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MadMax

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About MadMax

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    The Road Umpire
  • Birthday 06/13/1975

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    max.steiner@me.com

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    Male
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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

    War Stories Forum

    When I worked at REI, we had a book on our shelf amongst all the maps, guidebooks, and travel logs that became legendary. Any time a customer engaged us for advice that stretched beyond mere gear and technique wisdom, and started to go into harrowing tales from the wilderness, we'd direct them to this book: Yes, it's a real, published book. It has since spawned a whole series of books... No SH*#, There I Was No SH*#, There I Was... Again No SH*#, There I Was... Again, Volume 2 No SH*#, There I Was... Gone Wild No SH*#, There I Was... At Last
  2. MadMax

    Can someone tell me about this Adidas mask?

    "First"? Are you referring to now, or back in November?
  3. MadMax

    Can someone tell me about this Adidas mask?

    I usually answer this question, “Any way, but not the way @BT_Blue spells it.” Arik is consistently putting spare letters in it, and I’m sure he’s just driving himself mad trying to pronounce it... the un-obvious way. I’ve heard it pronounced two ways in the industry, both similar... but neither have a short î or long ā... Beavis. There’s “Ty-tí-nahl” or “Ty-tân-uhl”... it actually sounds more like “Tylenol”. It’s a portmanteau of “Titan” and “Aluminum”.
  4. MadMax

    2 Man - U1 with R3 or R2/R3

    Did you miss this, @ilyazhito? Mudder isn’t making for an easy read, since he’s using “U1” instead of “BU”. From where did you, @Mudder pick up that you should go to B with 2 outs, R3 only? Likely, you got it from a Fed colleague or trainer, who himself picked it up from some loose-leaf manual or advisement or “clinic” that emphasized the need to get on the 1B side of the centerline (running from plate, through mound, to 2B) on a play at 1B, especially on 2 outs, because that’s where the most likely play is going to go. Yes, it’s important, but that doesn’t mean your IP should be at B. Doubly so, you cannot be at B with R2 in the 2-man System, even with 2-outs. Even with R2 and R3. What if a WP/PB occurs, and both runners advance, with F2 ignoring R3 scoring so as to throw to 3B?? What if there is a pickoff at 3B? Are you really in an optimum position for that call, in B? Do you shift over to B with bases loaded and 2 outs? I hope not, and trust you don’t. But according to your proposed rationale, why is that any different? No, the CCA has us in C for R2 only, R3 only, R2+R3, R1+R2, and R1+R2+R3, with two outs, because we, as BU’s are expected to get our ass across the centerline. Don’t be lazy, move your feet, get on the 1B side of the centerline, get (as) set (as possible), and make the call at 1B. The problem is, Fed is a harbor for umpires of sloth and lazy behaviors. If not an outright harbor, then it tolerates that deficiency too much. In 2-man? Are you sure you know what you’re talking about? I don’t see any sarcasm tags around, and you’re trying to rationalize it, but it just doesn’t hold any water. In 2-man, with any runner on any base, the BU is inside (at either B or C), period. While inside, the BU has fly ball responsibility from F7 to F9, only giving up that responsibility should F7 or F9 be headed towards their respective foul lines and it becomes Fair/Foul and Catch/No-catch. Also, with a runner in scoring position (R2, R3, or R2+R3), BU has responsibility to the bases, while PU has first-and-foremost responsibility to the plate. You’re going to honestly tell me that, with R3, and the BU in D (like you’re saying), if the ball is a ground ball to the infield, that the BU is going to race in from D and get all the way across the centerline to get near 1B to make a call there??? Worse, on a routine liner or uncatchable fly ball to the outfield, you’re going to expect the PU to vacate the Plate to watch BR’s touch of 1B?? That’s what’s implied by your proposition. Even worse, we have a liner or fly ball to the left field foul line. Is not the BU, who you placed in D, supposed to go out on that? And doesn’t that leave everything to PU??? How about on fly balls to the outfield with R3 only? Does that now revert back to PU’s? @ilyazhito, I really don’t think you thought this through. Even if you were confused between Mudder’s request on 2-man versus 3-man, you’re still making a grave error... With R2+R3??? We must have an Umpire inside, at either C (highly preferred) or B (where U1 would be in 3-man, less than 2 outs, in this same situation) so as to administer 2B... where a Runner is... or did you forget what R2 means?
  5. MadMax

