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  1. 2 points
    My own opinion... I could care less about the helmet. To each their own and who am I to complain about extra standoff head protection. But why does the MLB logo look like it is a raised sticker put on there rather than it being a sticker placed on there like a catchers skull cap would.
  2. 1 point
    http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180411/parent-baseball-coaches-talked-of-beaning-daughter DURHAM, NH -- Police said they are looking into allegations made by a parent of a baseball player in the Oyster River Youth Association (ORYA), who claims two coaches conspired on a plan to injure his daughter in an attempt to intimidate her and force her to quit the league. Durham Deputy Police Chief Rene Kelly said the department is aware of the situation, but as of Tuesday had not decided whether to launch an investigation. In an email to ORYA board of directors Chair Ben Genes, Dan Klein, of Madbury, alleges that two coaches said they would instruct a player to “bean” Klein’s daughter -- strike her in the head with a baseball during practice -- in order to intimidate her into leaving the baseball program. The conversation allegedly took place during a draft meeting to assign players to team rosters. That meeting was held, according to Klein’s email, on March 21 at Libby’s Bar & Grill in Durham. According to Klein, his 11-year-old daughter is the only girl enrolled to play on a team in her division. He said in the email he was informed his daughter was the last player drafted. The email, dated April 7, was also sent to several members of the ORYA board of directors, the Madbury Select Board, Durham Town Council and Oyster River Cooperative School District Board, Lee town administrators, Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig and Durham Parks and Recreation Director Rachel Gasowski. Klein said he was made aware of the alleged conversation by two other coaches who also attended the draft meeting -- Troy Brisard and Kirk O’Quinn -- who found the discussion about Klein’s daughter to be inappropriate. Klein said O’Quinn agreed to put Klein’s daughter onto his roster. In a phone interview with Seacoast Media Group on Tuesday, Klein said he did not reach out to police, nor is he necessarily seeking any retribution against the accused coaches. “I’m not on the board -- it’s not my place to say what’s right for them,” Klein said. “I hope that this sort of thing doesn’t happen again, and that kids will be protected from this sort of language and be safe.” ORYA Director Matthew Glode said the association is conducting an investigation into the alleged comments. “In fairness to everyone involved, we have no further comment until the investigation is completed,” Glode said in an email. Klein said his daughter has played baseball and T-ball with ORYA since 2012 and has enjoyed it, mostly without incident. When she began playing, Klein said, she had several teammates who were girls, but that number dwindled over the years as many girls her age switched to softball. Klein said he has served ORYA in various capacities over the years, including as a coach. He said he is not now involved in ORYA in any capacity other than being the parent of a participant. In his email, he referenced a 2015 quarrel he said he had with an ORYA board member that may have led to lingering animosity, and as a result, motivated the alleged threats against his daughter last month. In a recent email chain forwarded to Seacoast Media Group, Genes wrote to Klein thanking him for coming forward with the complaint concerning his daughter. “ORYA will immediately address the incident in our baseball program and move to ensure our program is 100% compliant with our policies,” Genes wrote in the email, dated April 8. “I will contact Troy (Brisard) and Kirk (O’Quinn) to followup on the details referenced. Please let me know if you have any questions.” In an email to Selig dated April 9, Genes said that the ORYA board had already “taken specific action” related to Klein’s complaint, but it is not known what that action is and whether it is the investigation Glode said was underway. ″(Such) that all sports activities for his daughter are safe and welcoming,” Genes wrote. “We are now beginning a formal investigation into the incident as per our policies and procedures and will provide a summary followup to all our stakeholders.” Email messages left on Tuesday for Genes, Brisard and O’Quinn, seeking further comment were not returned. Their phone numbers were not immediately available.
