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Stan W.

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About Stan W.

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  • Birthday June 1

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    PIAA / MVUA /NPUA
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    manager
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    colt / Legion /HS /MSBL/Limited D3/NAIA
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  1. Interesting audio from old Mets-Dodgers game

    This thing is starting to take on a life of its own. I saw a report that MLB in its contract with Umpires, has a clause that if they agreed to wear microphones, that certain types of conversations would not be released. One of which is profane belittling of Umpires. This release of this video has the potential to be a breach of contract on MLB's part. Interesting eh? Also its said MLB is doing all it can to wipe it off the internet...........the OP now shows the video as being removed as per the request of the copyright holder.....( which is MLB)
  2. Mike Estabrook helmet/traditional mask

    Based on my comfort level with the traditional mask, this is probably the only way I will wear a helmet. I tried the HSM and it just doesn't work for me on so many levels.
  3. Called a Bad Game, How to Recover

    WE have ALL been there...........Don't let anyone kid you. The one piece of advice I wont give you is to forget it, that is doesn't matter or you should just move on. Because from your post its clearly bothering you, It matters to you how well you do your job and it needs addressed so you CAN move on.... There is very little you can do about the field conditions. A foot drop in 4-6 feet is dramatic. I can see how it would affect you. You didn't say if you caught any flack from your zone during the game. If you didn't, the results of your efforts to accommodate the situation may not have been noticeable to the participants. And that's a good job by you. How to move on...... First question?..............have you been doing too many plates?............if you are the default "plate guy" maybe a break is needed. If not: Time to take it one pitch at a time. Absent a field that has a pothole behind the plate.....focus on your training.........set your stance.....get your zone focus points......and take it one pitch at a time. then one batter at a time. Then one inning at a time. One game at a time........ Build on success....don't try to be perfect, no one is......
  4. Getting older vs. getting old

    I think that you have told us 2 really great pieces of information: A. You feel you have lost a step which is great self awareness. B. You still love to call games. Here are my thoughts and to be honest, they aren't strictly for Senior Umpires.......I think they apply to all of us. Get an Evaluation- Not from a buddy and not from your regular partner. If you cant get an official evaluator, then make it an Umpire whose skills you recognize and admire. Tell them you want a serious evaluation. Don't take offense at any recommendations or observations. We all need to know where we fall on the list. Level of Baseball- After your evaluation, determine the level of baseball you feel the most comfortable calling games and enjoy the most. You may find that its time to consider stepping down a peg. You may find that the 60/90 field is too large and be more comfortable at the 54/80 level. You may find that JV and Freshman ball is more enjoyable than Varsity or that Recreation league ball is more enjoyable over Travel leagues. There is a happy medium for all of us. Scheduling- Determine how many games a week is optimal for you to call. Critical to focus is not being overused. You may find your sweet spot is 3-4 games. You may prefer weekdays versus weekends. But being fresh will help greatly in maintaining focus. There was a time when I took any game that was played with a white ball and red stitches. I did too many levels and too many games. Now through the season I prefer to do no more than 3 games a week and none on Sunday. My son plays a DH on Sunday.........I will watch him play over anything. Travel Boundaries- Set your "games accepted" boundaries. Not facing long road trips and getting home at a decent hour helps. Rules and Mechanics Study- Some might find this one odd, but a refresher course on rules and mechanics can instill a confidence level that makes you more cognizant of the applicable rules and current methodologies of Umpiring. Umpiring is not a static avocation. If we aren't continuing to learn, we aren't as effective. Relying on acquired knowledge from decades ago is not enough. Confidence in rulings gives you confidence on the field. I never met an Umpire who wanted to be wrong.....but I've met plenty who don't do enough to prevent it. (Some of the biggest raps on older umpires is not their physical efforts or experience but that they don't use current mechanics, don't like NFHS rules, use their own rule interpretations etc.,) I'd be remiss if I didn't mention these last two. Conditioning- Make sure your body is ready for the season. Preseason conditioning even more important as we age. Stretching before talking the field!. Wear supportive gear. Compression wear and braces help. If your body hurts your focus is less. The days when I could work 8 hours then drive to a game, change on the fly and run straight on the field to chase 16-18 year olds is long gone. Hydration- Summer is here.........Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.................the first victim of dehydration is focus.........then you. Hope this helps.
  5. Steve Palermo

    Yes, I did................Terence Mann...........character in the movie "Field of Dreams"........author of the book "The Boat Rocker".........played by James Earl Jones......adapted from the book: Shoeless Joe: Field of Dreams by W.P. Kinsella.......
  6. Facemask

    After you do some reading/research prepare to make your own decision. For every supporter of one brand/type of mask and pads setup there are just as many who completely disagree. If you are a member of an association, ask the resident gear junky ( everyone has one) if he can show you some options, many will let you try a mask for a game. Don't go cheap......protective gear is where you want to invest.
  7. Coach pitch interference

    everybody laughs...........play on.............hot dogs and ice cream for everyone!
  8. Fit bit or wrist band?

  9. Inadequate pitching

    Our job is to officiate the game, not the quality of the play.............
  10. First one this year

    its true that you can see some EJ's coming............I've been stunned at a few of my EJ's at how fast they went from a non-issue to ejection.....................I always fall back on my general feelings on EJ's.........if they need to go.....they go. Now I understand that it may not have anything to do with you or the current game...It doesn't matter if it stems from an on field issue or bad day at work, an argument with the wife or speeding ticket on the way to the game, we all have lives and sometimes they bleed over....its no excuse, they need to get dealt with the same way......but sometimes it helps to resolve the feeling "that sure went bad fast!"
  11. Baseball Umpire

    My all time favorite.......
  12. Balls/Strikes: How much do you tolerate

    Like Maven, my toleration level depends on many things..........and not usually following any listing type order. I have a low ejection rate. It hasn't always been that way, but for a good long stretch now, I am at the lowest EJ rates of my chapters. But it's not for the reason many think....... Its not that I don't eject....................its that I WILL eject...... If a participant needs to go.........they go. I don't hesitate and I don't have second thoughts about it either. Baseball is a passionate game and its good to keep in mind that in mind. I don't want to take that out of the game. The 3 or 4 "P's"........are a good guide.........Personal, Profane, Prolonged, Persistent...................If we allow offenders to get away with going over board.........we are just passing on bad behavior on to our other partners down the road....if they need to go............. As to arguing B&S..........I looked inward first to reduce my complaints...... I got better. I stopped umpiring just "any" game played with a white ball and red stitches. I found that bouncing back and forth between youth levels was actually working against me in consistency. I sought out training, mentors and advice........worked less games but better games.......went to camps.......... and developed what I feel was a good fair strike zone...and I jealously protect it. Work on your game and it will cut a portion of your grief.....
  13. MLB UMPIRE WIPING HOME PLATE OFF WITH FOOT

    Its always been a mixed bag for me......I've never done D1.......but my area is awash with D3 ........I've gotten baseballs prior to rub up, or not seen a baseball until the plate meeting...I've seen them torn from the plastic and thrown directly into the game. I'm prepared if need be..........my little tub of Lena Blackburn's rubbing mud has traveled many miles........
  14. MLB UMPIRE WIPING HOME PLATE OFF WITH FOOT

    My first thought when I see a MLB/MiLB or D1 umpire pawing at the plate with the toe of his plate shoe, I immediately look for what message is he sending.......is it a quiet conversation?, is it a warning?, is it a minute to let the catcher shake off a ball bite?........... Its rarely to "clean the plate"...........For those of us who toil on the lesser quality ball yards across the country, ........the foot broom can be just that..........a way to uncover the pate from the 3 inches of sand, before the plate brush is used....... The things that impressed me most about my first big games were: A dressing room?........outstanding How flat the field was....... How only the soles of my plate shoes were the least bit red from the infield mix. Pointing to the ball boy for 3 new pearls.........
  15. Stepping out of the front of box

    uh.........absolutely.........lol
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