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Everything posted by Kevin_K

  1. Looking for plate jacket

    As did I.
  2. Looking for plate jacket

    The reference provided a conversation about Honigs, their recent find of plate of plate coats (in black), and their decision to once again offer them for sale.
  3. Research Needed for Graduate School Project

    I don't know that I agree with these. I would prefer to be in the wedge on tag plays with the runner coming toward me rather than being 90 degrees to the tag. On force plays I would prefer to be in a position where I could make a last-minute adjustment to see a play where a pulled foot or swipe tag may take place and 90 degrees would likely not provide that opportunity.
  4. Navy blue plate coat

    $307 including shipping.
  5. Navy blue plate coat

    I just got off the phone w/ Honigs. They have about a dozen black plate coats left and they are going to be placing an order for about another 40 or so real soon. I got the last 42 regular they had. Sorry guys.
  6. Would this be legal for a pitcher?

    uh oh...... here we go.....
  7. Obstruction Q

  8. Obstruction Q

    I did read @Senor Azul's post and his detailed answer certainly supports the call at 2B on this play. The video does not, however, apply to the original post, which asks about a batted ball and a fielder in possession of said batted ball. @Gfoley4's use of this video may (emphasis intended) confuse the issue raised in the OP as the fielder receiving a thrown ball is called for obstruction on R2 attempting to return to the bag.
  9. Obstruction Q

    This video may stand to confuse rather than clarify the OP. Almost any infielder making a play on a batted ball will likely be protected in order to make the play on the ball, and will also have a very difficult time causing obstruction on any runner because he will already be in possession of the ball. That scenario is not represented in this video.
  10. Correa HR

    At best an understatement. I heard some one on the radio call him a catcher in training yesterday and that is probably the best way to describe him. His mechanics are shaky and he seems to continue to do the same things without making any progress. Last week when everyone else was whining about his inability to block the 58 foot curve balls Sonny Gray was peppering him with, I saw something completely different that truly signifies that Gary Sanchez is the Yankees (or perhaps another team's) Edgar Martinez of the future. He sticks pitches that are nowhere close to being strikes throughout the game. I watched much of the game yesterday and saw at least 5 or 6 times when he held pitches for an inordinately long time that were clearly not strikes. I expect this from catchers who work with amateur umpires whose command of the strike zone is sometimes inconsistent. Sanchez is working with the best. Some one in the organization - perhaps Girardi?_ should be able to see the same thing I see.
  11. BI followed by HC EJ

    @ricka56...... Location Bearded Clam, MA....when did you move?
  12. Tag or no tag

    I posit that should one ask 100 officials, the vast majority would likely never admit to not reading the rules book, let alone raise a concern about the word drop.
  13. Kneeling for National Anthem

    If I read your comment correctly, it seems as though you indicate that desecrating the flag is illegal and you provide a link providing the details of a statute banning such practices. The Supreme Court struck down the statute referenced in your link in the Texas v. Johnson case centered around flag burning. Congress has considered other bills regarding desecration of the flag but has not enacted any since this case. If I have misinterpreted your words, please forgive my trangression(s).
  14. Kneeling for National Anthem

    This country was founded on dissent and will continue to thrive because there are those who do. When James Otis resigned his position as the Advocate General of Massachusetts in 1761 he did so knowing that he would be hurt financially. He believed that the use of generalized search warrants by British officials ran counter to the long held beliefs that British citizens were entitled to protection from unbridled government intrusion in their lives. When he resigned, he forfeited the financial interest in a percentage of the value of all goods seized with these writs of assistance. John Adams believed Otis' actions were the spark that lit the slow burning fire of the independence movement. Embedded in the rights Americans hold dear is the freedom of speech, which like all other Constitutional protections is not an absolute right. Freedom of speech is one of the rights championed in Federalist Essay 10 by James Madison who cautioned against the tyranny of the majority, saying that a minority (read small percentage, not race) voice could be drowned out by being overwhelmed by many louder voices. Often, that smaller group has something of great significance to convey. Sometimes that lone voice is the one that needs to be heard and those in positions of power want the dissenter silenced. How many in our government would have silenced people like Martin Luther King, Mary Beth Tinker , Senator Margaret Chase Smith ? When the Alien and Sedition Acts were enacted, it was the same James Madison who led the charge against the government's ability to silence dissent when he and Thomas Jefferson worked in tandem to nullify these limits to freedom of speech. If we allow speech to be silenced because we don't agree with the message the dissenter presents, none of us may have the right to speak our conscience in a public forum. While some view the actions of professional athletes as spoiled and hollow, their ability to express an opinion ought not to be limited. I certainly would not want most people to be the arbiter of whether or not my speech or beliefs are acceptable to them and whether or not I have a right to express those ideas. The rights in the Constitution only limit the power of the government. Through this limit, all of us have the ability to speak our minds about this movement. If the dissent toward the Star Spangled Banner is so distasteful, move to action. Stop supporting the organization that allows the egregious. If the offense presented is genuine, tell the organization in a manner that is unmistakable. Stop watching. Stop attending. Stop buying licensed merchandise. Unfortunately, for too many people, football is more important than what they claim to be their beliefs. It is easy to claim outrage about the actions of those who kneel, raise a fist, or offer some other symbolic protest. Those who are protesting have more courage than many who claim the actions are disrespectful to the flag, the country, or individuals. The complainers frequently do nothing productive to effect change. Perhaps it's because complaining is easy and actions take effort and sometimes cause discomfort. If you are truly upset, do something to show it other than using words that are just as hollow as taking a knee.
  15. Rundown between 1st and 2nd

    I have been taught recently that the optimal position for a tag play is to have a runner coming toward you. Regardless, wherever you take the play there is a chance that the tag will be difficult to see. The wedge, as @UMP45 mentions, minimizes the likelihood of missing the tag. In the case of a rundown like you mention, if the PU is in fair territory, a swipe tag where F3 is between the umpire and the runner decreases the chances to clearly see a tag. If PU is outside 1B with the runner coming toward the bag, there is a better chance to see that tag and PU would have an opportunity to get a better angle on a play directly at 1B. Being in the wedge allows for adjustments should an unexpected angle develop as well. When I first started, I learned to stay inside on a play like this, but I have been taking the plays outside and I think I see the play much better. While this is 4 man, you can see how the positioning allows U1 to see the entire running lane: https://www.mlb.com/video/cubs-cut-down-perez-in-pickle/c-1824989783?tid=6479266 or https://www.mlb.com/video/hamilton-scrambles-back-to-first/c-1398430583?tid=6479266
  16. Balk call extends MiLB playoff game

    I can't see anything else that might be called. I can see how some might interpret the bottom of his hand motion to be a bounce rather than a stop though. I don't know that I would interpret it as such, but others might.
  17. Balk call extends MiLB playoff game

    Looks like F2 was certainly aware that a balk had been called.
  18. Weight Loss Group

    Eat less and move more. It's a simple formula that works wonderfully.
  19. unpire.org blocked as dangerous

    Maybe the website recognizes you as a coach?
  20. Pitching break

    You betcha!
  21. New Feature - Member Map

    Thanks @Richvee!
  22. Kevin_K

  23. New Feature - Member Map

    @Umpire in Chief ditto to @LMSANS
  24. Pitching break

    And then there is the knuckleball. Which way is it going this time? Had my toughest game this year working with a knuckleball pitcher