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About MUAump2

  • Birthday 07/09/1986

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  • Gender Male
  • Location St. Louis, MO
  • Interests Baseball, golf, blackjack, music.

More information about you

  • Your Association Name MUA, GSLAU, JCOA, GPBA, CBUA.
  • Occupation Insurance Sales
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called HS, Legion, NAIA, NCAA Div. II and III
  • How did you hear about Umpire-Empire? Other (explain below)
  1. So, what's fair here?

    Around my neck of the woods, if you start a game, you get the full game fee; whether you play 1 inning or 7 innings is irrelevant. If we arrive and the game never starts, we get 1/2 fee. As far as suspension of games, our association tries to give the game back to the original officials. I'm not sure how they are paid, but I remember finishing a suspended game a couple years ago, and we only worked 5 outs and got a full game fee.
  2. When To Call It

    I personally track the innings and score by creating a makeshift line-score on one of my lineup cards, on the opposite side from where I track conferences/warnings. This way, in case there is a protest, game suspension or whatever, I know exactly what the situation is without having to track down a scorekeeper. As far as when to call the game, if I'm having trouble seeing the ball, it's too dark for the game to continue. If it's raining and the players are slipping and sliding all over the field, its pretty obvious that the game should be stopped.
  3. Big sale at Honigs

    I've also never had an issue with Honig's, Might have to look into the deal for the shirts.
  4. What do you do for a living?

    Insurance Sales. The agent I work for, I actually met during basketball (we both officiate HS basketball) so he understood that I umpire college baseball. I can work remotely, so I'll work from home at night if needed, or go into the office early if I have an mid-afternoon game.
  5. Social media and the games we work

    The NCAA (as far as I know) has a pretty strict policy on social media use. Black and Blue Umpires (the group out of California) used to post what schools their instructors would be at for a particular weekend, but they have since stopped doing that based the NCAA policy. I don't post locations or schools I'm working for on my own page for that reason.
  6. Too familiar???

    We have a guy in our local high school association who is exactly as Warren described. What should be a 3 minute walk to the field turns into a 15 minute stop and start stroll. It's almost like you need to hold their hand and drag them through the crowd. He's a nice guy, but I'm not sure that he knows how/we to switch gears from overly friendly to business-like for the game. Don't get me wrong, if we're walking toward the field and someone says hi to me, I'll return the pleasantry. However, I'm not going to stop and have a conversation with everyone I see. Luckily our group doesn't cover that many schools and we have a decent amount of umpires, so it's rare if I'm at the same school 2 or 3 times a season, which I like. Our assigner does a pretty good job of spreading us out so we don't see the same team too many times.
  7. This morning I got one of those wonderful "You have new games from..." emails, and they were for a couple of games in the Prospect League (summer college league in the Midwest and eastern US for those who didn't know). I've never worked the league nor in front of the size crowds they normally draw, so I'm looking forward to the challenge, just doing my thing and enjoying the experience.
  8. What would this be in MLB?

    Does anyone know what the balk calls were for? After watching 4 times, I didn't see anything remotely close to a balk.
  9. Prank or Dirty Ump?

    I've never seen this done. Never had it done to me, never did it to anyone else, nor would it ever dawn on me to do it. If you're communicating and have pre-gamed rotations, you shouldn't have to kick dirt all over the plate to let me know you were there. In the video, the umpire makes it look like he's covering the plate so the runner can't find it. Whether that was his intention or not, perception is everything, especially when most games are being recorded by someone. Maybe this was blown way out of proportion, but if the umpire wouldn't have done it in the first place, we wouldn't be talking about it.
  10. Dropped 3rd Strike Check Swing

    I don't 100% agree with this, especially if you haven't pre-gamed this with your partner. While I agree that a decision needs to be made quickly, you should probably wait for your partner to ask you on the appeal. If you automatically come up with a "YES HE DID!" and a big hammer if a. your partner hasn't come to you yet, or b. the offense doesn't think it was even close, you've likely just created a big SH*# storm, with little rule support to back you up on your initial call without the appeal. I just feel like it's a bad situation and likely an ejection waiting to happen.
  11. POLL: MLB Logo on Umpire Shirts?

    If it was a logo approved for use on uniforms by the NCAA, individual conferences, NAIA, and/or NFHS, I suppose I would wear it, or at least consider wearing them. Not sure how the NCAA would feel about the MLB logo on uniforms used in their games.
  12. Belts (Patent Leather??)

    I wear a patent leather belt, and really like the look of it. Honestly, unless an assigner or conference says otherwise, it likely doesn't matter. Since I wear patent leather plate shoes, the belt naturally goes well with that. But I wear it on the bases too. YMMV, but I've never seen anyone's umpiring abilities either increase or diminish based on the type of belt they were wearing.
  13. NEW NFHS warning rules

    In NCAA, the line equivalent to "This if your warning. If you continue, you will be ejected," is exactly what they want. A formal warning,andeveryone knows it.
  14. Honig's Ultimate pant

    I have worn them for the past two few years and really like them. They hang well, wash easily, and the expander waist clip is a huge benefit for me. I've never had any issues with them. They don't seem to fade very quickly either.
  15. Umpire Camp/ Clinic Questions

    When I'm looking for a camp, I first look at the instructors and how well-known and respected they are. Secondly, I look at the geographical region and how my location is relative to that camp and the assigners that will be there. Being from Missouri, it makes much more sense for me to go to(for example), a camp in Springfield, MO or Indianapolis, IN than it does for me to go to a camp in California or Arizona. I also try to talk to other umpires I know who have been to the camp I'm interested in and ask them for their opinion and feedback. Probably the most important for me is who are the assigners I want to get in front of and where will they be. Granted, if some high level umpires see you and talk to the assigner, that could help, but the best way to move up(in my experience)is to get seen by the actual assigner and make the most out of your opportunities.