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Everything posted by KenBAZ

  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
  16. I might get that second pitch. Most likely in the men's league game I'd have pulled my helmet off and chewed that hitter's a$$ all the way back to the dugout. If he stopped or argued with me he would have gone. The kid's out of the game one way or another. Most likely at that age a word with the coach regarding available subs and giving him the option to remove the kid. However, even I couldn't sell a strike on that pitch. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  17. Guys, I've worn and own all three if the HSM mentioned in this string. All of them are hot, all of them are heavy, but once you get used to it you stop noticing. Unlike my buddy[mention=2599]MadMax[/mention], I am unwilling to take the extra risk. With bats flying around, balls coming in from other fields, balls bouncing off short backstops, some of the pitcher/catcher mismatches along with the number of games I work I just feel safer with a helmet on. We can debate if any HSM protects better on balls that hit you from the front but there is no debate about them protecting you better from a bat in the side of the head like Segal get hit with. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  18. I have the 2015 solid black Majestic. Great shirt, super material, extra long tail. The only problem is no one else has it[emoji54] Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  19. Exactly... Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  20. @MadMax, many of us a waiting to hear what you have to say about the state of catchers' gear. I know how you feel about the one piece helmets. As a user of HSMs with shock absorbers I've invested with the idea that it is in fact safer. And I do feel that throat guards should be mandatory after a HS kid almost choked to death in a game I did a few years ago. However, I don't think it's worth personalizing your response to this topic. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  21. Shoot me a text when you get here. @MadMax and I would like to welcome you to the Valley. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  22. Back to reality, over the past 5 years I've done at minimum 5X the number of plate jobs as any MLB umpire. However the forces involved are just not the same. Doing youth ball, HS, men's league and the occasional college summer ball I get hit more frequently but with pitches that are traveling much slower. I know I am just between injuries at any time. Just no way of knowing what the cumulative effect will be. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  23. The Majestic shirts are about $10 more but we'll worth the difference. I like this look and more of my partners are moving to it from the older MLB shirts with the one white stripe. The Majestic material breaths much better and as noted the collars hold their shape much better. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  24. In OBR checked swings are not only appealable but an appeal is mandatory if requested. If the F2 or coach say check, you check. Not sure how I would handle it if I was BU but I'm pretty sure my partner and I would have a conversation about it prior to getting a protest filed against us. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  25. My challenge with the silk-screened shirts we have now is that the collars have no body to them and they look lousy after you've washed them a few times. I have purchased multiple shirts every year since we went to them. Working just about every day during the HS season I need them. I prefer to spend more if I have to in order to get better quality. However, to pay top dollar for a shirt that doesn't hold up is irksome. I guess if that's all I have to complain about I'm in good shape. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk