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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
    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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 3 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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...
  16. 3 points
    Put it on, strap it up comfortable and go work several plates in 90+ degree weather. That should do it.
  17. 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.
  18. 3 points
  19. 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.
  20. 3 points
    I'm not qualified to rule on the latter.
  21. 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.
  22. 3 points
    Is that in the Casebook, Rich? Because it isn't in the Rulebook or Manual!
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
  26. 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.
  27. 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
  28. 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.
  29. 3 points
    Schrödinger's Foul.
  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
    Not sure why he didn't stay outside and see the wedge.
  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
  34. 2 points
    This has been discussed at length on other treads here. As far as I can tell there's no consensus, and we can't find a definitive cite in the rules, manuals, etc. Personally, I side with the ruling that , since the ball was indeed headed back into the field of play without clearing the fence, , then deflected over the wall,it should have been a double. Some will agree, others will not.
  35. 2 points
    While I'm not in great shape I'm in better shape than I've been in years. My weight is steadily going down. I'm down almost 20 lbs in the last 6 months. While there are people who loose 20 lbs in 2-3 months that isn't my primary focus. My focus has been to get stronger, have better endurance and be more fit. Here's what I did at the start and now. Used Fitbit & My Fitness Pal to track and log my activities and eating Now I must admit I'm not as good about logging my food as I was, but after a few months I got a good feel for what I was eating and how many calories I was taking in. Like Rich said counting stuff sucks--- but it works. This said, I am more consistent with my weight loss when I actively track. I still enjoy my beer and ice cream (ice cream is my ultimate food weakness) but I am better able to moderate when I have the bad things. Make smarter food choices. Includes basically eliminating fast food. But when eating on the go is a must make better choices. Be more active. I did join Planet Fitness for a few months. I started out on fire going 5 days a week.- Then reality set in that and I was going less and less so I ended up cancelling. Take walks - My neighborhood is a figure 8 shaped with a 3rd loop within the bottom loop. The top loop is just short of 2 miles, the bottom loop is a perfect 3.2 mi (5k) and if I add the 3rd inner loop of the bottom loop that's another mile. I try to take the dogs when I do the 2-3 mile and they love it. I think of all the time I waste on the couch watching TV and it makes me feel guilty and I sometime get up and take a walk. Find an outdoor hobby or passion Last year I got shamed into registering for the Tough Mudder - And I loved it. By the end of this year I will complete 6 obstacle course races. (4 down 2 to go - The Spartan is next Sunday in Fayetteville) I also want to try kayaking Being active and outdoors benefits by not only being active but you won't pass by the fridge or pantry and eat unnecessarily. Drink water I spoke with a fitness nut friend of mine and SHE could bench press 2 of me. I told her I'm not ready to live in the gym but want to improve. She said: Drink water a minimum of 64 oz a day but the more the better Never drink calories Ditch sodas - even diet ones. Eat your veggies - get a wide variety bold colors in your veggies. Avoid starches and carbs. The never drink your calories has been a big eye opener to me, and yet it seems like pure common sense. Take the stairs vs elevator whenever possible Also try the Ease into 5K App I'm not a runner, but this got me into decent running shape and has helped me build endurance. What I give the most credit to in my quest to be fit is Burpees. These will kick your ass no matter how fit you are. And you can do them anywhere. I highly recommend for getting into shape. If you fail a Spartan obstacle you must do 30 burpees. ( I anticipate doing b/t 120 & 180 next Sunday) I am building my self up to do the pyramid and reverse pyramid 10 burpees (1min rest) 9 (1min rest)... then when you get to 1 you go back from 1 to 10. that's 110 burpees. You are a god among men if you can do that. I haven't been able to complete the 1st pyramid yet. I'm at 10-6 (40) before I'm beat. Over the winter I'll obviously be somewhat less active, then I'm going to focus on calories and weight loss. One of my 2018 goals is to complete 8 OCR including the Spartan Trifecta (5 mi Spartan Sprint, 10 mi Super and 15 mile Beast) and Tough Mudder. Best of luck!
  36. 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
  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
    Thanks, my man. Game 1 might be on MiLB.tv, but I've got the plate in game 2 and that won't be for sure. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  40. 2 points
    I see what you did there @Razzer with the whole Ti versus iT thing...
  41. 2 points
    The response I hear a lot of the time is, "If there is an over throw then I need to be at the plate." My response is always, We don't need to be in position to call a play that could happen when we have a play right now. Get up the line and work.
  42. 2 points
    Something about @Rich Ives's answer isn't jiving with what you're describing... ' Pitched ball makes contact with the bat, then hits the ground (for the sake of this scenario and brevity, we'll say it is foul ground behind Home Plate), then goes into the catcher's mitt – that exact sequence, 1-bat, 2-ground, 3-mitt –that's a Foul ball. In order to be a Foul Tip, it would have to be 1-bat, 2-mitt (and a catch). If it went 1-bat, 2-mitt, 3-ground, then that is, again, a Foul Ball. The only way this becomes an Uncaught Third Strike (U3K), needing to be completed by tag or throwing to 1st base (or the Batter conceding he is out, etc.), is if the ball doesn't contact the bat. So we'd have a 1-swing (no contact), 2-mitt or ground, 3-ground or mitt, etc. Keep in mind you're taking this scenario from a video game. Yeah, good luck with them getting that right.
  43. 2 points
    If you remember my +POS AL that resembled a mizuno 129 frame that I had, all summer, paired with tan TWs, I bought two tone gray and black leather pads for fall ball from U-A when they announced availability, and created a loose interpretation of the Fonzie mask: +POS AL frame painted Dark Steel, Mizuno TG, Honigs Harness, with the Wilson Black and Grey pads. Less than 20 oz! Before and after pics: Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  44. 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?"
  45. 2 points
  46. 2 points
    I'm sorry. What is this pre... pre... press .... box? of which you speak?
  47. 2 points
  48. 2 points
    I'd rather consider not sweating so much.
  49. 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.
  50. 2 points
    Not sure how/when this is happening. On batted balls? If so, clear the catcher before taking off your mask. You should be moving out from behind the plate on batted balls. If there's runners on 2nd and/or 3rd and you need to stay at the plate, keep the mask on until you back up a step. There's no rule you can cite to justify an EJ for F2 throwing his mask off.
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