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MadMax last won the day on April 24

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About MadMax

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    The Road Umpire
  • Birthday 06/13/1975

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    Phoenix, AZ
  • Interests
    Rally racing, Snowboarding (instructor / tech / barnstormer), Soccer (still play it), Hockey (working toward being a linesman), Baseball (umpiring, obviously), Architecture, Restorations

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    the West Valley Vultures
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    Designer / Fabricator
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    U18 – NFHS, mNFHS, mOBR; NCAA / NAIA; MiLB -level; CDP
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    ABUA (umpire.org)

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  1. Batter interference Rangers A’s

    Investigating into Ray Fosse uncovers that he’s a former Big League catcher, which really conflicts with what nonsense he was espousing, because he should be sympathizing with the catcher in this play. However, when Azul divulges that Fosse is a 30-year broadcaster for the A’s... he’s just (another) Horrible Homer. Still, Hawk Harrelson is worse.
  2. Batter interference Rangers A’s

    Did anyone find out who the (Over)Paid Idiot was on that game broadcast?
  3. Just arrived this afternoon: Yup, that’s a Diamond DFM-iX3-Pro. For catchers. In aluminum. It weighs nothing. I gotta say, the pads on this thing, as simple as they are, are better than the default pads on the Umpire version (not the DFM-UMP-BL)! In any case, it’s strong, light, and offers a rather generous eyeport. It won’t bend. The only reason this didn’t really gain traction with catchers is because it’s not an All-Star or UnderArmour, or Nike, or Easton (who all use titanium or steel), and the NFHS codes prohibit them. Without them carried on retail shelves, they’re only order-able online, where they get undercut by insanely cheap steel masks (Rawlings, Wilsons and MacGregors) or overlooked in favor of the name-brand starlets (Easton, UnderArmour, All-Star). I ordered this mask in for one of my fellow umpires who is using an old TAG -brand steel, bent like a coat hanger would be to be used as a TV antenna. I have a black harness for it, and we’ll be teaming this up with +POS tan leather pads... which should be arriving any day now. Oh yeah, the price? Ordered direct from Diamond, $30.
  4. ... and you should. Oh, you so should! Why pay $150+ for something that hasn't changed or been updated in over 15 years, weighs considerably more, doesn't breathe, and is no more protective than an alternative that costs half as much??!! #EvolveOrExpire #TheWIsn'tEverything
  5. I pulled a Suzuki

    Do you know what a "boxer's split" is, @scrounge ? Where the leather/fabric/vinyl of the boxing glove hits at such an angle against the face that it causes a rift or rupture of the skin? We wonder why boxers bleed facially when no blades or sharp objects are being used... well, this is why. The leather pads are being abruptly shoved against the skin. On the mask side, that spring mount – carrying the energy of the ball impact – is driving the pad as a hard object. On the face side, your jaw bone (chin) is the other hard object. Both soft tissues compress, but because your skin and chin tissue is alive (at least, it should be), fluid (lymph, blood, etc.) rushes back to that spot to deal with that trauma. If the skin is momentarily weakened, the rebounding force (off the jawbone) will cause a rift, or split. With Suzuki, a split occurred. With @kylehutson, a bruise was the result. Here's the thing to point out... that energy is tremendously localized, due to those springs absorbing it. While the upper half of the mask has two flanking spring mounts to channel that energy, the lower half only has the one... and it's centerline... and slightly lower than your lip. So, as Kyle pointed out, the mask rotates, or pivots. It's not driving the mask straight back, but instead, in an axis of rotation that takes it on a path more tangent to your chin... ... and there we have that angle that a boxer's split occurs.
  6. Yeah, but it was your right arm, Ken... you'd have been worthless. We need strikes, buddy. Strikes. Only "vociferous" strike-callers like Omer and I could get away with not using an arm mechanic. ... and pardon me for pulling an old thread up from the cellar of the past, gang.
  7. 8-4-2B or 8-4-2C

