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  1. 5 points
    Shirts? Meh. At this point, I could take 'em or leave 'em. I'm just convinced that the more modern they get, the harder the eastern states will cling to the navy with red & white trim stripes shirt as the "official shirt" of their high school / American Legion / Little League / whatever associations. And Nike putting the swoosh on the chest will just fuel their anti-corporate, anti-marketing contempt. Pants? As in, athletic slacks made of Dri-FIT in ready-to-wear styles and sizes? Engineered to not fade (as rapidly), and not costing $80 per unit? Yes please.
  2. 3 points
    Action photo of the match. Two evenly matched teams. Came down to the team in blue playing a great defense that kept their opponent from playing the power game they had played all year. And I didn't suck!
  3. 3 points
    Ray is usually has a finger on the pulse of MLB Umpire gear, so I'm inclined to believe him. Nike has a supplier's contract with Major League Baseball for select fan apparel, undershirts, staff shirts (polos, half-zips, etc.), hoodies, staff wear, and staff footwear. They share the footwear mantle with New Balance, who (of course) has it for staff footwear, as well as MLB Umpires footwear and supplemental shirts (undershirts, polos, etc.). Majestic still has the contract for on-field jerseys, shirts and jackets for both players and umpires. All the hoodies worn by the players / staff during the postseason were Majestic. New Era, '47, Nike and UnderArmour share (not equally, but do) the contract for hats. I would venture a guess that the Nike 1/4-zip pictured above isn't an Umpire article, as Ray points out. Instead, it might have been supplied to MLB Support Staff, such as the Video Replay techs, or the coordinators, or the Umpire handlers, or anything else that is in Operations on behalf of MLB, not the individual franchise team and/or the ballpark. There are alot of people involved in putting on a baseball game.
  4. 2 points
    This is not an MLB Umpire product
  5. 2 points
    Bought this off of John on here, but I changed my mind and am sticking with my other masks... this one is a nice looking mask with the vinyl stripped and a really nice dark grey powdercoat with silver flecks. Sharp looking! I'm looking to get $55 shipped. Thanks
  6. 2 points
    Mr. beerguy55, your vision of the future is eerily similar to the original purpose of the rule. From the book The Official Rules of Baseball Illustrated by David Nemec— “Since no team in its right mind would station its players anywhere but in fair territory nowadays, Rule 5.02 on the surface might seem superfluous. The rule was put in partly to keep any team or player from making a travesty of the game. Rube Waddell reputedly would call all his infielders and outfielders to the sidelines sometimes in exhibition games and then strike out the side while working with just his catcher. No one cared to see a pitcher try this in a regular game. “There was a time, however, when players not only could legally be stationed in foul territory but it behooved them to play there. In 1876, the National League’s first season of operation, it was still a rule that any batted ball that struck earth initially in fair territory was fair regardless of where it ended up. Many players mastered the fair-foul hit, which involved chopping down on the ball with their bats in such a way that it hit in front of the plate and then immediately spun off into foul territory. To protect against these batsmen, teams were compelled to position their first and third baseman outside the foul-line boundaries.”
  7. 2 points
    I actually just hired someone who had "soccer ref" on their resume, and it came up while I interviewed him. As an employer I do see sport officiating in a couple of lights - one is about a balanced life that involves more than just your job, much like playing sports, or volunteering, or some hobbies. The other is about the skills and requirements that are definitely transferable to any workplace - integrity, situation management, dealing with diverse sets of people, dealing with emotional people, dealing with conflict, mediation, sticking with a hard decision, learning from mistakes, self improvement, working with a team (partner) to a common goal, etc. I recommend you highlight those items during an interview - those skills are valuable and apply almost everywhere. Don't be afraid to use umpiring situations when asked those typical HR-provided questions about conflict, or making mistakes, or naming one of your faults. Playing team sports at a competitive level and officiating sports, when on resumes, jump out at me like beacons. High level team sports provide invaluable experience in collaboration and time management, especially during school - show me someone who can balance schoolwork, team practices, team travel, part time job, and a social life, and I'll show you a rock star you want working for/with you for years. Show me someone who can work a full time job, umpire evenings and weekends, continuously improve both, and have a family/social life - why wouldn't you want that guy on your team? And to just level set the type of people I'm hiring - it ain't burger flipping or anything remotely resembling minimum wage. Post-university, professional, anywhere from 5-20 year industry experience.
