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  1. 10 points
    To all the brothers here in Umpire-Empire, I wanted to thank you for all of the help over the years, ...YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!! I wanted to pass along that I was selected to work the MHSAA Semi/Finals this year. What an honor, privilege,.... and what an experience!!! One of the best things about it was that my crew comprised of 2 other partners that I work with regularly during the season, one of them being our own @Jeff C. I had 3 games ... 2 semi finals on Thursday, and one final on Saturday. My rotation was the plate first game out on Thursday ..... 10 innings later .... WOW! We rotated like normal as MHSAA goes 4 man from the Quarterfinals onward. The experience of learning the system quickly and catching on with the rotations was a blast! A special thank you to @Jeff C. also for being a great umpire, a great partner, and a great friend .... it was an honor to work with you sir!! My U-E brothers .......... Thanks again for the years of experience, knowledge, and of course, the comradery of the brotherhood!
  2. 8 points
    This is why people hate umpires. To answer your question, is this “OOO?” Absolutely not. It’s ODMFO (Overly Dumb Mother F’ing Official.”
  3. 6 points
    Completely to the contrary, the Force3 UnEqual is an ideal product to employ Kevlar in; it's just that, until the UnEqual V2, the Kevlar was underserved and lacking in critical support from other materials. That isn't a rubber outer skin at all; instead, it is neoprene, and its presence performs two roles (as I've mentioned before): 1) to seal and protect the Kevlar from UV light (which would cause it to decay) and 2) to reduce damage to your shirts and jackets when an impact does happen. There is a misunderstanding as to what role the Kevlar is serving. No, the Kevlar is not meant to stop baseballs, in much the same way that Kevlar is not meant to stop bullets. Kevlar catches bullets, and prevents penetration by taking all that assailing energy in and behind the bullet and distributing it laterally throughout its woven fibers. Of course, for best performance and durability, Kevlar fabric should be (and is) teamed with hard-cast ceramic plates – often called trauma plates – that are arranged in critical locations and present a reinforced facet to a bullet or shrapnel that will be impacting at an acute (or perpendicular) angle. The bullet or shrapnel strikes the plate, retarding it, and the Kevlar absorbs the accompanying energy, as well as catching or arresting any remaining bullet fragments that may have overwhelmed or compromised the plate. The chief problem with hard plates of metal or ceramic in body armor is that of weight and thickness (mass). In order to prevent penetration of a bullet, unaided by an energy-absorbing material, a plate has to be inordinately thick and dense. With metals and most ceramics, as soon as you introduce rigidity, you lose elasticity or flexibility. Sure, that's great in a one-size / one-shape fits all world, but when the soft, squishy human that the item is protecting possesses such a wide-ranging variety of sizes and shapes, you'll exhaust yourself trying to accommodate them all! We know that baseballs are not bullets. They travel at considerably lower speeds (relative), but they carry considerably greater mass. Thus, there's a whole lotta energy in an impacting baseball. So, surely we can use hard-plastic plates to begin to distribute that energy into a lateral force, but that force wants to become a compressive force, and without compressive resistance in that hard-plastic plate, it will carry the plate along with it to impact on the squishy human behind it! So what is used to create that stand-off distance – that volume – while still remaining low in density and weight, and (reasonably) resistant (or recoverable) to compression? Open-cell foam! Common open-cell foam is only able to resist compression relative to its volume (I'm not including rigid open cell foam in this discussion, like styrofoam). Why are sofa cushions so thick? Because they are of a volume so as to prevent (most) seated humans from compressing beyond a "comfortable" boundary and feeling the hard surface beneath. Change the mass load, and you have to increase the volume. Worse yet, change the force (the velocity with which the mass is applied) load, and you have to increase the volume too! Or, you have to have something teamed with it so as to distribute the force, laterally, so as to engage the entire volume of the existing open cell foam cushion. I just described a Wilson WestVest and a Douglas CP. Closed-cell foams cut down the required volume considerably, since by trapping air/gas within the cells of the foam, the resistance to compression can be controlled, as can be the density. Memory foams are blends of the two – open cell and closed cell – by using synthetic compounds that themselves have closed-cell matrices (microcells) but are arranged into open-cell