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About kylejt

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  1. That last reference is one that many forget. It's got to me something. Some like to say "Well, both were doing what they're supposed to do........." which usually translates to " I have no idea what just happened, and no clue how to make that call". Although the "step and a reach" is a fantastic guideline that I teach and endorse, I don't think we should be quoting that to an inquiring manager, as opposed to " I judged him to be still fielding that ground ball".
  2. And no one takes about fit. Thanks for proving my point though, fellas.
  3. Yup, use a disinfectant spray to kill the living organisms on your gear. Purfumy sprays will cover up the stink for a while, but not kill the little bastards living in your hat ( and c/p, and shoes and Nuttybuddy, and .......................).
  4. WEAR WHAT FITS YOU BEST! Okay, so now you're going get a dozen guys telling their shoes are no doubt the best. One word testimonials. Great, for their feet. I fell into the trap of using what ever the guys on TV used. Then I met a couple of them, and one just told me, "I wear whatever they send me". And that may be great for shirts, pants and socks, but feet needed to taken in better consideration. FIT is key. I'm spending more money on great fitting, lightweight, breathable running shoes, with a great all-terrain sole. I won't tell you the brand or model, because it doesn't matter. You need to find a great fitting, black shoe, for you. Criteria: Looks: Could they pass, undetected, for umpire shoes? Fit: Do they fit your feet? Go to a reputable running shoe store, and get an expert to fit you. Ease of cleaning: I've got base and plate shoes for all occasions. Heat, mud, fake grass, four man, etc. But most of my base shoes have mesh, and they're pretty easy to clean in my utility sink. Good traction: The soles need to able to grip a wet infield, as you pivot in. You don't want to end up on your keester as the BR is beating you to 2nd.
  5. Do have a look at the lower edge, the part that might be driven up to your neck. That one vertical bar in the middle looks a bit dangerous to me.
  6. The other Mizuno throat protector. Okay, so some guy named Fonzie doesn't wear one on TV, but it's light, a tad wider than most, $10, and kinda cool looking. They work well for me.
  7. All that dough laid out, and not one throat protector. Why is that, fellas?
  8. I punched out at " but if I was forced to take some rec kids .......".
  9. Alright Jim, let's make a deal. You get with Joe, and work out a deal with Little League. Become the Official Umpire Supplier to LLBBI, design a unique uniform, and I will burn all my H*nig's gear and replace it with all Smitty apparel. Hell, I'll even name my next dog Smitty.
  10. And I still won't wear anything from Smitty, because that's a derogatory term for a baseball umpire. But that's just me.
  11. Not that it's worth anything, but I still don't like the design. I do understand that the real plate jerseys have a zipper on one side, to allow a coolpak to be inserted. I'd guess that was the idea behind the wide stripes, to make that easier to happen. I didn't go ga-ga over the last updates a few years ago, either. Still waiting for something unique, understated and classy. Hopefully Jim will partner with Williamsport, and get this down before The Official's Choice guys do, as LL has the biggest umpire market by a large margin.
  12. Ditto for JSam21. Quick payment. Thanks.
  13. Those aluminum Diamonds have zero give to them. I haven't decided if that's good, or not. I really like the fit of the Honig's, as it seems to be a little wider than other frames, and when combined with TW pads, fits my face better than any other combination I've tried.
  14. I want the Shins. How much for the CP and the Shins together?


    1. kylejt


      $120, and I'll pay the shipping. 

    2. kylejt


      Sorry, but I got an offer I couldn't refuse on the CP.


    3. ump chef

      ump chef

      still have the shins?


  15. West Vest Gold, L/XL. Not cut up, barely used at all. $80 SOLD Platinum Shin Guards. Shoe guards cut off (why do they bother to put those on?). Good shape. $40 NB460 plate shoes. Size worn off, but I wear a 10.5 street shoe. No issues, tons of tread on the soles. $45 Spot Built plate shoes. 10.5. Small tear (pictures). Great starter shoes. $30. We'll figure out shipping, especially if you want more than one item. Let me know if you're in the northern San Diego area, and we can meet. West vista