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KenBAZ last won the day on August 21

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About KenBAZ

  • Birthday 06/27/1957

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    Chandler, AZ

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    HS, Men's, Youth
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  1. Great baseball name. You already have the most important thing going for you. You want to get better and know it will take work. Work as much as you can and ask for feedback. Most guys are willing to help a young umpire. If you are reading this site you're already ahead of lots of guys. Good luck, strikes and outs. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  2. Love the Ump Life books I have now. The offset magnets seem like a good idea. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  3. Regarding your proposed survey, I think you will need to make it simpler. You'll get more responses with fewer questions. Also, your data won't be so spread out. You can ask fewer questions with limited options to answer and solicit comments at the end. Good luck, it's noble and mostly unrecognized work you're doing. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  4. UIC, have you calculated when your going to hit the East coast cities in the Northbound trip? I know from having worked on the road in the Northeast that it can make a huge difference in travel time. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  5. Thanks, yeah more situational awareness is required. I need to take a more deliberate read and react approach. So much of the time I am moving instictively based on pre-programed habits. That allows you to be quicker and more athletic. But in a situation like this that you just don't get very often, those insticts can get you in big trouble. I remember Sarge at Evans' telling us about a MiLB umpire who had been permanently disabled by a runner from third. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  6. Late and close MSBL game. R2, R3, 1 out. I'm on the plate. Infield is in. Right-handed batter hits a hard ground ball right down the 1st base line. I clear the catcher to the left trying to get on the line for the fair foul call. F3 fields the ball right over the line. I point it fair as the throw is on it's way to F3 and I get blown up by R3. R3 is lying on the ground 5 feet from the plate as F2 walks over and tags him for the out. I could have backed up to 1BLX and tried to see through the BR and F2. I could have moved to 3BLX and set up for the play at the plate while living with a bad angle on the fair foul call. I just hustled myself into a bad and dangerous spot. The runner was going on contact and was watching the play by F3. He said he didn't see me until we collided. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  7. I don't agree that this was a bad miss or that it was right smack in the middle of the zone. The hitters stepping out which adds to the difficulty and F2 is reaching down and to his backhand to receive it. Where that pitch was received does not seem to match up with where the pitchcast had it. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks Jim, I hope I do prioritize communication in every situation. I am not arguing against this change in SOP but rather asking for training resources. It's definitely a situation where I have experienced different perceptions from my partners. Now if you guys can help me when my BU in A turns, takes three steps out to right field then tried to come in and take a pivot, or rim to take the BR to 2nd base. All without saying a word [emoji3] Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  9. Evans still teaches the V as the area of responsibility for the BU in the two man system. Maximizing The Two Man System shows it that way. The change seem useful to me and I may have had partners propose it but I'd like to know where I can learn more about it. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  10. To be clear, I've been trained with defined areas of responsibility AND communication. Is what is being recommend here, BU has everything unless called off by PU for a difficult fair foul decision? Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  11. I've been taught to use the "V" and PU communicates on all flyballs he is taking. "I'm on the line" or "I've got the ball". Is there a manual teaching this BU gets everything PU doesn't call approach? Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  12. With all due respect, he was no Fisk. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  13. Apparently most of my partners have seeds when I'm on the plate. When we switch positions B and C are littered with shells[emoji2] Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  14. I had the opportunity to have[mention=2599]MadMax[/mention] work on my Force3 HSM. I also used and still alternate the Shock 2.0. I don't have any problem with the ridge as you describe it. However, I did have a problem with the strap that attaches the back plate spinning and tightening too much. Max was able to fix that along with loosening the pressure from that monsterous jaw pad. The more I wear it the less it it presses against my face. I believe he just used something like you'd use to break in a glove to pound out that chin pad. It's hot and heavy but if you use it regularly you get use to it and seem to get great protection. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  15. I have a pair of these shoes, just without the Nike logo. I believe my pair are +POS. Mine are in slightly better shape. Someone gave them to me to pass along to someone that can use them. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk