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Old Skool

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Old Skool last won the day on February 2 2017

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About Old Skool

  • Birthday 05/21/1963

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    Male
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    West TN
  • Interests
    Deer & Duck Hunting, Officiating BB & FB

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    HS Teacher
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    D3, NAIA, JUCO, HS, 15u-18u Summer/Fall Showcase
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  1. Old Skool

    Smitty's Poly-Spandex Pants Fading

    I've noticed the same kind of fading on my pairs that are in their 2nd summer of calling ball as much as you do. They are faded exactly as you described. I'm foregoing replacing them as of now until we see which manufacturer besides Smitty will be offering similar material in an alternate brand. Mine have close to 200 games on them as well & are not stored in a car where they would be subject to fading during transport.
  2. Old Skool

    They’re back!

    I'm thinking of ordering then sending the mask frame to Tony @ mask-it in order to paint it sky blue. Then I can put black pads in the blue powder coated frame & the 2-tone pads in a black frame or a Wilson Ti.
  3. Old Skool

    Skull Caps

    I recently carried one of my own mask w/me to Academy & tried it with the Wilson Matte Black skull cap they sell. This was the one w/several ventilation slots. I didn't like how far away from my eyes the thickness of the mask pushed out the eye guard bars. Made the whole setup seem like it had poorer vision. Of course I was standing in a retail store & not looking at pitches. The standard skull cap seems to have a bill on it equivalent to an 8-stitch cap as well. I wonder if the one being provided to MLB guys has been modified to address the bill length & additional thickness at forehead vs the regular 4-stitch plate hat or 6-stitch combo hat.
  4. Old Skool

    How many batters are allowed to warm up between innings?

    My perspective is I am not willing to spend a season (or two) of game fee earnings just so 3 or 4 batters can stand on deck. There are two many ambulance chasing lawyers in a constant barage of TV & radio advertising making it too easy for parents to call before they even get to the hospital. I was always taught that the only one's allowed on-deck swinging bats when warm-ups are occurring is the batter & the on-deck batter. This is supported in the rules as mentioned earlier. Why would anyone want to incur the liability when a kid gets knocked out because he is the 4th-5th or 6th kid out on deck? I work too hard for my game fees to lose in a judgement. If you want the liability then let more than two out there. Another issue is allowing batters to go to the opponent's on-deck warm-up area just because they are right or left handed & want to warm up on the side they will be batting. This is prohibited as well.
  5. Old Skool

    Using HC First Name

    I just heard a story of a very veteran HS coach in our area being upset that one of our 5th year umps was discussing a situation with him & he got mad about the BU calling him by first name apparently. Later commented to his partner when passing the plate that the "kid" hadn't been around long enough to use his first name. Apparently this coach didn't feel the kid had earned his "street credit" yet as the HS kids at my school say sometimes.
  6. Old Skool

    Poly spandex in MLB?

    They are wearing them in MiLB as well as in MLB. In MiLB the crew chief decides between the polywools or the new poly-sp[andex. I know MLB has provided the poly-spandex to the two guys I know in MLB but I haven't heard if it was to all crews in MLB or if it's experimental stages on a crew-by-crew basis.
  7. Old Skool

    How to keep the Nutty Buddy in place

    Briefs, jock & then compression tights or shorts over that.
  8. Old Skool

    Walkoff HBP

    We had this discussion at our local HS association meeting recently. If it's the end of any 1/2 inning except the end-of-game situation the appeal must be made before the pitcher & ALL infielders have left fair territory (NFHS 8-2-Penalty, Pg48.) So, If the 1st baseman has already made it to the dugout, no appeal allowed. If It's an End of Game (NFHS 8-2-6j, Pg49) the appeal must be made while an umpire is still on the field of play. Additionally the NFHS Case Book gives us (8.2.2 Sit.J, pg. 70) an example of an umpire who has stopped for a drink of water at the dugout and appeal is made on winning run missing 3rd base, so as @maven said, "depart with due celerity". In that scenario you can imagine the teams are already lining up to shake hands.
  9. Old Skool

