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#1 Umpy

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:42 PM

...I finally own a pair of plate shoes.

#2 JaxRolo

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:54 PM

:shakehead: :shakehead: :shakehead:

I used to be a really good Baseball Player until my eyes started going bad. So I became an Umpire!

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 08:55 PM

...I finally own a pair of plate shoes.


Congrats, did you escape w/o injury?

What pair did you decide on for your first?
I'm not where I need to be, but not where I used to be.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 09:35 PM

Good for you. Baseballsavings.com to the rescue?
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:23 PM

When I take a direct shot to my plate shoes, the ones where I feel the pressure and a slight tickle it hit so hard, I count my blessings that I bought plate shoes.

My feet would be vegetables without them.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 12:26 AM


...I finally own a pair of plate shoes.


Congrats, did you escape w/o injury?

What pair did you decide on for your first?

Only got nailed bad once doing an 18U game. I've done mostly 12 and under despite taking foul balls and errant pitches to the feet in those games, my Nike Air Monarch III's provided adequate protection. Those things are padded. Got me some of these though to protect my toes now.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:21 AM

Now count your blessings you were able to work that many games without getting injured without plate shoes.
You may also want to consider buying a lottery ticket with your luck.

Moved to Salina, Utah.  Time for some fishing and hunting.


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Posted 12 June 2012 - 08:32 PM

3700 + games. Over 2100 + behind plate. Number of games worked behind plate without plate shoes: ZERO

Here is a list of plate shoes owned over the years (in order):

Riddell low tops
Vans plate shoes (also had Vans base shoes...cool or what?)
XS Xclusive Shoe low
+POS low top (2 pairs over the years)
Spot-Built Hard Toe High tops (ouch to the toes, but never caught a bad one so okay)
Reebok low cut plate shoes (2009 to present)

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:45 PM

SDS do you by any chance have pics of those classic Vans?

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:27 AM

No, unfortunately not,and I've googled it before, trying to find some like them, with no success. They were both black w/white V Vans logo on both sides too. Didn't think they were anything special at the time, other than the cool factor.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:37 AM

I worked my 1st 10 years without plate shoes. Never once took a shot. I wear them now for the professional look. I still have yet to take a hit . Luck? Maybe..... I like to think of it as Kharma. I love and respect the game, so she takes care of me :)
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:41 AM

I worked my 1st 10 years without plate shoes. Never once took a shot. I wear them now for the professional look. I still have yet to take a hit . Luck? Maybe..... I like to think of it as Kharma. I love and respect the game, so she takes care of me :)

If you are going to depend on Karma, you better learn to spell her correctly.:)

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:42 AM

I picture you with some sort of bizarre plate stance that keeps both feet directly behind the catcher.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 06:09 AM

He was calling games from behind the mound.

I used to be a really good Baseball Player until my eyes started going bad. So I became an Umpire!

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 08:45 AM

Nope. I've never called from the mound even in 1 man. I stood on my hands B)
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 10:07 AM

...I finally own a pair of plate shoes.


Money spent on protective gear is never wasted........

and the impression of being under equiped is the same as being under dressed....

My son plays MSBL after 4 yrs as an NCAA baseball player and one as a NCAA grad asst coach....I do the book for his team.....the team was standing around the cage when the umpires came on the field....The plate umpire had our state patch on his sleeve....

One of the players remarked that they had never seen that plate guy before....and asked son if he had.....and my son remarked no, and Im concerned....

his reasons why....

Dickies grey work pants
No Plate shoes
Red t-shirt under HS navy jersey (state no-no)
No shin guards
plastic ball bag.....

he said, he looks like a hobo...........lets hope Im wrong,.........( but you know he wasnt......)

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 06:42 PM

Took my first shot to them today in an adult woodbat league. Hit the side of my foot and missed most of the protective plating. I really don't get what's wrong with my stance.




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