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  1. 7 points
    Yes, many of you are familiar with my SWMBO stories, and trust me, there are many MANY stories that don't make it to this forum. So the latest chapter unfolds as I'm going through the "end of summer" cleaning of the equipment bag and disposing of things that have been extended beyond their usefulness, as we get into "fall ball" mode. As I get to my (what I call) "ditty bag", I pull out 3 or 4 indictors, 2 plate brushes, some pencils, sun screen and a line up card holder (that has seen better days). Since SWMBO also wears the hat of my personal financial consultant, she also receives the emails from @JimKirk's team (because she has placed several orders for me). She mentioned that "our man @Scott Kennedy" just did a 2 minute review of a new magnetic line up card holder, and that I should order one. Well, needless to say, I just placed my order. Fella's, I wish that each and of you could have such a supportive SWMBO as I do (if the situation applies). Ladies, I just hope your "fella" is as understanding.
  2. 6 points
    I've always said I'll stop umpiring/officiating when it isn't fun anymore. When/if there comes at time where I don't look forward to stepping onto the field, court or rink, I know I'm done.
  3. 6 points
    Photos of me working the plate in the semi-final game of the 2017 American Legion World Series on ESPN U http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/emoq19b5f6b8ck1 http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/avn9o4v9hl768n4 http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/tfpo1hwnye82v1i http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/4368qd2gsymqac1 http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/wvowlvwva9vnsyc http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/9c112lcz38763sj http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/h1hqn4rfkim5mm0 http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/w12h4n536vll4cs http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/mt83o6flja67s0m http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/v2sgizd058o7cke http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/40b3ijt10wnfv9o http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/a77kjjqooy89ovz http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/vrstudio/albums/game_fourteen__nc_vs_ne/567353/guest/ilt5mh2treagmh1
  4. 6 points
    Guys, you're missing the fun potential here! I loved Lawumps' post. It is exactly what the OP needed. Now for what his partner missed. How much fun it is to fly down and get involved in a rundown. No matter where the play is I want to get to where I can take over part of the responsibilities for umpiring a rundown. I'm sorely disappointed if a rundown does not last long enough for me to get involved. Coaches, players and partners are amazed when you bust down a line and jump into a rundown. It makes your crew look great when the HPU gets to where he needs to be and verbalizes, "I've got this end". The players are scrambling but the umpires are in control! Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  5. 6 points
    And in true RAT fashion, Girardi has blamed this all on the umpires. Because grown athletes acting like pre-schoolers bear no responsibility for their actions.
  6. 5 points
    Most policies can be summarized as: We Cover EVERYTHING!* * -- except what actually happens
  7. 5 points
    Maybe the website recognizes you as a coach?
  8. 4 points
    Some guys stay too long, others leave too early. I've quit officiating both baseball and basketball twice over the years because it had become a grind; I finally got the right work/life balance down and enjoy working both sports right now. I've found when I work too much I start to get tired of it. I've seen older guys (70's) who can still call a great game and others who should have retired years ago. There is an umpire in my area who is pushing 80 and still works a full D3 college and HS schedule every year. He can't move as well as he used to but he still gets around well enough and calls a really good game. His mind is still sharp and he knows the rules better than anyone around here. He should absolutely still be working if he wants to. He gave up varsity basketball about 10 years ago because he felt like he was no longer able to work that level effectively anymore; he still works jr high and jv games in basketball. On the other hand I've seen a few other guys in their 70's who clearly can't call a game anymore. Things just move too fast for them and they get confused; they can't move well enough to be in good position. It's sad to watch those guys and even sadder to work with them; most of them don't know they do a terrible job because nobody tells them. I have an agreement with a guy who is a good friend and also my baseball partner for many of my games. We've both always been brutally honest with each other about our performance on the field. We've both agreed that when the time comes where we think the other guys skills have declined to where he's starting to embarrass himself we will tell him he needs to hang it up. I'd much rather have a friend and fellow umpire tell me I stink and need to retire than make a fool of myself on the diamond. That said I hope to stay healthy enough to work games long past my retirement from my real job (another 9 years). I lift weights, run half marathons and stay active so I see no reason I couldn't umpire well into my 70's if I'm still enjoying it. I think umpiring will be even more fun when I no longer have to get up and go to work in the morning after working a doubleheader the previous night.
