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

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  • Occupation
    HS Teacher
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    D3, NAIA, JUCO, HS, 15u-18u Summer/Fall Showcase
  • How did you hear about Umpire-Empire?
    Officially Un-official blog

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  1. Old Skool

    F3 and All Star MAG mask pads... SOLD

    PM sent
  2. Old Skool

    Mask Pads (Navy/Blue)

    PM Sent
  3. Old Skool

    ISO Tan/Brown Pads

    PM sent.
  4. Old Skool

    +POS ZRO G

    I have a charcoal gray one I'd part with if your interested. It is not silver one you originally wanted though. PM me if you interested & I can text you pics of it.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Old Skool

    How to keep the Nutty Buddy in place

    Briefs, jock & then compression tights or shorts over that.
  12. 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.
  13. Old Skool

    Wilson Aluminum Mask Frame for sale

    PM Sent Y'day. Let me know
  14. 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
  15. 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.
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