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  1. Related to me; Coach: "Where was that pitch?" Coach: "Wow - where was that pitch?" Catcher: "They're balls Dad."
    5 points
  2. And just to add my two cents: some day this will happen again only the head coach/manager will come running out directly to you (the plate umpire). Your only reply must be, “you need to talk to my partner,” followed by (should the coach continue to talk to you) “skip, you need to talk to my partner about his call!”
    5 points
  3. I count this as a cool milestone. Every fall/winter I get to work some "volunteer" college fall/winter ball games with a couple former pro and current NCAA umpires. Every one is like a private mechanics clinic with the pre and post games. Was working a community college game Saturday before last and up to the plate walks a right handed 6' slender kid batting south paw. It's a boy (now tall man) who was on my son's T-ball and minor league Little League teams. I was assistant coach for his dad for the minor league team, they needed an umpire, so 11 years ago I went to a LL weekend mechanics clin
    4 points
  4. I love my force 3 shin guards. They have always taken care of me. They are light, low profile, and don’t irritate my legs. The only problem I’ve had with them is that the top of the knee snags my pants so I have to untuck the pants after I stand up, run or basically do anything. Which gets really annoying and I don’t want to look dumb when I forget one time. This happens because the shin guard is very stiff and does not conform to my leg at the top. So I did a modification to help stop this. I used the shoulder caps from a Force 3 CP and using some Velcro, attached them to the top of the shin
    4 points
  5. Keith ....... let me start by saying I love the look of a visor. But in all reality, the visor does 3 things: 1) looks cool 2) keeps sun off the brim of your hat keeping you cooler 3) keeps rain off of the brim of you hat keeping it drier. The visor does not block sun because the brim of your hat does that, of which the visor is sitting above
    4 points
  6. It looks great! FYI - your F3 logo is upside down on your TG -turn it over. It looks like E-something instead of F3.
    4 points
  7. What you do differently: Don't talk to the fence. If there's an issue - and I'm not completely convinced there's one here - you'd talk to the coaches. To the home coach: you *might* say something about "how about calling off the dogs, skip?", but you could certainly say "hey skip, you're starting to raise a lot of bad feelings here, and it might lead to some on-field issues." To the away coach: "you need to get your fans under some kind of control here." But talking to the fans directly is just gonna lead to more bad things than good, in general.
    4 points
  8. No 'general consensus' here, it is gospel/taught at every level STAY DOWN! Pitch: staying down in your stance - "ball" .... stand up.
    4 points
  9. My favorite so far... Bottom 7, 2 outs, R1... R1 breaks on the pitch. F2 throws a frozen rope. F2 just says "goodbye" while ball is midflight and is already 2 steps to the dugout. Ball caught, tag applied, game over.
    4 points
  10. You'd think that, but yelling "back" proved catastrophic.
    3 points
  11. Ok, a few things ... first, stop following that 'umpire auditor' on twitter second, don't over analyze what the MLB guys do. They are light-years beyond us mere mortals third, your strike 3 call should be what comes natural to you. Again, don't overthink it ....if it feels right, go with it
    3 points
  12. I thought you were going to say.... as @maven is apt to say, "Day game or night game"?
    3 points
  13. I found a recent photo (with link)
    3 points
  14. Where's my wife at, I need her to see this post! "See honey, this is normal!"
    3 points
  15. I used an All-Star titanium for years, then switched to a black aluminum because I had a field oft-worked where the titanium reflected into my eyes. Now I'm just a mask collector and I keep one for every occasion...silver, black (x2), gunmetal, navy pads, black pads, gray/black pads, light blue/black pads, light blue pads...
    3 points
  16. 3 points
  17. /\ THIS!!! A couple of years back, I was observing a "newer" adult & a junior umpire one night (since I was the UIC). Whatever happened (don't recall specifics at this point), the league president tried to "have a talk with them" after the game. I met the crew at the gate, and told them to follow me. As the president started talking, I told him that I would be back to talk with him shortly. We did post game, and I went back to find the Prez. Before he started, I asked him for a moment to ask 2 questions, and then I would listen. Did you appoint me as the UIC? Do YOU want to do
    3 points
  18. Somewhere in Phoenix, @MadMax just lost his mind!
    3 points
  19. It's the Field Ump's call. You should offer NOTHING unless HE asks you. (Not the coach or the manager either!) I blow 'em as I sees 'em! Mike Las Vegas
    3 points
  20. Another great reason to support a family owned smaller company (ie not Wilson)...kudos to All Star. I’ve always liked their gear especially their masks.
