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    New Feature - Member Map

    One of the questions I get a lot is where most of our members come from. So I enabled a new feature called Member Map. Located in the top right of the Main Menu bar you can click on it and enter your location. You don't have to put the marker directly over your home, you can just put it in the relative vicinity. I hope you enjoy this feature. And it's completely voluntary and will not automatically post your location.
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    WS crew..

    Davis doesn't seem to be suffering any real ill effects of such a long career. I wouldn't bet on this being this being his last go around.
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    University Application/contact

    Reading is fundamental
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    University Application/contact

    What school are you hoping to go to? Its possible someone here would have some contacts.
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    Keeping shoes white

    I use all of the above for general cleaning. But I am still a bit old school and try to get shoes with no or as little white as possible. I use scrubbing bubbles regularly. I like that they get dirt out of some of the hard to reach areas and out of the seams. I also use Murphy's Oil Soap. I love this stuff it's my daily cleaner. I recently had to make a mad dash for some cleaner b/c the top came off my Murphys. I grabbed the first thing I could under the sink before running off to a game and grabbed La's Totally Awesome and was impressed.
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    WS crew..

    Great crew!
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    WS crew..

    It's a teaser
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    All TapaTalk users, I received an email from TapaTalk about an urgent update being required. This is causing connection issues for many users. While I do not seem have the issue, I will be performing the update this weekend. Thanks, Warren
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    Sunglasses Polarized or No

    I have always been a huge fan of polarized sunglasses and have used them on the field umpiring. Recently I was in an Oakley Outlet Store and the guy working there was helping another customer and I listened in as he was speaking. This customer was wanting a pair of sunglasses for baseball. The worker was explaining for sports like baseball you actually don't want polarized glasses and went on to some specifics why. I know we don't have the same optical needs a s a player but I found this interesting. The players are looking up at the ball and generally speaking we are looking at the fielder, not the ball. Do you use or recommend polarized glasses or not and why?
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    Replay's finest moment

    I saw that play last night and was glad I wasn't the one making it. It is piratically impossible to see both the hand on the base and the tag at the ankles. on this type of play. I agree with @noumpere I'm going to call him safe until I'm sure I have an out.
  11. I really like this article one of my favorites @Gil has posted. As I've said before I will continue to umpire as long as I enjoy it. As Gil noted, "It's about the disturbed state of the participant, not about the official." It does take it's toll on people. I think at the amateur level coaches, parents and fans are at a new level of disrespect towards officials. And we have a huge nation wide problem recruiting and retaining officials to begin with. There are 2 youth leagues in my area, my association has contracts with that I will not work any longer because IMO they are just out of control and as much as I like umpiring, it's not worth it to me. Here's one thing I turn back to time and again when discussing people's poor decision making and out of control behavior. Reality TV: the drama, the histrionics, the displays of the worst of human behavior. People who regularly watch this crap, IMO, start to believe that is normal. The systematic abuse of officials - by this I mean where leagues, associations or others who have the ability to reign things in don't - is completely unacceptable. These groups should hold their coaches, parents and participants to higher levels of sportsmanship.
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    Wilson Dyna-Lite Aluminum Umpire Mask

    The Wilson® Silver Dyna-Lite™ Aluminum Umpire Mask is the lightest umpire face mask available from Wilson. It offers the same lightweight feel as titanium-without the cost. The memory foam mask pads are wrapped in a moisture wicking fabric for the best in comfort, perspiration management and protection. Features: Unique construction: Anodized silver aluminum cage provides an improved, clear field of vision Lightweight: Weighs approximately 1.3lbs (.58kg) with harness and pads Comfort, Protection, and Performance: Non-wraparound memory foam padding allows the mask to sit closer to face for better vision. This mask is available exclusively from our friends at Ump-Attire.com.
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    Wilson Dyna-Lite Aluminum Umpire Mask

