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Outside Chest Protector

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Yes, Outside chest protector, just ordered one. Plan on using it in these minor division little league games where the player behind the plate dressed like a catcher is NOT!! Its survival cant risk injury for the upper level games on the schedule. 

Looking for tips or videos on how to use this piece of umpiring history. And who knows may have to setup a throw back game this summer, white shirts, bow ties and beanies??????

 

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How to use it? It's pretty complex:

1.  Hold it in front of you

2. Don't throw it when you signal safe

 

:) Seriously, I think the prejudice against these is ridiculous...it's ideal for precisely this very situation. Do what you gotta do.

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I've considered it because you can move it to protect where needed most. 

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4 minutes ago, Umpire in Chief said:

I've considered it because you can move it to protect where needed most. 

For the others that may be considering it i will keep you posted.

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I don't use one, but my local association has them for our younger umpires who cannot afford their own gear. 

From my experience with showing younger umpires:

  •  slip your arms from inside out then under. grab the strap in the middle on the inside and pull CP up under chin. 
  • most important keep it tight so to protect your collar bone. that is the biggest worry I have with the younger umpires they let it dangle and expose their collar bone. 
  • also, it drives me nuts to see them leave it on the ground between innings and dont use the inside pocket for extra balls. 

I hope this is a little bit helpful.

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23 minutes ago, BCBrad said:

I don't use one, but my local association has them for our younger umpires who cannot afford their own gear. 

From my experience with showing younger umpires:

  •  slip your arms from inside out then under. grab the strap in the middle on the inside and pull CP up under chin. 
  • most important keep it tight so to protect your collar bone. that is the biggest worry I have with the younger umpires they let it dangle and expose their collar bone. 
  • also, it drives me nuts to see them leave it on the ground between innings and dont use the inside pocket for extra balls. 

I hope this is a little bit helpful.

Very helpful, agree with you about laying things on the ground, hanging the mask on the fence or throat protector tucked in your pants... can't stand it. I want to give our fore fathers of umpiring the respect they earned using this piece of equipment. I will however draw the line on the using this 

vintage-baseball-catchers-mask-spalding.jpg

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41 minutes ago, ScubaUmp said:

Very helpful, agree with you about laying things on the ground, hanging the mask on the fence or throat protector tucked in your pants... can't stand it. I want to give our fore fathers of umpiring the respect they earned using this piece of equipment. I will however draw the line on the using this 

vintage-baseball-catchers-mask-spalding.jpg

Ahh come on. All you need is some Team Wendy pads, a Ump Life harness and a Mizuno throat guard. 

Oh wait, that really isnt honouring the Bill Klems, Amanda Clements and Emmett Ashfords that have gone before us. Love your idea. I have some bow ties in my locker waiting for a game too.

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1 hour ago, ScubaUmp said:

I will however draw the line on the using this 

vintage-baseball-catchers-mask-spalding.jpg

I'm already on my second set of front teeth. Don't need to go for the third, thanks.

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The local LL group actually got one 2 or 3 years ago for the equipment locker. Not sure if anyone has ever used it. 

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here is an old one (mask) and I see nothing wrong with it, if this guy could wear it.

And he wasn't just seeing puff balls, with Nolan Ryan, J.R. Richards, Dwight Gooden, Randy Johnson, Rob Dibble

https://www.google.com/search?q=dutch+rennert+umpire+mask&biw=1890&bih=914&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5jK6KybHSAhUC6yYKHWQ3BFcQsAQIKw#imgrc=Prirq87ilcPPMM:

https://www.google.com/search?q=dutch+rennert+umpire+mask&biw=1890&bih=914&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5jK6KybHSAhUC6yYKHWQ3BFcQsAQIKw#imgrc=ikfeRcIPZh_xEM:

 

Take the outside of the chest protector and do the breast stroke into the arm straps and bring your hands down to the middle on the chest protector at the bottom. Now spread the hands about 4 inches apart at the most, or they can be butted together and dig the fingers into the bottom 1/4 of the bottom part closest to your mid section and of course make sure your elbows are in tight. No chicken wing elbows exposed. Pull the protector tightly under you chin. Set up right in the middle of the plate. When the batter hits the ball, slide the right arm out of the strap and reach up with the left hand to take the mask off, without the hat coming off, and tuck the chest protector under your left arm and against the left side of your body. Do not throw the protector on the ground when going to third. Keep it tucked under all the way to third. Watch the play and if you have to give a safe call, this is when the protector  strap will  slide halfway down your arm. You can keep it tucked with the out call. Tuck it back under your arm to jog back to the plate.

Or, you can cheat and just use the strap in the middle the best you can. The above was the way it was taught apparently at the schools years ago, and that was what you had to do. Remember, you still had to take the mask off without the hat coming off. Of course nowdays, with the concussion issue, right over the middle of the plate would probably not be in the best interest of places to be. Probably an inside position like using an inside protector but using the outside protector.

Cheers.

 

 

 

 

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I remember when baseball wasn't always on TV and sometimes I wold listen to a Mets game and knew who had the dish in only a matter of pitches. Good ole Dutch!

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If you aren't tall.... and doing a one man kid game........don't trip over the straps and:

fall down......

totally face planting....

missing the call at first....

Coming up looking like a powdered donut.....

Just sayin......I might know someone who did that......In...... 1982, on a hot Thursday night in Milledgeville, Georgia,  probably around 7-7:30... 

 

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4 hours ago, Stan W. said:

If you aren't tall.... and doing a one man kid game........don't trip over the straps and:

fall down......

totally face planting....

missing the call at first....

Coming up looking like a powdered donut.....

Just sayin......I might know someone who did that......In...... 1982, on a hot Thursday night in Milledgeville, Georgia,  probably around 7-7:30... 

Stan! Your recollection is fantastic! It's like you were there... or somethin'. :Cool2:

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