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MadMax last won the day on March 11

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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. MadMax

    Being stupid got me hurt

    There’s your problem. My professional opinion is, and it has been bolstered especially in the past 2 years, that organized, game-playing baseball, with umpires, is unnecessary under the age of 12. And, the professional leagues do not need “Robo-Umpires”... little kid ball does.
  2. MadMax

    HS JV Game EJ on Friday

    My (only) favorite about JV / Freshman ball? 1 hr, 45 minutes... drop dead. 2 and a half innings later... We gone!
  3. Ha. Funny you say that... most of us here in the sun-swamped southwest have Poly-Spandex pants (fading far too fast, but still) for the majority of our games. If we do have poly-wools (Fechheimer for me!), they only come out when the sun (finally) goes down, the lights turn on, and we’ve got night games to play. Poly-Spandex is a necessity here!
  4. MadMax

    Base Shoes

    Ah, the New Balance 4040v4 Turfs. For some folks, they’ve been the performance sports car they hoped it would be – sleek, tight, and with grip in all the right spots. For others, though, they’ve been sorely impractical, and for much the same reasons – too tight, too sleek, and not cushioned enough. In other words, a very hard, sporty suspension. They run shorter than usual New Balances, and narrower than usual as well. NB likely used a different or all-new last when developing them. They were rather appealing, because they were offered in a standard mesh upper as well as an encased-upper model called Elements. The Elements version was appealing because the dew and fine sand wouldn’t penetrate the mesh, while the encased upper also allowed the polish-obsessed umpires (#MeshBeDamned!) of the land to clean them and buff them out to something close to the shiny leather of other NB base shoes. They were a direct competitor to the UnderArmour Ultimate Turfs. I myself chose the Nike Lunar Alpha Turfs, and they worked great... for about 9 months of the year I’ve had them. With as many games as I and my colleagues have been doing, I’ve been seeking out cushier and cushier shoes whenever possible.
  5. MadMax


    “Is to go” ? If this is your directive, Falco, you’re proving the antiquation of this derelict variety of the 2-man System. As @yawetag says: Point is, with no other runners on, get your PU arse out from behind the plate!!! Surely, the BU has (should have) the BR all the way to 3B, but that doesn’t mean that PU can go sit in foul territory and just brush up on his latest reading. What if this “clean base hit” of which you speak is to right field, and your BU misreads it as trouble, and goes out? Is a PU really going to stand out there in the library and continue to observe? Ohhhhh, I get it... stepping out from behind the plate into the infield with little ball-tykes on 46-60 and 50-70 is likely nervewracking. I mean, that PU probably won’t be able to react quick enough if the ball gets fumbled and thrown about while BR goes all the way around and touches them all on a single... with three errors.
  6. MadMax

    Mask Upgrade Question

    Not sure what LMX stands for, but it refers to the leather(ette) pads. While they are superior to other leather pads on the market, which amount to no more than some foam and wool crammed into a leather sheath like a sausage casing, they do not provide anywhere near the standoff distance nor the crush resistance that the LUC pads do. They are precision cut leather, but the primary reason for leather pads is for abrasion resistance... so they feel better against the skin when dust and dirt is involved... when masks hit the ground as oft they do when catcher's toss them, or have them knocked off... ... but again, when does an umpire's mask ever touch the ground?
  7. MadMax

    Can we talk HSMs?

    The MVP4000 and MVP2500 are essentially the same unit, albeit the 4000 has more “creature comforts” (I think the pads are of a different laminate structure, and are removable?). You’ll find nothing new or appealing for umpires from Wilson. The Pro-Stock has one purpose, and one purpose only – to try and recover the lost catcher sales taken by All-Star, Easton, and Mizuno making technically, functionally, and the all-important aesthetically superior HSMs for catchers. They completely ignored that the Shock FX actually was better suited for umpires, and ended production of them in favor of the Pro-Stock. Now, is the Pro-Stock a top-notch catcher’s HSM? Absolutely! It’s night-and-day different than the Shock FX. It’s narrow through the jaw (better for throwing); it’s very minimalist and lightweight, with excellent sightlines, encouraging catchers to leave the unit on instead of dumping it in the ground. The forehead and crown are substantially well-padded and pronounced, so as to better protect and insulate catchers from forehead impacts due to their shorter position and inclination to drop their chin. The chin is nearly non-existent in a Pro-Stock, allowing a catcher to drop their chin with little-to-no hinderance. But as I’ve said countless times – how does this appeal to or protect an umpire? Prior to your purchase of a (used, nice find!) Force3 DfV2, I was going to suggest an Easton M10 or M7, both with outstanding construction and sightlines, adequate padding, and very budget-friendly. I had located M7’s for my “junior” and novice umpires for $60-$65.
  8. MadMax

