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'intentional' umpire contact rule changed


"taking into account recent tribunal decisions, particularly involving the incident with steven may in round eight, it was decided to charge dustin under the careless contact provisions.""because those guidelines around intentional umpire contact are not specific, at match review level we have decided to interpret those guidelines for intentional umpire contact as being when a player disrespectfully, aggressively, dismissively or indeed forcefully intentionally touches an umpire."but christian denies they have changed the rules."no, what we are doing is trying to interpret the rules as they are laid down," he said."there's nothing really to change because at the moment there's no real clear, specific guidelines around what constitutes the various aspects of umpire contact … we...






umpire contact a touchy subject


the afl revealed on monday that the provisions surrounding intentional umpire contact had changed, although the league wouldn’t admit it had changed the rules.“… at match review level we have decided to interpret those guidelines for intentional umpire contact as being when a player disrespectfully, aggressively, dismissively or indeed forcefully intentionally touches an umpire,” match review officer michael christian said.while umpires believed that the tom hawkins incident in round seven warranted some form of sanction because of its nature, they believe the rest of the instances of umpire contact should be encouraged.with the game’s officiators worried about the status of their relationship with players, there was one instance that highlighted what umpires were trying to achie...






pitchless intentional walks not the only mlb rule change


major league baseball and the players association announced their agreement on several rule changes thursday, including pitchless intentional walks. all of the changes listed below took effect with thursday’s exhibition games. here’s a look: — video review regulations were changed to establish a 30-second limit for a manager to make a challenge and a conditional two-minute guideline for the replay umpire to make a decision. when a manager is out of challenges, an umpire crew chief may ask for a review of a non-home run call starting in the eighth inning, one inning later than last season.— an addition to rule 5.07 likely will come to be known as the carter capps rule. the padres reliever is known primarily for his funky, hopping delivery. the rule now prohibits a pitcher from reset...






take your base: pitchless intentional walks in mlb


updated 12:54 am, friday, march 3, 2017 new york (ap) — major league baseball and the players' association announced their agreement on pitchless intentional walks, and the change took effect with exhibition games starting thursday.if a manager signals the plate umpire for an intentional walk, the umpire would tell the batter to take first base.baseball commissioner rob manfred had hoped for more radical pace-of-game changes, but the union did not agree to raising the bottom of the strike zone, pitch clocks or limits on trips to the mound. mlb can make unilateral changes to playing rules only with one year advance notice.two other rule changes were announced thursday. an addition to rule 5.07 formalizes an umpire interpretation and prohibits a pitcher from resetting his pivot ...






take your base: pitchless intentional walks in mlb


updated 12:44 am, friday, march 3, 2017 new york (ap) — major league baseball and the players' association announced their agreement on pitchless intentional walks, and the change took effect with exhibition games starting thursday.if a manager signals the plate umpire for an intentional walk, the umpire would tell the batter to take first base.baseball commissioner rob manfred had hoped for more radical pace-of-game changes, but the union did not agree to raising the bottom of the strike zone, pitch clocks or limits on trips to the mound. mlb can make unilateral changes to playing rules only with one year advance notice.two other rule changes were announced thursday. an addition to rule 5.07 formalizes an umpire interpretation and prohibits a pitcher from resetting his pivot ...






take your base: pitchless intentional walks in mlb


updated 11:04 pm, thursday, march 2, 2017 new york (ap) — major league baseball and the players' association announced their agreement on pitchless intentional walks, and the change took effect with exhibition games starting thursday.if a manager signals the plate umpire for an intentional walk, the umpire would tell the batter to take first base.baseball commissioner rob manfred had hoped for more radical pace-of-game changes, but the union did not agree to raising the bottom of the strike zone, pitch clocks or limits on trips to the mound. mlb can make unilateral changes to playing rules only with one year advance notice.two other rule changes were announced thursday. an addition to rule 5.07 formalizes an umpire interpretation and prohibits a pitcher from resetting his pivo...






