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15 hours ago, ilyazhito said:

Does this umpire also do softball? In softball, making the verbal call while down is the SOP, but it really messes up timing to do that.

No, it doesn't.  Or, at least it shouldn't.

I agree with not doing it, but it has everything to do with optics and nothing to do with timing.

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20 hours ago, Rich Ives said:

The OF line umpires have the calls, not U2.

I have no doubt.  But, its a LL thing that U2 does not have any OF responsibility in a 6-man when he is on the outside.

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On 8/14/2018 at 1:58 PM, Rich Ives said:

The OF line umpires have the calls, not U2.

(never mind. Missed Lawup' s response )

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On ‎8‎/‎10‎/‎2018 at 8:16 AM, Thunderheads said:

that's the ONLY umpire so far in the LL broadcasts to date that has worn his TG properly .........

Ok.. please clue me in on the "right way' 

Why is it the "right way" and more importantly, I can't see from the picture how he's attaching it the "right way"

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2 hours ago, stl_ump said:

Ok.. please clue me in on the "right way' 

Why is it the "right way" and more importantly, I can't see from the picture how he's attaching it the "right way"

Check out the thread, "mask porn", under umpire equipment I think. The throat guard shouldn't be "dangling". 

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8 hours ago, lawump said:

I have no doubt.  But, its a LL thing that U2 does not have any OF responsibility in a 6-man when he is on the outside.

I was told LL mechanics was that BU's don't go out, no matter how many. 

True? 

@Rich Ives?

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15 hours ago, stl_ump said:

Ok.. please clue me in on the "right way' 

Why is it the "right way" and more importantly, I can't see from the picture how he's attaching it the "right way"

Hanging your TG on the chin extension of your mask leaves WAY too much space between the guard and your body.

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1 hour ago, Thunderheads said:

Hanging your TG on the chin extension of your mask leaves WAY too much space between the guard and your body.

Thanks!!!

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Maybe it's just me or the TV camera angle, but it seems that the plate umps are making a concerted effort to call balls / strikes based solely on the catcher's glove location after the pitch is received, instead of the path of the pitch thru the strike zone.

I know glove location sometimes can be an important characteristic or tool for helping to judge the pitch...but man, a lot of pitches looked awfully good (inside/outside) to be counted as a ball.

Jeff

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3 hours ago, JeBa said:

Maybe it's just me or the TV camera angle, but it seems that the plate umps are making a concerted effort to call balls / strikes based solely on the catcher's glove location after the pitch is received, instead of the path of the pitch thru the strike zone.

I know glove location sometimes can be an important characteristic or tool for helping to judge the pitch...but man, a lot of pitches looked awfully good (inside/outside) to be counted as a ball.

Jeff

Same here. Especially on off-speed stuff that splits the zone down the middle, but the catcher doesn't receive the pitch well. I know that an argument exists for being picky on catcher receiving when judging pitches at such a high level, but this is a bit too far.

-BR

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On 8/16/2018 at 4:13 AM, Thunderheads said:

Hanging your TG on the chin extension of your mask leaves WAY too much space between the guard and your body.

Put on your mask and look up, with the chin extension, a ball would hit the TG and then your throat. By hanging it inside the extension, the TG will hit your CP and prevent the ball from getting to your throat. Also, (and this has happened to me) fall ball straight up, off the plate, if your TG is too far forward, the ball is going under your mask and hitting you in the chin. With the TG further back, the ball hits the TG and drives your mask off of your face, but by the time it hits your chin, it's not moving much any more. 

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13 hours ago, Mister B said:

Put on your mask and look up,

Just sitting here thinking about it, why would you ever look up (to expose your neck in such a way) that you would still have your mask on?

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3 hours ago, Aging_Arbiter said:

Just sitting here thinking about it, why would you ever look up (to expose your neck in such a way) that you would still have your mask on?

That's not the point Mister B is making.

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5 hours ago, Aging_Arbiter said:

Just sitting here thinking about it, why would you ever look up (to expose your neck in such a way) that you would still have your mask on?

Following a ball that comes off the bat straight, or nearly straight, up and back.

Occasionally when I do this, my throat guard gets caught on my chest protector when I lower my chin after I realize there is no play on the ball.

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I was trained NOT to follow the ball off the bat straight, or nearly straight, up and back.............follow the catcher.  He/she will take you to the ball.  Once you clear the catcher and are tracking, your mask is now off and then looking for the ball.

 

 If you follow the ball, he/she will tackle the umpire without you knowing what happened.

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10 hours ago, Aging_Arbiter said:

Just sitting here thinking about it, why would you ever look up (to expose your neck in such a way) that you would still have your mask on?

Agreed.  Can't remember looking up.

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