    Wilson Aluminum Mask Frame for sale

    PM Sent Y'day. Let me know
  10. Old Skool

    MadMax/Schutt XV retrofit

    I own the original as well w/ @MadMax mods. I followed his instruction & my current one has a System 7 harness. Like Max I also will not hesitate to wear it at any level & it has proven itself to me in some straight on hard shot scenarios. I have a Razzer harness just waitin to be used. I plan to buy a new model & pass this one on to a young buck 18yr old who has joined our local HS association. Look forward to your pics @The1yankee
  11. Old Skool

    MadMax/Schutt XV retrofit

    I'll be interested to see which model you get from Hibbett's. @The1yankee can't wait for your report or someone to report on what they actually received. Pic on website is the new model but it says Schutt not Adams as other pics in previous posts display. The product description describes T-hooks & The terrible harness system that they trashed. The price point makes me wonder if this is a retailer who is unloading old stock or the new model. Keep us updated. I'm going to pick up one from Hibbett's if the product is indeed the new model design.
  12. Old Skool

    Navy Plate Coat

    @Thunderheads Please lock this up. Item sold.
  13. Old Skool

    Navy Plate Coat

    Yes I still have it. Feel free to pm me if you would like any other pics. I could text them to you.
  14. Dave, I had the quad CABG surgery in Sept, 2012. Naturally that year it knocked me out of football officiating & fall baseball but despite having to be deceptive to my wife I was sitting in deer stands 3-weeks later with my newly purchased crossbow with a hand crank to cock it b/c I couldn't pull a bow back. The biggest change in my life since that day was that I do think about what I eat more often & the required rehab led me into an exercise pattern that I never gave up. It ended up causing me to drop from about 240 to 195 & holding steady. In my baseball gigs it was always at forefront of my mind about getting hit & this was also the time frame I was trying to settle on which chest protector was going to give my sternum the best protection. I probably wore them all but that 1st season after surgery I was inclined to wear my W-Gold all the time because the thickness & bulkiness we all despise in that offering made me feel the most protected. The thinner versions like All-Star System 7 despite being a solid CP scared me because of the thin profile. After that first Spring season back I believe it was the 2014 season when I tried the Force 3 V1 and still owned my W-Gold. Gradually as I felt my upper body strength come back & I bulked back up from the weight lifting I was doing I began to wean myself out of the Gold & went almost exclusively with the F3-V!. In that 1st year back I did take some shots on the Gold that never bothered me at all. I never really got stroked in the F3-V1 but was always worried about it & was always seeing comments on U-E about detractors of the F3 taking painful shots so It wasn't until the 2015 season that I finally went to the F3 almost exclusively. I now also wear one of the Schutt XV with MadMax Mod & a RayFlex in the hotter times of the year. Although I have been hit in both many times i have not ever been just squared up in the F3 - V1 with the shot that would strike right on top of the sternum & those knotty bumps where they wired my sternum shut again. I wear my F3 still though all the time in HS & college ball but in the back of my mind I still would like to upgrade to the F3-V2 for the upgraded blast shield over sternum area. My son has offered to get me one through his MiLB deals but I haven't bit the bullet on it yet. I have taken some good shots in HS Showcase Summer / Fall ball though on the Schutt XV with no regrets. My return to the baseball field was longer though than you might face, about 7 months. In your situation with the season looming or already started like it is here in my area I would look to ease into it with base assignments first when you feel the time is right then ease into the plate with some Utrip assignments or similar as you get into the mood to stoke a full return. Your endurance will return rather quickly if you are rehabbing as I believe you were probably already in good physical shape. Ironically just yesterday I had to take off to do a stress test as my 5-year anniversary had passed last fall & the Doc wanted to check out how it was all working in there complete with nuclear dye & treadmill test. i passed with flying colors. Wishing you the best as i know the emotions of having to miss the start of the Spring season would eat at me bad. Praying for your speedy return to the game.
  15. Old Skool

    New Umpire In DFW

    Welcome, I always thought catchers would excel as plate umpires because they've been watching the game from our angle for years. Great to see young guys getting into this realm of the game.
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