take your base: pitchless intentional walks in mlb


updated 4:00 pm, thursday, march 2, 2017 new york (ap) — major league baseball and the players' association announced their agreement on pitchless intentional walks, and the change took effect with exhibition games starting thursday.if a manager signals the plate umpire for an intentional walk, the umpire would tell the batter to take first base.baseball commissioner rob manfred had hoped for more radical pace-of-game changes, but the union did not agree to raising the bottom of the strike zone, pitch clocks or limits on trips to the mound. mlb can make unilateral changes to playing rules only with one year advance notice.two other rule changes were announced thursday. an addition to rule 5.07 formalizes an umpire interpretation and prohibits a pitcher from resetting his pivot...






commissioner rob manfred says pitch-free walks are on fast track


west palm beach, fla. — pitchless intentional walks could start in spring training games this week.commissioner rob manfred said the change, to which the players’ association has said it will agree for 2017, is among the rule changes that have been distributed to teams. planned modifications to video-review rules for this season include a 30-second time limit for managers to request a review, and a two-minute limit for the review umpire in new york to make a decision — unless a supervisor in the replay room gives permission for the umpire to take longer.under the change to the intentional-walk rule, a team can signal for an intentional walk without pitches being thrown. manfred said major league baseball staff has been going over the changes with teams, and the new intentional-walk r...






pitchless intentional walks could start this week


west palm beach, fla. (ap) — pitchless intentional walks could start in spring training games this week.baseball commissioner rob manfred said the change, which the players' association has said it will agree to for 2017, is among the rule changes that have been distributed to teams. planned modifications to video review rules for this season include a 30-second time limit for managers to request a review, and a two-minute limit for the review umpire in new york to make a decision — unless a supervisor in the replay room gives permission for the umpire to take longer.under the change to the intentional walk rule, a team can signal for an intentional walk without pitches being thrown. manfred said major league baseball staff has been going over the changes with teams, and the new inten...






pitchless intentional walks could start this week


west palm beach, fla. (ap) — pitchless intentional walks could start in spring training games this week.baseball commissioner rob manfred said the change, which the players' association has said it will agree to for 2017, is among the rule changes that have been distributed to teams. modifications to video review rules for this season include time limits for managers to request a review and for the review umpire in new york to make a decision.under the change to the intentional walk rule, a team can signal for an intentional walk without pitches being thrown. manfred said major league baseball staff has been going over the changes with teams, and the new intentional walk rule probably will go into effect this week."as soon as we're done with the clubs, we'll start implementing the pi...






mlb approves dugout signal for intentional walk in 2017: report


the four-pitch intentional walk can take a hike. in an effort to improve the game’s pace of play, major league baseball approved a change to the intentional walk rule on tuesday, ditching the drawn-out, traditional format for a dugout signal, sources told espn. the league and the players’ union agreed to the change, which will reportedly take effect at the start of the 2017 season. the new rule will allow a team to signal to the umpire its decision to walk a batter, rather than forcing a pitcher to toss four pitches outside the strike zone.see it: mets' steven matz catches gigantic shark while fishing there were 932 intentional walks over 2,427 games last season, or one every 2.6 games, meaning the impact on pace of play would be smaller than some of the league's...






mlb rule changes make justin verlander a trivia answer


justin verlander of the detroit tigers pitches in the fifth inning against the atlanta braves on oct. 2, 2016.(photo: daniel shirey, getty images) 623 connectlinkedinemailmorelakeland, fla. -- changes are coming to baseball.major league baseball and the players’ association today jointly announced a series of rule modifications that will be in place for the upcoming season.most notable among them is the elimination of the four-pitch intentional walk and a 30-second limit on a manager’s decision to challenge a play.instead of pitchers throwing four intentional balls outside of the strike zone, the “no-pitch intentional walk” will start with the defensive team’s manager signaling the decision to intentionally walk the batter to the home plate umpire. following th...






