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  1. 4 points
    This is why people hate umpires. To answer your question, is this “OOO?” Absolutely not. It’s ODMFO (Overly Dumb Mother F’ing Official.”
  2. 2 points
    I'll be doing the American Legion World Series next month. I'll post my game schedule if anyone wants to watch me on ESPN. (I don't know which ESPN channel it is on this year.)
  3. 2 points
    You didn't have an umpire with 30 years experience......You had an umpire who has repeated his first year 30 times.
  4. 2 points
    It's like a "reverse steal" -- you need to move toward the H-2B line and then let the throw turn you.
  5. 2 points
    Completely to the contrary, the Force3 UnEqual is an ideal product to employ Kevlar in; it's just that, until the UnEqual V2, the Kevlar was underserved and lacking in critical support from other materials. That isn't a rubber outer skin at all; instead, it is neoprene, and its presence performs two roles (as I've mentioned before): 1) to seal and protect the Kevlar from UV light (which would cause it to decay) and 2) to reduce damage to your shirts and jackets when an impact does happen. There is a misunderstanding as to what role the Kevlar is serving. No, the Kevlar is not meant to stop baseballs, in much the same way that Kevlar is not meant to stop bullets. Kevlar catches bullets, and prevents penetration by taking all that assailing energy in and behind the bullet and distributing it laterally throughout its woven fibers. Of course, for best performance and durability, Kevlar fabric should be (and is) teamed with hard-cast ceramic plates – often called trauma plates – that are arranged in critical locations and present a reinforced facet to a bullet or shrapnel that will be impacting at an acute (or perpendicular) angle. The bullet or shrapnel strikes the plate, retarding it, and the Kevlar absorbs the accompanying energy, as well as catching or arresting any remaining bullet fragments that may have overwhelmed or compromised the plate. The chief problem with hard plates of metal or ceramic in body armor is that of weight and thickness (mass). In order to prevent penetration of a bullet, unaided by an energy-absorbing material, a plate has to be inordinately thick and dense. With metals and most ceramics, as soon as you introduce rigidity, you lose elasticity or flexibility. Sure, that's great in a one-size / one-shape fits all world, but when the soft, squishy human that the item is protecting possesses such a wide-ranging variety of sizes and shapes, you'll exhaust yourself trying to accommodate them all! We know that baseballs are not bullets. They travel at considerably lower speeds (relative), but they carry considerably greater mass. Thus, there's a whole lotta energy in an impacting baseball. So, surely we can use hard-plastic plates to begin to distribute that energy into a lateral force, but that force wants to become a compressive force, and without compressive resistance in that hard-plastic plate, it will carry the plate along with it to impact on the squishy human behind it! So what is used to create that stand-off distance – that volume – while still remaining low in density and weight, and (reasonably) resistant (or recoverable) to compression? Open-cell foam! Common open-cell foam is only able to resist compression relative to its volume (I'm not including rigid open cell foam in this discussion, like styrofoam). Why are sofa cushions so thick? Because they are of a volume so as to prevent (most) seated humans from compressing beyond a "comfortable" boundary and feeling the hard surface beneath. Change the mass load, and you have to increase the volume. Worse yet, change the force (the velocity with which the mass is applied) load, and you have to increase the volume too! Or, you have to have something teamed with it so as to distribute the force, laterally, so as to engage the entire volume of the existing open cell foam cushion. I just described a Wilson WestVest and a Douglas CP. Closed-cell foams cut down the required volume considerably, since by trapping air/gas within the cells of the foam, the resistance to compression can be controlled, as can be the density. Memory foams are blends of the two – open cell and closed cell – by using synthetic compounds that themselves have closed-cell matrices (microcells) but are arranged into open-cell structures in a controlled manner. These advanced memory foams, though, need something to contain or define them. A skin of sorts! Also, that skin should be strong enough to distribute the energy laterally, else the baseball will merely impact the memory foam in the localized spot, compressing it, and not engaging enough foam to dissipate the force! Exactly. You said it. The presence of hard-cast plastic plates is to distribute (as you said "spread out") the force laterally. Know what else does that tremendously well? Kevlar. The problem is that Force3 didn't consider the inclusion and combination of hard plastic plates with its Kevlar when it debuted the UnEqual V1. Force3 thought that neoprene could provide that outer skin and general structure – like a wetsuit – for the Kevlar fabric and hybrid foam to work beneath. It couldn't, and Force3 has been "paying for it" ever since in the reviews, opinions, and perspectives of users like @kylejt. Kyle, I'm not picking on you; you've just been one of the more vocal opponents of the UnEqual line on the forum, and your arguments against it are valid and well-articulated. I just want to present that those arguments and concerns of yours and other users have been addressed... just not in an easily distinguishable way. To explain this, we need to look at Force3's Ultimate shin guards, which I will defend to the hilt are the best shinguards on the market (and many other users here will agree). If we examine them, we'll see a hard-plastic shell, backed by a vinyl-encased, rather (and remarkably) thin body, and then completed with a removable "sponge" liner on the inside that contacts to your leg. Obviously, the pre-formed shell is there to provide the structure and shape, and to distribute the impacting force. So where's the Kevlar? It's in that vinyl & mesh -encased thin body! It is doing nearly all the energy distribution and absorption. Lastly, the mesh-encased removable foam liner acts as a "sizing layer" to provide comfortable contact between the body of the shinguard and your leg. It's making contact only in critical, necessary spots, promoting airflow and keeping bulk and weight to a minimum. Because legs are cylindrical, and don't have the wide-ranging variances of size and shape like torsos do, the pre-formed shell shapes don't have to be as varied. Consider, though, what's one of the drawbacks of hardshell shinguards? Yup, you get "burns" or "bruises" on your umpire pants from impacting baseballs! This is the result of the extreme abrasion of the baseball leather ricocheting off the hard plastic of the shin guard and the polywool / polyester material caught between them! Heck, I get those marks on my DriFIT golf pants if/when I kneel on concrete or hardwood floors! Ugh! That's why putting the plastic plates inside of neoprene makes so much sense to Force3! The neoprene has to be there, regardless, to protect the Kevlar from UV light, and it gives some structure, especially when it comes to accommodating the variety of torso shapes and sizes that will be wearing it. The abrasion reduction is an added benefit! Do understand though, the Kevlar and the hard plastic plates are working together. There is a hard-plastic "blast" plate over your heart! In fact, each of those body segments has a plastic plate in it. I'm hopeful that they're perforated, too, because they certainly don't need to be solid, or that dense actually, when the Kevlar is there to do most of the energy absorption. Shoulders, like knees, are generally shaped the same from one human to another. They're also best protected by a dome or spheroid shape – something rather difficult to define by fabric and neoprene. Furthermore, those domes are problematic to encase in neoprene, so what's the point? So, just leave it as uncovered plastic on the shoulders. Kevlar is still within it, just like on the shinguards. What you, Kyle, are fixated on are those clavicle pieces flanking the neck. Obviously, to accommodate the arch of the shoulders, there needs to be a gap or seam (before any of you jokers point out that the WestVest Platinum doesn't have this seam-gap, I'll counter that the WestVest Gold still does, and the one-piece nature of the Platinum, sold or shipped flat, inhibits users from wearing it correctly!). That "naked" plastic plate acts as as a simple bridge or shield for that gap. There are hard plastic plates throughout the UnEqual V2 and V3! Now, having said all that, someone could easily and justifiably ask, "Well MadMax, why don't you have an UnEqual??". Simple. While I completely endorse and admire Force3 for their products... A) I didn't have the $200+ to invest in a product that I saw being revised and improved in a short timeframe, and B) I now live and work in an extremely hot baseball environment where lightweight-ness and ventilation is an almost vital necessity. Thus, the CP on the market that satisfies both factors A and B, and is just as forward-thinking and innovative in its protection as the UnEqual... ... is a Schutt XV.
  6. 1 point
    I have found it to be pretty true to size. Like most of their stuff, it is sized for the plate. I wear an XL and have added a few rows many lbs since buying it a few years back. It still fits nicely (though a bit tighter than it once did.)
