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When to ask for help on a call...

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Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
12-22-2017
07:25 PM ET (US)
Great responses! We all need to be on the same page regarding this topic. While I was hurt last year and watching games from the stands, I witnessed some coaches attempting to get umpires to get help on steals of second base, third base...we cover this with the coaches in our preseason meeting BUT if the coaches find that they can get some umpires to get help on calls (regardless of where the call was, perfect position or not), then the coaches will take every opportunity to come marching out to try and get the call to go their way...
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Bryan WildPerson was signed in when posted
12-22-2017
10:06 AM ET (US)
You have to by rule go for help if the catcher or head coach request on a check swing that you have called a ball. Other than that, I try to make sure that I am going 100% get into the right position to see every play that is my responsiblity. If I fail to not be in the right position, or get caught sleeping and feel that the coach has a legitimate reason to get help for me not being in the right place for a play, then I MIGHT, get with my partner or partners to "get the call right"
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Ray
12-21-2017
05:24 PM ET (US)
Only go if there is information your partner can add that would help you make your call. Safe or out - make your call and own it. Pulled foot, dropped tag, checked swings - sure - there could be something he saw you didn't. Do not go every time a coach asks just to appease the coach.
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Mark
12-21-2017
12:31 PM ET (US)
I believe the most common situation is when the base umpire has a question of a pulled foot at 1st base. Other times might include a swipe tag on the bases. The plate umpire has a few obvious ones like check swing, foul tip in the mitt vs. hit the ground, foul tip off the batter's foot, etc. It's not advisable to ask for help on force plays, tag plays, foul/fair calls, catch/no catch (with the possible exception of a line drive catch/trap on the infield).

Bottom line is to resist the urge to go to your partner just because the Coach asks or tells you to.......
Edited 12-21-2017 12:31 PM
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Ed QuinnPerson was signed in when posted
12-21-2017
12:29 PM ET (US)
May have 2 discussions here. You ask only on check swing "no swing call. You can't overturn "He went" call. Ask for help if you were screened on a call. Do not ask for help on a call you are properly positioned for and are positive of what you saw. One question is should you ever take down a call that you initiated? Umpire initiated calls incl. (obstruction, interference, out of running lane, malicious contct erc.) If you initiated these calls why would you call them to begin with if yoh seren't 100% sure.
The other question is should you check w. partner on a call you're certain on just to get the coach who is adamant that you need help
on to hush and get off the field. (Knowing you aren't changing call any way.)
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Jeff TenbargePerson was signed in when posted
12-21-2017
12:00 PM ET (US)
When do you ask for help on a call? This is the topic for discussion.
In this day and age of instant replay and instantaneous answers, coaches seem to be asking umpires to "get help" on a variety of calls.
Edited 12-21-2017 12:04 PM

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