  3. 1 point
    Jesus, am I from rural Quebec? Nobody like's Labatt's Gimme some solid cider. Or bourbon. wait what were we talking about again
  4. 1 point
    Leather is best for mask pads for abrasion resistance (durability) and ease of keeping clean. Tossing on the ground, knocking into the dirt, mud and sand, or hurling it into dugout in frustration, or jamming it into a gear bag with all sorts of other hard objects. Then, think too about all that spittle, sweat, and tobacco juice. Who did I just describe? Most catchers. When will an umpire’s mask ever hit the ground? Never, except in the rare instance of it being knocked off your face (and all you who toss their mask on the ground prior to a plate meeting are clowns; stop it). And should we be staining our mask pads with tobacco juice? No, we shouldn’t be (I’ll leave it there). Technical fabrics just cannot hold up to the abuse that catchers put them through, and remain affordable. The pros and supplied collegiates have no problems getting new mask pads frequently (think Nike gel-foams, for example, or All-Star or Easton), but the same cannot be said about all other amateur baseball players. For elite, top-level masks (think very light), they almost necessitate fabric-skinned pads because of the need for stand-off distance / volume. Let me explain – the question is a matter of moisture management and weight. Leather, especially vinyl-leather or pleather, is cheap. As you improve the type of (real) leather, the quality and softness of course improves, but leather still has a big problem – it is poor at moisture management, and is liable to weakening and rot when wet. And what’s inside leather pads? Why, it’s a big foam sponge, with all these little pores and cells where moisture can be retained. So, to keep contact between the foam and leather to a minimum, a liner has to be introduced, and up until a few years ago, this was wool or flannel. All those materials, especially organics, add up in weight. What good is a $250 super-lightweight mask when it’s weighted down by big, heavy, dense pads? Because super-lightweight masks lack their own inherit density, they don’t dampen impact energy (such as steel), but instead, they instantly transfer it to the attached pads. And so, with the pads, there are only two variables that can be manipulated so as to absorb that energy – volume (stand-off distance) and foam property. So, in the matter of foam property, Team Wendy uses Zorbium (their own patent) and Wilson uses a variant of memory foam. As I said before, Nike uses a gel foam. The trouble is, these foams need to be paired up with technical, moisture-managing fabrics, and they are inheritly expensive. The less expensive route to go is to use more common open-cell foams, and increase the volume. This is why All-Star and Easton pads are so big, and why the All-Star for-Magnesium pads are drastically oversized. In order to absorb the energy that the mask frame itself is doing nothing to dampen, the pads have to be – the less dense the frame, the more volume of pad to compensate. So, it becomes a compromise between comfort (feel) and protection. Would I put leather pads on a titanium mask? For me, not a chance. Would I put them on a Honig’s or +POS hollow steel?... yes, actually I would consider it, because those mask frames, being hollow steel will bend, and at $40 each, become... well... disposable and replaceable. Am I saying that one’s personal preference for leather vs. technical fabric is wrong? No. I’m just identifying that to this, like anything, is a compromise.
  5. 1 point
    OBR rule 9.12(a) The official scorer shall charge an error against any fielder: (1) whose misplay (fumble, muff or wild throw) prolongs the time at bat of a batter, prolongs the presence on the bases of a runner or permits a runner to advance one or more bases, unless, in the judgment of the official scorer, such fielder deliberately permits a foul fly to fall safe with a runner on third base before two are out in order that the runner on third shall not score after the catch; In the book Baseball Scorekeeping by Andres Wirkmaa he explains this rule by saying— “In other words (even when not catching a foul fly is the right thing to do), if a fielder actually tries to catch the ball on the fly, and he fails, and even if all the other prerequisites of rule 9.12(a) have been met, the fielder’s muff appropriately goes into the scorebook as an error. It was a mechanical misplay that prolonged the batter’s plate appearance. It was not an implementation of cunning baseball tactics by a savvy fielder.”
  6. 1 point
    Starting to think quite a few teams, and MLB/MiLB as a whole, are starting to believe in Force3 Pro Gear.
  7. 1 point
    If steel, it's a steal. If titanium... we need to get a full congressional hearing for thet. Lol
  8. 1 point
    As a sub for doe skins, the Honig's calf skins are pretty good. I'm either those or TW most of the time.