mlb rule changes make justin verlander a trivia answer


justin verlander of the detroit tigers pitches in the fifth inning against the atlanta braves on oct. 2, 2016.(photo: daniel shirey, getty images) 623 connectlinkedinemailmorelakeland, fla. -- changes are coming to baseball.major league baseball and the players’ association today jointly announced a series of rule modifications that will be in place for the upcoming season.most notable among them is the elimination of the four-pitch intentional walk and a 30-second limit on a manager’s decision to challenge a play.instead of pitchers throwing four intentional balls outside of the strike zone, the “no-pitch intentional walk” will start with the defensive team’s manager signaling the decision to intentionally walk the batter to the home plate umpire. following th...






mlb rule changes make justin verlander a trivia answer


justin verlander of the detroit tigers pitches in the fifth inning against the atlanta braves on oct. 2, 2016.(photo: daniel shirey, getty images) 2 connectlinkedinemailmorelakeland, fla. -- changes are coming to baseball.major league baseball and the players’ association today jointly announced a series of rule modifications that will be in place for the upcoming season.most notable among them is the elimination of the four-pitch intentional walk and a 30-second limit on a manager’s decision to challenge a play.instead of pitchers throwing four intentional balls outside of the strike zone, the “no-pitch intentional walk” will start with the defensive team’s manager signaling the decision to intentionally walk the batter to the home plate umpire. following the ...






mlb rule changes make justin verlander a trivia answer


justin verlander of the detroit tigers pitches in the fifth inning against the atlanta braves on oct. 2, 2016.(photo: daniel shirey, getty images) 207 connectlinkedinemailmorelakeland, fla. -- changes are coming to baseball.major league baseball and the players’ association today jointly announced a series of rule modifications that will be in place for the upcoming season.most notable among them is the elimination of the four-pitch intentional walk and a 30-second limit on a manager’s decision to challenge a play.instead of pitchers throwing four intentional balls outside of the strike zone, the “no-pitch intentional walk” will start with the defensive team’s manager signaling the decision to intentionally walk the batter to the home plate umpire. following th...






mlb rule changes make justin verlander a trivia answer


justin verlander of the detroit tigers pitches in the fifth inning against the atlanta braves on oct. 2, 2016.(photo: daniel shirey, getty images) 242 connectlinkedinemailmorelakeland, fla. -- changes are coming to baseball.major league baseball and the players’ association today jointly announced a series of rule modifications that will be in place for the upcoming season.most notable among them is the elimination of the four-pitch intentional walk and a 30-second limit on a manager’s decision to challenge a play.instead of pitchers throwing four intentional balls outside of the strike zone, the “no-pitch intentional walk” will start with the defensive team’s manager signaling the decision to intentionally walk the batter to the home plate umpire. following th...






changes to replay, challenges among new mlb rules for 2017


major league baseball and the mlb players' association officially announced a series of rules changes thursday that will come into effect at the start of the 2017 season. of most significance is the alteration to the intentional-walk rule, a change that was reported by multiple outlets last week. teams will no longer be required to throw four balls to intentionally walk a batter. instead, defending team's managers who want to issue an intentional walk will signal to the umpire from the dugout, and the umpire will then award first base to the batter without a pitch being thrown. the announcement also includes multiple changes to the replay review protocol. managers will only have 30 seconds to decide whether to challenge a play. additionally, a "conditional two-minute guidel...






mets insider: team unfazed by new intentional walk rule


port st. lucie — major league baseball will find little argument in the mets clubhouse if it implements its new intentional walk rule as planned. the rule, which espn reported will be in effect for the 2017 season, allows the intentional walk to be called via a manager signaling from the dugout rather than forcing a pitcher to lob four balls away from the hitter. “it’s fine,” terry collins said wednesday. “it’ll speed up the game a little bit. some pitchers really have a hard time doing it, you know, lobbing the ball in there. “i get that some people don’t want change, they want the chance that a pitcher throws it to the backstop, misses and a guy gets a hit, but that’s so rare,” collins continued. “i think it’s a small change to the game.” very s...






