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Radie 88

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  1. Quick backstory in bullet form: - I've known the game of baseball like the back of my hand since I was 3. You could argue that Hockey has somewhat stolen my heart, but this game was my first love and I still follow it religiously. - My father was an umpire and I grew up watching the game from both the player and umpire perspective. - I've lead what many would call a "hectic" (though not entirely terrible) life and have never had a chance to really put some roots down somewhere enough to start Umpiring. The point of all of that is to say that I've ALWAYS been an umpire, I'm just now getting a chance to really be one. I'm not someone who is "trying this out" for a bit or doing it just to make a few extra dollars. This is in my blood (as I assume many of you feel) and now that I am settled, I can start my journey right, which as we all know, involves gearing up properly. Last season I worked about 50 Little League games using the leagues gear (except for NB Plate Shoes, which I purchased) which wasnt the best. Heck, I even used one of those big external "pillow" pads with the handles for a while (which admittedly brought back memories of playing with similar ones my dad used to have, but I digress). The assignor of the league is associated with a popular and successful Umpiring Association in NYC and suggested I sign up with them to take the next step and do higher level games. Obviously, it was time to invest in myself for this season. I looked into various starter packages but none of them really did it for me. I did A LOT of research online, especially here. I read virtually every review of every piece of gear in my price range. I read every single article on Ump-Attire and watched every single video on their YouTube channel. In the end, the decision I made was based on what I have seen mentioned in here COUNTLESS times: "Get the best that you can afford". I know that buy writing these next few lines, I am establishing myself as an arch enemy to @MadMax, as I know he thinks this is one of the worst things a new ump can do but let me explain myself... I purchased the following: (obviously from @JimKirk's amazing U-A) - Wilson Dyna-Lite Aluminum Mask with Memory foam. - 6" Throat Protector - Wilson West Vest Gold CP (12 3/4") - Nutty Buddy and Jock - Wilson West Vest Gold Leg Guards - New Balance Base Shoes (Mid Cut) - 2x Balls-First 4 Dial (Yellow) indicator Total: $497 In the next few weeks, I plan on purchasing a proper equipment bag (I got something that will work for now) and one of @Razzer's harnesses. Maybe even the Force 3 thigh pads. My reasons for doing this are: I want to feel protected. But I still couldn't get the BEST stuff on the market. This basically eliminated F3 for the time being... Despite MM's stance, far too many other people speak highly enough of the Wilson Gold and Platinums that I settled on those.... I have spent my life as a catcher and have also played Football and Hockey, basically I have spent my whole life strapping things to my body. Comfort was never going to be an issue so I knew I was going Gold over Plat based on reviews and my preferences. I feel like this will work for me because I won't be seeing really high level ball for a few seasons and I think this will cover me pretty squarely until then. At which point I plan on upgrading to mostly F3 gear (still not sold on their leg guards though). I do worry that maybe I should have dropped an extra $40 on the F3 Defender as an obvious upgrade to the Dyna-Lite but I needed that money to go to decent base shoes. I also wish I had the cash to do this month's ago so I could have gotten more feedback, but it is what it is. Anyone want to chime in here? Tips? Suggestions? Critiques? FYI - I already have ball bags and brushes and pants from last year. No need to suggest those.
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    Flashy Release by F3?

    This one happened a few weeks ago and it didn't make any difference in a blowout game, but I still find myself thinking about it... So I'll ask... First the bare bones... No runners, 2 out. Routine grounder to F6. The throw to F3 comes in at knee level... He extendes the glove, it goes into the webbing with enough force to snap his wrist downward... He INSTANTLY flips the ball back up into the air and grabs it with his bare hands. The BR hits the bag as the ball is in the air between the glove and bare hand. I come up with a big Safe call and announce that it was a bobble. Everyone saw it and there wasn't a sound from anyone except the F3. He was adamant that he did that flashy move on purpose. Here's the part that sticks with me: I'm almost 100% certain that he was right... Someone in here once posted a comment that mentioned watching the F3 warm up the rest of the infielders and using that as practice for reading throws as a BU... So that's what I had been doing... I watched this F3 make like 50 "plays" that afternoon and he made that fancy snap-catch almost everytime the ball was at his knees. Problem was that I was likely the only other person on the field that noticed... Everyone else (including the kids down HC) thought it was a bobble. I'm worried that I called what appeared to happen to please the "sight test" as opposed to calling what I truly interpreted to have happened. In case I'm not clear, I'm pretty certain he did it intentionally. Thoughts?
  3. Let's try to remember that this section is specifically for non umpires to come and ask questions. By definition, we shouldn't expect a full comprehension of the rules.
  4. Randomly came across this... At exactly 1:49 the clip begins with the ball already about to hit off the wall/fielder in RF... Then a missle of a throw nails a runner at 3B... But the curious thing is that it's the PU rotating around 3B making the call... Why?
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    Orioles Triple Play vs. Red Sox