    3 man

    This is wrong. With both Base Umpires at their wing/line positions, they have Fair/Foul on their respective line and must stay on a ball that potentially could go into DBT in their “zone”. Now, if U3 “forgets” about potential DBT, and signals Fair and dashes in towards 2B (in other words, a routine movement), then PU could observe the ball threatening DBT while he’s on the move to 3B as part of the Rotation. U1 should this time Read that U3 has dashed in, and then U1 will sink, observe BR’s touch of 1B, then enact the Rotation – call “Rotate! Rotate!” and move to Home Plate. In this case, again, it is crucial that U1 – and to some extent, PU – Read U3. Oh, and if I didn’t mention it before, U1 should quit griping.
  6. MadMax

    3 man

    With no one on, and both wings (Base Umpires) at their IPs on the wings (lines), then... at the ball being hit into play... Unless the ball is hit right at him, U3’s first thing to do is Move. Unless the ball is hit right at him, U1’s first thing to do is Read. So, in this play, the ball is hit directly at U3, and he must judge Fair/Foul, so that takes priority over his Moving. As such, U1 must Read if U3’s staying put over there (on the ball), and should – without bitching about it – come in on a dash-&-glance (or pivot, if you will). This U1 cannot simply stay at 1B, or expect this to be a Rotation. As soon as U3 stays where he is, or goes out from there, any Rotation is OFF and we revert to 2-Man. A sharp PU will recognize this and call out to his U1 that 2-man is ON (“2-man! We’re in 2-man Frankie!”). The point is, U1 isn’t, or shouldn’t be, reading the ball simply because it’s not hit to his area of coverage! Instead, he’s reading, or should be reading, his partner U3!!! Got it? Okay, so building off this, a lot of U1’s get themselves into trouble and also make 3-man umpire movements look awkward because they don’t Read first. Conversely, they react first, thinking that everything is 2-man, either forgetting that they have an AoC in the outfield to go out on, or that they have a U3 partner who has his own AoC and set of responsibilities that he executes on the Move.
  7. MadMax

    +POS Zro-G now $69.95

    Alright... according to the receipt from All-Star... Item: PFM4000MAG ... Description: Lightweight UltraCool Mesh Pads for FM4000Mag Masks ... Size: GPH
  8. MadMax

    +POS Zro-G now $69.95

    That's news on me... I was under the impression that it was dyed during the Injection Mold process.
  9. MadMax

    Ebay finds

    I’d be inclined to say yes, that is an UnEqual V3. The front no longer has the UnEqual emblem, the Force3 logo is raised on the chest instead, as well as being fully on the NewFlex harness.
  10. MadMax

    +POS Zro-G now $69.95

    I'm the only one that calls them A-LUC's... short for Advanced LUC's (I have no idea what LUC stands for... @Thunderheads ???)... which is the only way I can describe them. If you call them again and request the "FM4000 Magnesium specific" pads, that might get you in the right lane. For the summer, I'm taking this Icon (I think it's a hollow steel one, albeit stronger than Nike- branded hollow steel Icons), my Sky Blue ZRO-G frame (swapping the black TWs and tan TWs between them), and the FM4000 with A-LUCs. I'm leaving my trusted grey ZRO-G's here. If I manage to get an Icon Titanal this summer (or an actual Nike Icon Titanium *cough!*), then that would end my need of the ZRO-G's. Here's the Email that Dan did business with me from/with: plusposusa @ gmail . com (obviously, take the spaces away)
  11. MadMax

