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  1. kylehutson

    Car storage

    Yes, thus the reason I rented a car with a daily rate and no mileage limit.
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    Car storage

    I rented an Accent last summer. I was ... underwhelmed. Maybe the biggest sticking point was that I didn't even know you could rent cars without cruise control these days, and I put over 3k miles on in a week. My new one is a Honda CR-Z. https://photos.app.goo.gl/iHgLHhk47K6sC3iS7
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    Car storage

    Also, I looked at a Pontiac Solstice - it *didn't* have room for my umpire bag (without taking the entire passenger seat), so that one was right out.
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    Car storage

    I wouldn't even mind driving something this ugly (yeah, I said it) if it actually got fantastic gas mileage. I looked at those, and do you know what they get? 32. My daughter's Civic gets better than that, and it has a (small) back seat and a trunk.
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    Car storage

    I just did! While the minivan did have more room for storage, it was dying, and I'm *really* liking the 40mpg from my new (to me) hybrid a lot better than the 17mpg the minivan got. And considering I'm starting some college ball this spring, I'm anticipating putting on a lot more miles than I have the past few years. True story: when I went to look at the new car, I brought my umpire bag with me, because if *that* didn't fit, it would be a non-starter.
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    Question re: Plate Shoes and Schutt HSM

    Same here - It's a fun ride, though, and I plan to keep doing it long after they're all on their own. Great, now I have to pull out my old, mostly-unused engineering degree.. This part makes perfect sense, and I doubt anybody can argue with this (well, maybe to the degree "many" vs "some") The goal of any mask is to dissipate energy to reduce the impact to your face. There are different ways this can happen, in order from the best to the worst. 1) Don't get hit. This sounds silly, but the truly best mask would be so close to your face it wouldn't get hit unless the ball was going to hit you. The bigger the mask, the more it gets hit. TM's are better than HSM's on this principle, with the low-profile ones being best. 2) Ball gets deflected, going at a slightly different angle than it started with - the smaller the angle of deflection, the less is absorbed by the mask, and subsequently, by your face. When it works, this method is best, because the ball dissipates its own kinetic energy. The best design for this would be a long, narrow angle wedge, except that would violate #1. Straight-on shorts really can't do this well, and we have to plan for that. HSM's tend to have less straight-on spots than TM's, so they would be better for this. 3) The energy gets transferred to the mask as the mask is knocked off. If your mask goes straight off the back of your head, the energy was not transferred to your face, and that's what we want. *Some* of that energy can go into spinning, but merely spinning a mask doesn't keep that energy from going back to your face. We can look at it in terms of XYZ coordinates, but faces aren't perfectly flat, and neither are masks, so that makes the math quite complicated, but any energy that is transferred toward "something besides your face" is a good thing. TM's can do this, HSM's can't. 4) The one we all dread - the one that's straight to the face, and the energy *will* go to your face in some way or another. Then it becomes a matter of pads (and in the case of F3, springs along with the pads), which will dissipate the energy over a greater surface area and a greater amount of time. In exactly the opposite as #1, we want more space and more padding when this happens. Create a mask that will instantly materialize 6" of a sofa cushion in front of your face, and you're perfect for this one. I've never used a HSM, but my understanding is that most of them are fairly bad in this area. TM's vary a LOT, and can even change with time as pads get worn out, and perform differently in heat or cold or wet. 5) The X-factor - balls coming from other fields, bouncing off backstops, bats breaking, or anything else coming from not-in-front-of-you. They're rare, but do happen on occasion. HSM's with the obvious advantage on these. -
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    Transaction Experience Thread

    Weird. I had a flawless transaction with him last year. I hope he's all right. (and I hope you get what you need, too).
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    Bunt to Chop Swing

    Unfortunately, the laser system that will instantly disintegrate any baseball illegally hit is prohibitively expensive.
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    New ump in Austin

    Welcome aboard!
  10. When he "peeled off", did he run past 2nd base? That could make a difference.
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    Volleyball State Finals

