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  1. 10 points
    Hey all, Thank you so much for the concern, prayers and well wishes. I’m two weeks into a month long rehab at Long Beach Memorial Acute Rehab Hospital and my progress is evident every day. I’m walking with a walker and getting stronger. The amount of support I have received, especially from the brotherhood, has been unbelievable and humbling. My wife and I truly appreciate those that have donated to our gofundme as that money will be used to help me transition back home safely. My goal is absolutely to get back on the field as soon as possible, and I believe that is God’s plan for me. Along with my wife’s help, we are going to win this battle together. All my best, Steve
  2. 8 points
  3. 7 points
    Buy both plate and base pants. I cannot stress this enough.
  4. 5 points
    I'm not sure anyone really thinks that the runner decided halfway home that he was going to truck the catcher. And I feel like everybody agrees that the catcher stepped into the path of the runner, and that he did it late. In fact, it seems to me like everyone agrees on all those things (which makes this OBS), and even that contact is virtually unavoidable. It's the reaction of the runner to the catcher's movement that's inappropriate. He could have put out his hands out, elbows bent, to protect himself. He could have drawn his arms into his body to protect himself. He could have tried to turn his body to duck/squeeze/dance past the catcher. Any of those would have been fine and entitled him to an award of home plate. Instead, he reacted by lowering his shoulder and driving up through the chest of the catcher with his shoulder and elbow. That's not what you do to protect yourself. That's what you do when you want to knock a guy out of his shoes and make him blow snot bubbles. There are sports where that's appropriate game-related action, and baseball isn't one of them. That's why it's MC.
  5. 5 points
    Not at all, but there are some who wouldn't call anything but OBS in this play and I am baffled by that. If this play isn't MC, I'm not sure why we have it in the rule book? And to take it a bit further, this is a great clip for learning. It has nothing to do w/ the umpire in the field and the decision he made. The goal here is for all of us to learn and get these plays right in the future.
  6. 5 points
    I was fortunate enough to be selected for the MHSAA State Semi/Finals last month. My first game (semi) I had the plate and had this photo taken ...I thought I'd share.....
  7. 5 points
  8. 4 points
    Make a significant adjustment to his path, probably not. Make a significant adjustment to his lean and upper body rotation, certainly. He pulled his arms in, leaned forward, rotated his upper body, dropped his shoulder, and drove through F2 all in a matter of a step and a half. If he extends his arms, has a backward lean, or tries to duck away, he's safe on OBS. If he loads up and leads with his shoulder and elbow at chest height, then he's out for MC.
  9. 4 points
    MAYBE the runner could not avoid contact. But he never even tried to. He ran THRU the catcher, that's what makes this MC.
  10. 4 points
    During game three, of the 2017 Class AAA best-of-3 state championship series (I was the plate umpire and crew chief), I initiated a crew conference when I thought my third base umpire (we had a four man crew) had missed a malicious contact call (he did not call malicious contact). There was a rundown between second and third, and R2, in my opinion, took-out the defensive player with a forearm shot as the defensive player was applying the tag...knocking the defensive player to the ground. The players started jawing at one another, so I hustled up the line to help break that up. When that was over, my partner had only called the "out", he had not called MC. I immediately got the crew together. We didn't have much of a discussion in that I said, "I have malicious contact, does anyone have anything different." When I received three "no's", I turned and ejected the player. Luckily, the head coach/third base coach actually said, "I agree. That's the right call." You have to get these when they occur. If not, you then have to worry about retaliation the rest of the game...which can lead to the game getting out-of-control.
  11. 4 points
    Don't let @MadMax hear you say that!
  12. 4 points
    Chutes & Ladders, triglycerides, triceratops notwithstanding, this vest is the real deal. Compared to others on the market, it’s an absolute steal at $72. It has been a tremendously capable substitute for my Riddell. No, I’m not taking offers for the Riddell. I said sub not replacement. Not going to Pipp my Power!
  13. 3 points
    I recall writing something like this up 5+ years ago (match your last stripe color). In the past several years, the trend has become more relaxed (and simpler). Red and white are no longer the "in" colors for base layers. Basically, if you have black in your umpire shirt, whether it is the main color or a trim color, go with black as your base layer. If you have navy in your umpire shirt, whether the main color or trim color, go with navy. This applies to both baseball and softball but do check to see if your association has specific details. IN SUMMARY: past (last trim color); current (match black or navy).
  14. 3 points
    Because the OP isn't specific, I think this statement needs some qualification. I've used an iX3 at all levels of fast-pitch softball, and never once felt vulnerable. I might wish it had a little more ventilation, but the protection is fine *for softball*. I don't wear it to work baseball, but I can believe that the spacing of the plates would be an issue there. The size and speed of the ball makes a big difference in the amount of energy a CP can distribute. I know it's mostly baseball umpires here, and I respect that, but I think it's important (especially in the gear threads) to appreciate that the internet brings all kinds of umpires here, and if the site can give softball guys (like me) good gear advice for their level/sport, it's the right thing to do. Heck, it might even be a way for you to offload some gear that's not appropriate for higher-level baseball, but just fine for all levels of softball.