mlb approves dugout signal for intentional walk in 2017: report


the four-pitch intentional walk can take a hike. in an effort to improve the game’s pace of play, major league baseball approved a change to the intentional walk rule on tuesday, ditching the drawn-out, traditional format for a dugout signal, sources told espn. the league and the players’ union agreed to the change, which will reportedly take effect at the start of the 2017 season. the new rule will allow a team to signal to the umpire its decision to walk a batter, rather than forcing a pitcher to toss four pitches outside the strike zone.see it: mets' steven matz catches gigantic shark while fishing there were 932 intentional walks over 2,427 games last season, or one every 2.6 games, meaning the impact on pace of play would be smaller than some of the league's other proposals that have






no replay needed as umpire reverses his call


st. petersburg, fla. — nolan fontana was called safe and then out on the same play by the same umpire — without a replay review. welcome to the majors, kid. nothing is certain. making his major-league debut for the angels, fontana initially was ruled safe by second-base umpire hunter wendelstedt on a stolen-base attempt in the second inning monday night against tampa bay. tampa bay manager kevin cash challenged the call — but before there was even a video review, wendelstedt correctly changed his ruling to out. “after consulting with me, he said, ‘i want to change it myself. i think i erred,’” crew chief joe west told a pool reporter. “i said, ‘ok, it’s your call.’ so he changed it.” wendelstedt said an umpire must be honest with himself. “i committed one of the t...






the 'farcical' afl rule ... that must stay


"we'll sort it out later."those were the words of the umpire on saturday night as ty vickery stood on the mark, having given away a free kick under the afl's new third-man-up rule.the umpire, having asked the hawks to nominate a ruckman against the bombers, saw another player's hand go up and penalised vickery, who arrived late to the contest."farcical" and "absurd" - that's how our podcasters saw the incident. but they also think the rule should stay.tune in to the latest episode of the age real footy podcast to find out , as well as more analysis of the big issues, including a potential "coach-killer" round two and the end – and potential beginning – of a hawthorn era.






the 'farcical' afl rule ... that must stay


"we'll sort it out later."those were the words of the umpire on saturday night as ty vickery stood on the mark, having given away a free kick under the afl's new third-man-up rule.the umpire, having asked the hawks to nominate a ruckman against the bombers, saw another player's hand go up and penalised vickery, who arrived late to the contest."farcical" and "absurd" - that's how our podcasters saw the incident. but they also think the rule should stay.tune in to the latest episode of the age real footy podcast to find out more, as well as more analysis of the big issues, including a potential "coach-killer" round two and the end – and potential beginning – of a hawthorn era.






drs plays spoilsport in ranchi test, should we rename decision review system as


decision review system (drs) has been the talking point through the border-gavaskar trophy whether it’s the ‘brain fade’ incident or the ‘umpire’s call’ loophole that keeps bowlers at bay even after trapping the batsmen plump in front of the wicket. well, for those of you who don’t know, india were against the drs rule in the initial years but accepted it after a few alterations. it seems like drs is still not full proof as ‘umpire’s call’ still plays a major factor when a review is taken.to make you understand, let me make you understand what’s the fuss moving around ‘umpire’s call’ in drs. to make it simpler if the on-field umpire gives not out to a batsman and the ball clips only 50 per cent or less of the stump, the third umpire is bound to stay with the or...






no replay needed as umpire reverses his call


st. petersburg, fla. — nolan fontana was called safe and then out on the same play by the same umpire — without a replay review. welcome to the majors, kid. nothing is certain. making his major-league debut for the angels, fontana initially was ruled safe by second-base umpire hunter wendelstedt on a stolen-base attempt in the second inning monday night against tampa bay. tampa bay manager kevin cash challenged the call — but before there was even a video review, wendelstedt correctly changed his ruling to out. “after consulting with me, he said, ‘i want to change it myself. i think i erred,’” crew chief joe west told a pool reporter. “i said, ‘ok, it’s your call.’ so he changed it.” said wendelstedt: “i committed one of the two errors that normally result in miss...






no replay needed as umpire reverses his call


nolan fontana was called safe and then out on the same play by the same umpire — without a replay review. welcome to the majors, kid. nothing is certain. making his major-league debut for the angels, fontana initially was ruled safe by second-base umpire hunter wendelstedt on a stolen-base attempt in the second inning monday night against tampa bay. tampa bay manager kevin cash challenged the call — but before there was even a video review, wendelstedt correctly changed his ruling to out. “after consulting with me, he said, ‘i want to change it myself. i think i erred,’” crew chief joe west told a pool reporter. “i said, ‘ok, it’s your call.’ so he changed it.” said wendelstedt: “i committed one of the two errors that normally result in missing a play. you have good...






