Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
If we all have to wait and see if it is routine for five seconds, then it defeats the purpose of the rule.
You can't decide, fifteen feet away from being caught that it is now routine.
The fact that he waited tells you it wasn't. Apparent=obvious. If you have to wait until you're sure, it isn't obvious and therefore cannot be called immediately.
The rule is not made in a vacuum. It has an intent. That SS could not double the runner by dropping the ball on purpose.
The umpire was waiting to see if the infielder ever had to give more than ordinary effort and more importantly, had to see how long the ball would hang up giving the shortstop a chance to make a solid play on the ball. Since he never sprinted or never had to turn his back, he thus never had to give more than ordinary effort. The umpire was giving the benefit of the doubt to make sure he didn't have to since it was hit so high and so deep into the outfield.
Again, I'm not trying to be as blunt as this but I have no choice... your interpretation of how ordinary effort is defined isn't correct. There is no hard and fast rule, but generally speaking, umpires use running/sprinting/turning one's back as a guideline as to whether more than ordinary effort was given.
I was told over and over in umpires camp that you can wait to the very last second to make the call if it takes that long before you're sure an ordinary effort can be made. Whether you like it or agree with it or not, that is absolutely how umpires are trained. George has already said as much earlier in this thread and I'm certain he will agree with that.