  15. 3 points
    Welcome to the club! When you umpire, forget that you are a teen-ager. You are the game's arbiter, the fulcrum of fairness between two teams, and you might as well learn now that you will often have to tell a coach, "That's enough." Warn, then eject if necessary: as an officiating cliché has it, the only ejections we regret are the ones we didn't do. And I hope your supervisors (presumably adults) back you up when you have to exercise your authority and game management skills.
  16. 3 points
    Shin guards are measured from the middle of your knee to the ankle, right? In my opinion, which doesn't mean much, the Diamond BL pads aren't that great either. I'd just buy a Diamond iX-3, or just the frame if you can, and put on replacement pads. Pads really make the mask, the frame isn't as important. As I'm sure you know, @MadMax could talk for weeks on end about different materials for masks, but I think he'd agree with me that the pads are most important. One last thing, I know clothing wasn't mentioned at all but a 6-stitch cap can be used on plate and base and will fit any mask that isn't low profile or an All-Star FM4000. @Thunderheads will disagree on that part though.
  17. 3 points
    I think you should add any of the Wilson dynalites to the mask list and add some of the Wilson cp and sg
  18. 3 points
    If champion is your choice, I would get the 15in. And then cut the collar bone pad out so the plastic sits up at the base of your neck.
  19. 3 points
    You want a style guide? Simple – dress for success. You have a hat, and you wear it at all times brim forward (unless you’re PU with a HSM). You tuck your shirt in. You wear a belt. You wear “Umpire” pants that fit you properly. If PU, the pants cover the shinguards (this will force you to get proper pants and/or proper shinguards). You wear socks that are black, blue, or grey; no white. You wear shoes that are predominantly black, are clean, and are athletic in nature. You don’t wear unnecessary accoutrements, accessories or vanities. Sure, when it comes to shirts, there are a variety of styles. The current model is known as the 2016 MLB Panel-style. Back in 2015, Majestic rolled out a working prototype in plain black. So, just a plain, solid polo does work. Then you have the well-known and widely used 2010 MLB Vertical (or Single) Stripe. It’s still a very effective, straightforward, professional look... for baseball. It was copied by several manufacturers after Majestic released it. Some made it less expensive. Some, like The Officials Choice (TOC), expanded it into over a dozen varying color combinations. And lastly, some turned it into a dye-sublimated blank so any organization or association could commission an “official shirt” for their member umpires... complete with the exorbitant, extortionate price tag. The 2010 style lends itself to be replicated via dye sublimation much more easily than the older, more “traditional” styles. The old, traditional, “classic” style has its origins in the 1990’s. Debuting in the patriotic triad of navy with red and white trim, it appealed to a multitude of organizations and institutions including American Legion, Babe Ruth, Little League and NFHS. Of course, to replicate the Elbeco’s sunlight-drenched powder blue, a powder blue version was introduced with red, white and navy trim, then merely navy and white trim. The professional ranks used these for a short time, but then pressed on into black, augmenting it with first cream and then a black-collared light blue shirt that came to be known as “polo blue” or “Columbia blue”. Because Softball was largely an amateur sport, it followed amateur baseball in its use of navy-based shirts, which further diversified into red (with navy and white trim) and white. Of course, because softball is played primarily in daylight, and to “soften” its appearance, it embraced powder blue with navy and white trim as its quasi-official color. And this is how it stood for over a decade, until 2010 saw Majestic debut that “radical new style”... and “traditionalists” across this great nation let out a long, loud, collective groan that the new shirts were too slick, too flashy, and too expensive. Heaven forbid that we had to buy new shirts! And Heaven forbid that we had to buy different shirts if we call both baseball and softball! How oppressive! So, now with more options than ever, the only important thing to do is match your partner... and tuck your shirt in.
  20. 3 points
    I always preach that if you're screaming ball on a close one that's going to get you jumped all over, then call a strike. Rather get hollered at because I called it a strike. Plus calling strikes sounds so much better.
  21. 3 points
    I'm as surprised as anyone.
  22. 3 points
    Pitcher stepped off, he's just a fielder. No balk.
  23. 3 points
    We’ve had this discussion on U-E’s forums before, @CJK! It stems from the opinion that “you (as BU) never refute your PU’s calls”, especially when appeals and pleadings are being done by the DT. That whole “don’t make my partner look bad” rationale. Well, look what happened, even in the Mexican League! Those two umpires – the PU and U1 – got fired, and the other two of the four-man crew got reprimanded for not stepping in to fix it! Over a “check(ed)” swing! You succeed as a crew and you fail as a crew.
  24. 3 points
    So I did the ol' cut 'n paste of @MadMax scientific explanation.......and sent it to SWMBO. Now, being the prudent financial advisor that she is......<pause for crowd laughter>....... she started reading up on it. I then get a message back from her. It was something like this. "This sport wash info that you sent me made me think of the scent-away that you have for your hunting clothes. So I went downstairs and read the bottle. It pretty much does the same thing." I'm sorry, the only thing that I could think of after reading that note, was that the reduced infra red signature of my umpire uniform will make me less visible to wildlife.
  25. 3 points
    By the way, little good can come of approaching a coach after a game, especially if you've had issues with him/her during the game. There are exceptions, but generally you just open yourself up to friction and tension. If you have issues with a coach's conduct, you might raise them with your assigner, or if in-house, someone of authority in the league.