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MadMax last won the day on August 12

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About MadMax

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    The Road Umpire
  • Birthday 06/13/1975

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    Phoenix, AZ
  • Interests
    Rally racing, Snowboarding (instructor / tech / barnstormer), Soccer (still play it), Hockey (working toward being a linesman), Baseball (umpiring, obviously), Architecture, Restorations

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  • Your Association Name
    the West Valley Vultures
  • Occupation
    Designer / Fabricator
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    U18 – NFHS, mNFHS, mOBR; NCAA / NAIA; MiLB -level; CDP
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  1. In light of @noumpere saying it is "umpire judgement", consider this – when does a pitch "end"? As a pitch is made and incoming, it may never bounce, or it may bounce once, twice, twenty times, and if it makes contact with the batter, we rule it as "Hit By Pitch", right? Conversely, pitch comes in, ricochets off the catcher or umpire, then makes contact with the batter... and it's nothing. So the pitched ball must have ceased to be a "pitch" at some point, yes? So, perhaps a benchmark for determining the "end" or "terminus" for a pitch, in regards to the batter and any swing attempts he may make, is the catcher's position. Of course, we still consider a Wild Pitch or Pass Ball as a pitch until the catcher secures it – we have to for determining its status if it goes out of play (into the dugout, under the backstop, etc.). But in respect to the batter, if that pitch passes by or makes contact with the catcher's position, any subsequent swing attempt is not valid.
  2. @Scott Kennedy is a Swim Referee??!! What mechanic is that, Scott?
  3. I commented on this over here: @Thunderheads, I hope you're right, but I don't hope you're right. Either way, we owners of the FM4000 know there's not a lot of distance from bars to forehead within which to put a ballcap brim... which I have a hunch is a culprit in Hunter's pain.
  4. Yeeaaahhh, eeeeehhhh (grimacing sigh), that's the new vaunted All-Star FM4000Mag magnesium alloy mask. A couple of observations: Hunter set up POP, directly behind catcher, and that pitch hit him, unaltered, center of the mask. We have no way of knowing from the video what pads Hunter is using on the FM4000, because I can tell you from experience, if using Team Wendy's, they don't have as much loft as the native All-Star LUC's. The Wilson MemFoams have even less loft, and might be what he's using, considering this obsession commitment the MLBU has to showing the W on all gear. I have a hunch that perhaps Hunter's pain is due to the cap bill hammering against his skull. The FM4000 is a superbly designed mask... for a catcher. Catchers wear their helmets (aka "skullcaps") backwards, and the hard shell takes some of the force while a mere fabric cap isn't going to do anything to aid. Due to the FM4000's curved design, there isn't a lot of standoff distance from mask to forehead within which to fit anything more than a 2", 4-stitch brim... and even then, the mask bars are touching the brim of the cap. The bars first carry that force, and transfer it to the next thing touching them... in this case, the hat brim. I think regardless of the mask, Hunter was coming out of the game. They are top-tier, tenured professionals – no sense in risking anything, no shame in taking a game off just to be safe. Again, the FM4000 is an exceptionally well-designed mask, centerpoint to a protective system. This system, though, is designed primarily for a catcher. When are we going to have a company step forward and committ to designs for an umpire?
  5. Classic Polo / Columbia Blue w/ black collar shirt, 3XL... with the oh-so-valued MLB logo!
  6. Oo! Too bad I'm not a 3XL... ... complete with the oh-so-valued MLB logo.
  7. I'm with @Gfoley4 on this one... what occurred to qualify this fly ball to be a home run? Keep in mind, football is in no way similar or applicable to the definition of a catch in baseball. Consider other situations wherein you've seen a pop fly heading towards the stands, or a dugout, and a fielder leaps or catapults himself over the wall or railing, catching the ball and landing in a spectacular heap in the dugout or in a fan's nachos? Have these not been judged to be catches, and therefore, an out?
  8. Consider OdoBan (especially in Eucalyptus or Citrus) instead of the harshness and caustic-ness of Lysol.
  9. Hey Guest Patrick, here's an instance of an incredibly similar play happening in which the umpires got the call right.
  10. Oh noooo... this will be intriguing to read/hear how Hallion is in the coming days. That's a Force3 Defender TM he's using, and it took a whallop.
  11. Methinks you need a titanium or pewter -colored Nike Swoosh as a chin tab, or a visor with a Nike Swoosh sticker on it, very discreetly, or at least a Nike harness. It looks treí badasse.
