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  1. 11 points
    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!"
  2. 9 points
    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, REALLY disagree with, well, pretty much all of it. This is not "no different" than any of those. It's killing people. And at a rate that is frightening - around 30x what regular flu does. Just now, I took the numbers from the Washington Post, which got them from places like the WHO, the CDC, Johns Hopkins (just to stave off any "yeah, buts") - and the world-wide death rate is around 4.1% right now - that's INSANELY higher than regular flu, or some of the other flus. (For laughs, since our US testing situation is a joke, and it could arguably lower our current death rate by showing how widespread this virus REALLY is, I took out the US numbers, and it was still right about 4.1%.) This SH*# is serious, and should be treated as such. Look, I had the flu this year, too. Mine was about mid-January. I think the swab revealed it was Influenza-B. If you had it in November, I would argue that while you may have had a rough go, it wasn't COVID-19. Even now, AZ doesn't have but 21 cases out of the 7800+ in the US right now, and that's even since it started the exponential increase. You know why the person that resides in the White House finally started taking this a little more seriously? A British scientific group, using data on this specific virus and being experts in disease, its spread and the modeling thereof projected that if the current "la la lal i'm-not-listening-i'm-not-listening" tone of the WH was maintained, the death toll on this could reach 2.2 MILLION. That number starts to approach 1% of the total US population, to state the obvious. Even finally starting to get more ambitious, that effort might only knock the toll in half, to 1.1 million. Now, I hope they're wrong, and wrong to a major scale, but I'm not so sure they are, since it still seems people aren't reeeeeeally taking this fully seriously. As a high risk candidate - not REAL old yet, but I have diabetes, my thyroid has been impacted for years by an autoimmune thing (controlled by taking hormones), and I had the cancer and chemo thing a year and a half ago - I'm taking this seriously. A week ago, I didn't WANT to, just because I still wanted the season to keep going. But the more information that's out there - not the breathless manner in which it's portrayed, but the actual WORDS AND DATA that are said - means this still can go terribly pear-shaped. So please don't say the word crisis in quotes, or otherwise make this sound like it's designed to remove the current occupant of the WH, or cow the population, or lead us to that One World Order, or whatever. This is a problem. And got the potential to go from problem to A Real Problem. We'll get past it as a species - inexplicably, we always seem to - but this could be a rough go. This is all I'll write. But evidently, that had been pent up.
  3. 7 points
    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.
  4. 7 points
  5. 6 points
  6. 6 points
    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 information or just passing of bad/poor information is driving people to react, thus the fun at the local Target or Costco. Stay safe.... wash your hands and wait for the zombie apocalypse.
  7. 6 points
    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!
  8. 6 points
    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.
  9. 6 points
    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?
  10. 5 points
    Please do...my first thought when I saw the title was "What did they get wrong this time?"
  11. 5 points
    Absolutely! Had a reverse angle framed too!
  12. 5 points
    SWMBO was watching the news this morning..............and our conversation was short and sweet SWMBO: How can West Virginia have ZERO reported cases of COVID-19? Me: Moonshine
  13. 5 points
    These are now on order in black and in grey. Hope to have them in next week or the following. Thanks for the suggestion.
  14. 5 points
    I'd get the Robert Kraft autographed model. (sorry, I'll take my bench restriction now.........)
  15. 4 points
    Boomer? My parents are Boomers, Stu. I'm Gen-X. Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig difference.
  16. 4 points
    I need your permission to use this photo, please. I want to use it to demonstrate to "new" umpires that yes, even a toddler knows to wear their umpire hat bill forward.
  17. 4 points
    Tony C., what all the others have told you is correct because it is actually in the rule book (bold emphasis added)— 2019 OBR Definitions of Terms (Catch) Comment: A catch is legal if the ball is finally held by any fielder, even though juggled, or held by another fielder before it touches the ground. Runners may leave their bases the instant the first fielder touches the ball. A fielder may reach over a fence, railing, rope or other line of demarcation to make a catch. He may jump on top of a railing, or canvas that may be in foul ground. No interference should be allowed when a fielder reaches over a fence, railing, rope or into a stand to catch a ball. He does so at his own risk. This rule did not enter the rule book until 1920. Prior to that the rule was that runners after returning to their original base (retouching or tagging up) could try to advance as soon as the ball had been “settled into the hands of a fielder.” Umpires took that phrase to mean that a ball had to be firmly secured before a runner was free to tag up and try to advance.
  18. 4 points
    I have samples being made right now based on the old Mcdavid design
  19. 4 points
    Need to tell "EBAY" if that's the case ........ they'll care then! That's flat out misrepresentation!
