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KenBAZ last won the day on September 4 2017

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About KenBAZ

  • Birthday 06/27/1957

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    Chandler, AZ

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    HS, Men's, Youth
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  1. KenBAZ

    3-2 steal, ball 4 mechanic

    Had an F2 throw down to 2nd on a ball 4 about two weeks ago. R1 pulled up and over ran the bag. F6 took the throw and taged R1 for an out. I was PU and announced ball four a number of times. My timing is such that the throw might have been gone before the catcher heard it. We normally signal each other 3-2, 2 outs so we are aware of the situation and we would not make a call like this at second. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  2. KenBAZ

    Umpire interference

    I had a similar situation happen to me a couple of years ago. I stepped left to get fair foul on a hard ground ball down the 1st base line. I got trucked by a runner from third. We were both lying in a heap when F2 came over and applied a tag for an out. Not my finest moment. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  3. We don't umpire the obvious. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  4. KenBAZ


    And just teach your catchers to jump up an tag the Batter on anything close to an uncaught third strike. That will save all of us a lot of grief[emoji16] Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  5. KenBAZ

    Sun Delay

    There are times here where we have to communicate with our partners that they'll have to take fly ball coverages because we just can't see. Other times I've absolutely looked across the plate to call pitches. @MadMax makes a good point that a number of the fields we have problems with are part of the big spring training complexes. With a dozen fields designed for use in the mornings there are bound to be these kinds of issues. There is a field in the Angels' complex that can't be used after about 4 PM much of the year. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  6. Perhaps the increase in temps here got you thinking about this thread. Congratulations on getting your first state playoff game here in AZ[mention=2599]MadMax[/mention]! Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  7. KenBAZ

    Weight Loss Group

    Clean up your sleep hygiene so you can recover from games and exercise. Drop the obvious and easy things from your diet, (soda, 2nd and third helpings, etc.). Start walking every day. The small simple things will get you on the path and as you approach your goals making other changes will be easier. Good luck, slow and steady will get you there. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  8. I was amused after being observed by a former MLB umpire for 2 innings. The first thing he said to me was; "Evans"? Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  9. KenBAZ

    NFHS Rules: Catcher's Helmet

    If a kid can wear his HSM to catch pitches why can't he take a throw for a play at the plate with his helmet on? The danger seems to be from a ball or a runner's helmet to the face. Leaving his HSM on offers the best protection. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  10. KenBAZ

    Balk Question

    The difference is that if he reaches into his glove to spin the ball for a different grip he knows what he's doing. If he engages then wants to transfer the ball from one hand to the other it's not a momentary adjustment. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  11. KenBAZ

    Balk Question

    Pitchers need to be taught to engage the rubber with the ball where they want it and the hands separated. If they do that and have the ball in their glove they can reach in and make a brief adjustment. Not if the engage with the ball in their glove then want to pull it out to hold in their hand. From a practical perspective if a team is going 1st move on a lefty and he reaches in his glove to get the ball then separates his hands, the runner is going. Also, most defensive coaches want the ball in the throwing hand when F1 engages as it allows him to have more variety in his pick off moves. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  12. Gil: I feel the same way as Lawump. Love your posts and site; don't care for these negative awards. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  13. KenBAZ

    Backswing INT vs foul ball situation

    On the bases today and I swear we had a ball put in play on the follow through. Swing and miss and before it hit the catcher the bat makes contact and the ball dribbles in front of the plate. My partner casually killed it and no one said anything. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  14. KenBAZ

    Backswing INT vs foul ball situation

    What if in the OP the batter put the ball in play? Would anyone have BI? I'd play on. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  15. KenBAZ

    Unorthodox rotation situation

    Wow, what a blast! Communication would have to be the key. Where did you take the play at the plate? Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk