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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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...
  8. 3 points
    Put it on, strap it up comfortable and go work several plates in 90+ degree weather. That should do it.
  9. 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.
  10. 2 points
    well.. i worn them around town yesterday.. they will need to be broken n.. they are comfy.. light, and lots of traction. they are not as breathable as you think... i will wear them this weekend at a clinic and let you guys know. Buyt they look sweet.. and one of my D1 conference coordinators already said he is fine with us wearing them in games. ( the white on the shoes)
  11. 2 points
    Not sure why he didn't stay outside and see the wedge.
  12. 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
  13. 2 points
    The rule book does not interpret itself, especially when borderline cases arise. If a fielder can immediately retrieve a ball just inside his jersey, then it is not lodged. It remains live; when he holds it securely in hand or glove it's a catch. That play happened so fast, the umpires might not have seen the ball go into the jersey. If they thought he trapped it, then held it in his hand, they'd also rule it a catch.
  14. 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"..........
  15. 2 points
    The top two cards (the ones using italic font) were printed in 1989. The bottom two cards using roman font (the upright font) were printed in 1988 by T&M Sports (complete set of 63 cards). I believe T&M also printed a set of umpire cards in 1990. Your 2004 cards were printed by Topps and they called the set Bowman Heritage. That’s because the cards are using the same design as the 1955 Bowman cards which was the last year Bowman was in business. They were bought out by Topps after the 1955 print run. The 1955 Bowman set (which your 2004 cards are based on) had 320 cards of which 30 cards were of umpires. The umpire subset of cards was a complete failure. They were the first cards kids would throw away thus making a complete set of 1955 Bowmans a rarity (and worth about $8500).
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 2 points
  19. 1 point
    If anyone has one (46 Long for Honig's) in good to excellent condition they are willing to sell, please PM me.
  20. 1 point
    Couldn't get my iphone video to my PC except by this primitive method. Joe was not happy with the hip turn. Maybe he thought Stroman used the hip twist to deke that he was gonna deliver right away from the "stretch" and then still did the free foot back: WIN_20170922_15_49_08_ProTrim.mp4
  21. 1 point
    My points! Let’s just say I’ll try to bake cookies this Sunday if I can get my hands on them.
  22. 1 point
    I'm simply referring to tapping his side like that. I get that he was selling a tag, it just looked funny to me. I do that when I get back spasms....
  23. 1 point
    Short version: Yes. Yes. Expanded version: Yes, of course. Yes, don't get straightlined.
  24. 1 point
    I don't think "shine"-ability should matter anymore, @Thunderheads. Breathability is an absolute paramount, essential necessity nowadays. As long as they are clean, I don't think anyone is going to ding you for whether or not your shoes are shined. These 4040's are worth a try, or at least a try-on. Haid's endorsement is rather convincing. Since moving to Arizona a year+2 months ago, I can count on one hand the number of times I've worn my 950's... because it's just too damned hot, and your feet are actually roasting if you wear them out in the sun. Hey, but they got that shine! Edit: Oh hey, will ya lookatthat Jeff?! They make an "Elements" version. Smooth forefoot and toe upper, no mesh. Must be to keep the damp and snow from seeping through to your socks, eh? Keep your feet warmer? I'm sure you can shine up that part!
  25. 1 point
    Nobody knows what MLB wants called with Stroman or some other pitchers. So, Joe West could be making it up, or not. It's gone many wAys.
  26. 1 point
    Look... I have an excuse, ok? I went to public school in California.
  27. 1 point
  28. 1 point
    Thanks for the help, all. I'm going to look for more info about camps that I may be able to attend.
  29. 1 point
    Mr. Turgeon seemed to know the rules -- according to the "article" (which was really more of an op-ed piece not supported by facts), he said he "took a free swing" -- which is exactly what batters are supposed to do when a balk is followed by a pitch. It's the author who should be instructed to do some basic reading and research before s/he writes such claptrap.
  30. 1 point
    as long as they're not in that 'matte' finish like the link photo. They better be more 'shiny' or at least 'shineable' ...but I think NB gets how the officials are about their shoes, considering they're the only player anymore
  31. 1 point
    If those are what they may/may not look like, those look pretty slick.
  32. 1 point
    Many collegiate assignors have try out camps where you can go to and they will get a look at you. It is a win - win even if you don't get picked up by the conference you get some excellent training.
