• “Hey Blue, the runner busted his butt running to first base, the least you could do is move 10 ft. to make a call!”~~~

  • “Wipe the dirt off that called strike, Blue!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, did they stop printing the rulebook in Braille?”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, Lenscrafter called and said your new glasses will be ready in 30 minutes!”~~~

  • “You're killing me, Blue!”~~~

  • “Blue, that was a strike in any bowling alley!”~~~

  • “Sweep the plate Blue! It's the least you can do!”~~~

  • “Wake up Blue, you're missing a great game!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, you're getting better, you almost made the right call that time!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, Stevie Wonder could see that one!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, you really shouldn't be in the game until you get warmed up!”~~~

  • “Blue, just 'cause it's a night game, doesn't mean you should be asleep!”~~~

  • “Blue, if that pitch were any further outside it would be in the West Desert!”~~~

  • “Somebody call the police, this guy is impersonating an umpire!”~~~

  • “Blue, now I know why there’s only one eye (I) in umpire”~~~

  • “You can go home Blue. We'll take it from here.”~~~

  • “Come on Blue, it’s a strike zone, not an end zone!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, does your wife let you make decisions at home?”~~~

  • “Blue, kick your dog, he's lying to you!”~~~

  • “Blue, if the pitcher is throwing too fast for you, we can ask him to slow it down!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, how can you sleep with all these lights on?”~~~

  • “I’ve seen better Blues in a box of crayons!”~~~

  • “I’m gonna break your cane and shoot your dog!”~~~

  • “If I had a dollar, Blue, for every good call you’ve made, I’d be broke!”~~~

  • "Is that your final answer?”~~~

  • “The magic 8 ball says……”~~~

  • “When your dog barks twice, it's a strike!”~~~

  • “Mix in some consistency once in awhile!”~~~

  • “Take off that welding mask”~~~

  • “Lenscrafter called... They'll be ready in 30 min.”~~~

  • “Open your good eye!”~~~

  • “Can I pet your seeing eye dog after the game?”~~~

  • “Looked pretty good from up here Blue!”~~~

  • “Do your sleeping at home Blue!”~~~

  • “You must be losing them in the lights!”~~~

  • “Why do you keep looking in your hand...do you have a map of the strike zone in it?”~~~

  • “I'll take three pencils!”~~~

  • “For a guy that only works 2 hours a day, you're doing a pretty bad job!”~~~

  • “Hey blue, if you had one more eye you'd be a Cyclops!”~~~

  • “RING..RING....Wake up call Blue!”~~~

  • “I've seen better blue in a toilet bowl!”~~~

  • “What's a matter you gotta broken arm?”~~~

  • “Look through the mask, not at it!”~~~

  • “It really is hot today - that strike zone is melting!”~~~

  • “Wrong!”~~~

  • “Here's a quarter, go buy a strike zone!”~~~

  • “How's work experience going Blue?”~~~

  • “Hey Blue…if you had one more eye, you’d be a Cyclops!”~~~

  • “Keep that up and we’ll shoot your dog and break your cane!”~~~

  • “"Easy Flinchy" – After a slight flinch behind the plate.”~~~

  • “I thought only horses slept standing up!”~~~

  • “You're blinking way to long!”~~~

  • “Come on Blue, that pitch was so far outside it had a hat and coat on!”~~~

  • “You couldn't see the plate if your dinner was on it!”~~~

  • “Wake up Blue, you're missing a great game!”~~~

  • “Somebody call the police, this guy's impersonating an umpire!”~~~

  • “You're like a bat without sonar!”~~~

  • “I didn't know we were golfing today, I would have brought my clubs!”~~~

  • “Did you star in "Weekend at Bernie's"?”~~~

  • “Hey blue, that call was a get outta here quick call!”~~~

  • “I thought only horses slept standing up!”~~~

  • “That was higher than a t-shirt at Mardi Gras!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, it's against the law to make prank calls!”~~~

  • “(Hold up cell phone) Is this your cell phone? Because it has three missed calls!”~~~

  • “That pitch was like your last date, you didn't want to see her or call her.”~~~

  • “To batter as he steps into the box: "You better be swinging. You're standing in the strike zone."”~~~

  • “After the ump has dusted off home plate: "You're gonna make someone a great wife someday!”~~~

  • “You're not gonna sleep a minute tonight because you've slept all game!”~~~

  • “Did you make the call on WMD in Iraq as well?”~~~

  • “Is your rule book written in Braille?”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, how can you sleep with all these lights on!”~~~

  • “Stevie Wonder could see that one!”~~~

  • “Flip over the plate and read the directions!”~~~

  • “How about some Windex for that glass eye!”~~~

  • “The French judge says it's a strike!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, diarrhea has more consistency than your strike zone!”~~~