structures in a controlled manner. These advanced memory foams, though, need something to contain or define them. A skin of sorts! Also, that skin should be strong enough to distribute the energy laterally, else the baseball will merely impact the memory foam in the localized spot, compressing it, and not engaging enough foam to dissipate the force! Exactly. You said it. The presence of hard-cast plastic plates is to distribute (as you said "spread out") the force laterally. Know what else does that tremendously well? Kevlar. The problem is that Force3 didn't consider the inclusion and combination of hard plastic plates with its Kevlar when it debuted the UnEqual V1. Force3 thought that neoprene could provide that outer skin and general structure – like a wetsuit – for the Kevlar fabric and hybrid foam to work beneath. It couldn't, and Force3 has been "paying for it" ever since in the reviews, opinions, and perspectives of users like @kylejt. Kyle, I'm not picking on you; you've just been one of the more vocal opponents of the UnEqual line on the forum, and your arguments against it are valid and well-articulated. I just want to present that those arguments and concerns of yours and other users have been addressed... just not in an easily distinguishable way. To explain this, we need to look at Force3's Ultimate shin guards, which I will defend to the hilt are the best shinguards on the market (and many other users here will agree). If we examine them, we'll see a hard-plastic shell, backed by a vinyl-encased, rather (and remarkably) thin body, and then completed with a removable "sponge" liner on the inside that contacts to your leg. Obviously, the pre-formed shell is there to provide the structure and shape, and to distribute the impacting force. So where's the Kevlar? It's in that vinyl & mesh -encased thin body! It is doing nearly all the energy distribution and absorption. Lastly, the mesh-encased removable foam liner acts as a "sizing layer" to provide comfortable contact between the body of the shinguard and your leg. It's making contact only in critical, necessary spots, promoting airflow and keeping bulk and weight to a minimum. Because legs are cylindrical, and don't have the wide-ranging variances of size and shape like torsos do, the pre-formed shell shapes don't have to be as varied. Consider, though, what's one of the drawbacks of hardshell shinguards? Yup, you get "burns" or "bruises" on your umpire pants from impacting baseballs! This is the result of the extreme abrasion of the baseball leather ricocheting off the hard plastic of the shin guard and the polywool / polyester material caught between them! Heck, I get those marks on my DriFIT golf pants if/when I kneel on concrete or hardwood floors! Ugh! That's why putting the plastic plates inside of neoprene makes so much sense to Force3! The neoprene has to be there, regardless, to protect the Kevlar from UV light, and it gives some structure, especially when it comes to accommodating the variety of torso shapes and sizes that will be wearing it. The abrasion reduction is an added benefit! Do understand though, the Kevlar and the hard plastic plates are working together. There is a hard-plastic "blast" plate over your heart! In fact, each of those body segments has a plastic plate in it. I'm hopeful that they're perforated, too, because they certainly don't need to be solid, or that dense actually, when the Kevlar is there to do most of the energy absorption. Shoulders, like knees, are generally shaped the same from one human to another. They're also best protected by a dome or spheroid shape – something rather difficult to define by fabric and neoprene. Furthermore, those domes are problematic to encase in neoprene, so what's the point? So, just leave it as uncovered plastic on the shoulders. Kevlar is still within it, just like on the shinguards. What you, Kyle, are fixated on are those clavicle pieces flanking the neck. Obviously, to accommodate the arch of the shoulders, there needs to be a gap or seam (before any of you jokers point out that the WestVest Platinum doesn't have this seam-gap, I'll counter that the WestVest Gold still does, and the one-piece nature of the Platinum, sold or shipped flat, inhibits users from wearing it correctly!). That "naked" plastic plate acts as as a simple bridge or shield for that gap. There are hard plastic plates throughout the UnEqual V2 and V3! Now, having said all that, someone could easily and justifiably ask, "Well MadMax, why don't you have an UnEqual??". Simple. While I completely endorse and admire Force3 for their products... A) I didn't have the $200+ to invest in a product that I saw being revised and improved in a short timeframe, and B) I now live and work in an extremely hot baseball environment where lightweight-ness and ventilation is an almost vital necessity. Thus, the CP on the market that satisfies both factors A and B, and is just as forward-thinking and innovative in its protection as the UnEqual... ... is a Schutt XV.
