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  1. 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
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  2. I found a recent photo (with link)
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  3. Where's my wife at, I need her to see this post! "See honey, this is normal!"
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  4. 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...
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  5. 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.
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  6. Hey Recontra. Just want to thank you for the tip above about the Mava knee sleeves. I bought 2 pairs and they are great. I only got to use them for a handful of games before the season ended but boy did they make a difference. I wear them on my nightly walks with the wife and they are a huge upgrade on the ones I used to wear. The company was also a pleasure to deal with.
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  7. 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
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  8. .... 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!!
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  9. Welcome! I can already tell your English is better than my Korean, so don't worry about it!
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  10. Red cars are faster too!!!
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  11. In fairness... it boggles the mind what people think it is ok for them to say and do IRL. Let alone on a ballfield.
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  12. 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.
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  13. 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.
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  15. Mr. Recontra, here’s how Carl Childress explains (2016 BRD, section 287, p. 187) how FED rules on this question in the following play— Play 144-287: R1, 1 out, full count. R1 is moving on the pitch. B1 strikes out and interferes with the catcher’s attempt to throw out R1, who slides in safely at second. Ruling: In FED, if the catcher without the interference had a chance to retire R1, R1 is out. But if in the judgment of the umpire the catcher had no chance for the out, R1 returns to first. In NCAA/OBR, R1 is automatically out. Childress explains in an earlier note in the same sect
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  16. I can attest that the Prizm lenses are amazing! They really do make colors pop. For those on a budget though, I honestly think the yellow lenses really help things to "pop" also. Now, the Prizm's are great, but I truly don't think they offer a $150+ better view than the $8 yellow shooting lenses from Wal-Mart in my honest opinion.
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  17. Ouch. That stings.
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  19. Hi all, I’m taking an engineering class in my high school, and one of my challenges is to come up with several products. One of my ideas is to come up with a new product for keeping a umpire shirt tucked in. That being said, I would love if you could take a few seconds of your time to fill out a survey for me. The class record survey is 130 people to fill a survey out, and I would like to beat it. https://forms.gle/NPyRtcxfto18LWuj6 thanks, Sam
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  20. Congrats! I knew that those would go fast. If I didn't like my F3's so much I'd have jumped on them!
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  21. Great transaction with @Ump0000 Great communication and fast shipping. I can't wait to get my Douglas Shin guards on Monday!
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  22. I HIGHLY recommend the Oakley Prizm Field lens. They are incredible. I wear them until it gets too dark and then switch to yellow safety lenses as @wolfe_man noted above. But the problem with those is the lens is poor and I get doubled lights, so I only use them when it's too dark for the Prizm Field, but the lights haven't taken effect. I've looked at the Prizm low light, but they don't come in my preferred Oakley Radar EV Pitch lens (only the Path).
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  23. That's not a "god" rule, which gives the umpire authority to determine the penalty. The penalty for these actions, if any, is fixed by rule. All calls require judgment, and batter INT is no different in that regard. I don't recall this being an OBR rule, but rather either a comment or umpire guidance (M/MiLBUM, Wendelstedt, etc.). In any case, it's an immediate dead ball. For FED, the batter INT rule is 7-3-5. What FED calls "backswing INT" is covered in 7-3-7, where it's an immediate dead ball. Because it's an immediate dead ball, the balk never happened.
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  24. Story time! Back when I was in Wisconsin, a rainstorm rolled through most of the county, and wiped out most of the baseball games on that day's schedule. It spared one corner of the county, and the community up there kept their game active on the schedule, but it was without umpires. So, seeing my game cancelled and that one open, I jumped on it and drove the 40 minutes up there, checking the scheduler repetitively to see if another umpire was going to join me on the game. I arrive, and start getting dressed for Plate, since I'm the only umpire on the game thus far. About five minutes in
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  25. Agreed. I hate changing mask pads, so it's a mask for day games, then another for night games, one for HS, for a certain uniform, etc.
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  26. Excellent! Shouldn’t affect heat. This was Justin Klemm’s tip he gave me years ago. He is the former PBUC and The Umpire School Exec Dir who is now in charge of replay at MLB. Never steered me wrong.
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  27. Yeah, but Jim, c’mon... without the MLB logo on ‘em (anymore), they’re basically worthless. According to ~Some Guy~ ~Some Where~ the only gear you should ever buy is the stuff the big boys use... ... hence why he insists that everyone in the association gets Wilson Golds.
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  28. It's not so much that these guys 'change' .... but moreso, they have different masks period (for different situations/associations/tournaments) etc ....
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  29. Because you might not match your partner, if one of you is swarthy and the other fair.
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  30. To quote Ray Brownlie, "maybe yours was made on a Friday."
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  31. Why isn't there an option to go shirtless? No shirt = No problem!
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  32. Says the man who – get ready for this one, folks – is the only umpire with a visor for a FM4000/5000!!! And, despite having the ear of someone highly placed at All-Star, will not persuade or convince them to make visors for the rest of us! How callous and uncaring!! My reasons for choosing one particular mask over any of my other masks descend thusly: Vanity – let's be real; how it looks during a particular game with what particular coat, shirt, or color thereof is a big factor as to which mask I use. With my plate coat, I'm going to favor a traditional bullring-&-wicket (th
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  33. Thanks! I had the idea that it would look good, but give credit to Tony for actually making it happen.
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  34. Just my way of saying thanks for your eagle-eyed observation that kept me from embarrassing myself when taking the field next spring with an upside-down TG! I'm not a fan of their TG design either but I got sucked in by the fact it matched the mask color. But then yesterday I go back in the thread to see @kylehutson's mask and the TG he paired it with and realized he made the right choice. That's a nice looking combo.
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  35. I will say this in every shoe post. Our shoes for officiating have become athletic shoes and need to be treated as such. They will last a season, maybe a season and a half and then it is time for new ones. That is just how it is.
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  37. 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.
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  38. 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.
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  39. 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
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  40. For me, aesthetics.
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  41. 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
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  42. I've had some really nice pairs of dress pants that had that in them. This is a nice option, but might add more heat for umpire pants. I doubt it'd be enough to notice though considering the leg furnaces aka leg guards you're already wearing.
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  43. Just long tights with Nike socks
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  44. Look, years ago my dad had a '67 Shelby GT 500. Now the modern day GT 500 outperforms that '67 in every aspect. But the '67 is worth well north of $150K. Why? Because they're rare and cool. Combine those two things when you think of a Riddell.
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  45. @wolfe_man is a pleasure to deal with. Quick shipping, tracking number, and the chest protector is in great shape. The next time he retires, but his stuff! :)
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  46. Not me! I actually tried to change this rule to the OBR rule. I didn't get very far. In fact, it didn't even come up for a formal vote, as I recall, as there was little appetite in the room to change it. So, it is more than one person.
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