  8. 1 point
    Group Position Date & Time Sport & Level Site Home Away Fees Status Accept Decline 107584 R1 11/10/2018 Sat 3:00 PM Volleyball, State Finals William Paterson University, Rec Center TBA TBA $75.00 Accepted on 10/28/2018 State Finals for volleyball! Second go round for me. This time I am sure that I will not be as edgy as I was last time. Can't wait for the match. It is a real joy having the best seat in the house to watch two really talented teams go at it. I will try to not suck. But, as I say to SWMBO, I can't make any promises
  9. 1 point
    And the photographer got the most important participant of the game in the shot, too! You! How many net violations did you call?
  10. 1 point
    Hello from Austin, TX....One high school season under my belt at the JV/Fresh level, full time gig had me out of the game for the summer/fall but getting back in it this spring. Looking forward to being a part of this community.
  11. 1 point
    Which rule set, Mr. Double Up? Each code handles this issue differently. Here are a couple of case book plays to illustrate the FED rule 6-2-1e: 2018 6.2.1 Situation A: With no runners on base, F1 places his pitching hand on his mouth and distinctly wipes off his pitching hand prior to touching the ball. (a) while not touching the pitcher’s plate, (b) while touching the pitcher’s plate. Ruling: (a) Legal; (b) Illegal, and a ball shall be awarded to the batter’s count. 2018 6.2.1 Situation B: With R1, F1 places his pitching hand on his mouth and distinctly wipes off his pitching hand prior to touching the ball (a) while not touching the pitcher’s plate or (b) while touching the pitcher’s plate in the set position. Ruling: Legal in (a). In (b), the pitcher has balked and R1 is awarded second base. (6-1-3)
  12. 1 point
    If I were going to paint it, to totally block the sun, I'd paint the underside. That way if I eff it up, and it looks bad, nobody but me and the bill of my hats would know. In fact, that's a genius idea, as there's no need for any light to go through them. Another thing to do next weekend, before I pack my gear for the "winter" ( l live in San Diego ).
  13. 1 point
    Dang. Thought it might be me. Oh well, always next year.
  14. 1 point
    Wiki says there is no AAA baseball in Maine. Maybe back in the dark ages with Cory Snyder or something. So, was Rehak recuperating from a concussion with an AA assignment in Portland. I'm confused.
  15. 1 point
    I got a chance to meet and hang with him and the rest of the crew this summer. We also got to watch him work 1B in a game that night. He is a very nice guy, and is really on the ball. He is going to be one of the really good ones in MLB.
  16. 1 point
    Camarillo Pony Baseball lost its umpire-in-chief, 22-year-old Cody Coffman, in Wednesday's Thousand Oaks, California mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill. "He loved working with the kids." Cody's father, Jason, spoke with local media Thursday, recalling the last conversation with his son... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] View the full article
  17. 1 point
    FIFY. You missed a word that... well... changes the meaning.
  18. 1 point
    Agreed. Plus, it sets the expectations on BOTH SIDES as to whether you need to leave early on some / many days to make the games. If the ER doesn't want you to do so, you can address ti in the nterview and you'll know when deciding whether to take the job. If the ER doesn't mind, then you;ll know that , and the ER will know that and it won't be a surprise when you adjust your hours to do so.
  19. 1 point
    Look at the reverse image, particularly the lower U-bar. No way that's titanium. That weld has too much of a gap in between the pieces and too much filler. That would have oxidized excessively during welding and failed.