  4. 6 points
    I’ve read all kinds of bull crap the last few days from “umpires” on various sites, Facebook and Twitter. Stuff like...if the crew had gotten together they would have discovered there was no one covering 1st...the runner veered off and the fielder should have gone to the outfield side. Here’s the deal... Did the runner slide in a direct line between 1st and 2nd base? No Did the runner give himself up and avoid the fielder? No Since he didn’t do one of those two things, we have interference. R1 is out, B/R is out and all other runners return to their time of pitch base. Pretty simple stuff.
  5. 6 points
    I don’t know what really happened, but I do know that nobody should be “losing it.” It’s become so common that everyone seems to think it’s okay. It’s not.
  6. 5 points
    I have been using this one this summer.
  7. 5 points
    Well, I'm going to start throwing out your "dummies" until it quiets down over there.
  8. 5 points
    Show me a coach (except those who also umpire) who reads the umpire signal section of the rule book, and I'll show you what it looks like when an Umpire-Empire member faints. LOL
  9. 5 points
    I'll be doing the American Legion World Series next month. I'll post my game schedule if anyone wants to watch me on ESPN. (I don't know which ESPN channel it is on this year.)
  10. 5 points
    What happened with the riddell I bought from you? Never heard back from you
  11. 5 points
    Which makes us look like the assholes when we call it during the season.
  12. 4 points
    Brothers and sisters Steve aka @grayhawk has sustained what sounds like serious injuries in a freak accident. Info below from an email sent to our association members: Just this morning, Steve stopped by Windrow Park in support of two of our finest working a tournament Semi-final game. While the crew was getting dressed in the parking lot, Steve sat in one their chairs. The chair then broke, which caused Steve's neck to snap back as he fell to the ground. This created some immediate back pain, but did not appear to be serious at the time. Some hours later Steve began to lose all feeling in his legs and arms, and was admitted to Saddleback Medical Center. He is currently undergoing surgery to remove a disc in his back that the Dr's feel is causing the inflammation on the nerves which led to his condition. I briefly spoke w/ Steve and his wife, Christine, just before surgery, and they said assuming all goes well, another surgery will be needed to insert pins & screws. The recovery process could take a very long time. I know Steve personally and I know that many of you have formed a relationship with him via this very site, so I know many of you would want to know about this tragedy and would want to add him to your prayers. @Magic who is also our association VP I am sure is in contact with his family as well. When additional information is available, I am sure one of us will share it.... Prayers to Steve and his family.
  13. 4 points
    We have a @jwclubbie sighting!
  14. 4 points
    The correct depth for the initial starting position for an MiLB umpire in "B" or "C" (in a 2-man crew) or in "C" with multiple runners (in a 3-man crew) is NOT halfway between the back edge of the mound and second base (which is what a lot of umpire believe). Rather, it is halfway between the back edge of the mound and the grass/dirt line in the second base cutout. This means you most definitely should be closer to the dirt of the mound than second base, itself. Furthermore, with runners on first and third and the base umpire in "B" (in a two man crew), MiLB umpires are instructed to stand a step in front of this midpoint. It sounds to me that the Original Poster's initial starting position is too deep (which is a problem that plagues 80%+ of amateur umpires). If you move closer toward the mound, so that your angle for plays at second base opens up, I think you will find that your problem will largely disappear.