  9. 4 points
    I have one reason to keep umpiring. My grandfather umpired in 1930 and there has been a member of my family (uncle, father, cousin, brother) umpiring since then. As it stands right now, I am the last of the line. I want to make to 2030, I'll be 73. There will b 100 years of Sansevere umpiring. All that other stuff is a factor, too.
  10. 4 points
    So you find your spot about 15 feet from 3B, several feet inside the foul line, and if there's an overthrow, you drop step left, cruise home, and get there in plenty of time. And, as a bonus, you can get in on the 3B end of the rundown, take a tag from a great angle, and not leave your partner to eat a sh!t sandwich while you're anchored to the plate, missing a pretty good game.
  11. 4 points
    +500 points for using black Belgard pads +400 points for getting a flat black powdercoat job –1000 points for cruel & unusual, cutting the horn chin guard off a unicorn Nike ... +200 points back for it being, technically an Adidas, but still, I'm withholding points for making some of us sad +314 points for using a TG that makes @BT_Blue jealous +9 points for assembling a good-looking, unique rig Seriously, we need to call this planform "The Icon" or "Iconic", or I'd even be in favor of calling it "The Posada" (original commissioning of the planform). The whole Nike / Adidas / Reebok / Mizuno whosit-whatsit shouldn't matter, it just looks good.
  12. 4 points
    If you're far enough from the base, you can hold all the action in one view: focus on the base, but be alert to a tag. The mistake umpires make is to get too close to 1B (this kind of issue is much more common at 1B), so that they can't see a big enough picture. We want to be 18–21 feet from 1B and set, as U1 was in the video. On this particular play, where the tag is so tight to the touch, it's extremely difficult to judge the timing. This play would be difficult to judge for 2 guys working U1 at the same time, one watching the base and the other the glove! The good news is that not all plays are this close. Without replay, we rely on good mechanics and good judgment to get it right. For plays this tight, that's the best we can do.
  13. 3 points
    There’s new base shoes coming out (idk when), and I’ve seen them but I was told not to release the actual picture but, I can post some NB turfs that may or may not look like them.
  14. 3 points
    i I am looking for a gray that matches my pants. The black in the picture is a moister wicking shirt. Anything other is too hot on most days. I don't like the look of my WVG TW under the PC with no shirt, but to each their own.
  15. 3 points
    I recommend posing the question as, "Why is this an illegal pitch?" rather than the tendentious and presumptuous, "Is Joe West making it up?" Why would you assume that you're right and West is wrong, instead of assuming that he knows what MLB wants called there and you don't?
  16. 3 points
    Let it sit in the sun to soften, then put it on and wear while cutting the grass, walking the dog, washing the car. Not only will you mold it, you will give the neighbor's something to talk about...
  17. 3 points
    Put it on, strap it up comfortable and go work several plates in 90+ degree weather. That should do it.
  18. 3 points
    When i can't do my job. Meaning, get my rotations, get into proper position, have a good/fair strike zone, etc. My only hope is I know when "THAT" time is. None of us ever want to be a burden to the game.
  19. 3 points
  20. 3 points
    Both parts of your statement are true: it is a live ball appeal, and it is a time play. But the "therefore" connecting them is incorrect: a live ball appeal can be a force out, as it often is for a missed base appeal. So the fact that this is a live ball appeal does not entail that it will be a time play. The fact that it is a retouch appeal DOES entail that it is a time play.
  21. 3 points
    I'm not qualified to rule on the latter.
  22. 3 points
    It's software that's designed to protect the user from attack by malicious outside software programs. But that's not important right now.
  23. 3 points
    Is that in the Casebook, Rich? Because it isn't in the Rulebook or Manual!