    +POS Zro-G now $69.95

    An Icon in Titanal. Ugh... That's a really, really tough choice for me! I actually asked / suggested to Dan Parsons to fabricate the ZRO-G's planform in aluminum or Titanal! I like it that much! When you use common pads on a FM4000, it's a weird feeling, because the mask is so close to your face. But when you get the new A-LUC pads, with that increased standoff distance and the force distributor plate, the mask feels... well... "perfect". Then, when you recognize that the I-Bar construction and just the shape of the FM4000 lends itself very well to resist bending on balls that would otherwise cave in a ZRO-G... Woo. Tough choice.
  12. MadMax

    Can someone tell me about this Adidas mask?

    This is why I started calling "it" – that iconic shape that Nike started, now being produced for Mizuno, Reebok and Adidas – the Icon. Nike commissioned the original planform, and the shop in SE Asia manufactured it for quite some time exclusively in Titanium. Several years later, they started producing it in Hollow Steel, dipped in the basic Team colors – black, red, royal, navy, forest green, maroon. In either material, the Icon was never sold on the retail market in North America. In order to be imported through customs, they had to have a declared MSRP on a hang-tag, but Nike supplied them to sponsored university programs and Major / Minor League catchers. Invariably, planforms in China, Taiwan, Korea, and SE Asia tend to get shopped around, shared, sold, or outright stolen so as to copy a variety of products. This may have been the case with the Icon, or the shop may have allowed Reebok and Adidas to place orders for the mask from them, but either way, the Icon started to get produced in Hollow Steel and teamed first with Reebok pads (for a short time, Reebok was still sponsoring a few catchers), then with Adidas pads. With the inclusion of Adidas, the German company brought its European manufacturing ties and supplied the SE Asian shop with access to Titanal, an Aluminum-Nickel-Copper alloy from a company in Austria. As an alloy, in this particular ratio, Titanal gives all the strength and lightness that Titanium does, but less expensive, easier to bond and weld, and with better elasticity than outright Titanium. So, in conclusion, if it's an Icon, branded with Adidas pads, it might be a Hollow Steel alloy mask, or... it might be a Titanal.
  13. MadMax

    +POS Zro-G now $69.95

    Update: I just emailed Dan and +POS last week, and requested 2 ZRO-G masks. He no longer has the frames individually, so I paid the slight extra and got 2 complete masks. They just arrived this morning. Total turnaround took a week. It is very important to email him ahead of time, or contact him through Facebook. I’ll be using my Icon and FM4000 this summer, but it’s good to know I’ll have a new, “intact” ZRO-G when I return to Phoenix.
  14. MadMax