  12. Before @umpstu and @kylehutson give you their personal feedback, I'll give you my "technical" sentiments on it, @MarkTDeNucciSr. Let me preface, the primary reason I don't own or use an UnEqual V2 myself is cost and heat – my Schutt XV is approx. $70-$80, while the UnEqual is $280. The Schutt is exceptionally light and well-ventilated (hole-y!), while the UnEqual, because it utilizes neoprene and Kevlar, is rather dense and a bit... smothering. Can't be too bad, considering two of my good colleagues – @KenBAZ is one of them – use them in this stifling Arizona heat, but it's just not for me yet. The UnEqual is a hybrid; neither a softpack nor a true hardshell. Hardshells are of course going to base their protection upon the plastic plates of their carapaces, then having the energy absorbed by the foam behind the plates, with body contact maintained by yet more foam. In the case of the Douglas* and the Wilson models, this backing foam is homogenous, comprised of nothing more than thick, cheap, open-cell upholstery foam. As you get into other models, such as those from All-Star, +POS, and Schutt, they are using a laminate sandwich of two or more foams so as to reap the benefits of better energy absorption, less necessary loft and thickness, and much improved moisture and heat management. Force3 went an entirely different route. Instead of relying on a hard plastic carapace, the energy distribution and absorption was conceived to be handled by Kevlar. Unfortunately, Kevlar cannot be exposed to UV light, and as such, the outer layer needs to be neoprene. Now Kevlar has tremendous strength and elasticity, but while it absorbs the energy of a supersonic bullet, it catches it, denying penetration – there is still impact trauma. A baseball is much heavier than a bullet, with that mass overwhelming the Kevlar at times, and resulting in impact trauma (bruising and pain in some users). As such, Force3 infused plastic "blast" plates between the neoprene and the Kevlar in the V2, and this distributes the impacting force laterally, allowing more Kevlar to do the work of energy absorption rather than that localized to the impact point. The V2 also sees an improved fit in the neck area specifically, and the addition of a Flex -style harness. Despite this, though, it isn't for everybody (yet). To be truly effective, contact needs to be maintained between the unit and the body it is protecting. Think of it like a shotgun – if the butt of the shotgun is held loosely against the shoulder, the violent recoil will impact against the body like a hammer blow, causing trauma and pain instead of being transferred thru the butt, the buttpad (where a bit is absorbed) and then to the body and its own muscles and mass. If there is a gap because of an improper fit, an impact will cause the UnEqual to impact the body with a further impact, more or less defeating or reducing the Kevlar's effectiveness as an absorption device. So, the V2 would work well for a good percentage of people, but there are some it won't. * = to be fair, Douglas is made in the USA, and as such, the plastic can of better quality and denser – thus aiding in absorption and requiring less volume of backing foam – than the overseas-made Wilson models... which are trying to maximize profit (and do they ever).
  13. @UmpireLT, where are you located? Cooperstown Dreams Park is a Baseball Experience (think of an active Theme Park) for 12U baseball teams. It spans 13 weeks, with 104 teams attending each week, playing in a pool play leading to a seeded elimination bracket. They use 50-70 field dimensions, 200-ft fences, and a modified OBR ruleset. There are no pitching restrictions, either. Umpires are not supplied by nor employed by the Park. The teams are "required" (open to interpretation) to "bring" an umpire each. This umpire could be a relative of a team member, a friend of the coaches or parents, an umpire of their league back home, or a contracted, sponsored umpire contacted through a variety of avenues. The sponsorship could vary in amount and details, handled discreetly and on a per-team basis (PM any CDP veterans for specifics). If the model works as it's supposed to, there would be 104 umpires attending; sometimes, there have been 115-120, while they've struggled to get 78, in a week. A number that low puts a strain on coverage and workload. To seek out a sponsorship, look locally first, then expand to regionally, then go nationally through websites like this and . Once approved by CDP's office, you may attend for that week alone, or extend that to multiple weeks. They welcome the help! Just keep in mind, to make it worth your while, you'll want to have sponsorships for those subsequent weeks. In my six years of attendance, I've done 2-week, then 3, then 4, then 7, then 4, then 3-week stays. Certification means nothing. It is not a qualifier for approval to attend as an umpire at CDP. The only requirements for Umpiring at CDP is that you are 18 or older, and subject to passing a background check – they have to be thorough on this point. You will find a wide range of umpire skill and experience levels, from 18-year old greenhorns doing Little League to 65+ year old former AAA MiLB and NCAA Power Conference umpires! And, sometimes that's inverted – you'll have a 72-year old who has done nothing but LL or Legion ball for the past 30 years alongside a 22-year old fresh out of TUS. Needless to say, it varies.
  14. It is considered a batted ball in motion, neither fair nor foul... yet. Why would it be called foul, @ElkOil? If we take the OP at face value – especially in its vagueness – that ball has not yet satisfied any of the criteria for us to judge (and therefore, call) it foul... or fair, for that matter. Our Guest did not present to us a conclusion or any further information. According to the OP, that ball is still moving and is somewhere between HP and 1B.
  15. The following is observational, not official: The collision (at plate) play still exists in softball, unlike baseball where it pretty much has been outlawed. There is a greater chance of working solo, and 3BLX is not a natural spot to be when working solo. There is more burden placed on PU to get to the library and 3B because BU partner has their IP as B-outside or C-outside.