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About Kevin_K

  • Birthday 11/26/1965

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  1. The new NB plate shoes are comfortable, clean up easy and look really good with their pseudo patent finish. They are also relatively light. I have Force 3 shins and they pair together very well. There are no gaps in coverage on my feet, ankles, or shins The best part is that I don't even think about them while wearing them.
  2. It's also a good idea for PU to be communicating with his partner during the play. Whether it's covering 3B or leaving 3B for HP, U1 will likely not be facing PU and needs to know where his partner may or may not be.
  3. From my view, this is the most significant difference as the level of ball improves. Good catchers make calling pitches a lot easier because they know how to receive a pitch, handle their dugout, and work with their umpires.
  4. The use of the "gm" paradigm is an enigma in that it perpetuates the figment (or some may say dogma) that one's vocabulary might be fragmented by only trying to use such a combination of letters. In an attempt to be nonjudgmental, it would be pragmatic to avoid this quagmire, lest one might find themselves admiring their own abilities, not unlike Pygmalion. I pray this creates no stigma nor sullies my reputation as workingman's wordsmith.
  5. I might suggest that the entire play may have been seen better if PU had rotated to his left to see the wedge between F2 and the runner. Since he was behind F2 the drop of the ball may not have been apparent. Had he been on the left hip of F2 perhaps it might have. As far as obstruction goes, I don't see it since F2 was in the act of fielding the ball and the runner had a lane to get to the plate. Additionally, @ :53, the video seems to show F2 grabbing the ball as additional contact with the runner occurs.
  6. Wait.... what? When did that change?
  7. It might be connected with the wedge theory of umpiring. For a few years this has been taught as a plate mechanic, but it is also being taught by certain associations at the college level for base work as well. I know for a fact that the COG is teaching it in its three and four man clinics
  8. You might consider having someone record you at various times in your games and analyze what you are doing. Often we do things that we do not recognize as we do them. This winter I received a video from some cage work and I never knew that from time to time I swayed my hips from side to side between pitches prior to locking in. It is now a part of my consciousness and I remember to not do that. As an added benefit, you could upload some of the video and receive constructive criticism from the community.
  9. In Fed its the most recent batter not on base who can run for the injured player. 4-4-1-f (note 1)
  10. What is this indicator thing you speak of?
  11. What a shame that no one is looking at your "stuff" too closely.... heh heh heh!
  12. The treasure trove of discussions here is wide and varied. One of the really great things about this place is that so many are willing to share their experiences not only on the field, but with past discussions as well.
  13. See this:
  14. I do not like that the thread was closed. The action strikes me as overreach. The community was addressing the breach of protocol through its support of @GreyhoundAggie and its chiding of others. My .02 YMMV.
  15. @Richvee..... Of all people..... citing an old rule???? Inadvertent has been struck from the rule.