  24. 3 points
    Yes. It's an appeal, not a force play, and thus a time play. I think the site needs a banner with this play on it, which seems to be asked every 3 days.
  25. 3 points
    Girardi has an HRA (Hat Removal Average per nine ejections) of 1.80 in 2017. But his HRA+EKA (Excessive Kicking Average) is 5.40 in 2017.
  26. 3 points
    Shout out to my friend Chris Rutz from California District 70. He was just assigned tomorrow's championship plate for the LL World Series. Chris is a great umpire and has donated thousands of hours of his time working games, and instructing here in SoCal. I've had the pleasure of working many games with him, and instructing with him the last 10 years. It's been a long time dream of his. He's an awesome guy, and I couldn't be happier for him!
  27. 3 points
    So you anticipate arriving tomorrow (Friday) afternoon / evening? First, get yourself checked in. Depending on the time you arrive, they might have the housing complex gates coned-&-opened to allow drop-off traffic in. You're headed for Umpire Alley. 7 of the 10 Umpire Bunkhouses (Shacks) are on the Alley, with 3 others nearby (Area51, 40Brother, 41Bravo). Drop your stuff off in Umpire Alley, and go park your car in Lot C (the traffic coordinators might direct you to Lot C at the beginning, especially if you don't have much of anything to bring in. If that's the case, park in Lot C, gather up your stuff, and head to Umpire Alley on foot, or flag down a CDP utility cart driver). Once you find a bunk (bad juju to take a bunk already tagged or spoken for, FYI), take your ID and head up to the Big White Tent to get checked in. There, you'll meet either Todd, John Carr, or both. These two are your Umpire Directors for CDP. You'll need to sign a form or two, get your wristband (must wear it, it your pass for the grounds), pick up your CDP "dress blues" and accessories (pins, especially), and check-in for laundry service. When you sign the arrival form, ask where your team has been assigned for a bunkhouse. At this point in the discussion, let me remind you... You must bring your own gear. You should have your own pants, shoes (especially plate shoes), belt(s), mask(s), CP, shin guards, personal protector, ball bags, etc. You should bring your own hat(s), too. Make sure to bring a black ballcap / hat. If you have a navy ballcap, bring that too – the CDP -issued ones suck. If you have your own shirts, bring as many as you'd like, but especially bring black. Umpires only must wear CDP Blues on Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday. You will be issued a CDP Blue pullover jacket, too. Most guys favor this when it rains because if you ruin a jacket in the rain, no biggie. However, there are guys who will still want to conduct a game in black if it's cold or there's a drizzle, so if you have a black jacket, bring that just in case. Now, back to meeting up with your team... Inquire as to which bunkhouse they have been assigned, and then go and see if any of their coaches have arrived. The entire complex will likely be a zoo, with cars slowly pulling in to drop off over-sugar-fed ballplayers and stressed-out parents trying to deliver all their accompanying gear and materials. There will be kids of all ages running around already embarking on pin exchanging. The best advice is, don't start exchanging pins yet, at least not until you've delivered pins to your team. Meet up with your team (coach especially); they'll likely introduce you to the ballplayers, or will arrange to have you meet the entire team later that night or first thing Saturday morning. If your team isn't there yet, no worries – you should make sure to meet with them, though, before 11am Saturday morning. When you meet your team, you can ingratiate yourself to the ballplayers pretty quick by giving each ballplayer one of the Umpire pins you've been issued. There are some "park rules" you need to convey to your team that aren't always understood, but best explained in the setting of meeting your team (and coaches): Under no circumstance, none whatsoever, is a ballplayer to enter an Umpire shack. The ballplayer(s) will be suspended and the umpire(s) will be sent home. Any talking of baseball or pin exchanging is to be done outside on the tables or the Common Green or the White Tent. Out of the bunkhouse, footwear is to be worn at all times. Umpires are asked to remind ballplayers if they see them without footwear, as CDP Staff have the authority to suspend ballplayers for being barefoot outside the bunkhouses. Ballplayers must be in full uniform – hat, jersey, pants (worn to or at the knee only), and socks – going to