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  1. 7 points
    I found that using this new signal, below, really is subtle and lets only my partner know we need to speak:
  2. 5 points
    I'm not talking about 'new' as in 'new to me' ....but I'm talking my first piece of BRAND SPANKING new equipment! My FM4000 MAG will be at my door this afternoon and I must say ....... I'm pretty damn excited! Photo to be added later!
  3. 4 points
    I held and tried one on last night. Crazy light and great sight lines.
  4. 4 points
    Too much work Max. It's as if you'd never heard of duct tape. Geesh.
  5. 4 points
    <hits buzzer> A GREY ONE!
  6. 4 points
    Lighter fluid or gasoline and a match should do the trick
  7. 3 points
    Dear God, You gave me childhood, and you took it away. You gave me youth, and you took it away. You gave me a wife, and it's been years now. Just reminding you.
  8. 3 points
    I'm sorry, but I'm reading this, and have to ask: Is this really A Thing for most of you guys? Meaning: the way people are wording their posts and replies, it sounds like there's a LOT of times this is happening for people. Maybe I've been in a docile part of the world for most of my career, and my eyes are about to get opened here in The Great State of Texas, but I just don't see an issue with fans like this. (I'd love to say it's my incredible umpiring and awesome people skills, but *I'm* throwing the bullSH*# flag on THAT one.) I mean, we finally started playing "district games" here - tournaments are very popular for the first couple weeks - and there was a loud cry from The Idiot Cage when I got a low strike on the visitors. It may have been justified, and it was surprisingly loud and indignant, but it didn't turn much uglier than that. (I'm still adjusting to have people come AND seeing them get charged a ticket price - this is a Strange New World for me.) Karma being what it is, I'm sure 2019 will be a hellscape for me, now, but I'm just not seeing where this is much more than a philosophical discussion.
  9. 3 points
    Apparently, you have to put your belt on the opposite way, too. Edit: Upon further review, they also missed the loop to the left (our right looking at the picture) of the clasp/zipper area. I'm beginning to question Gerry Davis and his dressing abilities.
  10. 3 points
    At the least, you have less money, and therefore less weight, to carry around in them.
  11. 3 points
    Forgive this particular slant, but it might merit consideration - I'd ultimately defer to the lawyers on the board. My background is cybersecurity - I'm head of cybersecurity for a multi-billion dollar company, and as such I have considerations and dealings with things ranging from privacy laws to rules of discovery. The first point to remember here - that audio recording is data. And because it's done in work-related setting, it could be considered a commercial endeavor, and MAY fall under consumer privacy legislation - like the recent California act. As data, there are privacy regulations. There may be contextual regulations. And even if not legal, but ethically. US laws are not as strict, but as an example, EU's privacy laws in GDPR not only require consent, but require you to explain the purpose. And, tied to that, is a requirement to use the data for that purpose and that purpose only. US isn't there legally, but it's an ethical question. You're using this recording to improve your mechanics. So, does that mean you won't use that recording as evidence related to an ejection? Or, to disclose information on a conversation you picked up between two coaches, who weren't talking to you, where they insult another umpire, or the president of a league, or discuss how they're cheating on their wives?? Then there might be discovery considerations...how long are you now required to keep that data? When are you required to destroy it? Or are you required to document a procedure you follow to how long you keep the data. What if six months from now a coach accuses you of assault. Your recording might be discoverable...and there might be consequences to not having it any more. In other words....you might open a whole ugly can of worms here if you don't have a framework tied to your practices. What is, in your mind, really innocent, has a slew of problems that follow it - even if totally legal and ethical.
  12. 3 points
    Oh yeah?? YOU'RE outta here too!
  13. 3 points
    I get to finally add to this again. 1) Diamond Featherweight powdercoated matte black by Tony. Wilson Memory Foam. Diamond harness. Zett throat guard. 2) Nike TI. Team Wendy black pads. Umplife harness. 6" Honigs throat guard. 3) Nike TI powdercoated and chopped by Tony. Team Wendy tan pads. Umplife harness. 6" Nike throat guard.
  14. 3 points
    I had assumed that this would be another Nutty Buddy thread.
  15. 3 points
    I thought you were going to say it would be good for you to have when SWMBO gets too close with the frying pan.
  16. 3 points
    That spherical shoulder cap plate thing is a shoulder pauldron (French), and while I don't like how Schutt used minimal velcro to make it re-positionable, I understand why they did it. The "gap coverage" plate is an ailette (again, French), and in my and @wolfe_man's technical opinion, is set too low by default, so we kill the rivets, move it up by about an inch or so, and then re-secure it with Chicago Screws. Once you figure out where you want the shoulder pauldrons to be, you can drill through the ABS of the shoulder arch plate and again use Chicago Screws to "permanently" attach them. Another route to consider is what I'm likely to do soon... get a whole bunch of adhesive velcro stock from eBay. Of course, Velcro is the trade name, but it's also known as hook-&-loop. Over time and use, the velcro on the underside of the carapace plates gets dirty and loses its tackiness, and starts to separate from the plates. So, we can take out the old velcro and replace it with more and newer velcro.
