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Looks like its for rubber covered baseballs and its made of hollow mild steel instead of hollow chrome molybdenum steel that's used in the 1DJQH120 and about 40g or 1.4oz heavier. Not sure I would trust it for travel or HS ball.

140: http://www.mizunoshop.net/f/dsg-602290

120: http://www.mizunoshop.net/f/pn-1DJQH120?disp=prodtransflg2

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Did a game between the Brewers (AA) and Team Taiwan the other day... and of course I start hob-knobbing with the bullpen catcher. There were four other catchers in the dugout / bullpen, with one wearing a Mizuno Samurai HSM, and the rest using Mizuno Titaniums:

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Bite-the-back-of-your-hand gorgeous.

The bullpen catcher, though, was wearing one of these:
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... except his was with sky blue / grey pads.

I tried both out, but then we got to talking about the mask you're pointing out, this one:
s-l500.jpg

and the guys (the bullpen staff) were remarking that it's for a type of baseball (popular in Asia?) where they used a rubber-coated ball, much more like a lacrosse ball than a traditional baseball. Notice that the eyeport is narrower / shorter than the for-baseball typical mask, and the cheek spaces are barred off... is this rubber ball slightly smaller?

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21 hours ago, MadMax said:

Did a game between the Brewers (AA) and Team Taiwan the other day... and of course I start hob-knobbing with the bullpen catcher. There were four other catchers in the dugout / bullpen, with one wearing a Mizuno Samurai HSM, and the rest using Mizuno Titaniums:

fullsizeoutput_cf4.thumb.jpeg.71b0bc7b4318e8bf383a72d5864ffd09.jpeg

Bite-the-back-of-your-hand gorgeous.

The bullpen catcher, though, was wearing one of these:
s-l640.jpg

... except his was with sky blue / grey pads.

I tried both out, but then we got to talking about the mask you're pointing out, this one:
s-l500.jpg

and the guys (the bullpen staff) were remarking that it's for a type of baseball (popular in Asia?) where they used a rubber-coated ball, much more like a lacrosse ball than a traditional baseball. Notice that the eyeport is narrower / shorter than the for-baseball typical mask, and the cheek spaces are barred off... is this rubber ball slightly smaller?

Well max, not familiar with this type of baseball, rubber coated.

But if I rewind back to my college days, I'd guess 1 of 2 things

1) ball is smaller

2) rubber coating will make ball, if same size as baseball, have a higher compression factor, hence a smaller ball, ON IMPACT with mask.

Not sure, just my 2¢

Weird how mask offers no neck or throat protection, does this mean, an attached guard,  FOR SURE, is kind of a must, when using this bottom mask, whatever u use it for?

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1 hour ago, The1yankee said:

Weird how mask offers no neck or throat protection, does this mean, an attached guard,  FOR SURE, is kind of a must, when using this bottom mask, whatever u use it for?

Yes, it’s a foregone conclusion a dangling throat guard is attached to a chinless mask like this.

Mizuno offers several models as chinless, ready for umpires. Several umpires (butchers) take (perfectly good) masks and chop the chin guard off (how cruel!) so as to cleanly attach a dangling throat guard. The reason? Most masks are made for catchers, and most high-level catchers abhor wearing throat guards. Instead, they rely upon the extended chin guard and are disciplined to drop their chin (younger than 15 year olds can’t be expected to).

As such, the rake (forward curve) on high-level mask chin guards is nearly straight down (an original Nike Icon Titanium is), and makes the mounting of conventional dangling throat guards problematic. You’ll notice that the Diamond iX3 family of masks address this disparity – the for-catcher iX3 has big, square ear guards and a rounded chin guard; by contrast, the for-Umpire iX3 (AKA the UMP) has an extended crown guard, tapered ear guards, and a chisel, square chin guard. Notice that this Diamond chin guard encourages umpires to mount the throat guard on the very bottom of the chin guard (not ideal).

Mizuno is one of those few companies that do have umpires in mind.

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On 3/10/2018 at 3:04 PM, mwest5575 said:

I had the chin guard taken off of one of my diamond masks and couldn't be happier. Poor mans mizuno I guess. 

You and me both. And had been asked on here if it was a Mizuno in the Mask Porn thread.

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On 3/9/2018 at 1:42 PM, MadMax said:

Did a game between the Brewers (AA) and Team Taiwan the other day... and of course I start hob-knobbing with the bullpen catcher. There were four other catchers in the dugout / bullpen, with one wearing a Mizuno Samurai HSM, and the rest using Mizuno Titaniums:

fullsizeoutput_cf4.thumb.jpeg.71b0bc7b4318e8bf383a72d5864ffd09.jpeg

Bite-the-back-of-your-hand gorgeous.

The bullpen catcher, though, was wearing one of these:
s-l640.jpg

... except his was with sky blue / grey pads.

I tried both out, but then we got to talking about the mask you're pointing out, this one:
s-l500.jpg

and the guys (the bullpen staff) were remarking that it's for a type of baseball (popular in Asia?) where they used a rubber-coated ball, much more like a lacrosse ball than a traditional baseball. Notice that the eyeport is narrower / shorter than the for-baseball typical mask, and the cheek spaces are barred off... is this rubber ball slightly smaller?

Oddly enough, was watching a game on the Pac12 App a few days ago and saw a guy wearing the Mizuno TI. Wasn't ure what it was until I saw this post. Thing looked so damn sharp!

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