  7. 1 point
    I would like Gil and the staff to help Bob not get hung out to dry and have his back on some potentially set up question, that he may not see coming or that can have a double meaning. I would also like Bob to be able to clarify on a potential question where he is trying to be rail roaded by the doctors of the English language people, who can turn anything around or right side up or down, or spin things in a totally embarrassing way to get Bob's goat so to speak. I think it would be appropriate for Bob to answer a question with a question of he needs help to further understand the context in which the question was asked. Asking Bob about whether he thinks an umpire in a particular video handled himself appropriately in a hot verbal confrontation, and that video is about any member of the current staff or past staff or even Bob himself is about as low rent as it gets, (if) some feel he is obligated to answer this type of question or he might as well go home. Did Earl Weaver handle himself appropriately from the beginning of the balk video with Haller? Hopefully Bob can add some insights strictly on the umpiring end with mechanics, positioning, timing, angles, judgment, situations, skirmishes and anything else he is willing to share that came up in his career, including the minor leagues, or even the umpire school(s) back in the day. Some incidences have already made the papers, but maybe Bob could add a little more that would give everyone a little extra giggle as long as he felt that extra was appropriate and in good taste and not cause horribly bad feelings to others involved. Now that he is out, of course there is no gag order and he can speak freely, but let's leave things up to him to decide, and not be disappointed if he will not go into some areas he knows about, but does not feel comfortable to this day to discuss. It is perfectly okay to pass or (no comment) on situations that just cannot be answered appropriately and he would feel uncomfortable about divulging. Silence can be golden, when needed.
  8. 1 point
    Seems like this type of situation reared its head concerning the double switch in days gone by. Seems like there had to be some clarifications to the procedures of announcing and signaling due to some misunderstandings on the double switch, to try and de-escalate some tensions (ejections) involved in that process from time to time. Of course, if a manager has been displeased with some of the umpire(s) body of work during the game, it makes for a perfect situation to get in a little dig or verbal scuttlebutt with the umpire. Much like waiting on the mound for the umpire to break things up to get in some extracurricular verbal judo on the managers part. A quick use of the fingers when the umpire may or may not be looking before getting the umpires attention by calling out his name first and watching him looking right at you before giving the visual signal, is one of the old school tricks to start a skirmish. Of course the camera will show the sign was given, even if the sign might be blocked out by the railing or a player or be too far back in the dugout or the umpire not looking for the signal, but the manager not getting his complete attention to start with. But getting the umpires complete and undivided attention verbally first, before giving the visible signals is the key to a smooth transaction and maybe, just maybe, in a hotly contested game with some unfavorable situations the manager just might want to accidentally forget to gain the umpires complete and undivided attention.
  9. 1 point
    My question as well. Inflation?
  10. 1 point
    *8.4.2 SITUATION W: The bases are loaded with (a), less than two outs, or (b), two outs. B5 hits a ground ball to F4, who throws to F2 for the force out at home. The throw pulls F2 off home plate several steps toward the first-base side. R3, seeing F2 ready to make a play on B5 at first base, touches home plate and maliciously crashes into F2. RULING: (a) Since this is a force-play situation, R3 and B5 are declared out and no one scores. R3 will be ejected from the game. In (b), R3 will be declared out and ejected for the contact, and no run will score.
  11. 1 point
    You sure write purdy. Love reading this.
  12. 1 point
    Alexander Hamilton and his wife had two sons named Phillip. The elder Phillip died in 1801 in a duel on the same site his father did. The younger was born in 1802 and lived until 1884.
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  14. 1 point
    I don't think there were four men involved in this -- only two.
  15. 1 point
    IF BU goes out, PU has all the touches. If BU doesn't go out (including starting in the middle with additional runners), the BU has the BR; PU has all other runners (if any).
  16. 1 point
    This is so the powers that be can have more flexibility from year to year. There are very good/ great amateur umpires out there. However, the committee has to see them in big games and they must meet the criteria for d1 post season. Then have to be put up by a coordinator and selected (no easy feat). Then once you've made post season work your way up and become trusted through years of consistent excellence and beating out some of the best in our field. If you can shine that bright for that long and brand yourself you will make it up there. But I can't blame the committee for wanting flex and stacking the field if they deem it needed.
  17. 0 points
    Yes. The silver is gone. Again, not a big deal to me but others may find it frustrating.