  9. 1 point
    That's a sad day for humanity in general.
  10. 1 point
    I agree. Loved the doe skin. Moved to Team Wendy and loved those. But they are rock hard for an inning or two in any temperate below 70 degrees. Have since moved to memory foam and really like those.
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  12. 1 point
    Depending on the rule set, I would have 1 word for the defensive manager to learn....................PROTEST I teach my umpires NOT to take a protest personally. SOMEONE is bound to learn something from it. Either the umpire will learn why he kicked the call, or the coach will learn the rule.
  13. 1 point
    He's indicating backswing/follow through interference. "That's interference, bat hit the mitt" If the initial throw doesn't retire the runner, the play is over and the runner is returned to the TOP base.
  14. 1 point
    I should be charged with theft. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Adidas-Catchers-UMPIRE-Mask-D85021-PS-C-mask-black-retail-70/232730264418?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
  15. 1 point
    My gear, on a typical plate, from the top: +POS, WIlson, Champro, New Era, Oakley, Adidas, Riddell, Team Wendy, Majestic, All Star, Boston, Smitty, Honig's, Champion, Nutty Buddy, New Balance. The horror!
  16. 1 point
    And to think, I'm not much of a Scrabble or Words With Friends game fan. Now with Estabrook being of the first group to start wearing a hardhat, I wonder if he's now using a RayFlex harness, instead of having to shift and reposition his CP on every pitch.
  17. 1 point
    Damn! I don't know if I should "thank", "like", "love", or "lol" this.
  18. 1 point
    Pasted into word - 1563 words.
  19. 1 point
    Seems like the change is permanent.
  20. 1 point
    Didn’t I say so? Told ya something was coming. The missing factor as to why catchers, using (more or less) the same traditional masks as umpires and “suffer” less concussions, is in that “batting” helmet. We need a hard(ened) shell that absorbs some of that resonant energy. At least something more than a mere hat. Let’s see the macho tough guy hardliner umpires start (continue) ridiculing the MLB guys now.
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  22. 1 point
    Correct. @wolfe_man, from their email to me: And that's from April 5th.
  23. 1 point
    Look... all I have to say is... no one has seen Keith and Max in the same room together... have they? Oh... and I, for one, enjoy and share your loathing of the big w Max.
  24. 1 point
    I've had to take a few days to kind of figure out what I think of this. Not sure what coverage you have seen on this south of the border - Friday night a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team was t-boned by a semi. There were 29 on the bus, and 15 were killed, most instantly. This hits close to home for a few reasons. I know no less than four people from Humboldt, a town of under 6000 people. And the team I coached has traveled the highways of northern Saskatchewan by bus. My daughter has ridden the team bus for volleyball and softball. Many of the girls I coached are now on NCAA teams riding the bus to games and tournaments. But what really brings it home for me is my youth club baseball experience - in riding the bus to games and tournaments through Ontario and New York. Those are some of my fondest memories, travelling together, as a team. Bonding. Playing games - mostly cards. Talking. Laughing. And then it's all gone in a blink of an eye. Though the hockey experience is typically Canadian and this is where many Canadians relate to this tragedy - I'm one of the approximately six Canadians who never played organized hockey. To me the experience is that of the high level athlete or performer...the team, the group...and part of what many young people do in North America to follow a dream...or just to get to the next level of competition. I'm sure most of you ump several games a year where the teams arrived by bus. It's a rite of passage for many. I think of all them now, and hope they all continue to follow their dreams. This isn't a message to the dangers involved. It's a message that life is fleeting, and continue to do what you love, cherish the team experience, and bond in ways people who've never played a team sport can never understand. It's worth it.
  25. 1 point
    The only thing worse than having FED not address an issue is having them address it.
  26. 1 point
    That was cool, Rick. Even though we have been playing baseball north of the 49th for almost as long as all of you below, I wonder what the Canadian version would look like with either hockey, curling or lacrosse. Two of those sports are based on whacking each other with sticks, then shaking hands after it’s over. Humboldt strong.