    Nice job. I was a line judge for a state championship this year. Give me a couple more years, and I'll be on the stand.
  12. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001O20V8E/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  13. ...and just as in the area of protective gear, @MadMax hits the nail on the head again.
  14. My first three years of umpiring, I did the same. I thought they looked good. If anybody thought otherwise, they didn't say anything to me about it. Carry on, sir.
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    Throwing the bat

    Your case: the kid no longer *wants* to play (his choice) My case: the kid *can no longer* play (not his choice). But in either case, the kid isn't playing that game, and tomorrow is a new day - they're all the same.
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    Throwing the bat

    In the same rec league I'm talking about, if they remove the player, that is effectively an ejection. Batting the entire lineup is mandatory. There's a difference between a rec-level skills development league and competitive teams. You have your opinion, I have mine. ...and I'm OK with them being different.
  17. Yes. Well, except for the case where the ball bags are made of the exact same material as the pants.
  18. Actually, I don't. I think black looks good with everything because it matches the belt and shoes. The real reason I don't like navy (shirts or hats) is because when you're working with the old geezer (or even a guy that's had it as his only shirt for 5 years), his shirt and hat have faded so much that they don't match anymore. I don't disagree with your larger points. But good luck getting TPTB to change anything. I'm on your side, but I've grown cynical in my old age.
  19. Because that's all it is - an excuse. They'll find another. And besides, it doesn't eliminate the excuse. They'll have to work someday with the geezer who's had his navy shirt since 1986 and refuses to get another, so you end up getting the navy anyway.
  20. So dri-fit t-shirts? When I'm recruiting kids (typically high schoolers) for rec-league (and I've moved a couple up from there to more competitive leagues), it really seems to be the money that gets them interested, not the fashion choices. When I tell them they can make more than they do flipping burgers (on a per-hour basis), and that I won't schedule them for nights they ask off, that seems to be the hook. Probably half of those don't continue past the first year.
  21. No it doesn't. [insert long pause while I go look it up] Umpires shall wear gray slacks and either a navy blue or black pull over shirt. All umpires on a crew should be dressed alike. For postseason contests umpires will wear gray slacks and a navy blue pullover. When needed a navy blue or black jacket or coat shall be worn. The hat is to be navy blue and a sized hat is recommended. Umpires may wear a navy blue hat with a white KSHSAA logo embroidered on the front. If an undershirt is worn it may be red, black or navy and all umpires must wear the same color. The trouser belt should be black leather. Socks should be black. The plate umpire should wear shoes designed for safety that include hard toes. Primarily black shoes designed for umpiring should be worn and shined before each game. The plate umpire needs to have a ball and strike indicator, a small plate brush, a protective supporter and cup, ball bag, lineup cards and a pen or pencil for line-up changes. A chest protector, sturdy mask with throat protector and shin guards are standard equipment of the plate umpire. It's not on their website, but they did add black as an option last year (per the paper copy of the regulations, section 2J): 2.J Umpire's Uniform Since umpires may often be working with umpires that they normally do not work with, it is important that each umpire in the state have a uniform that is similar. All umpires should be attired in the same style shirt. The umpire's uniform consists of cap, gray slacks, NFHS approved navy blue or black pullover shirt and black shoes. Postseason umpires may wear navy blue or black pullowvers. Umpires working the game shall wear the same color uniform That's all it says.
  22. kylehutson

    Throwing the bat

    1) I think most of the lower-level umpires do think that's the rule. 2) It *is* codified in the rec league I assign for, and it's precisely for the reason you state - tossing a rec-league player (who is just learning the rules and mechanics of the game) doesn't seem to be fair. Just calling him or her out seems to get across the point ("you can't do that") without the OMG-factor of an ejection. Note that unsportsmanlike conduct, such as doing so on purpose, can still earn an ejection.
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    Breakaway bases in FED

    You could, as @Senor Azul shows, argue that they *should*. However, not only are they not required, but to the best of my knowledge, I've never been on a field that uses them.
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    Balk ? Pre- set, step off, fake to first

    I read that as being a full move with the pivot foot landing behind the rubber *and* the non-pivot foot making distance-and-direction toward first. No, it doesn't say that, but that's how I pictured it. If it was just a step behind with the pivot foot, I think you're right.