    3 points
  21. This is true for me also. Also, I can't open my messages unless I get an email and go in that way. Using Apple's mobile browser (Safari) I am unable to see them at all otherwise.
    2 points
  22. That's great, but if you do ........ post them as a new thread within the equipment forum and label them as such, ok @TChildsUMP ?
    2 points
  23. I am going this year! I'm super stoked about it, even if there's no MiLB placement. I've been looking forward to it for 5 years now, so I don't mind going twice.
    2 points
  24. Pretty sure someone has brought this up. But Umpire Placement Course (umpirecourse.com) has a bunch of leagues they supply to all over the country. From Northwoods (midwest) to West Coast League (Northwest) to Pecos (down south) and many more. And from all accounts the owner, John White, is as stand up a dude as they come. That is a one week course that happens right after Wendelstadt. And I believe there are discount rates for guys that stay after Harry's and attend UPC.
    2 points
  25. The longer answer is still yes, but it's getting harder and harder to get hired without pro ball experience, specifically at the AA/AAA level. There aren't many power 5 openings a year, and, as JSam said, they're looking for the best umpires available. There are always gonna be a few guys getting released from/quitting pro ball, and they've just spent 4-10 years working over 100 games a year with the best players, umpires, and standards. They've been 100% focused on umpiring in that time, without a primary job interfering. So, you either have to be better than some of those guys leaving pro ba
    2 points
  26. In that act, being legal... he can feint, right? So if he can feint, he can throw – regardless of who it’s towards or where they are. Or, since he can legally feint, he can begin chasing the R2 down, if he wishes. This is all provided that there is a “legal move to 2B”, as you mentioned. So... Yes Yes Yes And, as @maven is apt to say, “This is legal in all codes”.
    2 points
  27. In fairness, Hudson does it in three and four man mechanics. Honestly, the real reason that most organizations want their new/young/inexperienced/"people that don't get it" umpires to use the hammer and not point is because that group generally does not have the best timing or an understanding that they can adjust the point so you can still keep your eyes forward. A great example of this is watching Cubby Culbreth call strikes. Especially with runners on.
    2 points
  28. Took a closer inspection at the Nikes on eBay from PIAS. Using the PIAS store pics as the eBay ones don't show much. The red is the best mask, the other two blue masks are dented on the main eye bar. The thing about these being used by a pro detracts value to me. If the pro is getting rid of them, he's probably getting new ones. They see much higher speeds than most of us do in a routine Varsity or JV ballgame. Almost every hit to the mask at that level has the potential to bend a frame. After looking at pics, I'd stay away from these - especially at the asking price.
    2 points
  29. Since I have been a member of this site I have read @maven' s posts with a certain level of regard that the information in them was reliable and poignant. Often the replies provide multiple methods to help address a concern or a rules interpretation. As his handle indicates, he is the guy. This post, however, brings all of that into doubt. This photo is not recent. I'm not sure that I can continue to hold him in the same esteem any longer.
    2 points
  30. You're new, and you don't know Roger, ...he's just having a little fun @JimKirk .... where did this info come from that's been posted about 'silver frames having better vision' (not verbatim)? Thanks Jim
    2 points
  31. .... I know Max is just kidding w/me because he's jealous of my ingenuity ..... but just so everyone else knows, I've asked Brad at All-Star numerous times for a visor for the "FM" line of masks, and they're just not interested Which reminds me ....I'm going to go send ANOTHER email to get @MadMax off my back! ON EDIT: Email sent!!
    2 points
  32. In fairness... it boggles the mind what people think it is ok for them to say and do IRL. Let alone on a ballfield.
    2 points
  33. Geez, turn the knife in the stab wound a bit more, willya? It's a Nike "Icon" Titanium. Real deal. Can tell from the clean welds and the blunt-sawn wire (bar) end on the arrowhead strut that we can see in the photo.