    Yes. I figured this as a possibility too... Especially when the PU points into the dugout. For this to happen though, we are assuming all umpires missed the no-touch at 1B? Which again, is entirely reasonable... In fact , in the moments before the camera picks up the BR in foul territory, the 1U most likely thinks the BR is heading to the 1B coach to hand him equipment so he can take his spot on 1B. That first shot we have of the BR is likely the first spot the 1U realizes something is amiss.
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    2017 MLB Umpire Media Guide

    Great find indeed... Helpful tip for those on iPhones: After the page loads, tap on it anywhere and an "Open in iBook" option should appear in the top right.. Tapping this will save it to iBook for offline viewing.
  7. Had a minor disagreement with an fellow brother on a FB group about this play... No worries.. I'm sure the same way I don't understand how he doesn't see what I see, he can't understand why I don't see what he is. It was kept respectful and we both tried to be informative... This is how we learn. Unfortunately we agreed to disagree but I don't feel like I have an answer to my question so I was hoping to get more eyes on it.. Here we have a pretty odd Triple Play from a few nights ago.. The original post on FB was about it being an Infield Fly or not, but please ignore all of that, they covered that pretty good in that discussion... I want to know about that last out and the BR. Note: There is a lot of incorrect commentating here. It's a crazy play unfolding quickly, so no blame to them... I'm sure they sorted it out just fine.. They just don't seem to do so before the video cuts.... I'd recommend watching on mute, at least your first view anyway. https://mobile.twitter.com/MLBNetwork/status/859583512965517315?ref_src=twsrc^tfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fnesn.com%2F2017%2F05%2Forioles-turn-unconventional-triple-play-in-eighth-inning-vs-red-sox%2F2%2F I don't want to muddy the waters with what I think I see and assume happened just yet... I want to know what you guys see and give me your best answer the following questions... - Who makes the last out call? - Why is the BR out? - Bonus: When is the BR out? (this might change depending on the answer to the previous question) These aren't meant as a hypothetical "who has the call?" question... I'm looking for actual answers to this specific play... If you happened to have been watching this game, that'd be a huge help. Thanks in advance.
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    Orioles Triple Play vs. Red Sox

    So to be clear... The BR did run down to 1B but just didn't touch, which is why we see him returning from there in one of the shots? Which umpire made this last out call? 1U seems to shake his head "no" initially to the out at 1B, I'm guessing because because he can see (but we can't... yet) that the BR has passed the base and must have touched it.. entirely reasonable. One of the other umpires had to have noticed the BR didn't touch and came in with info to get the call right... Im just curious which guy has the hero (besides 2U who was all over it from the jump).
  9. I swear on both of my kids lives that I searched for this before posting... Feel free to lock this down and I'll jump on that discussion... Sincerest apologies.
  10. Talking about a situation where the DT forgets how many outs there are and complete a double play with 2 outs already... I (think I) know that you should not make the call after out #3, but I can see a situation where the fielder at 2B misses the bag ("what about the neighborhood rule, blue?") but is given the out call... Then is changed to safe either by appeal or by conference with a partner... This obviously makes out #4 at 1B really out #3... And thus, quite important. Does this warrant at least a silent signal? I feel like I'm definitely tracking it (chest is a magnet to ball)... But part of me feels like ignoring it completely isnt right.
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    Warren's First Plate Game

    Exactly what is the DT doing here? Thats presumably the F6 playing WAY in..
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    Starling Marte's corrected statement

    Didn't she just win in her return?
  13. Alright... Pretty simple idea right here... Tell us all what you believe is your best and your worst qualities as an umpire.
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    Aaaaaannd... we're back.

