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So...tonight was my last night of the season umpiring slow-pitch softball......

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Chef, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. Chef

    Chef Active Member

    Between May 1 and September 19, I umpired somewhere around 200 baseball and softball games.

    A couple of brief highlights....had a 7-inning softball game with a final of 4-2 that started at 9:35 one night, and we walked off the field at 10:11.

    The always memorable 48-hour softball tournament, in which I did 30 games in 2 days.

    Tonight was fun, in that I saw my first 4-homerun game.......by one player.

    In a 5-inning run rule, guy goes 4-4, (a 2-run HR, 2 3-run HR, and a Grand Slam)...not too bad.

    Oh well.....the cleats and the umpiring shirts are put away for the year..now....to heal the corn in time for basketball season.
  2. By heal, do you mean a bottle of scotch and a Bowie knife?
  3. Chef

    Chef Active Member


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  4. Let's do this!
  5. Chef

    Chef Active Member

    Not tonight; Perhaps Friday or Saturday night.

    Ye Olde Chef is a touch sleepy, and not nearly intoxicated enough.
  6. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    There's absolutely no way this happened. No way. That's an average of 2 minutes, 35 seconds per half inning. And that's without counting fielders having to run on and off in-between innings, etc.

    If it was a 1-0 game, I might believe it. But six runs scored?

    If you explain in further detail, I can be swayed. But until then ... ???
  7. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Wouldn't the average go up a bit if the home team won?

    Still seems unlikely, but you never know. In slow pitch softball there could be a few three-pitch innings.
  8. Don't doubt Chef.

    He knows what he's doing.

    Now, back to the self-mutilation...
  9. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    So let's time it.

    Change of inning. Fielders run off. 25 seconds. Batter grabs a bat. Walks into the batters box. We're at 1 minute. First pitch, swing. Ball in play. Caught. Throws it in. Batter runs back to dugout. New batter steps to the plate. Now we're at, what, 1:50? First pitch, swing. Ball in play. Caught. Throws it in. Batter runs back to the dugout. Two out. New batter steps to the plate. 2:40? First pitch, swing. Ball in play. Caught. Inning ends in 3 minutes.

    Not seeing that sequence happening 13 times (which would still be 39 minutes). 

    At an absolute minimum, it would probably take eight minutes to score four runs. Probably another four minutes to score the other two. That's 12 minutes devoted to one inning, leaving 24 minutes for the remaining six.

    Suddenly, we're at two minute half-innings, and that's not even counting the time in-between. 
  10. Uh, you guys may be putting too much thought into this.

    Maybe work on that cancer thing, instead.
  11. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

  12. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Member

    Oh, wait, I get it ...

    Chef said "we walked off the field at 10:11."

    Only to .... return to the field at 10:30, after a rain delay disrupted play in the fourth inning. :)
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