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Everything posted by conbo61

  1. Steve Palermo

    Anyone else pick up the irony of the man who was also shot with Steve Palermo?

    Am I correct in understanding that, similar to the FED approach, if the pitcher is removed, that visit does NOT count toward the six visit limit?
  3. Facemask

    When selecting my CP I was torn between two models. The price difference was approximately $50. That also happened to be the same amount as the co-pay for an ER visit. I went with the better CP. The same evaluation is applicable to the purchase of a facemask. Good luck and don't skimp.
  4. https://www.12up.com/posts/6069887-report-nike-steals-2020-mlb-uniform-contract-from-under-armour?a_aid=40022
  5. Ebay finds

    For those of you looking for "cheap" WV Golds for TW retrofits (@JaxRolo) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wilson-Pro-Gold-Umpire-Chest-Protector-MLB-/151607512643?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item234c830e43 Not sure if this one can be retrofitted http://www.ebay.com/itm/West-vest-umpire-Chest-Protector-by-wilson-/261797611191?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cf45a86b7
  6. What CP is this?

    He made the out call on George Brett in the "Pine Tar" game. I think that was his first year in the majors.
  7. High School Playoffs

  8. High School Playoffs

    I think you are being generous Maven. AD's and some coaches have access to Arbiter, so they know ahead of time who is assigned. I would be more inclined to believe that assigners do not want to field phone calls of the type: "Why did Bubba get that conference playoff and I am on the sidelines?"
  9. Maybe it is just the camera angle, but it sure looks like he was in the "red zone". The slot is your friend!! Get there!
  10. Rookie Tips

    Along these lines, when giving a rule based explanation, try to use the language/terminology used in the rule to the greatest extent possible. "As per rule, your firstbaseman did not have firm and secure possession when the runner touched the bag..."
  11. 0-2 purpose pitch

    So many times after a batter crushes one out of the park, the announcers chime in with "Well, he left that one up..." The past two years I have opened my zone up between the belt and mid point/lower half of the letters. Batters are swinging more and the games are moving at a good clip. Still get the comment from the jack wagon when I don't give them the pitch across the TOP of the letters, but then again, some coaches need to complain much like I need oxygen.
  12. 0-2 purpose pitch

    Just because you CAN go to 3-2, doesn't mean you HAVE to go to 3-2.
  13. Looking for umpires in South Jersey

    Please.. you are practically NY. FTR - I grew up along the I78 corridor and you are not far off.
  14. Looking for umpires in South Jersey

    Anything south of 195.....
  15. Rookie Tips

    A lot of wisdom in these
  16. My turn now?

    Good thoughts headed your way!!
  17. Benefits of Force3 Mask.

    Tim Timmons took a 102 MPH wild pitch from Aroldis Chapman off of his Force3. Still standing. https://www.mlb.com/video/gomes-scores-to-tie-game-in-9th/c-2007755583?tid=6479266
  18. To me, this is the toughest call as a base umpire. Too far to hear foot on bag/ ball hitting mitt and often straight lined. You will NOT make it to A. Forget it, put that notion out of your head. Best you can do is work to improve your angle and, very importantly, come set to see the play. Trying to make this call on the run will only make your job more difficult. One last thing, this should also be a topic in your pregame with your partner (how to handle pulled foot/swipe tags)
  19. Benefits of Force3 Mask.

    I am not sure who supplied the video in the link, but the YES network had another view from the first base dugout where you did see the pitch clearly compress the mask.
  20. It's been a great run

    Wonderful news!!!
  21. Ump from NJ

    Go down to Monmouth, Burlington, western Somerset, and Hunterdon and you will see amazing farms (horse and crops). Yeah, Linden and the NJ Turnpike and parts of Mercer and Camden Counties are a bit rough, there is more than meets the eye. (Bergen County Born, Somerset County raised.)
  22. DJ Reyburn with the timing!!

    Watched this in real time last night. https://www.mlb.com/video/gregorius-charging-play/c-1976406883 Reyburn had fantastic timing. As someone who had a rough game with this aspect the other day, I felt like I just witnessed a master class. While the announcers rightly gave Gregorius credit for a great play, a tip of the cap to the umpire would have been nice. If they did give one, I did not hear it. ** After listening again, they do give him credit.
  23. Something pretty cool

    I order a copy of "The Rules and Lore of Baseball" from an online used book site and when it arrived there was a neat little bonus. Inscribed by Nick Bremigan! Apparently it used to belong to Mr. Dan Toal. I Googled Mr. Toal and he was an umpire in the Southwest part of the country back in the 80s. Has anyone ever crossed paths with him?
  24. I think the best part is his coach congratulating him on his hustle.
  25. Arbiter formatting

    Anyone else having formatting issues with web based Arbiter? All of sudden dates are in DD/MM/YYYY format instead of MM/DD/YYYY and the game fees are in British Pounds and not $. Is there a way within Arbiter to adjust these items?