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Umpire hits Abreu with bat

Oct 24, 2010
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Edit: Apologies for the previous flippant response.
Looks like bat barrel right to the knee.
Could have taken the player out of the game.
Umpires: Let the bat alone. Always.
 
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May 29, 2015
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An umpire should NEVER ... NEVER ... in case you didn't get that, NEVER ... touch player equipment (beyond a pre-game or in-game inspection) . I am a hard@$$ on this. Some people may think I am rude, but I am not picking up the catcher's mask for him. I am not picking up a bat for the on deck batter coming up. I am not even picking up a bat between innings.

The last time I picked up a bat between innings I took it over to the offense's dugout and stood there, holding it out. The players taking the field walked right past me. The players in the dugout ignored me. The coaches continued their conversation. Nobody made any effort to come get it. So I took it back with me to the plate and put it back where I got it. The parents got a good chuckle. The catcher threw down after the pitcher's warm up pitches, the batter took his place ... and I yelled "TIME!" I looked at the bat and nobody moved. Finally the catcher picked it up and tossed it to the dugout. After that, my view became "I'm not a maid. The only thing I clean is home plate."

In the video, what makes no sense to me is why he even picked up the bat in the first place. Beyond those times when you should pick up equipment ... which is NEVER ... why are you picking up a bat that is not in the way DURING a play coming to you at the plate?

Pop quiz ... when should an umpire pick up a player's equipment? NO ... the answer is NEVER. ;)
 
May 16, 2012
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An umpire should NEVER ... NEVER ... in case you didn't get that, NEVER ... touch player equipment (beyond a pre-game or in-game inspection) . I am a hard@$$ on this. Some people may think I am rude, but I am not picking up the catcher's mask for him. I am not picking up a bat for the on deck batter coming up. I am not even picking up a bat between innings.

The last time I picked up a bat between innings I took it over to the offense's dugout and stood there, holding it out. The players taking the field walked right past me. The players in the dugout ignored me. The coaches continued their conversation. Nobody made any effort to come get it. So I took it back with me to the plate and put it back where I got it. The parents got a good chuckle. The catcher threw down after the pitcher's warm up pitches, the batter took his place ... and I yelled "TIME!" I looked at the bat and nobody moved. Finally the catcher picked it up and tossed it to the dugout. After that, my view became "I'm not a maid. The only thing I clean is home plate."

In the video, what makes no sense to me is why he even picked up the bat in the first place. Beyond those times when you should pick up equipment ... which is NEVER ... why are you picking up a bat that is not in the way DURING a play coming to you at the plate?

Pop quiz ... when should an umpire pick up a player's equipment? NO ... the answer is NEVER. ;)
100% on point. I don't understand umpires, coaches, and fans who don't understand why you should never pick up after the players. Not what I was hired for.
 
Mar 1, 2013
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Early in my career, I used to try to be helpful. I then was given grief by a parent because I kicked a bat out of the way and "that bat cost more than all of your equipment combined!" rang out. Whatever. As noted, I leave them be. Not my job. A discarded bat, by rule, is part of the playing field (with obvious exception of a batter-runner throwing the bat into a batted ball) so runners and fielders be aware of the presence of the bat and pick it up your darn self once play has ended.
 
May 29, 2015
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Thank you @eddieq ... I got going on my rant and forgot that added piece which I usually include.

Yeah, I'm not picking up your $400 bat and literally throwing it back to the dugout just so I can "throw it out" when it rattles during the next equipment inspection (and you try to blame me).
 

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