in killing intentional walk, baseball loses a part of history, and gains nothing


albert pujols, right, is intentionally walked during the 2011 world series, as catcher mike napoli, left, receives and home plate umpire ted barrett looks on. (eric gay/associated press)phoenix – the four-pitch intentional walk, a relic from baseball’s past used at declining rates in the modern game, died on wednesday, when major league baseball and its players association agreed to replace it with an automatic walk triggered by a signal from the dugout. the curious part was its cause of death: it was sacrificed in the name of shorter games.that is curious, to say the least, because the intentional walk had neither the frequency of use nor the potential time-savings to make it an obvious target of league officials, led by commissioner rob manfred, who want to speed up the pace of play....






a brief history of the nationals and the traditional four-pitch intentional walk


bryce harper is intentionally walked by the cubs last may. (jonathan daniel/getty images)on wednesday, the major league baseball players association agreed to mlb commissioner rob manfred’s request to eliminate the four-pitch intentional walk in favor of a manager’s signal from the opposing dugout. manfred cites the rule as one means of improving baseball’s pace of play, and while nationals pitcher a.j. cole is probably cool with the change, not everyone is happy to see the traditional ibb go.what might the automatic intentional walk mean for baseball fans, and nationals fans in particular? for one, two nationals pitchers will be the answer to an incredibly obscure trivia question, provided the four-pitch intentional walk isn’t reinstated at some point. on oct. 2, 2016, max scherz...






black tennis umpire sues usta for alleged racial discrimination


pioneering tennis umpire tony nimmons sued the united states tennis association on friday, claiming that the organization discriminates against blacks such as himself — promoting whites just like its “tennis-whites only” clothing rule.nimmons, once the usta’s only african-american score-keeping “chair” umpire, has long complained of experiencing repeated racial discrimination in the sport, including in an equal employment opportunity commission complaint alleging that he had been demoted — in 2015, to the job of “video editor — for complaining.in his new lawsuit, filed in brooklyn federal court, nimmons said he began working as an umpire in 1994 and since then has suffered being called a monkey and being told “to return to the “ghetto.””“‘tennis whites only’...






matthew ebden overrun by alexandr dolgopolov in round two


round two: a. dolgopolov d m. ebden 7-6, 6-3, 6-4the umpire isn't always right. not when they say oops and change their decision meaning they have been both right and wrong. matthew ebden thought the umpire was wrong then right when she changed her mind. alexandr dolgopolov thought the opposite. leaps and bounds: ukrainian alexandr dolgopolov overcame australia's matthew ebden in round two of the australian open. photo: lukas cochbut that is academic for the umpire is actually always right, even when they admit they got it wrong. the chair umpire, briton alison hughes, on thursday night quickly tried to correct herself and admit she was wrong with a call when dolgopolov lost his shoe and then the point.the grand slam supervisor soeren friemel of germany was summoned and agreed wi...






take your base: pitchless intentional walks in mlb


updated 5:39 pm, thursday, march 2, 2017 photo: mark j. terrill, ap image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1san francisco giants' barry bonds can only wait as los angeles dodgers catcher paul lo duca gets set to an intentional walk pitch from james baldwin as the giants' calvin murray (8) looks on during the fifth inning, monday, sept. 24, 2001, in los angeles. home plate umpire is randy marsh. (ap photo/mark j. terrill) lesssan francisco giants' barry bonds can only wait as los angeles dodgers catcher paul lo duca gets set to an intentional walk pitch from james baldwin as the giants' calvin murray (8) looks on during the fifth ... more photo: mark j. terrill, ap take your base: pitchless intentional walks in mlb1 / 1back to gallerynew york (ap) — major leagu...