    This is my first new mask in over 10 years. I placed a rather large order from Ump-Attire.com and threw it in just because I wanted to and I'm glad I did. First, I must say this mask is light, very light. I was amazed at how light it was. 1lb, 3.4 oz by my kitchen scale. That's 7oz lighter than my older Wilson Dyna-lite. I've worked several games since I received the mask and have been dying to try it. Unfortunately, my partners all really wanted the plate. So last night I had a fall ball JV game. Perfect for trying out my new mask. As any umpire will attest when we get a new piece of equipment the masochist in us comes out and we want to take a hit with our new gear. A JV fall ball game is the perfect place to get those wanted hits so I demanded the plate. Second batter of the game is all it took. Uncaught "fastball" (maybe mid 60's) straight to the center of my jaw. No ill effects to either me or the mask. A couple of innings later, bam! A pretty hard foul to my right eye. Everything was fine. The game offered me several other opportunities to be hit in the mask among other places. I was impressed. the memory foam padding is light and comfortable and took the shock out of the blow just as it should have. It was comfortable and as I mentioned ultra-light weight. I actually believe the weight of entire of the mask is supported by the bill of the cap. I believe I will be enjoying this mask for years to come!
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    This is one of my pet peeves, partners who are lax on putting the ball back into play. IMO it's always important to do, but with a runner(s) on it is critical. And I do put the ball in play at the beginning of each half inning.
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    Unorthodox rotation situation

    Almost, the play didn't last all that long My partner was great telling me, I've got first, I've got second, I've got third. I ended up taking the play on the opposite side of the wedge right at the cutout in fair territory about 3-5 feet inside the 3rd base line. It was actually a pretty good view.
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    College site apparel

    Arriving at a collegiate site the expectation is that we have slacks and a button down dress shirt. Khakis and a polo are the bare minimum.
  17. Looking to buy a silver SSK throat guard like the one pictured below. If you have one in good condition you'd sell PM me please.
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    Kneeling for National Anthem

    Some of you know my feelings towards government. I'm neither a righty or a lefty. But Hokieump and others have made comments about the media and I feel they (equally on both sides) are exasperating the situation for their own gains. This in turn divides the country greater than the issue itself. Then they don't let the issue go after the horse has been beaten to death. Also have you noticed when they interview people on the street about topics they deliberately select the absolute worst people to represent either side. They can never find someone with at least a 5th grade education who can make a clear, succinct point, be logical and not default to worn out bromides and clichés or even name calling. The media's problem is they can no longer differentiate between fact and opinion. They cherry pick facts which support their world view and over-engross on the commentary/opinion. If you give me the real unfiltered facts I can form my own opinion.
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    Just Cancel the Game

    I sit here under a Tropical Storm Warning until 7:30 PM as whats left of Maria is 150-200 miles off the coast. We've had intermittent rain and decent wind. I'm sure the worst of it has passed however, according to the weather channel we are currently getting sustained winds of 25+ MPH with gusts of over 40. By 6:00 game time they're calling for sustained winds of 20 MPH and gusts of 30+ MPH. You know we're not going to play in this, why wait to cancel?
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    What a call!

    Very nice call the tell tale moment is when Sogard makes the second effort to get to the bag. If he didn't come off why the second effort?
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    Just Cancel the Game

    It's finally been cancelled, but it was obvious yesterday we wouldn't be playing. I do have to say while I have had a few occasions where games have been cancelled and no one tells me, around here overall they are very good about letting us know.
  22. I actually had a situation blow up on me this season where I was BU in the B position. Ball was put in play. Something told me R1 was going to attempt to "break up" the double play. I was for whatever reason positive this was going to happen. I got the initial out at 2nd and stayed with that play (as others have mentioned didn't belong to me) far too long (and nothing happened) that I was too late in turning to first and never saw the play there. I called the runner safe just because I didn't see the play. It led to an argument, because it was a banger of a play. The coach even said he knows I didn't see the play well (I didn't see it at all.) My partner said I was probably right, but it was too close to tell from where he was. Moral of the story: Stay in your lane! The potential of something does not preclude us from our designated responsibilities. I know better AND I know my partner would have had the call if something happened. If I had just stayed in my lane and stuck to my responsibilities I probably wouldn't have had it blow up on me.
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    Burn out

    I'm working to find that balance. While I love umpiring I can no longer do it 5-6 days a week. I have reduced my availability; some by my choice some due to my work. I haven't balanced it perfectly yet, but I'm getting there. At first not umpiring virtually every day felt wrong, but I quickly found I was enjoying my free time more and enjoying the games I was working more too.
  24. This is a great example to all of us. Remember we have no authority to remove spectators. But what Bellino did in having security remove the fan was within the rules. So if we have an issue with a fan we can ask a field administrator, coach, security etc to remove the spectator we can not do this ourselves.