  15. 4 points
    Guys Steve is doing better every day. I just saw him last night. He was hoping to get out of ICU today and into the Ortho floor. If all goes well within 1-2 weeks he will be transferred to a ReHab facility. And that is when the real work begins. He has function and is able to move his left toes. He has feeling in the right side but can’t move anything yet. The right side was the first to go when this all happened, so the doctors said it will be the last to come back. They are hoping for him to be able to move his right side in the next day or two. For those of you who don’t know, Steve is one of my best umpire friends. We developed a very close bond when we were trying to get into College baseball and have had a similar goal set ever since then. I probably talk to him about baseball at least once a day for the last 3 years. I will tell you one of the first things he asked his doctor is will he ever get back to umpiring. There is a chance, about 30%, that he won’t walk again. I told him, the hell with that. If I have to drive to your house every day, we are going to focus all of our energy on that 70%. I felt like crap after it happened. It was my game he stopped by to watch for a little bit before he was off to his networking meeting. Please keep praying. Post words of encouragement on his Facebook page. Text him if you have his number. He might not respond, his wife is monitoring his phone and is doing the best to keep everyone informed. I will keep popping on and posting updates as we go through this journey with our Brother. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. 4 points
    Games this weekend were 100+... 1st game on the dish I went through 5 water bottles and 1 sports drink. Back at the car, another 2 bottles of water and a sports drink. Next game on the bags went through my ice water thermos and another 2 water bottles. Never cramped up, felt like cramping or experienced other issues... just was DAMN hot! And for those old school guys who think bringing water on to the field is 'weak' or 'not good optics'... pound sand. When umpiring games starts paying my mortgage and all the other bills, then maybe I will worry about that optic.... and at mid-40's I don't think umpiring will anytime soon be paying my way!
  17. 4 points
    I'm also a little fuzzy on this comment.... Did you not have any other chances in the 6 or 7 innings of regulation play to score another run? Did you team not make any errors allowing a run to score or a baserunner that reached on a walk to score? Maybe that kid on your team who struck out in the 5th inning with runners on 2nd and 3rd for the 3rd out caused your team to lose the championship. Maybe that 0-2 pitch down the middle your pitcher threw with 2 outs and runners on that was crushed to the CF wall to score 2 runs caused your team to lose the championship... Nah, couldn't have been anything like that.
  18. 4 points
    Professional opinion? Get a form fitting jacket for bases, however breathable / wind-resistant / water-resistant / insulating you need or want it to be. Then, for Plate, get a (or a few) long-sleeve umpire shirt. As a PU, you’re already insulated with gear and generating heat with all that movement. Most gear doesn’t ventilate well to begin with, and as soon as you add a water-resistant jacket, you’ll actually get just as soggy from your own perspiration. A rain shedding jacket for baseball is nearly pointless.
  19. 4 points
  20. 3 points
    If I may reply to who was first I am a hockey guy who once had his hand in everything goaltending. Growing up or Shoulder pads and chest pad were 2 separate units which I solved that problem by joining the two parts into one. I used the same design as my current harness although it was not neoprene at the time....this was over 30 years ago using the triangle donut only inverted I then adapted the donut to baseball when I payed baseball and did some catching. Next came umpiring and what we have today is nothing more than me figuring out what to do with it. Many people over the years have had me fix and make better all kinds of sports equipment as it was just a hobby On the new W Harness all I will say is I gave an umpire samples and last year I asked what happened to those samples...The MFg has them In those samples were a cooling vest, female harness and thinned out CP pad with ventilation I also do not believe the inspiration came from the W catcher CP because what they had was covered in plastic and rubber parts One thing comes to mind and that is the length is identical and elastic is used...coincidence ? My age right now 57 so maybe I was first
  21. 3 points
    And most want them to put on a possible Icon frame and flip-sell it on eBay as a complete Nike Titanium at $400-$500.