and coming back from formal team events and games. Gate Staff will not let team members depart through the gate to their ballpark out of uniform, nor will they allow re-entry into the housing complex out of uniform. Be affable and friendly with the kids – you were one once, and you have a common, shared love of baseball. Keep in mind that you cannot work one of your team's games – if you happen to have your team scheduled on your field for when you are working, notify your Crew Chief or the Baseball Ops Zone Coordinator, and your crew will exchange fields with another crew for that game, easy as punch. If you are able to attend your team's games "off the clock", do so. The ballplayers and parents really get encouraged to see you even make an appearance. Go in plainclothes (if you're able) and certainly interact with the parents and fans. We only advise you to refrain from making comments about the working crew's performance, because do remember, those guys are your colleagues, and you might be in the same bunkhouse with them or end up sitting across from each other at meal time. Learn what you can, assimilate what you think is positive, disregard what you think is negative (or is blatant bull$hit), and just enjoy the baseball experience. Civilly and considerately, make sure the team's coach or rep has fulfilled your sponsorship arrangement. Only hold them to that, and if they invite you out to other team functions or get-togethers, consider it gravy and accept it with gusto! Have a great time. Oh, don't forget your personal protector.
  28. 3 points
    The videos dont show a double call.. on a side note.. alot of crews Pregame this situation... and PU will take F/F up to the cutout.. it is a more defining point on the field, and the base umpire is closer and will be able to get a better look at the F/F
  29. 3 points
    @MarkTDeNucciSr Welcome back I'm glad to see you here again! It's been a very long time. Here's my review: I have the Force3 V2 Ultimate Umpire Chest Protector. At first I was not so sold on it and kept threatening myself to get something else. Primary reason I wasn't sold on it's protection. I took a foul from a 14 y/o I wouldn't have had any ill effect from with my WV Gold, but I felt it and it was more than it not feeling good, it hurt. Not blinding pain but I don't think a foul like that should have hurt so bad. I didn't trust it at the HS or college level. Well time has passed and I've been wearing it for 2 years now for everything from kids to D-II, and I'm not going to be a cheerleader for it, but My thoughts have improved to some degree. I have taken a few fouls and uncaught pitches I feel them much more than I did with my Gold, but I don't think I'm 1 foul away from a trip to the ER. All of that said I am still wearing it. Will I be wearing it for 10 years like my Gold, probably not. Am I going to get a new one this year, no. I figure I'll keep this one a while and see what comes out in the future.
  30. 3 points
    Because umpires also have a rhythm when they work the plate. But you've never strapped it on so...
  31. 2 points
    The same way Lindor adjusted to the throw, Cuzzi adjusted to umpire the play developing in front of him. Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk
  32. 2 points
    My goal for the past decade was to do "better" baseball and not just "more" baseball. There was a time prior to that when I umpired any game that was played with a white ball and red stitches......Pretty much I've been able to do that. I was attending a Sunday double-header as a fan when I noticed the crew contained Umpires that I knew well. Both umpires were senior citizens and had retired years ago from any competitive baseball. I spoke to them pre-game asked them how they were doing. It was great to see them. I learned a great deal from them back in my early HS career. Both of them said they were "working their way down the ladder and out"....meaning umpiring younger baseball on smaller fields.......I wished them good luck. I then witnessed the saddest 2 games I can remember. Age and infirmity had robbed these two war horses of everything. And the coaches and parents were brutal to them. Between games another umpire from my association and I went to them to check up on them. We asked them if we could do a little free 4 man with them for old times sake.....NO, NO, they had it...... piece of cake..... We left them with a couple extra water bottles and went back to the stands. My association mate said " those guys used to be really good umpires" Right then I knew when I was going to call it quits......I will not "work my way down and out"..........