    Someone get this man a drink.
  15. Hey guys, I play a game on my phone (available for iOS and Android) called "MLB 9 Innings '17"... It's a great little game that plays a solid game of ball and includes a card collecting/team building element to it... I recommend it to any baseball fan and can talk about it at length (but I won't right now), but let's take a look at the PU for a moment... Whats with the elbow strap and the thick wrist bands? (Which are on both arms) What mask do you think he's wearing? (Note: He's using a throat protector). Seems like the PU and F2 are wearing the same ones. Moving on... The PU seems to be designed to set up in the same spot at all times (reasonable for a mobile game) as witnessed in the following pics: Here the F2 sets up outside and puts the PU right in the slot... But... When the F2 moves inside, the PU stays in the same spot (note his right foot in both pics) and ends up in the Kill Zone. Side note... The umpires are not programmed perfectly but they are much better then should probably be expected... It seems as if they "teleport" into position based on the location of a hit ball (left vs right and infield vs outfield) so you never see them actually moving into position, but they are generally in the right spot for all call so some care and thought went into them for sure.... There are also some pretty interesting animations between the BU's and fielders on stolen base attempts. Any questions about the game or its umps, feel free to ask.
  16. While I won't start getting assignments from my new association for another week or so, I'm still cutting my teeth on games for the local Little League. We have nice little park with 3 fields called Siether Stadium. It felt great to get back out there for my sophomore season. My fiance and sons even came down to the field to watch. I've been told I call too literal of a strike zone for U12 games so I've been working on "opening her up" a bit... Night and day difference. Hardly any complaints. Only a few scattered walks throughout the tight game. And I didn't feel like I was robbing any kids either. Right out the gate, I forget the shirt for the LL at home (sigh!). Fortunatly I had my new association shirt and it was plenty acceptable. The F2 in the bottom of the 1st inning had probably never even seen a baseball glove, let alone played F2 before... Took a shot in the left elbow on an inside pitch early, not too bad, but when he let one right down the pipe past him untouched and off my inner thigh (just missing testing out my new NuttyBuddy) I was starting to become pretty jumpy back there... Luckily, one of the veterans taught me how to deal with this: I caught the coach at the next opportune time in order to be discreet and told him "I can't see those corner strikes if I'm bailing out." He understood and sent a better (though still new) F2 next inning... Being a former F2 myself, I felt a bit bad, but it was pretty necessary. Had a bit of an interesting play on a wild pitch that scored a run which I will discuss in a separate post (and add a link here) My game management has gotten a lot better (also a result of calling more strikes) and we almost completed the game. Unfortunately this is the one spot where I dropped the ball a bit today... We play with a hard 2 hour time limit and any unfinished inning reverts back to the score at the start of the inning unless the home team takes the lead... So it's 4-4 in the top of the 5th and we have about a half hour left.. I figure we have plenty of time and don't realize that the 5th inning slowed to a crawl... The HT comes up in the bottom of the inning and plates a cheap LL run (walk, 2 easy SB, score on weak ground ball with no play anywhere).. 2 batters later the coach informs me that we are at time limit. HT wins 5-4... I followed the rules and didn't do anything wrong, but I wish I had realized we were up against the wall and that the R3 carried the game in his pocket. I would have ended the game there instead of leading to the confusion (and minor, expected griping) of having other batters come to the plate... Ehhh, you live and you learn. Maybe it's time for a very not-phone-looking pocket watch so I can keep better track of time without worrying about looking unprofessional. All in all a great way to get the season started and I already feel the lessons from my new associations school starting to sink in. Gonna be a great year! Good luck out there brothers!
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    RuleGraphics Book

    I'm guessing... You?
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    Out of play, definition

    It's going to depend on each field. The umpires should be especially clear on that for any fields without clearly delineated markings or fences.
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    Inadvertent Pitching Clinic

    Doesn't sound like coaching anyway... Sounds like you were just describing/explaining the rules. And I'm in the camp that believes we should do that WHENEVER asked. Seems like most agree.
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    Tag Up and Appeal

    I don't get to whip this story out too often these days but now you basically begged me to tell it... Beer league softball Championship Game 2 (best of 3 series, already lost Game 1 by 1 run)... We are protecting a 1 run lead in the bottom of the last inning with R2, R3, 0 out... I'm playing F2... Fly ball to LF... Catch, R3 tags... Play at the plate and he's gunned out... I come up and notice that R2 stopped to respect the cutoff man and since I've never seen a throw behind the runner that I didn't like, I fire down to 2B and bang the guy before he dives back in.. Ballgame! The ol' 7-2-4 Triple Play, just like we drew it up. We go on to win the rubber match by 10 runs because, let's face it... Destiny. Bonus: Someones wife made those gummi worms that are soaked in vodka overnight for the postgame celebration.. What a day!
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    RuleGraphics Book

    Gonna pull the trigger in this purchase later in the week ... Looking forward to it... Wish Amazon showed some preview pages though.
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    So you want to be a MLB Crew Chief...

    The job never ends.
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    2 ball bags behind the plate?

    Used 2 for the first time today... I liked it. I don't need to use 2.. but it was nice to have it there. I thought it looked better too.. probably gonna roll like this all the time.
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    Q for Scorekeepers

    GameChanger app?
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