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  • How did you hear about Umpire-Empire?
  1. Four Joe Brinkman Clean Sweep plate brushes were in my mailbox today. Return address: Happy Customer Sports Love it. These seem a bit different than the last batch I got. Shorter bristles, so I'm not going to cut them down. I will file down all the sharp edges on the plastic, though. 60 seconds on each should do it. Hard to go for the price. So hats off to the crew at +POS, and thank you.
  2. I'll be interested to hear how the pants and v2's work in the wet. I know my polywools will weigh twice as much, and most shoes get clogged with mud.
  3. I ordered 4 +POS plate brushes on Saturday, got a shipping number nearly right away, and they're in the mail, and should be delivered on Tuesday. That is fantastic. I do understand these are not as good as their older, grey models. But IMO, they're still tons better than anything else out there. I cut down the bristles about an inch, and they work fine. But, somewhere in my umpire purchases, I attained this All Star brush, which is the best I've ever used. I got no response from All Star about this, and the model number, PB-2, doesn't hit on Google. Any ideas?
  4. I've got an old grey one, and you are correct, the new ones aren't as good. All Star made a version of it, and it's somewhere inbetween in quality. I have no idea where I got it, and All Star won't own up to it. I've cut down the bristles 1" on the new ones, as that seems to ease the breakage issues (less torque near the connection). Plus it makes for better brushing. I also round the edges of the scrapper with a file, as they come pretty sharp.
  5. Whoa! The scrapper brushes are 3 bucks! I'm going to order a few, because you can't get them anywhere else, and they're fantastic. I truly do hope that +POS is back on track. I think Dan is really trying to not only keep the ship afloat, but also to add some new, and interesting products. Edit, I ordered 4, and got a USPS tracking number within 30 minutes. How great is that?
  6. I've got at least one backup of every piece of gear I own. Overkill? Probably. If I've got to do a few games per day, I like to put on fresh everything, and not put on sweaty plate gear. That's just nasty. So, I'd say keep it, and re-evaluate with you've used at the end of the season.
  7. I get that. I've avoided anything "Smitty", because that's umpire slang for ol' dumbass. But with these new pants, I've given in.
  8. "Hi Justin. The titanium mask is approximately 6.7 oz. with all of its components. Have a great day!" That should be your red alert! The lightest complete rig I've ever heard of was the Champro Mag, at 15.5 oz. And that was with worthless pads.
  9. If you do some digging on Chinese websites (Alibaba, etc.) you can order Ti masks in big lots. Pretty dang cheap, too. And they're probably coming out of the same places the "big" name makers are contracting through, just shipping out a different door. But, are they trustworthy, for something protecting your brain and eyesight? You be the judge. I do know they also sell a ton of fake stuff that are quite substandard.
  10. I found that out the first time I took my Platinum to the pawn shop.
  11. I had a Schutt Comfort Lite that was just as light. I gave that to one of my former Junior umpires for a backup, as he was starting his MiLB career. I believe those are hollow steel, yes?
  12. Yikes! I'd better grab a couple on the open market, before they're all dried up. Love that frame, as it's sooooo light, and fits me well. I can live with the plastic coating, and will remember not to put mine in the oven (or trunk, here in San Diego). Thanks for the info, everyone.
  13. Remember when this was one of the Holy Grails of umpire gear? Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
  14. At what point do the officials put their foot down? They do know they're in short supply, right? How 'bout supplying patches, and let umpires decide what to wear? Or at least give them a list of approved colors, designs. Yeah, someone is getting their pockets lined, no doubt. Here's my theory, as I've seen this born out in other groups I'm involved with: HS officials seem to be an older group. Mostly retired folks. Hence, they're not as likely to be hooked up to social media, and don't communicate with others outside their immediate area. If this were a group of twenty somethings, they'd be banded together pretty quickly, and making some changes.
  15. 1. Because the guy answering the question is too cheap to buy another shirt. 2. He's afraid to lose membership, by allowing an optional uniform. 3. He's a geezer. 4. All of the above.