  • “You need to go to confession after that call!”~~~

  • “I've seen better Blues in a box of crayons!”~~~

  • “Don't bother brushing off the corners, you're not calling them anyway!”~~~

  • “We know you're blind, we've seen your wife!”~~~

  • “They're putting your strike zone on the back of milk cartons!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, that's not a 9 iron he's hitting with!”~~~

  • “How do you sleep at night?”~~~

  • “I was confused the first time I saw a game too!”~~~

  • “I've gotten better calls from my ex-wife!”~~~

  • “Good thing there are not three choices!”~~~

  • “Somebody get the ump his prescription mask!”~~~

  • “You flipping coins?”~~~

  • “Hey Blue is that a dinner plate? Apparently it has no corners!”~~~

  • “Admit it.... You lied!”~~~

  • “Why don't you get your Seeing Eye dog to call it for you?”~~~

  • “I forgot the Milk-Bone for your seeing-eye dog!”~~~

  • “Have you lost your strike zone in the lights?”~~~

  • “Now I know why there's only one eye (I) in umpire!”~~~

  • “You couldn't get a pitchout right!”~~~

  • “You're making more bad calls than a telemarketer!”~~~

  • “Kick your dog, he's lying to you!”~~~

  • “Be careful when you back up, so you don't fall over your dog!”~~~

  • “Did you haul in your strike zone on a tractor trailer bed?”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, if you had another eye it would be lonely!”~~~

  • “You couldn't call hogs!”~~~

  • “Keep calling them like that and you'll be bagging groceries in no time!”~~~

  • “Get a hammer and some nails, the plate is movin' around again!”~~~

  • “You call more strikes than a union delegate!”~~~

  • “Did your glass eye fog up?”~~~

  • “You couldn't call a cab!”~~~

  • “The circus is in town and the clowns are wearing blue!”~~~

  • “It's a strike zone, not an end zone!”~~~

  • “You really shouldn't be in the game until you get warmed up!”~~~

  • “Come on Blue, turn that mask around and get a GOOD look!”~~~

  • “You can go home blue, we'll take it from here!”~~~

  • “How'd you become an umpire? Flunk out of tollbooth school?”~~~

  • “How about asking the crowd?”~~~

  • “Do you want to use another lifeline?”~~~

  • “3 Blind Mice, 3 Blind Mice,”~~~

  • “What were you, a lookout for the Titanic?”~~~

  • “How many fingers am I holding up?”~~~

  • “(For an umpire is slow getting in position) C'mon blue, put the Snicker Bar down!”~~~

  • “Sweep the plate! It's the least you can do!”~~~

  • “Move around, you're tilting' the infield!”~~~

  • “Move around Blue, you're killing' the grass!”~~~

  • “It sure sounded like a strike!”~~~

  • “How'd you get a square head in that round mask?”~~~

  • “Have they stopped printing the rulebooks in Braille?”~~~

  • “Don't donate your eyes to science, they don't want 'em'”~~~

  • “Does your wife let you make decisions at home?”~~~

  • “Pull the good eye out of your pocket!”~~~

  • “Wipe the dirt off that called strike!”~~~

  • “Sure you don't want to phone a friend?”~~~

  • “You can open your eyes now!”~~~

  • “Do you get any better or is this it?”~~~

  • “You're blinking too long!”~~~

  • “You couldn't make the right call if you had a phone book!”~~~

  • “You couldn't make a call in a phone booth!”~~~

  • “Do you take Visa or American Express?”~~~

  • “Leave the gift giving to Santa!”~~~

  • “Take out your glass eye and wash it!”~~~

  • “Guess again, the last call was wrong!”~~~

  • “Blue, do you feel guilty?”~~~

  • “If the pitcher is throwing too fast for you, we can ask them to slow it down!”~~~

  • “Your strike zone is a moving target!”~~~

  • “You're getting better, you almost made the right call that time!”~~~

  • “Punch a hole in that mask, you're missing a good game!”~~~

  • “Hey, Sleeping Beauty, wake up!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, Magnum P.I. called and he can't find your strike zone!”~~~

  • “I've seen potatoes with better eyes!”~~~

  • “Next time buy a ticket if you're going to watch!”~~~

  • “Can I buy you another beer?”~~~

  • “We know your blind we've seen your wife!”~~~

  • “I’ve seen better blues in a crayon box!”~~~

  • “I've heard better calls at a square dance!”~~~

  • “I've heard better calls between two tin cans and a piece of string!”~~~

  • “Hey Blue, were you looking for the curve?”~~~

  • “Hey Blues, which one of you is the designated driver?”~~~

  • “Move a little Blue, you're growing' roots!~~~

  • '


Michael Leavitt

My sons Aaron and Adam and myself have been umpiring for Orem Youth Baseball and we see the strangest plays.  This is especially true in the younger instructional divisions. This get me coming back at night and researching the odd plays. I read the rule books and learn what should have been the right call. OYBMost of the time we get it right, sometimes we get it partially right, and other times we completely blow the call and accept the error. I have found it incredibly challenging to umpire and over the years I have gotten more proficient. PonyI have also learned that a great many of the coaches, players, and fans have little working understanding of the finer points of the rules of Orem Youth Baseball, Pony International, and Major League Baseball. They are relying upon their past baseball experiences and most have not recently read the rule books to understand how the rules of the 3 organizations (OYB/Pony/MLB) should be applied. This means they are relying upon their past experiences in baseball and are not real clear on proper rulings. I have a hard time and I research the rule books regularly.

I think you will enjoy the plays and rulings for the scenarios below. Almost all of them occurred on the Orem Youth Baseball fields...

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UpdatedBALK - What are the balk rules? Aslo see the new "Fielder's Balk" further down the list.

New BALK ENFORCEMENT - What craziness can happen if the pitch is delivered?

 BALK - PITCHER’S DECEPTION - Was the Pitcher’s deception legal?

BALK - FAKING TO 2ND BASE - When it walks like a duck...

BALK - THROWING TO UNOCCUPIED BASE? - The pitcher is set and the runner at 2nd steals. The pitcher makes a direct pick-off move to the unoccupied 3rd base. Is it a balk?

BASE COACH HIT BY THROW - Is the ball live or dead when a throw hits a base coach?

BATTER HITS HOME PLATE - FAIR OR FOUL? - When the ball is hit and it strikes the plate, is it fair or foul? If the catcher catches the rebound over the plate, is the ball live?

BATTING 9 PLAYERS - Is it a rule that you have to bat 9 or take an out?

BATTER HIT BUT DOESN’T MOVE - Can the batter stay fixed and take one for the team?

BATTER HITS CATCHER’S GLOVE - Is the play called dead, or does the play count?

BATTER HITS POP-UP OFF HANDS - Is the ball live or dead if the batter hits a fair ball off his hands.

BATTER INTERFERENCE - A steal at home and the batter interferes in the play.

BUNTING - When is a bunt motion called a strike and when is it called a ball?

CARRYING THE BAT TO FIRST BASE - If the batter-runner carries the bat to first base is he automatically called out?

CATCH - Is there a 2-second rule? What makes a legal catch?

New CATCHER’S INTERFERENCE - What happens when a batter swings and hits the catcher’s glove but the strike pitch is caught by the catcher before the interference?

COACH COMPLAINS LOUDLY - Can a coach protest loudly? See also LIVID - You Are The Worst Umpire Ever!

New COLLISIONS AT HOME PLATE - See the new 2014 MLB rule.

New FIELDER'S BALK - Is it a balk if the first baseman is in foul territory when holding the runner on base?

FLY BALL HITS BIRD AND IS CAUGHT - What was the ruling?

HIT BY HIT RUNNING HOME - What is the call when a runner coming home is hit by the hit ball?

HIT BY PITCH SWINGING - What is the call when the batter is hit by a pitch outside the strike zone when swinging?

INFIELD FLY RULE - Should the infield fly rule have been imposed?

LINE DRIVE HITS PITCHER’S MOUND - After striking the rubber it goes out of bounds. Is it fair or foul?

MULTIPLE ON-DECK BATTERS & DUGOUT OPENING WARNINGS - Can a strike be called on the batter for other player infractions?

OBSTRUCTION - There are two entries

OVERRUNNING 1ST BASE - Does it matter which way you turn? Can you overrun on a walk?

PITCHING RULES - Section 8 of the MLB rules


RUNNER HIT BY HIT - OUT - What is the call when a base runner is hit by the hit?

RUNNER AT 3RD - HIT BY HIT - OUT - What is the call when a base runner is hit by the hit?

RUNNER HIT BY HIT - LIVE - What is the call when a base runner is hit by the hit?

RUNNER LEAVES BASE EARLY - What happens when a AA or AAA runner leaves the base early?

NewSLIDING RULES FOR OYB - Does the runner have to slide?

SAY WHAT??? - What is the funniest thing somebody has said to you as an umpire?

SNOWCONE - THIRD BASE TAG OUT - What constitutes a controlled catch?

NewSPITBALL - Is going to the mouth while on the pitching rubber a balk?

STRIKE ZONE - What are the 2012 MLB and OYB strike zones?

UpdatedTAGGING-UP PROTEST - What if two runners fail to tag up on a caught fly, one crosses home plate, while the other is protested for the third out?

TIE GOES TO THE RUNNER? - Is this true, or just an urban legend?

NewTWO RUNNER SAME BASE - If two runners are standing on the same base, is one automatically out?

UNCAUGHT 3RD STRIKE - What happens when a 3rd strike is not legally caught?

WILD THROWS - Do you get an extra base on an overthrow?

G Other Info

UMPIRE SCORECARDS - What is on those cards the Field Umpires write on?



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