famer usually speaks briefly, lets his wife say a few words, and spends 20-30 minutes […]

El primer árbitro latinoamericano en ejercer en Grandes Ligas (The First Latin American Umpire Who Worked a MLB Game)

April 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Cuando a finales de marzo de 2010 me enteré a través de los medios de comunicación que el árbitro Manuel González, de amplia trayectoria en la LVBP, se convertiría en el primer venezolano  en ponerse el traje azul y gris para sentenciar jugadas en la Gran Carpa; fue inevitable pensar en Alejandro “Patón” Carrasquel, el […]

Another Great Story Bites The Dust

February 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

At the 2008 SABR convention, baseball historian Norman Macht gave a fascinating one-hour presentation on the pitfalls of accepting great stories as true simply because they sound great. He discussed several classics, including one involving Lefty Grove that was attested to by several eyewitnesses, all of whom happened to be mistaken because the events detailed […]

Looking Back at the 1990 Lockout

February 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The spring training lockout of 1990 is one of the most obscure disputes in the long stretch of sharp bitterness between MLB players and management from the early ’70s through 1995. As Thomas Boswell wrote just after the lockout ended, “Can anyone remember the details of the baseball strike of 1985, which lasted two days? […]

Ron Luciano on Life as an Umpire in the 1970s

February 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

A few months ago, the memory of devouring Ron Luciano’s four collections of tales and anecdotes from his umpiring days when I was a kid led me to look up the story of his suicide in 1995, 15 years and one month ago today. In the process, I discovered a long interview he gave back […]