  33. 2 points
    Size is just like temperance, mobility, confidence, attitude, and rules knowledge when it comes to umpiring: it won't hold you back until it holds you back.
  34. 2 points
    For me? This ^^^^^^ I recall a few years back as the HS season was winding to a close... after what seemed like the thousandth game in a row, I recall thinking that this was becoming a job. Thankfully the season ended and after a few weeks off the passion returned. If it is not fun and you are feeling it is a grind? Hang it up for a bit... see if you long for it, or do you not even notice it is gone? Just find something to stay busy and have fun with it.
  35. 2 points
    are you kidding guys?? That's NOT intentional! Bases loaded, (that's why he didn't attend to Wolcott) and Hicks is a rookie ....he screwed up, they got crossed up, and ........FARMER isn't that good to hit anyone! Come on guys ..... that's a stretch at best that guys like Hicks and Farmer did that
  36. 2 points
    At best, the catcher appears not to have any compassion; his actions both in the immediate aftermath and upon seeing the injurious result of the pitch are consistent with a person amenable to the outcome of another person on the ground in pain. A slight more sinister interpretation places the catcher's reaction in the realm of schadenfreude. The pitcher's post-game Twitter comments and replies to several people suggests a similar lack of genuine concern. His responses are inconsistent with a concern for Wolcott's status and suggest a defense to a charge that wasn't even levied. Ausmus' postgame comments similarly convey a lack of levelheadedness, likely due to the team's struggles. Just another case of classic umpire scapegoating; the strike zone was not discrepant as he so alleges. Detroit was actually +1 on ball/strike calls this game. At worst, this was a calculated act where the catcher is most responsible for the outcome.
  37. 2 points
    JSam: MFP is a great place to start. Set your macros so you are high protein. I don't know how much you weight but I would not need to drop down to 1,800 calories until the last couple of weeks of a long cut. I'm a big proponent of lifting heavy to improve body composition. I'll also recommend the education and information you can get from the Muscle For Life site. PM me and I will offer you more specific suggestions. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  38. 2 points
    I'm no expert. Bought a bow flex Max trainer last year. I'm sure there's a similar machine at your gym. 20 minutes on this 3x a week gets the heart pumping and the sweat glands pouring. As far as food, I've never been much for counting stuff. I just watch the carbs and sugar intake.it seems to work well. Stay away from the white bread, pasta, cereal, soda, bad snacks. Read labels. Lots of carbs = stay away. Drink water. My go to flavored drink these days is Turkey Hill diet green tea. 0 carbs, zero sugar and I like the taste. Fruit and nuts for snacks. I'm 6'0. I've gone from 240 to 210 in less than a year. Feel better too. Still have more to go, but it's working. Probably could have been better/faster results if I didn't "cheat". I don't back away from a good Sunday lasagna with the family or a Friday night pizza. I think if you're to strict you fall off the program easier. I've found personally that if I don't make the "program" difficult, just attainable and livable, it's easier to maintain. Good Luck!!
  39. 2 points
    I'm pretty amazed this play happens as much as it's asked on this site. In 8 years and probably 1,000+ games, I haven't sen this more than once or twice...Yet it's asked here virtually every week.
  40. 2 points
  41. 2 points
    Nope! Any chance I get to show of my obnoxious gold "W"...I take it!