  27. 1 point
    Well @sd181612‘s inquiry-response sure is grounds for excitement, eh? Way to track that down, Seb. If there’s anything I push, @tpatience, it’s word counts... and peoples’ patience In reading. I guess the one saving grace is I’m an umpire of very few words during a game (and this includes plate meeting!). But afterwards? If you get me on a roll, we may need a couple beers... Alright @umpstu, here we go... thank you for the kind words, and I’ll answer your very valid question as directly as I can, but I’ll try to relate it to masks (which is what the OP is obviously about) as much as possible. Why do you have a Wilson DynaLite Titanium? From what I’ve been able to research, there are five titanium masks on the baseball landscape. The originator of the species, the Nike “Icon” (my name for that planform, because it is so iconic) set the standard, followed on by Wilson, Rawlings and All-Star. The fifth is a Mizuno (of Japan) product, and due to trade and import contracts (imposed by Wilson, Rawlings, et.al. of the NA companies), cannot be sold here in North America. Of the remaining four, the All-Star is designed almost wholly for catchers, with its double-wire eyeport, half-sphere profile, and oversized, rectangular ear guards. That leaves three, and of those, which was designed for umpires? Well, again, none of them were intended for umpires specifically when they were developed, but I will admit that the Wilson Titanium was designed with umpires in mind, but that was more of a countering reaction to the upswell in popularity the Nike Icon received. The Nike Icon really turned the baseball world on its ear... er... head. Jorge Posada was a Yankee, sponsored by Nike, and was the epitome of class, cool, and a winner. Catchers throughout the ranks wanted to imitate him (and still do now) with his propping of his mask atop his head... without a dangling throat guard in his face. Its single wire construction and low, wedge-shaped profile afforded great visibility while the remarkable low-weight meant it could be worn or shed with ease. More than a fair share of umpires, spending as much time in contact with catchers as they do, got a chance to try out the Nike Icon firsthand. Soon, a substantial number of catchers and umpires alike were seeking out the titanium mask, which would supplied to them by Nike reps and connections (supplied, not sold – there’s a critical difference). There were some features on the Nike that were, at the time, unique to the baseball landscape. One was the lengthened, rake-less extended chin guard (AKA “throat guard”, but that label was to satisfy the college rule). Another was the gel-foam pads, fabric-lined with Dri-FIT. Up until then, the standard for mask pads were foam-&-wool -stuffed leather pads. Leather could hold up against the constant abrasion and punishment wearers would dole out. Leather could be conditioned, was reasonably soft, but could endure being dropped into dirt, sand, mud, chalk, or concrete. It may get scuffed, but that would “add character” and you’d wipe it off and you’re good to go. But here were these new, fabric-encased pads, comprised of advanced foams. The protective possibilities! But, there was no way (at the time) that pads like that would hold up to the punishment amateur catchers would exact upon them. That fabric would start to break down or come apart at the seams, and we’ve got users /customers who grudgingly are forced to buy new ones, or return them because they “didn’t meet expectations”. And most common users treat mask and pads as a combined unit, don’t they? This segues into what truly brought the era of the titanium mask to its nadir; not for a shortfall of performance or protection, but for a failure of customer service. Remember how we emphasized that Nike supplied the Icon instead of sold it? That not only creates an air of exclusivity and preeminence, but more importantly, constrains product and warranty support to a very defined, containable segment. If a Nike Titanium Icon bends or (heavens forbid) breaks, do you call up Nike Customer Service and negotiate a return or refund? Uhhh... kinda can’t, because you didn’t actually purchase it from Nike. Instead, you contact your supplying agent, who may or may not be able to supply you with another one. If he (or she) can’t, while it may be saddening that you can no longer use that mask, are you out any money? No, not really. Is Nike? No, not really, because they likely made ten-fold off your use of the mask as an advertising object. By contrast, Wilson sells the masks (and other equipment) to you. They (over)price it so as to pay