  33. 1 point
    This is such a shame... I've seen it posted here any number of times and in person that the politics drives out good umpires. Unfortunately in many instances Umpire Associations are political beasts. For me the day will come when I no longer enjoy umpiring. Umpiring is fun, it often serves as an escape for me from work, family or other stresses in my life. I have a couple of hours where it is just me , my partners and baseball and the rest of the world doesn't exist. When it feels like a job to me I'll need to re-evaluate why I'm doing it. I have a very good friend who is "very seasoned" and previously worked D-I and would occasionally get called to fill in at the local MiLB park if they needed an ump quickly. Now that he's beyond retirement age and has two new knees, he cant work the same level of baseball, but he is still umpiring. Primarily coach/ machine pitch but loves every minute of it and he'll be doing it as long as he's physically able.
  34. 1 point
    Brian ...... Asking the question could be -in and of itself- an answer somewhere in your mind
  35. 1 point
    y'all know I'm all about that hashtag umpfan lyfe. I ordered these (for an atrocious sum) last spring and forgot. Only when I went over to my old house a few days ago and my biological father hand me my mail did I remember. They're all in AWESOME condition. Well worth the money. edit: some of them uploaded out of order but I have faith that you can figure it out
  36. 1 point
    I know in my area there are are good amount of D-2,D-3, JUCO that in certain times they have to use a warm body that is available based on weekday availability, games that day, etc. From my first year in college what I found was that if you show you can move, present yourself professionally, and call a consistent game and understand how to manage the coaches, assigners will find you. In terms of the weight.....I am a bigger guy myself. I lost 40 lbs and still have a long way to go. I know what things are holding me back becasue of my weight, but I know in the two college assoc. I am in there are guys much larger than I am that still get conference games and have a good schedule. I think if you show an interest in working hard and always wanting to get better, your weight issue won't be one until you try and move to higher levels.
  37. 1 point
    Gerry Davis...you can get them with or without pockets.
  38. 1 point
    officially I believe that this is ruled a FC and the shortstop gets the putout. It's interesting to note that in baseball rules if your grounder simply hit your teammate you would be credited with a single, but since he committed interference you get a FC.
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    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
  41. 1 point
    Farmer himself was at +0 (1 called strike out of zone, one called ball in zone) through three innings. Clevenger was also +0 (also 1 and 1) at that point.
  42. 1 point
    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.
  43. 1 point
    Gil already posted it: http://www.closecallsports.com/2017/09/mlb-ejections-172-173-quinn-wolcott.html
  44. 1 point
    Best post ever Maven!
  45. 1 point
    Guys... if you are in the Midwest... you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't attend this clinic. Honestly it was one of the best learning experiences I've had. Definitely was a lightbulb moment for me. It was also incredibly fun to be around so many guys who are passionate about the craft. I'm penciling in a return for 2018
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    Is that in the Casebook, Rich? Because it isn't in the Rulebook or Manual!
  48. 1 point
    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.
  49. 1 point
    Having a bad game doesn't make you a bad umpire...it just means you had a bad game....and I'd bet he (Greg) would be the first to tell you he had a bad game. And that alone is what separates good umpires from ones that sit back and criticize.
  50. 1 point
    I'm going to venture an educated guess – Honig's, as you know, is an outfitter. While Majestic is the supplier of the shirts and jackets, Honig's is the aggregator and outfitter, taking those components that constitute the MLB Umpires' uniforms and performing custodial duties over them – maintaining, repairing, altering, etc. When it comes to the shirts, of course most of these umpires have two different shirts; one for plate, one for base, each tailored specifically for the role. More often than not, the majority of alterations are done to the sleeves, to shorten and tighten them for base work. More than a few MLB umpires eschew undershirts altogether; most who wear undershirts wear technical-wicking undershirts, ala Nike or New Balance, which have abbreviated sleeves anyway. So too, most collegiate umpires get noticeably smaller or tighter shirts so as to not be... grossly showed up... by the collegiate participants. If you see any of the NCAA major conference umpires get together for a crew conference, at least 3 out of the 4 are in rather remarkable, trim shape, and look like security at a concert venue. They even have a special stance or posture they adopt during dead-ball time or in-between half-innings! Their shirts most often see the sleeves altered. With that in mind, Honigs is just "playing to the market". If they are hearing and seeing feedback from their purchasers that off-the-shelf shirts from other vendors are being taken to be altered (or, likely, sent to Honigs to perform the alteration) regarding the sleeves, then they'd be foolish not to consider it, and indeed incorporate it, into their own line of shirts.