  22. 3 points
    (Rant on) Im sorry but I don’t understand why people post negative comments if they’re not interested. If you don’t want them, or feel they’re not good quality, then why not just pass over the posting? The above is not necessarily directed to anyone on this site, but in general to what I see happening on here, FB selling walls, etc. I understand there are some who don't like the pricing, and there are times I agree that someone may be asking a high price, but I've never found it necessary to post about it. If I disagree or don't like the price, I roll my eyes and move on. We seem to live in a world now where people attack you for asking a price. If you don't want to pay it, make an offer or don't, but please don't hi-jack the thread. (Rant off) Personally, I’ve sold new black Nike pads & harness for $75 shipped. They’re very rare and some love them for that reason. Others honestly feel they’re great pads and like them. Others desire that swoosh. I’ve had some great Nike pads, while others weren’t so hot, but to each their own.
  23. 3 points
    Well, there might have been a J involved.
  24. 3 points
    The sight lines are surprisingly good given the thickness of the bars. As @Stk004 illustrated for all of us with his pics in a different thread on here, the bars are somewhat thick, especially if you’re used to wearing titanium. However, All-Star has dang near perfected the art of bar shaping, crafting the bars in a way that improves sight lines when looking through the mask and illuding your brain into thinking that the bars are not so thick. (regarding their experience with I-bar tech). Thus, the sight lines are very good once you get used to this. Additionally, the eye port is perfectly positioned so as to create an optimal sight line. So to answer your question about sight lines, I never had an issue with them. We have all heard about how light the mask is and how comfy the pads are so I’ll just leave those topics be. In conclusion, I was extremely satisfied with the mask and I’m so glad my friend was generous enough to let me try it out in the JV game we worked together. I just wish it wasn’t so gosh darn expensive or I’d buy one in a heartbeat.
  25. 3 points
    There’s something about the old gen mask with the strut-less ear guards that looks unique.
  26. 3 points
    I upgraded to the stylish Walmart hanging bar between the OS handles
  27. 3 points
    Your first mistake is working anything under kid pitch. You're not an umpire, you're a target.
  28. 3 points
    Update sent from our association: As it turned out, due the seriousness of his condition, his surgeon determined that his best chance for recovery was to immediately remove the herniated disc in the C6-C7 vertebrae of the neck which was pinching the blood vessels in the spinal cord. If not treated aggressively, the loss of blood flow in the tissues of the spinal column could cause severe damage and limit his ability to walk and to perform basic motor functions. The procedure took 6 1/2 hours to perform, and his Dr. did insert rods & pins to help stabilize. The good news is an additional surgery should now not be needed. He is able to move the toes on his left foot, but not the right (though he does have some sensation). His grip with the left hand is strong, not so much with his right and he's having quite a bit of left arm pain that will probably exist for some time to come. Next step is to start therapy and get him out of ICU. I cannot even begin to tell you how much he misses baseball already, but he's focused now on just being able to walk again. The recovery process will long, difficult and slow. He really enjoys having visitors. The only limitations are the # that can visit him in ICU at a time. The hospital policy is 2 visitors at any one time, but the nursing staff is able to stretch the rules a bit as they did today. Also, should you stop in, he may be asleep as he's under constant management for the pain. Many of you have reached out to me wanting to know what you can do. Christine told me that she & Steve feel tremendous strength from prayer. Please continue to pray for them both. He'd also like to see his brothers in the umpiring community for a visit. It has also been suggested that once Steve is able to go home, the OCBOA brotherhood provide home-cooked, or restaurant food for delivery. Christine will certainly have her hands full, and I know the family would appreciate that very much. If you are able to help, please email me and I will keep a list and provide further details when able.