  20. 4 points
    Perhaps this cartoon was the inspiration for the name of this website? Check out the book that Bullwinkle is reading about 12 seconds into the video. And, of course, that is Bullwinkle J. Moose performing as his alter ego Mr. Know-It-All.
  21. 4 points
    Got a text from a buddy last night. Says he starts his new job as a tail gunner on a Charmin truck today.
  22. 4 points
    There's no force play either way, catch or not. If BR is out on the catch, no force play. If out for passing, also no force play. Note that, if it's a catch, then R1 must still retouch, even if the BR is out for passing before the fielder catches the ball.
  23. 4 points
    There's no doubt it's real. Unfortunately, it's been blown WAAAAAYYYYYYYY out of proportion, to the point where we now have absolute pandemonium among the population. People are acting as though this is apocalypse and while it's for 'real' .... the panic is ABSURD. Again, ... REAL, ...but the reaction is absurd. Thanks media. Don't believe me, don't agree.... fine. Just let me know how you're next shopping trip to Target/Costco, or ANYWHERE for that matter goes.
  24. 3 points
    In addition to this, NJSIAA is carrying over this year’s dues and fees to next year.
  25. 3 points
    I think you need to call balls and strikes from behind the mound...
  26. 3 points
    Alright, you asked... Impact #1, Wednesday afternoon, High School Varsity game, RHB... inside fastball, batter lunged back, catcher didn't put anything on it... direct hit (and it was bigger pre-ice... The "after" photos are during the exam at Urgent Care, so about 2 hours post-facto: The next night, I was on Bases for a High School Varsity game, and iced it right before the game, and immediately after. Impact #2 came on that Friday, midday, for a NAIA College DoubleHeader... I'm on Plate for the first one. RHB, foul ball, and I'm damn lucky I rolled my hand off my knee as the pitch was inbound, because you can see where it impacted. It missed the catcher completely: You can see where my hand rests – right in that cove of the C-shaped bruise (which is actually drainage)... Because I'm doing pretty much a Plate game per day, I rest my hand on that spot... which forces the draining blood away, out and down, resulting in that sickening shape. So too in that game, as Impact #2.5, I took a foul ball direct to the mask that knocked the mask off, and left a "burn" on my chin. Didn't hurt, but that impact sure did startle me, and everybody else. The next day, Saturday, we're doing the third game of the series, but I'm on Bases, because my partner took pity on me (thanks Joey). Day after that, Sunday, I've got 5 games of USSSA 13-year old baseball to do. I am requested to do 3 plates, and on the 1st game (3rd game of the 5 overall), I get a Impact #3... Of course, it's a kid zipping to a 0-2 count and then wanting to throw a curveball, which he spikes at 57 feet and the catcher gets nothing on it: I finish the day without further incident, and take the photos that evening. The next day, Monday, I am doing the plate on the 3rd High School game of the day for me (Arizona started their Open Invite Tournament series), 2nd Plate game, and I get a skipper on the inside that spikes at 59', rattles off the catcher, and caroms off my left thigh – again – much to my consternation. Impact #4. Then, that night, the rains descended upon us, and we lost baseball for the week. This was then compounded by the arrival of the Apocalvirus. So, I guess it means I won't get beat up for awhile.
  27. 3 points
    similar to my avatar, ..this is with the other catcher, MHSAA Division II Semi Final, 2018 ...a 9 inning barnburner!
  28. 3 points
    Not much going on so I spent some time in my wood shop putting together storage for my gear. I drive a Jeep Wrangler (back seat removed) and built this to stow my gear. Roughly 24" high, 25" deep, 33" wide. Two shelves so three layers of storage. I've never uploaded pictures before but hopefully you're seeing: 1) raw materials; 2) finished product (lots of holes for ventilation); 3) finished product with gear to be stowed; 4) what it looks like when all is said and done (with room for a bit more).
  29. 3 points
    Since Show & Tell is all we're left with... These first two were from the 2019 season of the NorthWoods League. Overcast, humid Sunday day game, and yes, Green Bay is wearing their Northwoods Gingham jerseys. You're not seeing things. Next up, this was the crew for the Western Conference playoff series of the NorthWoods League, being held in Waterloo, IA. @tpatience was on the Eastern Conference side. I don't have "Trevor-height", but in this crew, I'm noticeably the tallest. This lack of Spring Training baseball is killing me. So, I drummed up a photo from 3 years ago, wherein the Brewers AA club was hosting Team Korea in Maryvale Stadium. Yes, I'm wearing Pitch Black Camo, which is a shirt pattern the Brewers dig on us, and the Koreans seemed to get a kick out of.