india vs australia: umpire chris gaffaney trolls australia, watch video


by: express web desk | updated: march 19, 2017 11:33 am umpire ian gould and third umpire nigel llong also saw the funny side of chris gaffaney’s reaction. (source:pti)the 140th over of the indian innings witnessed a comic element when josh hazelwood was bowling to cheteshwar pujara. since morning nothing really was happening for the australian bowlers as they toiled hard. hazlewood trying to unsettle the batsman bowled a bouncer. it almost worked, encouraging the hook with no contact. had pujara hit it, it could have gone anywhere; as he didn’t look in control. a small victory to the bowler, but no damage done.however, it was umpire chris gaffaney’s reaction at the other end which took everyone by surprise. there was a half shout for caught behind from smith and the cordon when...






nfl source suggests intentional grounding call against kirk cousins was erroneou


an nfl source suggested kirk cousins should not have been penalized for intentional grounding sunday. (jonathan newton/the washington post)the nfl apparently believes a key intentional grounding call made against washington redskins quarterback kirk cousins during sunday’s deflating loss at new orleans was erroneous.a league source pointed out monday morning the intentional grounding rule includes a requirement that the passer be “facing an imminent loss of yardage because of pressure from the defense,” a strong suggestion the nfl believes that was not the case with cousins and the penalty should not have been called. [brewer: for redskins, a 54-minute game leads only to pain] the league declined to comment on any communications between al riveron, the nfl’s senior vice president o...






nfl rulebook: league passes rule to prevent helmet-to-helmet hits


the nfl’s effort to make football safer was expanded tuesday by league owners who voted to approve a rule that seeks to take head-first collisions out of the game.discussions about curbing the worst collisions in the sport led to the drafting of a new rule that quickly went to a vote.the exact verbiage and application of the rule won’t be finalized until the next nfl owners meeting in may. it won’t mirror college football’s targeting rule exactly, but it’s a concerted effort to change the way football is changed at all levels.the nfl rulebook will now take a page out of the college book and be expanded to protect players further from helmet-to-helmet contact.what’s different about the nfl now with the new rule?if strictly applied by nfl officials, it could have a sweeping effec...






nfl rulebook: league passes rule to prevent helmet-to-helmet hits


the nfl’s effort to make football safer was expanded tuesday by league owners who voted to approve a rule that seeks to take head-first collisions out of the game.discussions about curbing the worst collisions in the sport led to the drafting of a new rule that quickly went to a vote.the exact verbiage and application of the rule won’t be finalized until the next nfl owners meeting in may. it won’t mirror college football’s targeting rule exactly, but it’s a concerted effort to change the way football is changed at all levels.the nfl rulebook will now take a page out of the college book and be expanded to protect players further from helmet-to-helmet contact.what’s different about the nfl now with the new rule?if strictly applied by nfl officials, it could have a sweeping effec...






former no. 1 pliskova bashes umpire's chair with racket after loss


former world no. 1 karolina pliskova was so irate with an umpire at a wednesday tournament in rome that she hit the umpire's chair with her racket several times - instead of shaking hands - after a stunning loss to maria sakkari.pliskova, the no. 6 seed from the czech republic, lost 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of the italian open. she argued with the umpire on several occasions during the match about points that went out of her favor and calls that were obviously wrong when shown on replay.not happy: karolina pliskova took her frustration out on an umpire's chair.photo: abacaas both players went to shake hands with the umpire in typical sportsmanlike fashion after the match, pliskova first put her hand out before beating up the chair. her short tantrum surprised sakkari and led to ..






hugh hewitt: democrats made confirmation easier for trump nominees. the gop shou


hugh hewitt hosts a nationally syndicated radio show and is author of “the fourth way: the conservative playbook for a lasting gop majority.”when then-senate majority leader harry reid invoked the “nuclear option” to break the rules of the senate in 2013 to allow for simple majority confirmation of presidential nominees, he created not one but two precedents.the first is that the senate’s rules and precedents can be changed by simple majority vote, not the vote of 67 senators as had previously been the practice. the second is that nominees to executive-branch positions and the federal bench are confirmed with 51 votes. it is a mere matter of time — and democratic obstructionism — before this rule is extended to supreme court nominees.the impact of the second precedent is so far-reaching as