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 By Jeff Parsons    Sports    April 18, 2014

Etiquette

As we start the 2014 Sidney baseball season, I would like stand on my soap box a bit and remind you of the etiquette followed in the game of baseball. Baseball is equal opportunitysport. You don’t have to be 6’9 or 290 or run a 4.4 to play....

 
 By Jeff Parsons    Sports    April 11, 2014

Chin music

Typically you won’t see a pitcher intentionally throw a ball at the hitter in baseball, but sometimes one tends to wonder when a little “chin music” is applied. I can understand brushing back the hitter from the plate, but as an umpire and a ca...

 
 By Jeff Parsons    Sports    March 28, 2014

That'll leave a mark

In a spring training game between the Reds and the Indians, official Brad Meyers took a line drive shot right in the bucket while working the infield. It’s a place we guys can only describe as … OOOHHHHH! Chills run down my spine just thinking of...

 
 By Jeff Parsons    Sports    March 21, 2014

Rough me up

One of the most overlooked rules in the book is the treatment of the baseball itself. Why? you ask. First, a little background. The American baseball is made with a small squishy ball center wrapped in lots of thread. Nine inches of leather is then...

 
 By Jeff Parsons    Sports    March 14, 2014

The first thing to know

It is hard to think about baseball when temperatures struggling to climb above strike zone, but what a perfect opportunity to break out the rule book and brush up on the laws of the game before we begin the 2014 season. In the past we have spoke...

 
 By Jeff Parsons    Sports    March 7, 2014

Remembering a big man

Before the Sidney Baseball program takes the field this spring, I would like to take a few moments to celebrate the life of a very close friend, mentor and founder of the BOC John Cronk, who passed away this past December. There are so many stories...

 
 By Jeff Parsons    Sports    May 11, 2013

Breaking the Double Play

Nothing is more exciting, even to me, than seeing a seamlessly executed double play…or seeing a runner break up a double play in a cloud of dust. Either way it can be a game changer. But as the official, you can’t get sucked into the play. You...

 
 By Jeff Parsons    Sports    April 27, 2013

Mythbusters ...

Passion – There isn’t another other word that best describes my feelings for the game of baseball. Over the years, I can tell you, never a day goes by that I don’t think about, prepare for or study the game. On occasion, we officials get... Full story

 
 By Jeff Parsons    Sports    April 20, 2013

New Balk Rule

Each season, the rules of baseball are re-evaluated and modified. With the modern materials available and new manufacturer techniques these days, most of the rules are changed for the sole purpose of safety. This year there have been changes to a...

 
 By Jeff Parsons    Sports    April 3, 2013

Behind The Mask

Hello everyone, it’s that time of the year where the boys of summer take over and another baseball season is about to begin. It’s time to dust off the bleachers, grab a bag of seeds, a cold...

 

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