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    I've received permission from Bob (aka, "bluezebra") when I'd asked him to host this thread. He's been an umpire in various amateur leagues for 47 years, has watched baseball for 60 years. If you have any questions about umpiring and his thoughts on baseball, please ask in this thread.

    Here are Bob's credentials:
    • I began in Chicago in 1956, and continued when I moved to Southern California in 1963. Started doing Little League, like about everyone else.
    • Baseball: LL, most other Youth Leagues, Parks & Rec, adult men's, American Legion, high school, etc.
    • I formed a crew, and worked three of the Silver Bullets (women's team) games (first one was on ESPN) against a local men's team, at Mavericks Stadium (Class A, California League).
    • Got another crew together to work an exhibition game between the Korean National Team (pre-1996 Olympics) and the Mavericks.
    • Also worked a local high school All-Star Game.
    • Softball: Fast pitch, Youth leagues, adult men, adult women, high school (was BU for LA City AAAA Semi-Final Game), college, Parks & Rec.
    • Slow Pitch, Adult men, adult women, high school, co-ed, Parks & Rec.
    • Since 1997, I keep the batting stats for the message board operator at Mavericks Stadium (re-named Stater Bros. Stadium).
    • Since 2000, I write a sports column for a local weekly newspaper chain. I cover high school, community college, and the Mavericks.

    Thank you in advance for your participation and encouragement.
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    ask the ump

    Hi,

    Is there a rule in Little League baseball that states the pitcher shall not wear a white glove. just wondering.

    Thanks

    Steve

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    • #3
      Can a switch hitter actually switch to the other side of the plate during an "at bat"?
      For example: Carlos Beltran is a switch hitter... count is 1-1... he is currently batting right... but opts to bat left during that particular at bat. Can he?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by steve R View Post
        Hi,

        Is there a rule in Little League baseball that states the pitcher shall not wear a white glove. just wondering.

        Thanks

        Steve

        I no longer have the actual LL rules, but I believe the pitcher cannot use anything that will camouflage the ball.
        "He who dares to teach, must never cease to learn."
        - John Cotton Dana (1856–1929) - Offered to many by L. Olson - Iowa (Teacher)
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        • #5
          Originally posted by AutographCollector View Post
          Can a switch hitter actually switch to the other side of the plate during an "at bat"?
          For example: Carlos Beltran is a switch hitter... count is 1-1... he is currently batting right... but opts to bat left during that particular at bat. Can he?
          The batter may switch boxes after every pitch, if he wishes. The only thing he cannot do, is; switch boxes while the pitcher is on the rubber ready to pitch.

          6.06
          A batter is out for illegal action when --
          (b) He steps from one batter’s box to the other while the pitcher is in position ready to pitch;

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jbooth View Post
            The batter may switch boxes after every pitch, if he wishes. The only thing he cannot do, is; switch boxes while the pitcher is on the rubber ready to pitch.

            6.06
            A batter is out for illegal action when --
            (b) He steps from one batter’s box to the other while the pitcher is in position ready to pitch;
            I have often said that the next evolutionary level of the game is a bi-lateral pitching and hitting. Hitters we have, pitchers are developing.
            "He who dares to teach, must never cease to learn."
            - John Cotton Dana (1856–1929) - Offered to many by L. Olson - Iowa (Teacher)
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jake Patterson
              I feel this is a great idea so I am going to sticky it here for a while.
              Jake
              Here are my qualifications as an umpire;

              Umpire for 26 years. Started with adult softball then went to youth baseball.

              I work Varsity High School baseball and Little League. Mostly Little League (all divisions.)

              I worked the 1996 JR League Western Regionals, 1999 SR League Western Regionals and 2 LL Division (State) tournaments and a SR League (State). Many sectionals at all divisions of LL and countless District tournament games.

              Former Chief umpire for CA District 3, for 4 years, 1993 thru 1996.

              Chief umpire for Novato Little League, 1991 and 1992, and 1997 thru 2002.

              Started umpiring in 1980 in adult softball.
              Have umpired in LL since 1985.

              Have a large library of books on rules and umpiring and have been to 2 training camps taught by MLB pro umpires, and to the LL WR training school and rules clinics.

              I have a website that provides answers to many questions and I have a book and a DVD that I sell.

              http://baseball-rules.com

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              • #8
                For all who are new.... I have Jim's (jbooth) book Baseball Rules in Plain English and have found it a wealth of information .... and easy to read.
                Jake
                "He who dares to teach, must never cease to learn."
                - John Cotton Dana (1856–1929) - Offered to many by L. Olson - Iowa (Teacher)
                Please read Baseball Fever Policy and Forum FAQ before posting.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jbooth View Post
                  Here are my qualifications as an umpire;

                  Umpire for 26 years. Started with adult softball then went to youth baseball.

                  I work Varsity High School baseball and Little League. Mostly Little League (all divisions.)

                  I worked the 1996 JR League Western Regionals, 1999 SR League Western Regionals and 2 LL Division (State) tournaments and a SR League (State). Many sectionals at all divisions of LL and countless District tournament games.

                  Former Chief umpire for CA District 3, for 4 years, 1993 thru 1996.

                  Chief umpire for Novato Little League, 1991 and 1992, and 1997 thru 2002.

                  Started umpiring in 1980 in adult softball.
                  Have umpired in LL since 1985.

                  Have a large library of books on rules and umpiring and have been to 2 training camps taught by MLB pro umpires, and to the LL WR training school and rules clinics.

                  I have a website that provides answers to many questions and I have a book and a DVD that I sell.

                  http://baseball-rules.com
                  Umpire for 26 years. Started with adult softball then went to youth baseball.

                  Jumped from the proverbial frying pan into the fire.

                  Bob

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by steve R View Post
                    Hi,

                    Is there a rule in Little League baseball that states the pitcher shall not wear a white glove. just wondering.

                    Thanks

                    Steve
                    In ALL rules that I'm familiar with, the pitcher may not wear a white, gray or multi-colored glove.

                    Bob

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                    • #11
                      If, for some reason, a player feels compelled to catch the ball in his cap or in any other item of his clothing for that matter (eg. his trousers ), does it count as an out?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Padday View Post
                        If, for some reason, a player feels compelled to catch the ball in his cap or in any other item of his clothing for that matter (eg. his trousers ), does it count as an out?
                        No. This is considered detached equipment.

                        OBR 7.05 Each runner including the batter runner may, without liability to be put out, advance-

                        (b) Three bases, if a fielder deliberately touches a fair ball with his cap, mask or any part of his uniform detached from its proper place on his person. The ball is in play and the batter may advance to home base at his peril;

                        c) Three bases, if a fielder deliberately throws his glove at and touches a fair ball. The ball is in play and the batter may advance to home base at his peril.

                        Bob

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                        • #13
                          A ball bounces off the pitching rubber and goes into foul territory before first base, since it never passed first, is it foul?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Williamsburg2599 View Post
                            A ball bounces off the pitching rubber and goes into foul territory before first base, since it never passed first, is it foul?
                            FOUL BALL. I've won enough cups of coffee on that to keep Brazil working nights.

                            Bob

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                            • #15
                              Here's one that I have always wondered Bob:
                              A batter swings at a ball hit in the dirt and actually connects for a hit. Is it a hit? Dead ball? What if the ball bounces off the player himself then he swings and connects? (And yes I am being serious , and not trying to be silly)
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