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Everything posted by KenBAZ

  1. 3-2 steal, ball 4 mechanic

    Had an F2 throw down to 2nd on a ball 4 about two weeks ago. R1 pulled up and over ran the bag. F6 took the throw and taged R1 for an out. I was PU and announced ball four a number of times. My timing is such that the throw might have been gone before the catcher heard it. We normally signal each other 3-2, 2 outs so we are aware of the situation and we would not make a call like this at second. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  2. Umpire interference

    I had a similar situation happen to me a couple of years ago. I stepped left to get fair foul on a hard ground ball down the 1st base line. I got trucked by a runner from third. We were both lying in a heap when F2 came over and applied a tag for an out. Not my finest moment. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  3. We don't umpire the obvious. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  4. D3K

    And just teach your catchers to jump up an tag the Batter on anything close to an uncaught third strike. That will save all of us a lot of grief[emoji16] Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  5. Sun Delay

    There are times here where we have to communicate with our partners that they'll have to take fly ball coverages because we just can't see. Other times I've absolutely looked across the plate to call pitches. @MadMax makes a good point that a number of the fields we have problems with are part of the big spring training complexes. With a dozen fields designed for use in the mornings there are bound to be these kinds of issues. There is a field in the Angels' complex that can't be used after about 4 PM much of the year. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  6. Perhaps the increase in temps here got you thinking about this thread. Congratulations on getting your first state playoff game here in AZ[mention=2599]MadMax[/mention]! Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  7. Weight Loss Group

    Clean up your sleep hygiene so you can recover from games and exercise. Drop the obvious and easy things from your diet, (soda, 2nd and third helpings, etc.). Start walking every day. The small simple things will get you on the path and as you approach your goals making other changes will be easier. Good luck, slow and steady will get you there. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  8. I was amused after being observed by a former MLB umpire for 2 innings. The first thing he said to me was; "Evans"? Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  9. NFHS Rules: Catcher's Helmet

    If a kid can wear his HSM to catch pitches why can't he take a throw for a play at the plate with his helmet on? The danger seems to be from a ball or a runner's helmet to the face. Leaving his HSM on offers the best protection. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  10. Balk Question

    The difference is that if he reaches into his glove to spin the ball for a different grip he knows what he's doing. If he engages then wants to transfer the ball from one hand to the other it's not a momentary adjustment. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  11. Balk Question

    Pitchers need to be taught to engage the rubber with the ball where they want it and the hands separated. If they do that and have the ball in their glove they can reach in and make a brief adjustment. Not if the engage with the ball in their glove then want to pull it out to hold in their hand. From a practical perspective if a team is going 1st move on a lefty and he reaches in his glove to get the ball then separates his hands, the runner is going. Also, most defensive coaches want the ball in the throwing hand when F1 engages as it allows him to have more variety in his pick off moves. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  12. Gil: I feel the same way as Lawump. Love your posts and site; don't care for these negative awards. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  13. Backswing INT vs foul ball situation

    On the bases today and I swear we had a ball put in play on the follow through. Swing and miss and before it hit the catcher the bat makes contact and the ball dribbles in front of the plate. My partner casually killed it and no one said anything. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  14. Backswing INT vs foul ball situation

    What if in the OP the batter put the ball in play? Would anyone have BI? I'd play on. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  15. Unorthodox rotation situation

    Wow, what a blast! Communication would have to be the key. Where did you take the play at the plate? Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  16. Weight Loss Group

    I'd encourage you to think about body composition, not just weight. That means the mirror is more important then the scale. Also, if you don't include exercise in the plan it's difficult to retain muscle which burns calories. If you restriction calories too much you lose a higher % of muscle which can make it more difficult to continue to lose fat with the same # of calories. If you reduce your calories to about 20% below what your burning and you do strength training you'll lose fat and retain lean body mass. You'll look better, move better and overall be healthier. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  17. I agree, as BU I'm getting this most of the time. If the slide is late and perhaps contact happens behind the bag I'd depend on my partner to get it. If I have it before I turn, I point and announce "Time, that's interference". Turn to 1B, point at the BR and say, "He's out!" with my out mechanic. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  18. New guy on the block

    Welcome Rich, happy to have you aboard. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  19. Weight Loss Group

    I agree this is the bases for weight loss. However there are many other considerations. Most likely what you are after is improved body composition. Eating too little and exercising too much can move you away from your goals. Eating the wrong foods for your energy needs can effect your health and well being while making it difficult to stick with a calorie deficit. On the other hand it is not difficult to learn a few simple things you need to do to lose fat and retain muscle. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  20. Weight Loss Group

    JSam: MFP is a great place to start. Set your macros so you are high protein. I don't know how much you weight but I would not need to drop down to 1,800 calories until the last couple of weeks of a long cut. I'm a big proponent of lifting heavy to improve body composition. I'll also recommend the education and information you can get from the Muscle For Life site. PM me and I will offer you more specific suggestions. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  21. Missed the play

    Guys, you're missing the fun potential here! I loved Lawumps' post. It is exactly what the OP needed. Now for what his partner missed. How much fun it is to fly down and get involved in a rundown. No matter where the play is I want to get to where I can take over part of the responsibilities for umpiring a rundown. I'm sorely disappointed if a rundown does not last long enough for me to get involved. Coaches, players and partners are amazed when you bust down a line and jump into a rundown. It makes your crew look great when the HPU gets to where he needs to be and verbalizes, "I've got this end". The players are scrambling but the umpires are in control! Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  22. Pitching break

    We should talk about movement relative to the throwing arm. In the terms I use a cutter moves away from the arm side. A sinker or two seamer runs toward the arm side. A breaking ball; slider, curveball or slurve, moves away from the arm side. Nothing moved more on a horizontal plane then a Randy Johnson slider. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  23. Site Upgrade

    I am able to get in using Tapatalk this morning. Thanks! Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  24. Site Upgrade

    UIC, I've been unable to log in to the site from Tapatalk since the upgrade. Is anyone else reporting this problem? "Call to undefined method"
  25. I've had three of the Shock FX's and all of them have sustained dents. The titanium cage unit I bought with a slight dent, the two steel cages bent without me being aware of it. One day I just looked at my helmet sitting while I was sitting in a locker room and noticed the cage is dented. The shots to the cage don't bother you as much as when you get hit above the top of the cage.