    Mask Upgrade Question

    Not really all that dramatic an upgrade, in my technical opinion. Aluminum has been employed by Diamond (first) and then by Wilson because it won’t bend, or at least is far less likely to. It’s a benefit for both you, the user, and them, the manufacturer – you are less likely to incur a problem (such as a bent frame or paint flaking off) that requires a return, while the manufacturer eludes the required replacement of your “defective” mask. Wilson lost a significant amount of money surrounding the “original” Wilson Titanium (the one that accompanied the WestVest Platinum debut) due to having replace many of them that bent. If a $50 steel mask bends, what do we typically do? Chuck it and buy a new one. If a $250 Titanium mask bends, what do we typically do, especially when we have the impression (or expectation) that Titanium is supposed to be super strong and resist bending? We gripe, complain, and demand a return and replacement. Thus, Aluminum presents 3 benefits over conventional steel – it’s light, it doesn’t bend, and it holds its color better than conventional steel treatments (paint and vinyl dip). One niggling problem though, is that Aluminum is a hassle to weld fast and cheap. The faster and less qualitative you weld it, the more brittle the welds become, and the chance of breakage – the welds popping – increases. Magnesium is a step in a different direction. While it’s incredibly light, it is unable to be welded. Instead, it needs to be bonded, and instant adhesives can only be trusted so far, while other, stronger adhesives such as epoxies and cements require curing time – which works against cheap mass production. All-Star was forward-thinking enough, however, to pursue die-cast magnesium alloy, thereby eschewing welds and bonds altogether. The FM4000 Mag is an injection-molded object, devoid of any welds, bonds, or overlapping joints. By comparison, the Champro Rampage is a die-pressed object, but it too is devoid of welds or bonds. Since both are Magnesium, though, they will never bend... but they will be impressively light and stiff. With such little mass, they are heavily dependent upon their pads. This characteristic is what prompted All-Star to reengineer their pads. The point of my opinion here is that whether you have a Titanium, Aluminum, or Magnesium mask, you aren’t really upgrading or downgrading if you’re switching from one model to another, at least how the frames go. You might be getting thinner bars (Titanium), or eliminating the propensity of bending (Magnesium), or settling on the best of both worlds at an affordable price point (Aluminum). Where you will truly see the difference is in the pads. It’s the pads, pads, pads. Which is why I have opted to use the “best” pads on the market with inexpensive hollow steel masks... four times over.
  9. MadMax

    All-Star FM4000 Bars Out of Shape?

    < covers Rock Bottom’s ears with his hands > Leave him be, @BT_Blue. He has an ideal gear setup. Not one thing on his list is blemished by that stupid “W”.
  10. MadMax

    Ebay finds

    I wasn’t slow. I’m from Wisconsin ... we are inherit hagglers and deal-hounds.
  11. MadMax

    3n2 plate shoes

    And this is why we shouldn't use Facebook. Why would you catch hell over stating the obvious fact?
  12. MadMax

    Schutt XV-HDX Question Re: Attachments

    Carapace. Same term used for the exoskeleton or hard shell of a beetle.
  13. MadMax

    Help with a couple of rules clarifications

    Here's this one: And then my post locates the other three for you...
  14. MadMax

    Multiple appeals

    Okay, so there's the first out. BR out on the caught fly ball. Everything from here on is a time play. Okay, so there's the second out. This is a live, "natural" appeal, and one of the umpires observed that R1 didn't properly tag up, and is ruled out. Now, likely by this point in time, R3 has crossed the plate and scored. Are you asking if they did? If the defense ignores it, then the run scores. If they keep the ball live, and throw over to 3B and appeal, and an umpire rules that R3 did not properly tag up, then there's the third out... and that run is removed from the board. In OBR, an appeal must be a live-ball appeal. So if Time was called after the 2nd out, then in order to conduct an appeal, the ball has to be made Live again (and we have to go through the entire rigamarole of the pitcher engaging, then the Umpire calling "Play", then F1 stepping off to throw over to 3B, and making an appeal... this is why it behooves everyone to keep the ball Live as much as possible). However, in Fed (NFHS), an appeal can be a Verbal, Dead-Ball appeal, so if Time was called after the 2nd out, then all a member of the defense and/or the coach needs to do is verbally ask (appeal) if R3 left early (did not properly tag). An umpire will judge and rule accordingly. If R3 did not properly tag, then again, that's the third out, and the run is removed from the board. If the defense omits or declines to appeal, and conducts a pitch, then any appeal is waived and the run stands. Were you perhaps thinking of a different situation? Like, say... R3, R1, and 1 out?
  15. MadMax

    Ejecting Fans

    @catsbackr, I’m going to throw you a curve ball... my intent is not to oppose you, nor tell you you’re wrong. I’m actually very much in the same camp as you, that we – for the most part – have no jurisdiction over what goes on in the stands. Our jurisdiction is the game as it is conducted within the confines of the fence by the game participants. If, however, game participants are being affected by the actions or conduct of those beyond the fence, then as the impartial adjudicator of the game, we are compelled to do something. Let’s go to one extreme... let’s say that somebody (not some oblivious toddler or kid) starts pointing a laser pointer at the batter or pitcher at an amateur game (I won’t say pro or college, because there are a host of ballpark or league staff that will respond to the situation and will handle it). This cannot continue, as this is distracting, unnecessary, and dangerous. Sure, the player can point this out, and even figure out who the person with the pointer is. Thing is, in an environment absent of ethics and impartial officials, that player can’t force that person to stop, nor will that person be compelled to stop. So yes, we do have that authority. In this case, we have the authority to pause the game, identify the perpetrator, order a stop to their actions, and if necessary, their departure or removal from the stands (and likely ballpark). And, we are under no obligation to resume the game until that issue has been resolved. So let’s go from laser pointers to racial slurs and epithets... How about death threats? Extreme, yes, but in this day and age, anything is possible. My point is, Cats, that as we deny we have authority, we undermine and defeat ourselves when we are faced with a situation that truly warrants a righteous response or action to be taken. What we do need to do, and this is to bolster your own point, is fully understand and temper when, where, and how to employ that authority.