2020 Umpiring Memo #1

TO: Officials, Coaches, Administrators, Observation Team, Contacts

FROM: Chris Maher, Instructional Chairman, Long Beach Unit

RE: 2020 Umpiring Memo #1

I would like to welcome everyone to the start of the 2020 CIF Baseball Season. It has been my pleasure to back in my instructional and supervisory role again with our umpiring staff as well as being of service to our member institutions. I would also like to give a warm welcome to our new administrators and head coaches for the 2020 season as these bulletins establish a line of communication between all of us. We are about two months away from the first pitch being thrown and we have some important updates for the regular season.

The Designated Hitter (3-1-4b):There is now a 3rd lineup option a team may have offensively. A player may now hold two positions in a lineup, that of a position in the field as well as that of the designated hitter (i.e. P/DH, 2B/DH, RF/DH, etc.). This new provision is often referred to as a “9-man Lineup w/DH” and a team may allow the defensive player/designated hitter to remain in the game as the DH if he is replaced defensively while now moving to a 10-man lineup.

Where this change becomes important deals with when the DH is banged during the course of a game. If a team begins the game with a “9-man Lineup w/DH,” they will lose the DH when the following occurs:

  • A substitute or former substitute for the defensive role subsequently participates in an offensive role.
  • The starting defensive player/DH is substituted for either as a hitter or runner.

Below are a few situations that illustrate this change and usage.

    • Team A lists Hampton as a P/DH in the 5 spot in the lineup. In the 6th inning, Jimenez replaces Hampton as the pitcher.
      • Ruling: Legal and no loss of the DH. Team A continues as they have gone from a 9-man lineup w/DH to a 10-man Lineup.
    • Team A lists Hampton as a P/DH in the 5 spot in the lineup. In the 6th inning, Pierre bats for Hampton.
      • Ruling: Legal, but Team A has terminated the DH because Pierre participated in an offensive role. However, Hampton may still re-enter in that position.
    • Team A lists Andrews as a CF/DH in the 1 spot of the lineup. In the 4th inning, Richardson substitutes as the center fielder.
      • Ruling: Legal. The role of a defensive player has been substituted. No Loss of DH and Team A is now in a 10-man lineup.
    • Team A lists Andrews as a CF/DH in the 1 spot of the lineup. In the 4th inning, Richardson substitutes as the center fielder. In the 7th inning, Andrews re-enters defensively in centerfield.
      • Ruling: Legal. Andrews is entitled to one re-entry on defense since he was a starter. The DH remains intact because Richardson never participated in an offensive role. Team A started with a 9-man lineup w/DH, moved to a 10-man lineup and compressed back to a 9-man lineup w/DH.
    • Team A lists Andrews as a CF/DH in the 1 spot of the lineup. In the 4th inning, Richardson substitutes as the center fielder and later comes to bat in the 5th inning.
      • Ruling: Team A has terminated its use of the DH because Richardson has participated in an offensive role. Andrews may still re-enter in that spot since he was a starter.
  • Keep in mind, that a team may still begin the game with a 10-man lineup or a 9-man lineup without a DH. All prior rules in 3-1-4a still apply only if a team begins the game with a 10-man lineup.

Lodged Balls in a Fielders Glove (8-3-3c):A fair-batted ball that lodges in a fielder glove is now an exception to 8-3-3c and no longer carries a two-base award from time of pitch. An example of this play now being legal is the infamous Jon Lester toss of the glove to first base several years ago.

Fielders Warming Up as a Pitcher During a Charged Conference (3-4-1):A team cannot have a fielder, who is in the game, throw a baseball for the purpose of warming up as a pitcher during a defensive conference or a pitching change. If the team desires to warm up a player in the game to prepare him to pitch, it would need to take him out of the game to warm up and then later re-enter him under the substitution rule.

Coaches at The Mound During Pitching Changes (3-4-1):There will be no charged conference if a head coach or non-playing representative stays at the mound while a substitute pitcher is warming up following a pitching change. We will not charge this team with a defensive conference provided that the coach has left when the new pitcher has completed his warmup pitches and has not delayed the game.

Coaches/Administrative Evaluation Form: This year, I am developing a more user-friendly coaches evaluation form. If you would like access to this, please reach out to me and I can forward you the link to it. Your feedback helps in our training, observation and development of our umpiring staff.

I will be making my rounds to various institutions this off-season. If by chance you would like me to speak to your teams, coaching staffs or administration, please reach out to me at the below address and I will be glad to be of service to you.

Best Regards,

Chris Maher

Instructional Chairman,

Ic@socalofficials.org

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