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  1. I don't think there's anything out there that would get that kind of return. Even if it was the "best of the best," there isn't going to be enough of an improvement to shift the market. It would have to be something not only aesthetically-pleasing and functionally-superior, it would have to add value in ways that a uniform hasn't before. When you get down to it, there isn't a huge shift between the uniforms of 100 years ago and now...while they may feel and act differently, we'd still wear them if expected because they don't have a significant functional cost. The single biggest change in umpiring ever was the shift in chest protectors, and that even took decades.
  2. I think you overestimate the amount of wagging the dog can do. MLB will do what MLB wants to do, and at the end of the day, if there's going to be one limiting customer, it's them. What you are proposing is limited to HS and below--and while I agree there's a lot more umpires there, it doesn't matter. We know that MLB shirts will happen. It's merely a courtesy (and a market-driven one, at that) that means anything other than those exist. Even if you were to make your initial step happen, no one other than LL is going to care. It may even be a marketing failure--if the new uniforms were to be identified with LL, then I can guarantee you no umpire is going to want to wear it with the negative connotations LL umpiring entails.
  3. Personal preference. I've found the Wilson pads work better in that frame than my TWs.
  4. I wear the Dyna-Lite Aluminum in black, if that helps.
  5. If he's still got something going on somewhere, he's not coming set.
  6. I got that. I can't find those anywhere. That's why I be more specific, is there an existing site with them?
  7. Which jacket is the one of which you speak?
  8. I'm going to disagree here. We need to anticipate where the most likely play is going to happen. If we wait, we will not be able to get to where we need to in time. That's why mechanics incorporate intermediary positions to determine where we need to go next (such as "the library," called such because that's where we read the play.) What we don't want to do is commit before it is necessary. In the OP, if he goes to the library, he can pick up where the OF is and where the runners are, and then decide whether there's going to be a play at 3B.
  9. I think Carl has missed something here. This is also INT in OBR.
  10. You're not a statue, though. After any pitch, you get up, relax, then reset yourself. This is no different...if he's walking left, I take a step to my right as I relax, and vice versa.
  11. I know. That's why the default is to go in the opposite direction after a strikeout.
  12. That is exactly what I'm saying.
  13. Are you really unsure of the difference between a batter asking an immediate question and one trying to do a staredown? Don't you think if that was the issue, it would have been asked right away? He would have never said anything had there never been eye contact. It would have come out right away.
  14. You missed the point of my post.