off its development and all its peripheral costs, as well as to fund that ludicrous licensing-rights contract they have with MLB. Wilson outfits the masks in such a way so as to not protect you, but more to protect Wilson. They dread the customer service / warranty issue. If a $50, vinyl-dipped, leather-padded DynaLite bends, are you likely to claim a warranty issue? Possibly. But if you do, are they really going to be impacted by sending you another (cheaply made) $50 mask (which likely represents less than $10 in costs)? No, not at all. But if your $300 Titanium mask has a bend, or the pads split (or get discolored, even), you’ll be calling Wilson Customer Service faster than a double-play is turned. So why include super-modern, advanced pads on it if it’s likely to be the cause of a RMA? And then, if you do allow a RMA, you have to take a brand new mask – valued at $300 in your company ledgers – out of inventory and send it, with no additional profits, to a customer who is already disgruntled at the inconvenience! See the nightmare for a company? But, do you also see in there the miserly, undermining attitude and focus on profits and the bottom line? The staunch refusal to invest in progression and development out of fear of financial risk? The compromises, nay, concessions made behind the scenes because we’re (as a market) deemed as not worth it? This is why I hate Wilson. Titanium was abandoned not because it is/was “unsafe”. It was because dealing with it, as a serviceable product, was eating into profits, and Wilson was unwilling to invest in the development and manufacturing of effective, quality pads. The same fate befell the Wilson Shock FX. This is doubly insulting to us as consumers because while the Shock FX had its faults, it was a highly effective design for umpires. Where it lost a tremendous amount of money for Wilson was for catchers. Most catchers were buying All-Stars, Eastons, and Mizunos (plucky Mizuno! Can’t we keep them out of North America?!), while those Shock FX’s that were getting sold we’re getting returned or replaced because the spring assemblies would break, jam, or fail... because amateur catchers would dump them on the ground repeatedly, and no coach or parent wants to arbitrarily repurchase a $200 helmet-mask! That shouldn’t break! Why is this an issue? Well, isn’t Wilson supposed to be the Umpire’s company? So, consider all this... extrapolate it across all masks, chest protectors, shinguards, or any other piece of protective equipment. Wilson has had the “exclusive supplier” contract with MLB(U) for over 15 years. What have they done for us?? Now, here’s where we tie this in to All-Star and magnesium masks (the FM4000MAG, specifically)... the reason Wilson abandoned titanium and embraced aluminum wasn’t because “it's better”. It’s that it, in mask form, is less likely to bend or break. And if it does, it represents less of an impact on the bottom line than “servicing” a titanium does. Aluminum, while not easily repairable (neither is titanium), is very recyclable. Most aluminum product fabrication is done in China (they have a staggeringly huge infrastructure for it), so they’re able to churn out an equally staggering number of masks, both to sell and to act as replacements. Greater quantities reduces costs, but should appear as lower prices, no? But hey, it’s a $110 super-lightweight, superstrong mask instead of a $250+ one, right? But why isn’t this aluminum mask being targeted to catchers? Well, partly because the NFHS rules handicap the manufacturers to produce one-piece units (HSMs, et.al.), but more so because aluminum may be strong, but it too will succumb to breaking when being tossed on the ground, stepped on, beaten against a shinguard, stuffed in a gear bag and tossed into/out of a bus, or slammed into a dugout in disgust. And where do they break (most often)? The welds. So, with that in mind, All-Star has embarked on its end-around strategy. It’s a progressive company. It thinks. It has developed an injection die-cast, weld-less mask design that has been already exhaustively tested and refined to be the strongest, yet lightest model they could with conventional methods. And, they’re sharing it between catchers and umpires. Is it perfected yet? No. It requires a very substantial set of pads, especially at the jaw, so as to provide the impact absorption and standoff distance that using magnesium demands. That set of pads isn’t quite thick enough at the forehead... yet... for an umpire. ... and that’s where something else has to change.
  28. 1 point
    True... but it was nice seeing @mstaylor in a response again.