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  1. A few weeks ago, I was calling a youth travel game. I was on the plate. About two innings in I was very aware of a maternal voice behind the fence saying, "Yes, honey. That's the man with the blue shirt. He's the umpire. He's working right now. He can't talk to you." Skip forward to the end of the game and I hear a small child's voice say, "Hi, umpire!" It took me a moment to realize it was a 3 year old boy right up against the fence, about knee high to me. His wee fingers wrapped tightly around the mesh of the fence. I look down and say hello and ask him his name and he says, "Steven..." I as
    14 points
  2. Sunday, I was working a (local boys) 11U scrimmage for a coach friend of mine. Ball hit to infield, overthrow at 1B, runner runs through the bag and turns to the left (exactly what you are thinking) and returns to the bag. Coach yelling "tag him, tag him!", ....and I made the safe call. Coach (not demeaning, just trying to communicate) yell out, he turned to the left!! I replied, "you're right!" Coach asked for time to make a pitching change. While at the mound, he asked me about the call. I told him that he will not find it in any rule book that the runner MUST turn to the right.
    14 points
  3. Well the good news is that the SCHSL has not canceled high school sports in South Carolina, yet. So now, thanks to Coronavirus, we have four college umpires working a high school game tonight. The game is scheduled to be played at the Columbia, SC, minor league stadium. We all won't be paid (they only pay for 2 umpires during the regular season), but we said "screw it...we'll divide the money up into fourths. Let's just go have fun!"
    11 points
  4. Yes it is acceptable. Yes you can wear long sleeves or a plate coat. There are also open bottom jackets that are designed to tuck into your pants that work on the plate. The bottom line is, be comfortable when working games. If you need a jacket so you're not freezing and only have a pull over, by all means wear it. Honestly, nobody cares. If that's all you have, then wear it and others be darned. Not everyone can afford an expensive plate coat or all sorts of extra gear. Sometimes it takes a while to acquire a large variety of gear. There's not a coach, HS and below, in the history
    10 points
  5. 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.
    10 points
  6. I'm learning a LOT about my fellow umpires these last couple months. For one, the fact the "it's just a bad flu" is STILL being sold simply astounds me. The lack of trust in the "mainstream media" - you know, what we older people call "the media" - and basic science facts and data is discouraging, at best. And there's a certain air of "aaaahh, F*#K those 3% people! They'll be *fine*!" being broadcast here. Just to remind you - that 3% figure cuts across the umpire community, too, fellas. I'm one of those high-risk people, and I feel like if I get it, there's a really, REALLY soli
    10 points
  7. If you were to see what I write on FB, you would know that I'm a couple things: 1) highly opinionated, and 2) a political animal. (You can't really grow up in the DC area, and not be the second of those, I wouldn't think.) And I know that even clicking the "Quote" button to START a reply - with *me* typing - has the potential to turn this thread into to an utter SH*#show. So I don't want to get too nutty (edit: I wrote like another 6-7 paragraphs, so I may not have hit that target). But even the other day when I first read this paragraph, it ..... gave me pause. I really, really,
    9 points
  8. I got to add my all time example... HS player strikes out on a smoking fast ball right down the middle....takes his bat and slams it on the plate 3 times very loudly saying F@&K..F#$%..F*&^...( everyone in the complex heard him) I look over to Coach and told him he needed a replacement for # 18....he had been ejected for profanity.... The Player Dad says: whats going on? The Player says: I just got FING ejected! The Dad say: what the F&^% for? The Player says: for something I FING said! The Dad says : what did you FING say?...........
    8 points
  9. Maybe I'm too long in the tooth to have fun anymore? Is it wrong of me to just be in the camp of simply running the kid and moving on with the rest of the game?
    8 points
  10. "OK, coach, I'll address it." Then don't grant his batters time.
    8 points
  11. 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.
    7 points
  12. I am going follow up on the posts above that discuss mechanics...but I have a little different take. First, kudos for using a "tool in our box" (as set forth above) and giving, what appears to be in type, a confident explanation before calling the runner out. Second, kudos for giving the explanation first and then banging him out (which is the way it is taught...as opposed to "safes" where we call "SAFE" and then give the explanation. For example, "SAFE! YOU DROPPED THE BALL!") My only suggestion...and the one that popped in my head before I even read any of the replies...is th
    7 points
  13. I’ll have to say (not to go off rails of the powder coating topic) but I got the AS Cobalt SC and it’s pretty sexy paired with my powder coated Gunmetal 4000MAG