  29. 3 points
    @grayhawk is the one responsible for me starting my umpiring career. He was the UIC for the little league I started with. The good news in this is that he is doing much better after his surgery, doing more light movements every day. We are all here for you, grayhawk
  30. 3 points
    When there are two balls in play, scores count as two runs. Source: Extrapolated from pinball
  31. 3 points
    Sooooo... why did the defense tag him? Surely something prompted them to do so. Our colleague @Tksjewelry already inquired about one of the two reasons – missed touching first base (the BR can still beat the ball there and be called Safe without having touched the base; the impetus is then on the defense to appeal it to the adjacent umpire) – and the info given is that he didn’t miss it... Sooooo... lemme guess, he turned to the left, didn’t he? Barring any further fess-up that he twitched, or some other info, then I need to explain something that all baseball participants – players, coaches, and umpires – need to hear about. There are myths within the game, perpetuated and passed from coach to umpire to umpire to coach in a vicious cycle. Ever hear, “Tie goes to the Runner”? Myth. How about that an infield fly is a dead ball? Total myth! Oo, how about the one where if a F3 (1st baseman) is in foul territory, it’s a Balk? Pfffft... complete myth! Well, in this case, the whole “If the BR (Batter-Runner) turns to the left instead of the right on his overrun of 1B, he made a move to 2B! He has to turn to the right to be safe!” is yet another myth. I crossed out everything that has no bearing on this play / call. Even if you were to discuss this play with the/an umpire, you’d be weakening your position and showing your ignorance if you were to perseverate on this stuff. What remains is rather simple: Batter-Runner beats throw (ball)? Yes, Safe. Batter-Runner touches base? Yes, so Safe (still) on an appeal. Did Batter-Runner return directly and timely to the base? Ah, here’s where judgement comes in. See, contrary to your sentiments above, the Rules and Umpire Judgement are not mutually exclusive. They are, in fact, mutually dependent on each other. The Rules present the qualifying question, and an umpire’s judgement answers it. So to that third question, the Batter-Runner must have done something that was contrary to the Rule. I’ll grant you, though, that there are plenty of umpires who either don’t thoroughly know the Rules, or they misinterpret the ones they do know. These misinterpretations become the seeds of these myths. Ever hear that a pitcher can’t wear sunglasses? Hate to break the news, but there isn’t a rule against a pitcher wearing sunglasses, so it’s a farflung myth. What a pitcher can’t wear are items that are distracting, and this might include certain types of sunglasses. What decides which glasses or items are distracting? Yup, that thing called umpire judgement. Each umpire is going to have different slightly different judgement. In the case of this play, Dan, it reads like you happened across an opposing team and an umpire who believe the myth (that a BR has to turn right)... or you yourself missed that the BR made a (slight) move towards 2B.
  32. 3 points
    I did a 102 games in June, most of which were in 90+. After going down on the fourth game day one of memorial weekend, I dug out the old fashioned pillow cp and started using that for kiddie ball in the heat. Don't care. I'm not dying for kiddie ball.
  33. 3 points
    Well, I went ahead and ordered one of these, received it last week. I was really looking forward to it, but when I opened the box, I was super disappointed because I wanted the silver one, but received the black one. I checked my order confirmation and realized it was my mistake. On the site I ordered it from, instead of paying attention to what the color selection actually said, I went off the color of the mask in the thumbnail product picture. I’ve gotten so used to sites like amazon where the color you select is what is displayed. i figured I would return it, so I ordered one in silver. After looking at the black one again, I decided, like the gear junkie I am, to just keep both. I loaded both with Wilson memory foam pads with the “dubya” removed, Wilson harnesses with the mlb logo removed, and 4.5” Champro Vented throat guards. I also added a visor to the silver. I like the look of these, I also like the smaller size of these masks, like others said, the “Japan gear” look of these. They are extremely light, and even took a solid shot to the chin yesterday with no ill effects to me or the frame.
  34. 3 points
    I think you lost a championship game because your R1 didn't go touch 2B.
  35. 3 points
    Sounds illegal for FED, and I would be putting a stop to it in a high school game. In a showcase, I'm leaving it alone. 19u. Sounds like graduating seniors. They're next level won't be worrtying about foot placement. Maybe a mention to F1 in between innings about shoulder alignment in the college rule book. But nothing more. Edit: I'm blaming spellcheck for the improper use of their/they're.