    2 points
  34. No, keep the commies out of this. "That's nothing" is preferable because it rules explicitly on the action in question. And, in general, we should avoid telling people what to do if possible: our job is to rule on the action, not to dictate it. If someone doesn't want to play on, that's his prerogative.
    2 points
  35. Jeff, I'd never disagree with you, but... the visor covers the entire upper part of the mask and does cover more area than my 4-stitch or combo hat bill therefore it should offer more shade than just my hat bill. But I do concede that your comments are "mostly accurate". Sorry to be so precise, but FaceBook has got me fact-checking everything now.
    2 points
  36. Our Zoom meetings go anywhere from an hour to two hours. We have used Zoom for trainings, especially when we rolled out our COVID mechanics and then started reviewing and revising those mechanics as they were put into play, gathering feedback from people. We had originally thought we would move PU back from the catcher but, safety became an immediate concern so we went with PU at either 1B line extended or 3B line extended depending on the hitter. All of this took a few games to work out and then we disseminated it down once we got it comfortable. I do not know what the charges were or if
    2 points
  37. I concur. I’m looking right at the “arrowheads” of the ear guard struts. Those are sawn solid wire, not hollow, cut and plugged. Now, this must be a relatively recent Nike Titanium, as those saw marks are pretty sloppy compared to earlier units. We know that Nike’s QC has dropped in the past few years. At least the welds are clean. But yes, aside from having it in my/our hands, all signs point to Nike for this one.
    2 points
  38. Yes. @MadMax, our resident gear expert, wears almost exclusively hollow steel. In the case of the Adidas hollow steel compared to the Nike titanium, the weight difference is nominal. Something like a half or quarter of an ounce. As for force to the jaw, and I'll beat the afore mentioned MadMax to the punch here, has much more to do with pads than it does the mask itself. What mask set up are you currently wearing, if I may ask?
    2 points
  39. The BALL location, and NOT the FIELDER location determines whether the ball is fair or foul. If the ball had not passed third base, then if the ball was over fair territory when touched, it's fair; if it's over foul territory, it;s foul. If the ball passed third, then the location when it passed third is key.
    2 points
  40. Yes. For both a batted and thrown ball, if the coach has time to vacate the space needed by the defense, he must do so. Failure to do so is INT ("teammate" INT). If he does not have time to move, it's nothing. Play the bounce. We should give the safe sign and verbalize, "That's nothing!"
    2 points
  41. This just tells everyone that you were going to call it a strike, but at the last second changed your mind and decided to call it a ball.
    2 points
  42. Seriously, are we not doing "phrasing" any more??
    2 points
  43. 2 points
  44. I agree w/ @Vegas_Ump ... Mike is correct .... You did the right thing, you do nothing unless YOUR PARTNER ASKS ....
    2 points
  45. What’s this “10x more from MadMax” nonsense, Spence??? Wolfe beat my word count without a finger-cramp! Sheesh. Anyway, @Rock Bottom (and everyone else reading... except Spencer, who’s heard this before), it is crucial to point out that in this comparison, we cannot factor in either mask’s specific use, or non-use, by MLBUs. These guys are only working every fourth game, and typically no more than 45 plates per year. I’m finishing October having done 37 plates in the month. In no small sense, the recent protocol implemented by MLBUs, wherein an impact to the head means that PU is r
    2 points
  46. Just got these back: Rampage powder coated in metallic silver and Adidas powder coated in polished aluminum from MaskIt. And since we are in the porn thread, I hooked them up with a partner.
    2 points
  47. Back on track...
    2 points
  48. Since this has already run astray of the original subject, I'll toss in my non-baseball experience. I spent over a decade officiating at a Saturday-night NASCAR track (think minor leagues). One day they ask if I can officiate a go-kart (mostly kids) event hosted at my track. Learn the only thing worse than drivers are driver's parents. When one starts to get in my face, I calmly point out that I'm not sure what they are used to in officiating, but that we don't do that here and if he doesn't sit down, I'll have that nice police officer over there escort both him and his kid off the pre
    2 points
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