    7 points
  14. Don't officiate kids' games.
    7 points
  15. I have no problem with the ejection. But you might consider this response, which is defensive. In some of these cases, I'll move directly to "Knock it off. There's no arguing judgment calls. This is your warning." Typically, these jackwagons will step over the line immediately, and I'll facilitate their departure. An intermediate step, for a coach who's been OK so far, is to put him in his place a bit. "Coach, if you have a question, you may come out and ask in a normal tone of voice." That frames the allowable parameters for mature discussion among adults, and gives him a gracious w
    7 points
  16. I am working on a few things right now and hope to have some testing done in the next month or two Exterior ABS protection with pad for impact displacement Separate additional pad (washable) for comfort and impact Also working on a generic low profile pad replacement idea
    7 points
  17. 2 things ......... 1) all black shoes make you look like you have dress shoes on (moreso in the field) 2) as you get older and slower.... white on your base shoes makes you look faster!
    7 points
  18. When he said, "that's on you." Time to dump right then and there. No need to discuss it any further. He's implying either you're incompetent, or you've favored the other team. No need to tell him anything else, IMO.
    7 points
  19. The call made in the MLB playoff game was called exactly as I was taught, as a professional umpire, to call it. I would have called it exactly the same way if it had occurred in one of my minor league games, and I'm pretty sure close to 100% (if not 100%, outright) of MLB umpires would have called it exactly the same way. Once an infielder turns his chest towards the infield and waives off the outfielder...he has shown ordinary effort (as that term is understood on the professional level). This was really not a hard call on the professional level.
    7 points
  20. The options would seem to be: Play stands: B1 out at 3B ("by rule..."). Protect B1 and return to 2B (RefMag ruling). Protect B1 and leave him at 3B (the result if we treat F9's act as OBS). I'm guessing that noumpere disagrees that this is a "point not covered in the rules." I'd say that whoever wrote the ruling should agree with noumpere, because that ruling starts with the phrase, "By rule..." The author is thus committed to thinking that the point is covered in the rules, and contradicts himself in the next sentence. Only umpires can call time. F9 raising his hand
    7 points
  21. Best I can offer at this time. I have very few photos of me working and not totally sure were they are even at if I knew. But this is my son on my first Father's Day almost 4 years ago. His mom, unknown to me, cobbled together a pretty darn accurate umpire uniform for him to wear.
    7 points
  22. 7 points
  23. We already have Ball/Strike Specialists ... they sit in the bleachers.
    7 points
  24. My son makes double pay, but still could not "live" of it if he were flying solo. How? I give him my money as well. I tell him that my pay is being outside with my son while doing what we love. He knows the rules, is firm with his calls, and has gained an understanding of the games dynamics, as well as the respect of the coaches. I give him my pay, he is 17, a big kid, a good student, and I get to work with my boy. We only work on the weekends and have a great time. I am lucky in that we quiz each other all the time, and role-play situations. He is much more confident stu
    7 points
  25. I will add this war story (which I'm certain I have posted before): Normally, for the levels I work (shaving-aged players) I do not eject a player simply for swearing (as opposed to calling me a swear word). With that said: I was once working a high school game. A groundball was hit up the first base line, fielded by F1. F1 made a swipe tag attempt at the B/R and my partner (the base umpire) called safe/no tag. After the play, my partner came to me for help and I quickly told him that I didn't have anything different. Now...to set the scene...as we were talking, parents/fans of th
    6 points
  26. Have a photographic memory. Read the book. Easy!
    6 points
  27. It’s not your fault, @Scissors, but All-Star I-Bar LUC mask is not its name. That’s what some lazy bozo on Amazon called it, based solely on the obvious clues on it – made by All-Star, it has these things called I-Bars, and LUC? someone said there’s LUC on there somewhere. It’s actually the legendary FM25. It was originally designed for catchers, featuring rectangular ear guards, a pronounced chin guard that could serve as a throat guard, and a double-wire eyeport. Rawlings and Wilson had competing models. Despite Nike debuting the iconic single-wire Titanium at the turn of the century,
    6 points
  28. I'm taking a screwdriver to my FM4000MAG frame.
    6 points
  29. There's a strong possibility he was seeing more than one catcher.
    6 points
  30. IMO: Both will provide excellent protection. However, you're basically asking to compare the lightest mask out there with the heaviest. Disclaimer: I do not have the F3 V2. Personally, I'd go with the All Star mag. It's super light and super comfortable. The jaw pad is really comfortable in any weather. I really like the idea of the plastic plate in the bottom pad to help disperse the energy of an impact. The top pad is just a regular LUC pad. The sightlines out of the mask are just okay. The bars are more like blades, so they're really thin but longer than your typical mask. IMO,
