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    Force 3 V3 Chest Protector - any reviews?

    Can someone post the Evans video? Thanks
  2. There's no valid argument for having pitchers hit anymore (double switches aren't interesting, nor difficult). It's absurd. Games grow, games evolve. Fix the game or continue to lose interest across the board.
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    Re: 2 man. I’ve had guys point at third, I’ve had guys point to first, I’ve had guys motion in a circle with their hand, whatever. As long as both guys know it means rotate on a hit, everything should be fine. Personally I don’t think it’s a big deal either way. Communication is communication. The key is just knowing what the signal means and thinking that through before the play. Doing it to do it is where you get in trouble. I’m also a big fan of verbally communicating, especially as PU. Every time I rotate, I tell my partner “I’m here Dan” or whatever. I tell him in pregame I’ll do it every time. So if he doesn’t hear me, assume I blew it or fell and take a look. Once he hears me, he usually gives a point over there as in “I hear you, I know you’re there”. Talking is the fail safe IMO. I used to not talk much when I started, thinking I’d startle the players or something. Now I’m all about it.
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    Cold weather and Team Wendy's pads

    Whether it’s TW pads or my F3 mask, if it’s a cold day I bring my mask into the office to keep it at room temperature throughout the day.
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    Ebay finds

    That’s because you aren’t a die hard.
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    Ebay finds

    For a hat. https://www.ebay.com/itm/MLB-Umpire-Cap-New/192795244713?hash=item2ce37df8a9:g:OcIAAOSwXyBcQeTn
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    NFHS Catcher Blocking Plate

    The runner scores easily if there's no contact, yes? Who is at fault for the contact in this case? The catcher. He's in the way due to a bad and/or late throw. You can't penalize the runner by letting him be out due to the catcher wrongly impeding his path. Why should the defense be rewarded there? Just calling this a baseball play, as I've heard in the field, is wrong. How you explain that to a coach, I have no idea.
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    Ball Stuck in Glove...Lodged?

    I'm with you on this. How many people are going to come across this change if it's not in the NFHS packet and the rule stays the same? If I wasn't on this board, I likely never hear about that case play. If the NFHS packet can let us know about "new umpire signals", they should be able to let us know about this. I've only had this play happen one time (pitcher).
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    NFHS changes 2019

    I feel it's a lot easier to get a bunt down in softball than it is in baseball. I don't know the % time the first guy up in the inning (it could be your 3 hitter, 4 hitter) will be able to get the bunt down, but I don't know that it's very high. So the chance of both teams doing sac, push across, 3rd out seems pretty low to me...at least compared to softball.
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    Car storage

    I am also trying to focus a bit more on my car packing this season to stay organized. I've got a standard 4 door car with a trunk. I have a Diamond bag and put my undershirts, tights, under armour etc. in the bottom compartment. The top has always held my pants/shirts/jackets. The big equipment just kind of floats in the back of the trunk, behind the bag. I don't carry the bag around much at all (HS schedule, parking lot locker room). I keep all my extras in the back seat in some duffel bags. The main problem with my set up is that if I don't wear a shirt or pair of pants for a while, sometimes you can see the nice folded creases from being in the bag for a while. I'm debating buying a couple garment bags and just laying them down on the back seat. I don't really want to put a rod up if I can help it. I don't want the obstruction back there at all times while driving. Though I try to coordinate with my partner the day before, I'd rather just have a ready-to-go car at all times. What if they forgot that colored shirt, even though it was discussed? What if my partner changes day-of-game? Pray we both packed the same single shirt that day? I also don't completely unpack the car when I get home. I don't see the point, as I'm going to re-pack it in a couple hours, or rush to do it the next morning. Take out the dirty stuff, air out the shoes or whatever else needs to come out, then pack a bag inside with the stuff that needs to go back out.
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    Douglas Mask by Force 3

    I have a force 3. I’m curious - what does Douglas by force 3 mean, exactly? Force 3 frame with different Douglas pads? Different frame? Simply a logo on the pad?
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    Question re: Plate Shoes and Schutt HSM

    I'm a F3 TM guy, but I've also never bought this line of thinking. The front impact on a shot is just that, frontal. The spin isn't helping much with that. On another note, I haven't worked with many guys that have the F3 mask, but everyone is sure interested in checking it out, putting it on, etc. And 90% of the time it's "this is too heavy" and/or "that's unnecessary, when the mask spins it lessens the impact". The #1 goal for those 90%: weight. To each their own, obviously, but choosing protective equipment based solely on weight strikes me as an ignorant endeavor.
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    Question re: Plate Shoes and Schutt HSM

    Yeah, this is a good call - order both, try both on, walk around in them, etc. Send the one you don't want back, and you're out zero dollars. Totally risk free. You can even do that with masks...
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    Future Nike Apparel?!

    With HD, small is big enough, really.
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    Future Nike Apparel?!

    Put the logo on it and make it easily accessible to everyone. You’re already making it - just run more of it. If you do it right, you should be able to capture a huge part of the market.
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    Looking to donate

    Good catch. Corrected.
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    Looking to donate

    I tried to email you a minute ago at your address above, but it kicked back to me as undeliverable.
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    Visor in Nike Ti

    I agree with the heat angle, and I also think it helps with rain. A couple weeks ago I had a rain game, and I kept getting a ton of it gathering and falling off my bill. I couldn't figure it out, hadn't had that problem in a while. Then I realized I was using my "new" backup mask, which doesn't have a visor (yet).
  19. Patch latch for the win
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    All Star FM4000MAG

    I’m intrigued. I may grab that first one.
  21. I don't know if I understand the "no jackets on the plate" thing. When first pitch is below 40 degrees or so, you need everything you can. You can put on UA, sure, but a jacket has always kept me warmer than my long sleeve shirt over the top. I don't love the jacket on the plate just because it's a bit cumbersome (if I can get away with the long sleeve plus UA, I always do), but at some point temperature-wise, that goes out the window and it's just all about staying as warm as possible.
  22. You've completely lost me here. Enjoy your navy shirts forever and ever.
  23. Have you used this line on MLB umpires yet? Also, not sure how many of us posting on an umpire message board are threatening to not umpire based on the shirt. Lastly, appearance obviously matters in umpiring. A better, more modern shirt contributes to that.
  24. I don't know that they don't go with navy...but a black belt and black shoes (and a black/silver mask or black/silver accented mask) clearly go better with a black shirt. My silver mask with black pads goes much better with black than navy. Same with ball bags (I don't own navy ball bags).
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    giving count

    I give the count after the third pitch, as well as any pitch from then on that changes the count. So really, just giving it for three different counts in an at bat.