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Mister B last won the day on August 1 2018

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  1. Mister B

    What if You KNOW You Don't Know A Rule?

    I think of it this way, 90% of the game uses 25% of the rulebook, you should know that 25% really, really well. And have an understanding of how the other 75% work. The biggest issue is that FED incorporates some differences that make no real sense and don't really need to be there. Is there really a good reason for a dead ball appeal? Many of the deltas are solutions looking for problems to solve.
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    All American v. Champion

    I thought you were getting a Schutt? I've got a V-sport and they actually put some thought into the foam, different sections have different densities. The foam that isn't under the plastic is pretty dense, while the foam behind the plastic is a medium density. The material that covers the foam actually helps as well, because it isn't as porous, the air escapes slower so the pocket acts as a buffer as well. The foam under the shoulders is pretty light, but it doesn't need to be too thick as there is a layer of protection under most of that. The plastic is definitely not brittle. I've taken some pretty good shots and have barely felt anything. The sound of the ball hitting it, is usually the worst part. Now, the things that make this effective, also make it hot. With options like the Schutt, I wouldn't wear the V-Sport for multiple summer games. I'm not a big guy but after 1 summer game with the V-Sport, I need to change and wring out the dri-fit T-shirt that I wear under it. I wore my new Schutt for a Double Header and stayed nice and cool. The plastic on the V-Sport is definitely more pliable than the Schutt, but I feel safe in both. I did add a AS Delta-Flex to the V-Sport and it fits so much nicer. Had to swap out some buckles, but the sewing was minor.
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    Throwing the bat

    How do we define "throwing the bat"? Could you classify a bat flip as a throw, what about tossing the bat back to the dugout after ball 4? Does is need to be malicious? Do we think a 7 year old is looking to take out the catcher in a coach pitch game? This predominantly happens during a stage when the players are just learning how to play the game. I wouldn't expect the B/R to be called out in a T-Ball game for running up the 3B line, so why call them out for this? If they throw the bat and it doesn't hit anyone, I'll ask them to try to not to throw the bat, because I don't want either the catcher or myself to get hurt and I don't think they want to hurt the umpire or the catcher. It could be a safety thing, but it wasn't. If they do hit the catcher or myself, they get a warning, if it happens again, the coach will sit them on the bench and will work with them to not throw the bat. I had one kid that I was told would never be able to NOT throw the bat. So for practice one day, I had him swing the bat, hold it for 2 seconds and then set it on the ground. He repeated this 50 times. He never threw the bat again. YMMV.
  4. Mister B

    video of Timmons hit

    Thanks for the link.
  5. Mister B

    video of Timmons hit

    No, there was a play at home and after taking the hit, he was right on top of the play. IIRC, it happened this spring.
  6. Mister B

    video of Timmons hit

    Trying to sell a friend on the F3, and wanted him to see the shot that Timmons took without missing a beat. But I can't seem to locate it. Can anyone help? Thanks.
  7. Mister B

    Car storage

    We have an older Scion XB, since it's the family car, I can't modify it for Umpiring, but it's a really great rig. Good gas mileage, lots of space. We got ours used from CA, so the original owner had the back windows tinted very dark. It's a PITA to back up at night, but it's nearly impossible to see into the back of the car at any time. The back seat splits, so you can fit 3 in the car with plenty of room for gear. Plus it's actually pretty fun to drive. With the back hatch up, you can sit in the back and have a canopy. I have a friend who's 6'4" who prefers to ride in the back seat, as it's one of the few cars that he can fit in the back seat. Both legroom and headroom wise.
  8. Mister B

    Future Nike Apparel?!

    The above is a batting cage jacket.
  9. Mister B

    Equipment question

    I'd recommend the Diamond to start. But with different pads. But I'd also suggest trying on a couple. While I wouldn't hesitate to wear my Diamond in a game, I prefer my Honig's lightweight, it's an ounce or 2 heavier, but I think the eye opening is slightly larger. Could also be the round bars vs. rectangular.
  10. Mister B

    Unusual activity warning

    I keep meaning to ask about this. If your host offers Cpanel, you can get a free SSL cert. Not being secure will hurt your performance in Google, although it's not like there is a huge amount of competition out there. Personally, I appreciate the security. Keeps it from feeling like somebody is reading over my shoulder.
  11. Mister B

    New Diamond CP

    I used my Schutt HDX for fall ball and the one thing that really stood out to me was that when I took off my CP, my shirt wasn't drenched in sweat. Seemingly, I had more energy as well. How would you expect these to be during the summer?
  12. Mister B

    Throwing the bat

    For LL minors and under, our local rule is that the first throw is a light warning. The second time, if it doesn't hit anyone, they get another warning. The third time, or if they hit the catcher or umpire the coach is presented with the choice of sitting the player while batting or letting the player be ejected. Honestly, I've never gotten to that point, but if I had a coach choose the ejection, he'd be gone and the assistant would get to make the choice. Had a player let go of the bat on the backswing and somehow the knob of the bat went thru the fence and then was stopped by the barrel. Directly at the parents in the bleachers, a couple people almost soiled themselves.
  13. I put gel insoles in my 3n2s and they made a huge difference.
  14. Mister B

    Has anyone ever had a 4th out appeal call?

    nevermind on mine as well. Gotta stop posting on less than an hour of sleep. I know I've used it, and the outcome was the same with the umpire and other coach not realizing it, but can't seem to remember the beginning. I think the excitement of being in a situation to actually use it only to not need it, was a huge let down.