    6 points
  31. Every time I see the Cobalt skully, I can't help but think of this....
    6 points
  32. I will suggest the following: 1. Rule 6.01(a)(10) Comment reads, in part, "(w)hen a catcher and batter-runner going to first base have contact..." (emphasis added). Thus, for me, the question is: "at the time the potential interfering act occurred, was the 'batter-runner going to first base' or was he lingering/paused?" For me, that is how the time issue should be resolved (with exceptions set forth below). 2. I would argue, that since this comment is an exception to the general rule that a runner (including the batter-runner) shall be called "out" if he "fails to avoid a field
    6 points
  33. I just heard from Windpact that due to a large response/outreach from umpires, they’re going to try to get their partners to offer replacement pads! Exact words: ”actively in discussions with our co-branded partners to convince them to stock these replacement pads and will keep you posted on the outcome.”
    6 points
  34. I tossed a TD, in a (discretionary manner) once when he came on the field and tried a similar ploy as in aaluck's situation. I quietly told him "everything outside this fence he is responsible for, . . . everything inside this fence I'm responsible for. Feel free to assume my position." He left without any further discussion. Game continued without the ejected personnel.
    6 points
  35. Where'd that miss, middle? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
    6 points
  36. Au contraire: better still is all the hot moms who are glad to see me.
    6 points
  37. The only "better" feeling in youth baseball..............is when the PLAYERS say that.
    6 points
  38. So our local LL is running a Covid shortened "local" season. Last night, I had the plate for the last (minor's 8-9-10) semi-final. Win.......or go home. VT Manager is a "competitive" dad, living vicariously through his 10 y/o son. Yes, you know the type I am referring to. Anyway, (now keep in mind I said 8-9-10 y/o) VT Manager coaching 3rd, giving signals to the batter EVERY PITCH. NO runners on, but we've got signals. When runners are on base, there are MORE signals. Now I'm thinking to myself, If I were coaching this age, I'd have 2 signals. POINT TO BATTER AND SAY - Hit the ball.
    6 points
  39. Let me suggest: ONE WARNING, PERIOD. Don't desensitize game participants that warnings are meaningless. After a warning, they have ejected themselves when they continue. "That's enough" is vague and means something different to everyone. But if you say, "This is your official warning. If you continue to argue you will leave me no choice but to eject you from the game," can that possibly be misinterpreted? Yes, ignore the fans (unless they become threatening or are hurling slurs). DO NOT ignore the players. Give them the same warning you gave the coach and if they decide to forfeit t
    6 points
  40. @Rock Bottom The $125 is purchase on the final version - see our recently released video. We met with All-Star, yes a couple adjustments but the one that customers will receive on the pre-order will be the latest version that they finalize. That pricing lasts until July 31, hope that helps. Happy to answer any other questions.
    6 points
  41. I got to use this CP in a game a few days ago. It fit me very well around the torso and shoulders. It is low profile and protective. I took off the gap plates and just shortened up the shoulder caps which was a nice fit with no openings for a ball to find me, based on my shoulder size. I left the bottom extension on but I'd remove it were it my CP. I took two shots, one to the lower part of the CP and one on the shoulder. First was a pitch that bounced up and the other was a foul ball off the bat to the shoulder. Neither were extreme shots but the CP reacted well and I felt nothing but the p
    6 points
  42. 17 pages in... what's the score anyways? Who's winning? Any minds been changed yet?
    6 points
  43. LL in our area is closed until at least 4/6, per the recommendation of LL HQ. HS - My son's district has cancelled all games, but they can practice. Many other districts are cancelling, or they are currently moving to a 'no fans in attendance' policy, although in the next week or so, I bet that changes. As for the hysteria... if our media could stop being a debate channel and get back to actual reporting of facts, and if our leaders could stop bickering and actually lead, much of the hype surrounding these events could be quelled. As it is, the lack of information, conflicting inform
    6 points
  44. Look, we can get this done - we're ALL gonna have a lot of free time on our hands soon, the way this is playing out. @beerguy55, I'll take south-central Texas, and just door-knock - always remaining 6' away from everyone I talk to, of course. Let's get a sign-up sheet going, fellas!
    6 points
  45. No spectators were allowed to attend the Varsity HS game I worked today. It was the best crowd I have ever had at a game.
    6 points
  46. I'd get the Robert Kraft autographed model. (sorry, I'll take my bench restriction now.........)
    6 points
  47. I need to move there so I can move up the ranks quicker!
    6 points


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