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jms1425 last won the day on October 30 2017

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    Cleveland, OH

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    CBUA (college), Suburban Umpires Association (HS)
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    college, high school
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  1. Transaction Experience Thread

    Add @bluejersey to the list of guys who are awesome to deal with. I just got his 18.5" Wilson Platinum shin guards. They came very well-packed, they came fast, and he made a me a great deal. Thanks, man!
  2. Hey, @bluejersey - still got these?
  3. Transaction Experience Thread

    Well, geez... it seems that everyone is already coming on here and saying how awesome the UmpLife CP harness from @Razzer is.... Should I bother adding to the litany of praise? Yeah, I'm gonna..... The harness came personalized exactly as I asked, the straps are plenty long (and I'm a pretty large dude) for my WestVest Platinum (as reportedly the DeltaFlex is not) and comfortable (as is the center triangle), and it seems quite well-made. I paid him via PayPal last Wednesday, and it arrived one week later (yesterday). I am GREATLY looking forward to getting some work in while wearing this. Fan-freaking-tastic. THANKS, RAZZER!
  4. jms1425

  5. Keeping shoes white

    Scrubbing bubbles bathroom cleaner. Spray it on, let the foam sit for a minute or so, then wipe it off with a towel. Easy-peasy.
  6. In 3-man, with R2 or R2-R3, U1 goes back to "A" with 2 outs. In the 2017 CCA manual, there are two different mechanics for a clean base hit in these two situations. With just R2, the book (pg 166) shows it as a slide (reverse rotation, push, whatever you call it) where U1 comes inside and takes the batter-runner into 2nd, and U3 has plays at 3rd. But for R2-R3, page 175 shows it as U1 staying at 1st, U3 staying at 2nd to take plays on the BR there, with the caveat that it can be a slide "by conference adoption". Any insight on why the book shows two different mechanics on essentially the same play? And which do you think is the better approach? The slide makes more sense to me, as U1 has a whole bunch of nothing to do if U3 takes the BR into 2nd. Then, if there is a misplay at 2nd on the BR, U3 now has to try and beat the BR to 3rd for any subsequent plays. With the slide, U1 can easily take the play on the BR at 2nd, and U3 is there at 3rd waiting if something blows up. Thoughts?
  7. TCU - NC State balk

    Man, I gotta be honest, even looking for the front leg moving at 1:07, I don't see squat. Is it because he wiped his pitching hand on his pants then went straight to the ball just before comes set (and all before he steps off)? I just don't see anything here.
  8. TCU - NC State balk

    My apologies if this was posted before, but I can't find it. What is the violation here?
  9. Nice Rotation PU to Third

    Is it just me, or is this a textbook example of "looking up the guy's a**"? My first reaction to seeing this was "PU needs to go 2 more steps, get even with the base, then take a power step to his left as the ball arrives to stay in the wedge and get a better look." And here come the "He's a MLB umpire - who-the-hell-are-you-to-critique-him" comments..... lol
  10. The pitcher may be telling the truth - he did not intentionally hit the umpire. But the catcher is another story. Whenever the ball hits the umpire, the catcher checks on the umpire to make sure he's ok - whether the catcher got crossed up or not. At the very least, Hicks' actions show a wanton disregard for the PU's well-being. I mean, really? The guy gets hit with a 92mph fastball and the catcher doesn't even have the common decency to turn to him and make sure he's ok? F*%k that guy.
  11. Top Three Stupid Arguements of 2017

    No way. NO WAY this is true...... Please tell me you're messing with us......
  12. Balk Questioning by nice (ignorant) coach

    Umpteen coaches, in various wordings: "Nobody's called that all year!" Me: "I'm sorry to hear that, Coach, but we're gonna get it right today."
  13. Gaining Ground toward 2nd

    I think all I want to know is how you know that this is the "way they want it called."
  14. Gaining Ground toward 2nd

    In none of the rules you quoted does it say the pitcher must clear the rubber. The closest is 9-1-b-3), that *IF* his foot breaks the plane of the back edge, then he MUST throw or feint to 2nd (or pitch to home plate), but that is not the issue here. And as Rich said, in all three pics I posted, the non-pivot foot steps in the direction of 2nd base. Only in the first pic does it "clear the rubber". I don't remember the video test question, but that would be the kind of applicable evidence I was hoping for. Naturally, we can't see the old tests, though, so I can't refer to that. Not to mention others have said "legal in all three", so there still doesn't seem to be a definitive answer. So what is the starting point for that determination? In all three pics, the non-pivot foot finishes closer to 2nd base than it began. So, if the non-pivot foot's starting point is the line of demarcation, then all 3 moves are legal. If the line of demarcation is the closest point from the pitcher to 2nd base (say, his pivot foot's rear edge), then the first two moves would be legal, but the 3rd would not. This is the essence of the question.