    It's this that we have to pay attention to. Did R3 slide abnormally early? Did he cut way wide (inside/outside) in those last few steps (opposite of targeting, which would be indicative of malicious contact)? Did he throw on the brakes in close proximity to F2 / the plate? Players (runners, specifically) at less-than college age (inclusive of some high-end high school / academy players) are so conditioned on "avoid contact, must avoid contact" that they resort to abnormal things if and when – and despite – the fielder is in their path. This is where hurdling, diving or vaulting occurs. Barring that, most amateur players will make an effort to avoid. Some, though, just put blinders on and fixate on the plate and running there as directly as possible. No, they're not targeting the fielder (F2), but they're taking the risk that the throw, or the catcher's actions in fielding said throw, will take him out of the way and he'll "squeak through". If a runner gives me (the umpire) some sort of effort to avoid contact, and I've been observant of F2 (or another fielder, such as F1) setting up so as to block the plate, I'll judge and call OBS. But, if a runner comes in standing up, ignorant of anything else going on and it affects the fielder's ability to make a play on him (secure and complete a tag, for example), I'm calling INT. It likely isn't MC and an EJ, but it certainly is an Out.
  8. Guys, one of the umpires in my group ordered the first run of XV-HDX's, and he was using it this past weekend. If I wasn't so f£©king tired, and in a state of delirium from having been working baseball games every day/evening and bus graphics from midnight until 5AM every night as well, I would have examined it a bit more closely and perhaps even had taken photos of it to show off all the features and improvements. As it was, I just muttered, "Oh. Nice", and remarked that he had the shoulder pauldrons mounted quite wide. Good grief was I exhausted. So I'll probably see this guy again on the upcoming weekend. I'll get photos this time. @Storm13, give us a status on what you're currently using that is motivating you to get a new one, please.
  9. Like Dragon scales? Brilliant in purpose, but poor in execution. All those joints and links increase weight, and make washability (of the pads) a pain. The DaviShield suffers a similar problem.
  10. Diamond Masks

    Outright protection-value of the frame? No. What @boyinr said is true – the mask frame is performing a relatively simple role in protecting your face/head, with its composition being largely arbitrary (as in, it doesn’t matter). In fact, the lighter and less dense the metal – titanium, aluminum, magnesium – the greater the load it places upon the pads. Indeed, it’s the pads, pads, pads. With regards to the frame, though, the reason why a designer/manufacturer will opt for one metal over another has more to do with profitability than with protection. Titanium has the wonderful qualities of being incredibly strong, incredibly light, resisting corrosion (doesn’t need paint), and allowing for exceptionally thin (solid) wires. Its detractors, though, are that Titanium itself is not readily available, it is challenge to work with, tool-wise, requires precision welds, and it does deform (bend) under abrupt loads. Is the metal compromised or weakened? No, but it’s really hard to repair / make right. Aluminum has its own desirable qualities. Like Titanium, it’s incredibly light, very strong, and resists corrosion. It is readily (and widely) available, and easily recyclable. It’s easy to work with, tool-wise, but does require meticulous welds, as its propensity to deform is different than steel and titanium. When placed under an abrupt load, it is more likely to shear than bend. Is the metal compromised? Yes, and it’s pretty much impossible to make right (cost effectively; less costly to get a new one). Magnesium is a really odd duck. Like the other two, it is incredibly light and strong; in fact, it is the lightest structural metal. Magnesium alloy is extraordinarily puritanical to weld because it can only be welded to homogenous material (or the same alloy variety). Because it doesn’t deform (bend), it is not easy to work with – tool wise – but lends itself rather well to die casting. Certain alloy additives can be controlled to introduce its dampening characteristics (has to do with its hexagonal structure instead of cubic, but that some serious material science talk), but magnesium is best employed where mechanical (repetitive, cyclical, varying, etc) stress is at a minimum, but you still need optimum tensile strength. The point in all this is found in how these mask manufacturers view these metals in the “big picture” of the development - manufacturing - order fulfillment - use - warranty & customer service process. It has very little to do with protecting you, and more to do with protecting their bottom line at a/the price point.
  11. Mask frames

    You savage. In all fairness, you “umpire-ized” it. The Nike “Icon” was expressly designed for a catcher – one who would never besmirch his image with a dangling throat guard. And throat guards are (almost) a necessity.
  12. I pulled a Suzuki

    No, both the V1 and V2 have the spring bracket under the chin. The V1 has four, oriented at the four cardinal points like a + ... whereas the V2 has only three, in a Y shape. @kylehutson has a V2. Supposedly, the latest chin pad, in use by the MLB guys (Suzuki being the first recipient), has the newest pad structure to address that. You may need to contact Force3 about that.
  13. All Star FM 4000 MAG

    Too bad you don’t have a packaging scale so as to include the photo of how much a FM4000MAG (doesnt’t) weigh. It almost doesn’t feel real.
  14. Diamond Masks

    Found it! and...
  15. Which shoulder plates? Let’s identify them (at least what you mean) and let’s get a solution for ya. It would be overkill if it was in a taller size. If you need that extra 4”, making it a 17”, then attach the 3DO extension. @jwclubbie and I went round and round about this, and he wants me to devise a way of making a hard-plated extension. Now, he’s a long-torso’d dude, so I see his point, but really, to run a hard plastic plate that long down the front of your torso just restricts mobility. Also, for those guys that have bellies, if you put a hard plastic plate against your front, you make the overall fit worse because your belly projects the CP out and presses against or exposes your collarbones more.