    Umpire like a Girl

    Hey @Tksjewelry!! Someone thinks you women umpires get it easy on equipment purchasing!! Let's start at the top, shall we? Most plain black hats that can accommodate a ponytail are "fashion" hats, or there are some snap-back hats. The majority of associations, though, just crank out fitted or flex-fit ball caps without considering women umpires. Women umpires either have to make do, or get their hats custom embroidered. There isn't a notable difference between sexes when it comes to masks. My experience has found most women umpires use HSMs because of the ease of using it sans hat (and the aforementioned hat thing), and the flank protection it affords. Plenty do use TMs, too. Both sexes would benefit from having an Umpires (specifically) Head Protection System developed. While masks lack any real differentiation, chest protectors make it glaringly obvious. Very, very few women umpires fit the majority of chest protectors on the market, simply because most chest protectors are so generically made. Very few chest protectors can even accommodate narrow or petite builds, regardless of sex. That doesn't even begin to address differences in torso length vs. shoulder breadth, presence and accommodation of bust, or positioning of protective plates and foam sections to be as effective as possible vs. as light as possible. A fruitless circle develops of "Design for us a CP that suits our needs and sizes" -> "Show us a need first; a (profitable) quantity of umpires of those sizes (or sex) who needs a new (major emphasis) CP designed" -> "Can't show that need, because those people can't be or perform as umpires until they have that CP!" This fruitless circle repeats itself in other pieces of gear, as explained below. Just because women don't have their junk attached on the outside doesn't mean a hit to that vulnerable region doesn't hurt any less. I would actually say that for both sexes, there needs to be a significant improvement of protection to the groin and thighs. Shinguards are problematic, simply because shorter / narrower guards are perceived to be for youth, and thus, the quality drops considerably. These nearly threadbare shinguards have minimal padding, fewer additional protective features (patella guards, ankle wings, etc.), and typically lack proper fasteners, such as side-release buckles. On smaller stature people – young men and women, the bigger conventional shinguards come off as clunky and cumbersome. That brings us to the most significantly absent piece of protective equipment – the plate shoe. No one makes plate shoes for women specifically, nor do they make unisex plate shoes in sizes less than 7 (typically). This represents a severe roadblock to the development of women umpires for both softball and baseball. Shirts end up being a sloppy look because they are too long (to accommodate a longer male torso and to be tucked in to a lower-riding set of pants), too generous in the shoulders, and too loose and long in the sleeve. Perhaps instead of devoting all these resources in cranking out out-of-date shirt styles – such as in navy or powder blue – only to be stocked onto retail hangers in brick-&-mortar stores in mid-continent America (I'm looking right at you, Cliff Keen and Dalco), how about producing a full line of apparel in a variety of sizes that also are proportioned for women, too, and sell and distribute them through an order fulfillment system? You think shirts have their issues? It's worse for pants. "Unisex" umpire pants lack the sizing through the hips that women need, have crotches that drop too far down, and will frequently only be offered in an un-hemmed length so as to make them easier to produce and sell. These are usually proportionately skewed, as the knee then falls further up, and the taper to the ankle opening becomes wider as a result, so plate pants become ridiculous. Combos could be the answer, except, again, most shinguards are far bigger and bulkier than necessary, and won't fit under most combos in a presentable manner. Men show up at the ballpark in a slipshod, uncoordinated, unkempt uniform, they get labeled a clown, but they're still taken seriously, to a degree. Women already are behind the eight-ball, even if they show up in a perfectly coordinated and cohesive uniform! Do we honestly think, as an umpire collective, we are equipping women for success with such inadequate gear and attire?
  15. MadMax

    PU Mechs W/ R1

    On the first question, as PU, you need to be on your toes, but provided the ball stays on the infield, you should not be rotating to 3B. With that said, you’ll see nothing more or different from the plate than near the mound where these guys are bounding off to. Furthermore, by moving out towards the mound, they’re taking themselves completely out of position for where their support is needed: Pulled foot / swipe tag and going with the ball on a potential overthrow... which have a heightened chance of happening on the back-end of a DP attempt! The chances of pulled foot / swipe tag / overthrow are higher than Interference at 2B. I have a hunch that some association stooge or evaluator recognized that BU’s are not getting enough Int / FPSR violations; but, instead of motivating BUs to improve on getting Int, and holding them accountable, they are directing PUs to move, unnecessarily and counter-productively, towards the mound. It’s not a taught, or standard mechanic. Then, on the second, this is one of those instances where understanding the context (knowing what level this game is at, and the speed of the runners and the throwing ability of the fielders) helps you anticipate the move towards 3B. Read everything on the move. At some point, however, recognize when/if a R1 is going to just go for Home. Get a glimpse of the fielder, and whether or not he’s made a throw yet. Pick up on the 3BC, if he’s beckoning him to stop, or slide at 3B, or if he’s encouraging him to go-go-GO! If you do go for 3B, remember that you don’t have anyone behind you, so you have to get there and prepare for a play, and possible overthrow wherein you take the R1 to the plate, too.
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