  30. 3 points
    I'm a volunteer FF/EMT out on Long Island NY. It is a S%%%storm as far as stay home orders/closings/panic buying/etc.. They told us 2 days ago that if the numbers/calculations are correct, our area will go to the S&%&^$-er in 2-14 days. At that time they will pull us in by shift, segregate us by teams of two for crews, and assign us times of coverage until they run out of us due to the illness. But, of course, this is IF the numbers/calcs are correct. That is a big if, because the whole testing/test kits/ federal and state response was screwed up earlier this month and in Feb, and they just don't have solid data. So today starts that SH""*&*&^%storm window. As of right now, call volumes are "normal", no spikes as of this moment. I will be truly scared when calls start going back to back, we pull up at a house and have 5 patients instead of just one, and if we go the hospital and they have us deliver to tents instead of the ER rooms. I am currently in my paid job place, since it is designated an "essential" industry location for NYS. They have not pulled usin for shifting yet. Later, I head to the firehouse for my normal time slot, and we will be testing the crews in donning and doffing the "special" PPEs. I will update here every few days, or if/when the S$$T hits the fan here on LI. Stay safe, brothers and sisters, and follow all the guidelines as best you can. MAYBE this huge wave of contagia will roll over without overburdening the hospitals and other vital resources. maybe not. I think I will get an idea over the next 12 days...
  31. 3 points
    I'm not expressing any political view on here at all. I was simply saying that the message from the White House was "this isn't an issue - no need to worry" for much longer than they needed. Even today, they fail to follow simple guidelines from the CDC - social distancing, no groups - at their own press conferences, even when talking about those guidelines. I saw no direction from them, only the states taking actions on their own - typically at the direction of the CDC or their own state's departments of health. The White House's stance should have been before states started acting, not the same day. In times of crisis, people look to leadership in how to react and what to do.
  32. 3 points
    Watching people deny all of this reminds me of trying to argue with people who don't know the rules/mechanics like we do, that they're wrong. But hey, they've played baseball or watched it all their lives, so they're experts. I tune out most media stuff and just try to look at the sources, like that British study (no, I didn't understand most of it), The WHO, CDC, etc. Everyone saying it's overblown, I assume they have at least made it halfway through medical school?
  33. 3 points
    Illinois, Ohio, and the City of Los Angeles have closed the dining rooms of ALL bars and restaurants to the public through the end of the month. Carry-out, drive-through, and delivery are still available. Some people are saying "Well, they can still spread it through the restaurant workers so it must not really be that bad." Yes, people, yes the restaurant workers can still spread it. Mandatory closures (schools, casinos, restaurants and bars) are about limiting exposures. They are about not getting dozens or hundreds of people together in one place. They are about not having thousands of people traipsing through the restaurant on a daily basis. So as you are lamenting the loss of games and practices, quit trying to get around it. Quit trying to find one more tournament to get into this weekend before it gets worse. Quit trying to find out if your travel players can play travel ball since school ball is suspended. JUST STOP IT! (I'm not yelling, that is my new PSA slogan.)
  34. 3 points
    I had actually started doing some JV and freshmen games. Why? Because they are actually pretty fun. And the coaches are very surprised to see me working that level. Get to help catchers develop a different mindset about pulling a ball back into the zone out of the batter's box. "Kid. That balls a foot in the batter's box. You just told the whole park it was a ball. No varsity umpire is going to give you that." I'll miss the interaction with youthful people. Keeps me young mentally. Not physically though.
  35. 3 points
    TW pads fit just fine on a +POS Zero G frame. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  36. 3 points
    Tell people this is baseball not football - in baseball it matters where the ball is, in football it matters where the feet are.
