for the Umpire Crew
last thing a crew needs is a whole collection of "secret" or
"private" signs. Keep any signs simple. Much beyond these few
universal signs and the umpire's sign list is growing too long.
many are out?
are two signs for making this request: 1) a cutting motion made across the
throat or 2) tapping the right pant leg with a closed right fist. Responses
1) The number of outs are relayed by hold the appropriate number of fingers,
pointing down, pressed against the right leg or 2) touching the brim of the hat
with the appropriate number of fingers (or a clenched fist if no one is out.) A
plate umpire often signals the number of outs by touching the side of the mask
with a closed fist (0 out), one finger (1 out) or two fingers (2 out) extended.
quick tapping on the top of head or on the brim of the hat indicates
confirmation of the count being requested. An alternative sign is placing the
palms of both hands horizontally on the umpire's chest. Response is made
by holding the number of balls in the left hand and the number of strikes in the
right hand. These are held pressed against the shirt just above the belt. The
responding umpire also calls the count aloud.
Infield Fly Situation
crews signal each other by first relaying the number of outs from the brim of
their hats then signaling the infield fly. Another infield fly signal is done
simply with the thumb pointing and moving upwards. A standard signal is to tap
your left shoulder with your right palm indicating that the infield fly could be
called. What is important is that play does not resume until all umpires are
aware of the pending situation.
out for a time play
wrote this note: "I just finished 5 weeks at the Jim Evans Academy of
Professional Umpiring and they gave this time play instruction: Indicate to
partner with right arm extended toward him with two finger indicating two outs
and then a sharp point to the plate. This indicates that there is a possible
time play and I am staying at home plate for a possible time play. This is
echoed back by the other umpire.
sign flashed around many diamonds is a warning to be alert for a potential
"two-out" time play situation. The plate umpire simply taps the back
of his wrist where he would normally wear a watch.