I’ll admit, one of my favorite comebacks when I’ve got a coach who’s upset about a call is, “Coach, I’m in the best position possible to make that call in a 2 man system”. It’s an argument that the coach really can’t argue with (usually because, even if I was out of position, they don’t know it).
It’s my belief that in a 2 man system we put far too much pressure on the Home Plate Umpire. In 3 man and 4 man mechanics, the HP umpire’s job is a lot easier and they use a lot less energy running all over the field.
Here are two plays that I picked out for you that call into question just how “involved” the HP should be.
Play 1: what’s HP’s responsibility to help out? There are three significant plays here (and for 2 of them, U1 is absolutely in the WRONG position to be able to make them). In a 2 man crew, can we fault either umpire for being out of position?
Play 2: should the call be the HP’s? What do you think that argument is going to be like with the coach? I would imagine it would go something like this: “You’re making that call from 90 feet away when your partner is all over it? And you cost me a run? You’re horses#!t.”
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