  42. 2 points
    Congratulations man, hope you have fun and I'll definitely be watching in they show your game. @tjohnson My man Bostwick made the PCL league too so I gotta send him a text. But congratulations to all selected
  43. 2 points
    1996 Douglas chest protector with added gap protection (Douglas did the biothane, I did the custom plates) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  44. 2 points
    As the base umpire, that is your call. In a two-umpire crew, on a rundown between second and third, if the plate umpire can get to the third base cutout he make take any plays (i.e. tag attempts) that occur around third-base. (Pro schools say the plate umpire would have anything within 10-feet of third base and the base umpire would "have the other 80 feet".) However, the plate umpire only has plays at third base when (1) he has actually gotten to third base (by the book, this means he is in the middle of the third base cutout); and, (2) he has informed you that he "has this end". Until he informs you that he "has this end," all plays that occur in the rundown are your (the base umpire) call. Since, in your post you stated that PU was "still at home", the play you posted is your call. Obviously, I did not see you officiate this play so I cannot provide any constructive criticism based on direct evidence. I can only attempt some feeble deductive reasoning in an attempt to flush out what may have happened. First, I can state that even the best umpires sometime get "straight-lined" and do not get a good look at a tag attempt. When this occurs, you really have to use good timing and make your call slowly. That is, take a second or two to read other clues that may help you make the correct call...before you actually signal and vocalize your call. I am going to guess, based on your description of the play, that a tag was not, in fact, made and that you got this call wrong. I base this on the fact that after this "tag attempt", not only did the runner continue to run, but the fielders continued to try to make a play against the runner. I believe, if you had taken a second or two to read the players' actions immediately after this tag attempt, you likely would have observed that all players (offense and defense) continued to play...at which point you would have obtained additional information to help you make the correct call, and at which time you should have given the safe mechanic while yelling "no tag! no tag!" Finally, as an aside, if the players are not hearing your calls, this likely means that you need to significantly increase your vocal volume.
  45. 2 points
    I'm going to add my wife to the Ump-Attire.com mailing list. Dollars to doughnuts I get the "why the heck am I getting this now?"
  46. 2 points
    I'm sorry. What is this pre... pre... press .... box? of which you speak?
  47. 2 points
    A lot of stuff working against us... 1B having to go into the hole (looks like they might have had a shift on...hard to tell), a pitcher covering too late, and a fast runner. Others have already brought up expanding your field of vision. It starts with Pre-Pitch Preparation. Have you identified what the infielders are doing? Do you know the 1B is playing towards the hole (or in a shift)? Have you adjusted to this? Have you considered - if the ball is hit to him, the pitcher is going to have to cover? All of these things tell me to back up. By backing up and taking an initial position close to the grass/dirt line, you take a couple steps fair and read your pitcher. By reading the pitcher you now know he reacted too late and it's going to be tight...potentially a tag play. Stay back instead of getting sucked in. You should have a good field of vision to see the tag to the body and foot touching the bag. Finally you have to stay calm. A lot of guys tense up when a play like this occurs. Tensing up will lock your eyes and you'll get tunnel vision. That's easier said than done... The reality is this is an extremely tough call and it's the defense that screwed up, making my life difficult. So in those situations (when I just don't know) I'm going to error on the side of the team that didn't screw the pooch and let the chips fall where they may. None of us have access to replay on this play. So we have to go with what we see. We're going to get a visit regardless. I would take charge of that discussion (we know why they are coming out) by giving a quick explanation - either l had him touching the base before the tag -or- I had him tagging him before he got to the base. And then I would immediately offer to get with the crew to see if anyone had anything different. Get the coach back in the dugout and see if anyone has information for you. Now the coach can't come back out and we've kept the discussion to a minimum.
  48. 2 points
  49. 2 points
    Aren't autographed hats and balls and the like supposed to just sit on a shelf anyway? Unless it's your step dad's Babe Ruth ball and your friends need a ball to play because the the beast got your last ball.
  50. 2 points
    You really don't have a leg to stand on for disciplining the catcher. Also sounds like you may have jumped the gun EJ'ing the dad because I think he was right. You should man up. No one's going to be "riding the pine." You're wearing a lot of protective gear for a reason, so use it like it was meant to be used and let it protect you. You said in your post that you're "sick" of getting hit in the face since it happens so many times. Personally, I've never been hit by a catcher discarding his mask, so I'm not sure why you're experiencing so many incidents. Perhaps you're a mask magnet. At any rate, don't let what seems to be a personal issue get the better of you and look for reasons to over officiate. Yes, it's good to mention it to the catcher and maybe the coach, but don't make it about you when you do, and don't get upset if things don't get better. These kids are only 11, and as you said, they play pretty bad baseball.