  36. 3 points
    Just watch the shoulder caps on the champion, they are prone to breakage. As well as all the river holes from what I’ve seen. If you order it from Ump-attire inspect it completely before you wear it. If there are any defects UMPY-attire will take care of you.
  37. 3 points
    I blame the education system -- logic is apparently not a requirement any more.
  38. 3 points
    I've been contemplating sending mine to Tony to get done black. I'm not a fan of the silver look. Now... the question is, do I cut off the throat guard. What do you think Max?
  39. 3 points
    This ^^^^^^^ X 1000!
  40. 3 points
    Judgment calls we can get wrong. Rules ignorance is arrogance. We all don't make "those mistakes."
  41. 3 points
    Over the years I have come to accept the FED rule, for the reasons explained above by Mr. Maven. I no longer think it's a FED rule that needs changing. I've seen many varsity umpires have trouble with batter interference rulings, runner placement on overthrows etc. Asking them to learn all the nuances of the OBR/NCAA balk rule would be,dare I say, futile. The vast majority of varsity umpires do not devote time to rules knowledge or even refreshing their own rules knowledge. We, my Umpire-Empire brethren, are the minority.
  42. 3 points
    The OBR balk rule is rather complicated to enforce, with many different conditions and scenarios. FED has far, far more officials and a much wider range of officiating ability than any other rule set, and so among their priorities for rules in all sports is ease of enforcement. The simplified balk rule is a result of that priority in action. The VAST majority of HS players do not go on to play NCAA, much less pro, baseball. The few who do are generally so dedicated to baseball that they have time in their lives and can pick it up as they go.
  43. 3 points
    Oh, and my 8 stitch hat fits in there just fine.
  44. 3 points
    Some more pics. The velcro straps I've been using on my other frames don't work with this one. So I used the rubbery ones from an Easton, as they were thinner. Still working on dialing the whole rig in. Sight line is better with the TW pads, as the frame is a bit closer to my eyes. It's riding a bit high on my jaw, but I can adjust that. Overall, this is my new main mask. It fits my face, has TW science, and looks badass.
  45. 2 points
    Thread on twitter with indy ball stories.
  46. 2 points
    I give the count on any steal, or other non-pitching play which distracts people from the battery. I give the count on 1-2 or 2-1 and then 3-2... If there are several fouls I'll tell the batter and F2 still 1-2 or still 3-2 or whatever so they are in the know. If there were several pick off attempts in a row I'll normally announce the count just to remind everyone where we are. As for your play... stand and observe... after that 5 minutes passes (30 seconds in real time) then maybe 'that was strike 3' or something like that to get the players moving. And as for level of play... I have players at all levels asking the count... They are focused on hitting and not counting to 3
  47. 2 points
    You can (and should) do this with one signal. For one, you don't need to signal IFF separately because the "double tag" ALWAYS happens in an IFF situation -- the signal subsumes the IFF signal.
  48. 2 points
    That's awesome Jeff. I know you worked really hard to get there and so glad it was the experience you were hoping for. I was also selected to work a final this year, and I had a great time and worked with 3 really good umpires.
  49. 2 points
    Know where this comes from? When the kids play stickball / wiffle-ball. Batter just catches the lobbed-in “pitch”, tosses it back, and says, “C’mon Joey! Gimme something to hit!” Go to any tournament or baseball event, you’re sure to find the little brothers and sisters, or, if the event involves 12U’s the players themselves when they’re in idle time, engrossed in a game of stickball / wiffle-ball. They’re happy as can be! Most of these kids all know each other anyway. We adults ruin everything with formal rules, keeping score, and pitch counts. Huh. From my experience, I now always assume “Little League” to be 12-or-less in age, especially when I see it on my potential game postings. Sure, there’s LL-Juniors and Seniors, but even that’s not real baseball. Most of the older kid baseball is under different “titles” like Babe Ruth and Connie Mack.
  50. 2 points
    Those guys could be two of a hundred umpires whose posts I’ve read on Facebook.