  17. 3 points
    They're getting closer, but not quite right (yet)... "Why do you say that, Max?" On which end is the advanced, closed-cell, shock-absorbing liner foam? Uhhhh...yeah. The backside. Why's it on the backside? Because catchers wear this "backwards", with the bill in the back... Uhhhh... yeah. Again, great for catchers, not for umpires. Besides, the bill is too broad for umpires. Non-issue for catchers. #StartConsideringUmpires #BuildForU(mp)s
  18. 3 points
    I know 2 things about softball that are factual: 1- It is bigger than a baseball 2-It's not soft
  19. 3 points
    I bought a Cobra on the cheap this winter. After spending a lot of time to get this thing to fit, I took it out for a test drive last night. I had replaced the original harness with a Delta Flex and heated the shoulders for contour. Here's my review: Positives I like the look. It's slim and looked good under a long sleeve black shirt. I felt very comfortable with the protection. I was only hit with a glancing blow on the shoulder, so no testimonials on hard shots, but I was confident in how it felt. Negatives The first couple of innings were good, but then a problem developed. This CP has a small neck opening, much like the All Star I've worn in the past. I'm a tall, skinny guy, so I'm good with that. Unfortunately, some of the inner padding began to stick through the outer layer. This is hard to explain, but there are some kind of plastic strands (visualize the makeup of fiberglass) inside the padding. A couple of these things penetrated the outer fabric along the neck line and rubbed me like sandpaper. I pulled and tugged at the CP all night, but the end result was a very sore neck!" I would post pictures, but these things are so minute, you can barely see them. The shoulder pads aren't attached by elastic or velcro. I didn't examine it thoroughly, but it appears that the strap holding the shoulder pad is more of a leather-type substance. There isn't enough flexibility, so every time I raised my arm or put on my mask, the CP would choke against my throat. Grade I'd give the Cobra a D. It would have been an F, but at the plate conference one of the coaches (who I've known for a long time) asked me if I've been working out, so it wasn't just me who liked the look! I really wanted it to be my go-to chest protector this year, but it will probably go to the closet. I've got a Champion I can wear until I decide the next way to spend some money on a CP. Message me if you're interested. I'll get rid of it for a little more than the shipping, or I may try to cannibalize it. It's got some good parts, but overall isn't for me. This isn't the first piece of equipment I've taken a loss on. Something tells me it won't be the last!
  20. 3 points
    Who cares about the technology? I just want the grey pads!!
  21. 3 points
    Had a great day in Lakeland w/ SWMBO and my folks to see the Tigers v Phillies. One of the highlights was the crew: Laz Diaz Hunter Wendelstedt Jerry Layne (lost a few LBS!!!!) and COUNTRY JOE behind the plate! WOW .... he was yukking it up with many players, bumbing shoulders after the handshake w/ Ron Gardenhire, and even signing a baseball for someone after the game! Great to see the 'best' work the stick 'live'!
  22. 3 points
    Reebok's are no longer made, highly sought after and are considered the Cadillac of plate shoes. He is offering these for a very fair price. I've seen new pairs go for $150+ within the last month. Even worn pairs are being asked $75+. Snatch them up before they're gone is my advice.
  23. 3 points
    Maybe he will actually ship them if you pay $69. I tried to get one last summer and after two months of emails and phone calls I let my credit card company deal with it. Had it resolved in a week. I don't care if he is selling rainbow colored unicorns. He can keep them. Caveat emptor.
  24. 3 points
    "Expect" is a strong word, especially at the amateur level. But it should definitely be a goal - just realize that mastery takes hundreds, if not thousands of hours (it may not be 10000, but it's a lot) to achieve. You will know that rule book cold...after hundreds of games, and probably several years. It's a process. I'd love to be able to play the Hotel California solo the first day I get my guitar, but I should probably practice a few chords first. At the same time, it's not an excuse to remain ignorant. There is a set of rules that any ump should know cold before ever taking the field. There are others, that thankfully don't come up often, that will take time to sink in. Like said above, when you get a weird one, look it up that night and learn from it (or confirm). Too many umpires aren't interested in finding out they were wrong - that's not an umpire flaw but a character flaw, and many humans suffer it. The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing. Measure twice, cut once. Trust in God but tie up your camel. Reading the rule book every day is great advice, but it has to be combined with experience. Having a couple of hundred games under your belt gives the rule book so much more context - things start to fall into place and make sense. In fact, I would say, especially early on in the umpiring experience, each game should highlight something that you would want to look up that evening. It could be a call you weren't 100% sure of. Or it could be a what if scenario...it didn't happen in that game, but it almost did. I did this as a coach - first hundred games I was looking up something almost every night. And 500 games later situations were still arising that would drive me to the book.
  25. 3 points
    Guys from NJ could send you the bizarre plays made up by our testing committee that occur with the same frequency as an unassisted triple play or a game where the shortstop never touches the ball during any play.


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