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Everything posted by conbo61

  1. Ebay finds

    For those of you looking for "cheap" WV Golds for TW retrofits (@JaxRolo) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wilson-Pro-Gold-Umpire-Chest-Protector-MLB-/151607512643?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item234c830e43 Not sure if this one can be retrofitted http://www.ebay.com/itm/West-vest-umpire-Chest-Protector-by-wilson-/261797611191?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cf45a86b7
  2. Backswing interference?

    Based on the rule, I think they missed this one. Backswing Int.pdf
  3. Unorthodox rotation situation

    On his hands and knees gasping for breath....
  4. Burn out

    I agree with your approach to work "better" baseball and not necessarily "any" baseball. I have found that the negative aspects are less when you work "better" baseball as the coaches and players are more knowledgeable and you don't deal with the Mickey Mouse crap.
  5. Burn out

    Are you a civil engineer? (I am.)
  6. Passing 1st base after a walk

    One other case that I encountered this summer. Close play at first. BU calls safe, but runner was unaware and thinking he was out started heading back to his dugout. His bench started yelling that he was safe and to get back to the bag. DT threw the ball back to F3 who tagged the runner before he got back to the bag. BU banged him out for being off the bag. After doing some research, I found the attached nugget in the Wendelstedt manual. doc00014520170731064213.pdf
  7. https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/baseball-team-loses-after-phantom-balk-call-interrupts-team’s-championship-celebration/ar-AAse8I9?li=BBnb7Kz Someone is still playing (or writing) as per Fed Rules "The batter Casey Turgeon told a reporter after the game that he heard the home plate umpire say balk, but there was no hand signal to call the play dead." The only thing I could see is that he was gigged for "no stop", but that was awfully close.
  8. Heating and fitting Wilson West Vest Platinum

    Let it sit in the sun to soften, then put it on and wear while cutting the grass, walking the dog, washing the car. Not only will you mold it, you will give the neighbor's something to talk about...
  9. Balk call extends MiLB playoff game

    Whoa. Seems awfully close.
  10. Heating and fitting Wilson West Vest Platinum

    I had two myself this past weekend. This process seemed to work fine for me. I do not possess the abilities of @MadMax where I am comfortable taking a torch or other external heat source to my beloved Platinum. Plus you cannot get the 13.5 anymore. If I may, what straps are you using? Factory or a Delta flex version?
  11. Balk call extends MiLB playoff game

    Do you think it was for a "no stop?"
  12. Heating and fitting Wilson West Vest Platinum

    Put it on, strap it up comfortable and go work several plates in 90+ degree weather. That should do it.
  13. Umpire

    Years ago I was working a LL game and a batter fouled a ball into a dugout fence. The catcher overthrew the pitcher on the return throw and the coaches had R1 "steal" 2nd. I put the runner back on first and the offensive coaches questioned the decision. I explained that it was a foul ball it was a dead ball and runners can't advance. Their response ---> "Since when?"
  14. CP under plate coat

    And for those of us who wear a "grand" 2XL anyway?
  15. conbo61

  16. Of course if that same situation occurred to Hinch back in his playing days, he would have been screaming bloody murder for an INT call. "Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die." Mel Brooks, The 2,000 Year Old Man
  17. Is it your position that there was no hindrance or are you suggesting that was Hinch's argument? With the throw sailing high like it did, that is an obvious hindrance without actual contact.
  18. ESPN MLB Rules Quiz from 2013

  19. Game 3 1978 World Series

    Yanks/Indians was rained out tonight, so the YES Network is replaying Game 3 from the '78 Series. Holy crap. Don't tell Davey Lopes that baseball is not a contact sport. He is getting taken out every other slide. (Most of which would be illegal today.) Great to hear Garagiola, Kubek and Seaver and see that old NBC logo that was a part of every Saturday afternoon. Third best game watching experience from my youth.
  20. Force3 V2 Ultimate Umpire Chest Protector

    ^^^^ THIS ^^^^ Max is absolutely correct. A Flex-style harness improved the fit of my platinum immeasurably. A "must have" upgrade.
  21. Force3 V2 Ultimate Umpire Chest Protector

    Big fan of the platinum here. Have taken many shots and can honestly say only felt the effect of one as it caught on the edge of the plate. More me than plate. Have had more than one coach marvel that I did not have any ill effects from some shots. Good stuff there.
  22. Insect repellent

    They are forecasting a Nor'Easter here for Monday night into Tuesday (figures - first game is supposed to be on Wednesday). When dreaming of the hot humid days of summer it got me wondering what insect repellents you found work well. I want to try one of those no/low DEET products and was looking for feedback from those in the know. Thank you.
  23. Vicinity balk @ 2B

    MSBL game (OBR), runner on 2B. Pitcher turns and throws to F4 who is NOT near the bag. Offensive dugout starts chirping that this is a balk. However in the Wendelstedt Rules Manual: "The "step and feint" requirement does not require a throw, except for first base1. Once a pitcher steps in a feint towards a base (other than first), he has fulfilled his requirements as a pitcher. He may then throw the ball to anywhere on the field without taking another step, except to another base." So, based on my understanding the throw to F4 WAS legal. The vicinity balk only applies to 1B and 3B. Is this correct? 1 - this is no longer true with the rule change in 2014. Old version of WRM. Wonder when an update will be available.
  24. Does this seem a bit quick triggered? Yes, Pillar made a comment as he went back to the dugout, but he was not publicly showing Fairchild up. By dumping Pillar, Fairchild just drew attention to the situation. I would have thought more discretion would have been appropriate.
  25. Future MLB hires

    I think West will go in a body bag and gurney immediately after nonchalantly dumping some hot head rookie. Just my $0.02.