Ok, so this happened to me last Friday. I was on the BU.
- 1 out
- Runner on 1B
- Batter has 1 foot out of the Batter's Box taking signals from 3B coach.
- HP Umpire behind the catcher, has his right hand out in front of him with the palm facing the pitcher, as the batter wasn't ready.
- Pitcher pitches as HPU still has his hand up.
- R1 steals 2B, the throw from F2 was not on time.
- HPU and I send R1 back to 1B.
- Offensive managers appeals the decision stating it was a "Live Ball" Situation as "Time" was never called by HPU.
- We umpires talk and hold our decision of R1 being sent back on the basis that the ball was dead due to the HPU having his hand up.
- Manager protests.
After looking at Rule 8.05 ©, I'm inclined to believe the pitcher executed a quick pitch and it should have been called a "Balk".
Also, I've never been a fan of holding the palm up to indicate to the pitcher not to pitch. Does that really imply a "dead ball" situation?
Your thoughts are appreciated.
As the inning progressed, R1 stole, 2B, 3B and Home.
The protesting team lost the game under the Mercy Rule...