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Everything posted by conbo61

  1. Plus they are 1/2 the price of the Under Armours.
  2. Dangling Throat Guard

    I heard too many horror stories of close calls not to add one. Take advantage of the lesson taught by someone else's pain. I will say that for the first two years I had it attached incorrectly. I had the TG hanging from THE EXTENSION. This was a problem when I would look up to find the ball and the TG would catch on the top of my chest protector. When I would bring my head back down the TG would push my mask up and off. Not much of a safety issue, but definitely bad optics. I believe Mr. Kennedy has a video posted here about the proper way to attach the TG. It should be strapped to the lower bar of the mask proper. Once I made this switch I have had no issues. Found the video:
  3. 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
  4. Game management, game management, game management. This should have been stomped from the start. It is a situation that will NOT self-correct. It will ONLY get worse.
  5. Odd colored shirts

    Oh heck, let's just go all in...
  6. First and foremost - good luck to you. Second - Were these photos taken in a hospital room? I thought the furniture had an "institutional" look.
  7. New umpire instruction

    Most clinics/training that I have attended separate BU and PU training. Very few conduct "crew" training. Most likely due to the time requirement you cite. My criticism is with the implication that the vets get 1 hour and the newbies get 30 minutes. Why the differential? I am assuming that he is referring to training where members participate and not necessarily class room training where everyone is sitting. As for those that don't want to be there, there are those in every organization. Kudos to the trainers such as yourself that have to be doubly motivated.
  8. Slim-fit Pants

    Uniforms are usually immune to "trends." And for good reason. Sincerely, "The Get Off My Lawn Guy"
  9. New umpire instruction

    I am unclear about the following: "but since our winter clinics have started my instruction time has reduced to less than thirty minutes. This is while veterans have been privy to over an hour at each session." Do you mean that you are not getting the reps or time behind the dish? If so, I will level a criticism here. I think it is incumbent on an organization to make sure that their new/inexperienced members get MORE prep time at clinics than the veterans. (Not that vets don't need some, but they should not be hogging the cage.) The more the newbie gets in pre-season, the better the organization looks and the less game problems a veteran umpire will have when partnered with a less experienced umpire. We are fortunate that a local HS here lets our members come down and call pitches during their winter workouts. When it comes back for a second round in the cage, newbies get first dibs or maybe guys that need to work on specific things. Usually a vet is standing nearby outside the netting working with the member. My $0.02. YMMV.
  10. Interference

    Thank you. I interpreted in BI in the OP as if he stepped over the plate on a throw to 2nd. (Drifting into "Seeing as how the VP is such a VIP, shouldn't we keep the PC on the QT? 'Cause if it leaks to the VC he could end up MIA, and then we'd all be put on KP." territory there...)
  11. Interference

    Clarification question (and not trying to break chops): 8-4-1a states: The batter-runner is out when: a. he intentionally interferes with the catcher's attempt to field the ball after a third strike If the catcher is THROWING the ball, has he not already fielded it? I interpret 8-4-1a as the BR interfered with F2's ability to gain possession of the ball to make a play. To me the OP is analogous to a running lane violation. The catcher had fielded the ball and the actions of the BR prevented a put out, intentional or not. Thanks in advance for the upcoming knowledge.
  12. Weight Loss Group

    AWESOME!! Congratulations. Glad to see your hard work paying off.
  13. New Wilson helmet

    This is from the email that UA sent out about Wilson's new helmet, so it does appear that the ShockFX is being discontinued.
  14. Foul tip

    I stand corrected. I just assumed it was a third strike scenario.
  15. Foul tip

    As long as the ball hit his glove first, batter is out.
  16. New umpire getting started with his kids

    Welcome. First off, great decision getting involved with your kids. Next congrats on finding this website. There is no finer forum for learning and improving your umpiring skills. Encourage your son and daughter to sign up as well. Don't be shy about asking questions, there are LOTS of very knowledgeable folks on this website (mechanics, rules, gear, etc.) that will be more than happy to help you out. Enjoy!
  17. Passing of Doug Harvey

    Nice touch on the home page.
  18. LLWS 2018

    I'm game. Hopefully he will provide his schedule.
  19. Force Mask V2 $125.00 shipped

    May I ask why you are selling?
  20. LLWS 2018

    I see a trip to Williamsport in my future next August...
  21. Pentagon K52 Plate shoes

    I have wide feet (4E) and have no issue with them. My old Spot-BIlts are heavier than the New Balance shoes, but I cannot say that holds true for the Pentagons.
  22. Pentagon K52 Plate shoes

    I think these may be the old Spot-Bilt shoes. If I recall, Saucony (parent company of Spot-Bilt) was purchased by Payless and the Spot-Bilt brand was sunsetted. However, someone who worked at Spot-Bilt started up Pentagon. http://www.umpire.org/vb/archive/index.php?t-5951.html I still use a Spot-Bilts for the HS season. PIAA requires that shoes be all black. Figure I will use them until they wear out. Use the NB for summer ball.
  23. 2018 POE

    Just a little good natured ribbing from a coach, other than that no issues. Need them for lineup card checks and edits now as well.