When does a Pick-Off Move Become a Balk?
When does a pick-off move become a balk? According to the NFHS a Balk is defined as: an illegal act committed by the pitcher with a runner(s) on base which entitles each runner to advance one base. Rule 6-2: ART. 4 . . . Balk. If there is a runner or runners, any of the [...]
The Cost of Umpiring
My wife and I go back and forth on the argument of if umpiring baseball is a profession or a hobby. I insist that it is a profession because I get paid to do it. A hobby is something you spend a lot of money on and, while it is enjoyable, you don’t ever get [...]
Hey Man, Got a Dip?
About 5 years ago the NCAA changed their rules on tobacco. The rule was amended to read: 3.11 [Tobacco Rule]: The use of all tobacco products by student-athletes and game personnel (e.g. coaches, umpires, athletic trainers, managers) is prohibited at the site of the game competition. Penalty – Disqualification of the offending individual and head [...]