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BrianC14 last won the day on May 22

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  1. Pretty half-hearted attempt at burying the plate.
  2. Agreed with this and @KenBAZ; however, in FED rules, the wording is that the umpire "may ask" for help. Personally, if I'm on the dish and I'm asked to check it, I will ask. And this is something that I cover in detail with umpires that are either new or new to working with me: I specifically say, "If I come to you on a check swing, just give me what you've got. There are still some guys that don't want to be "overruled" by their partner in the field. I'm not one of those guys, but if you think he went, say so. Heck what umpire doesn't like strikes?"
  3. Any guess on how old this mask is? What are those weird looking screws underneath the chin area?
  4. Oh yes, grain of salt, and all that.
  5. Note that the coach said: "He's been pitching this way all year." There's evidence exhibit 'A' that some umpires just won't call that balk, (conflict avoidance) though I suspect it's because that a good many of them don't know it is a balk.
  6. I recently bought the new V3 plate shoe, mid cut - my previous plate shoes were the original NB 460, mid cut - and I've seen no difference/issue with my shin guards (the Wilson WV "triple knee" shins). Maybe it's just time to get the right-size shin guards.
  7. And the ever-present issue of so many backstops that carom the ball in a most disadvantageous way.... I've had my share of small fields this spring, and have been hit in the back of the legs on a few occasions .... it's a 50-50 chance of wheeling into the right spot.
  8. Hey, I didn't like being kicked in the A frame with your comment about where I was trained, so you drew some flak. I wasn't caught up in how much time things took; in my example, if I'm going for help on a pulled foot, U2 and U3 are going to be of little help to the final decision. Yes, I know there's plenty of other type of 'get help' issues, but again, I wasn't focused so much on the time element as I was on who's going to give the signal. There are some people in my own association that may not even know what I'm talking about; if I run into one of those guys, I just take the call (if it was originally mine). To reiterate, in my area we default to plate umpire = UIC = crew chief. When in Rome.....
  9. One thing's for sure: there's a heck of a lot less time to setup on a PB/WP than there is on a play coming in from the field. Sometimes you're lucky to get where you'd like to be on the PB/WP.
  10. LOL -- heck, I was playing off a lame joke in an entirely different thread.....
  11. Me: "I didn't. And we're done talking about it."
  12. "may ask".... key phrase there. Your reply could also fit well with the post about the base umpire that overruled his partner on a "no bunt attempt" call.
  13. Yeah, I agree; it could end up like another MLB union debacle like in 1999. But the treatment those umpires got from the GHSA..... it sucks big time.
  14. We equate a UIC with a crew chief where I work; heck, there's only two of us, and with a very wide range of experience. If I go to get help on a call, and my partner happens to be the plate umpire (the default where I work is that plate ump = UIC = crew chief), then he gets that option given to him, but he's free to pass it back to me if he wants. Another example (and this was the one I was thinking of when I posted above): Couple of weeks ago I worked with a guy who usually does D1 and D2 work. We were in a pinch, and so he agreed to partner with me on a high school double header. I've worked with him just once before, but knew of his experience. Out of deference to his experience, I asked if he wanted to take the dish for game 1. He said thanks, and accepted. About the middle of game one was when I was asked by DC to get help on a pulled foot. Again, with his experience in mind, I phrased the question just as I did in the my prior reply. We wrapped it up very quickly, I asked about the signaling, and he says, "Go ahead, we don't have a change, you take it." Which in effect signaled to everyone that he was in agreement with my call. He could have opted to take the signal, and as it was an unchanged call, who would have cared? The DC said "OK, thanks for asking". All that was done in about 30 seconds. Just keeping it simple. And respectful.
  15. Look at this video (go ahead, save the time and skip to the end) - but tell me who makes the signal to overturn the call ? In my example, I am assuming that the UIC is the home plate umpire; that's how things are handled in my state. It's a matter of giving him the option to make the signal if the call is overturned; he can tell me to do it if he wants. I don't have a problem with you being in disagreement, because maybe this is not how things roll where you work. Fine. Now you tell me - in this video, where do you think these guys receive their training?