"read more") that our 3rd base umpire is nowhere in frame. I prefer getting low leaning in and being close to a touch when I'm at 3rd. It gives you credibility in that one in 300 chance a runner actually MISSES a base. I feel like I see a missed touch about once a week, BUT they usually don't appeal.
In this case, 3B Umpire Adrian Johnson calls the runner out and if you look closely, you can see the runner hesitate a couple steps past the bag. We take this information in as a picture begins to present itself. Now, Johnson is afforded the luxury of Replay, but sadly, most of us are not, so if you get the opportunity, stick your nose into a touch. Coaches and Managers see this and it gives you credibility with the call you have to make. In this case we have only one place to be as a 3rd base umpire.... We're looking for a touch and we're looking for the possibility of a following play into 3rd base from the catcher.
When we get in close on touches we're engaged to the action and we have all important believability. Happy Umpiring!!
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