  37. 2 points
    You know, I'm reading and re-reading the title of this thread – "After Effects of COVID-19 on Officiating" – and it suddenly struck me... if, at the end of this, they require us (as officials) to take any additional training or certification on something so obscure and irrelevant to the game, such as... oh, I don't know... "Recognition and Addressing of Infectious Diseases" (RAID) or "Special Training of Umpires for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases" (STUPID), I'll know we, as a sports culture, have jumped the shark. It's not us who are spreading diseases during games! Hey coaches (and players, as you'll see in other sports *cough cough soccer! cough cough*)... stop comin' out to talk to us, stop gettin' in our face, stop touchin' us, stop huffin' and puffin', stop breathin' on us, stop spittin' on us (soccer!), and doubly sure now... don't be touchin' us! Congruently, if I've now gotta add more to my Plate Meeting with "Are all players legally and properly equipped? Are all players and coaches cleared on potential transmission of an infectious disease?" (watch, @Richvee, @Kevin_K and the rest of you Jersey Boys, New Jersey will add it, just cuz their mandatory Plate Meeting is already excruciatingly long), I'mma gonna lose it. I think, of all the sports, the two that harbor the most potential for us (as officials) to get exposed to aerosol disease transmission are wrestling... and soccer (again, because players love to get in referee's faces and potentially spit on them; if you think I'm exaggerating, you haven't watched a Latin American or South European (think Italy) match). I'd include boxing / MMA if any of us here (umpire-empire) actually did officiate those two. Notice, though, curiously... boxing and MMA referees do wear sanitary gloves during a match, primarily because of the risk of blood & fluid -borne pathogens. Now, I don't think we need those for baseball; yeah, there were all these knee-jerk outcries of "well, that pitcher is going to be licking his fingers and then touching the ball!", but really... as scientists and virologists have pointed out, the virus itself is rather fragile. UV light (baseball is played outside), high temperatures (above around 50-55º), dry conditions all destroy it. It can live, undisturbed, on most fabrics between 3-4 hours. Copper (because it is a natural antiseptic metal) and wood (because it dehydrates the viral molecule, causing it to disintegrate) are the best of the rigid materials. Cardboard does poorly at retention, harboring the intact molecules for around 24 hours. Metals (other than copper) fare worse, at upwards of 40 hours. Worse still – and incredibly incriminating of how overly dependent we as a culture are on artificiality – plastics can harbor the intact viral molecule for 72 hours. So, as a point of levity... wood bats do have an advantage over metal bats! Ha! "The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster." – This is why I have been so optimistic for those of us living in the southwest USA, and for baseball. Sure, we have a lot of air conditioning in Arizona; the state would be nearly untenable if we didn't. But, for those of us who are outside, in the sunshine, in the heat, in the dryness of a/the desert, we're at an exceptional, realistic low chance of being exposed and/or receiving the virus. Sitting in an office job, tapping away on a keyboard in a cubicle / workstation farm, or routinely hovering over a smartphone or tablet is actually at a much higher risk. Am I slamming anybody who has a job like that? No. Am I wishing ill upon them? No. But certainly, the sports official job that you folks look down your noses at, deride, and scoff at is actually more beneficial to one's health and fitness, and puts us in a better... shall we say... position? To bring this back to sports officiating, despite the indeterminate interruption of the sports we officiate, I don't think COVID-19 is going to affect sports officiating itself. What will be more damaging, and indeed is already compounding the problem, is if we continue to set up more restrictions, more compulsory "certifications", and more discriminations ("too old", "too short", "too much style", "too quick") – and increase the costs associated with them – we will undoubtedly see more and more potential officials, at all levels, opt out.
  38. 2 points
    As I posted 10 days ago, the rule allowing runners to advance on caught fly balls as soon as the fielder touched the ball entered the rule book in 1920. Here’s what the actual rule was in 1864-- "Sec. 18. No ace or base can be made when a fair ball has been caught without having touched the ground; such a ball shall be considered alive and in play. In such cases players running bases shall return to them, and may be put out in so returning, in the same manner as the striker when running to first base; but players, when balls are so caught, may run their bases immediately after the ball has been settled in the hands of the player catching it." And here’s the change made to the rule in 1920-- 1920 Official Base Ball Rules adopted by the National and American Leagues and the National Association of Professional Base Ball Leagues (amendments for 1920 indicated by italics) Rule 56 Section 10 If, when a fair or foul hit ball (other than a foul tip as defined in Rule 46) be legally caught by a fielder, such ball be legally held by a fielder on the base occupied by the base-runner when such ball was batted, or the base-runner be touched with the ball in the hands of a fielder, before he retouch such base after such fair or foul hit ball was so caught; provided, that the base-runner shall not be out in such case, if, after the ball was legally caught as above, it be delivered to the bat by the pitcher before the fielder hold it on said base, or touch the base-runner out with it; but if the base-runner, in attempting to reach a base, detach it from its fastening before being touched or forced out, he shall be declared safe. A base-runner who holds his base on a fly ball shall have the right to advance the moment such fly ball touches the hands of a fielder.
  39. 2 points
    ...............thinking of @MadMax and his vultures.......
  40. 2 points
    I purchased a pair of Force 3 Thigh Protection tights and pads a few years ago. They have worked great, are easy to clean, and definitely would have protected against the shots taken and described in the photos above. Here is a link to the gear that I purchased. The additional nice benefit is these tights have a pocket for your cup, so you can kill two birds with one stone by protecting your jewels and thighs. https://www.force3progear.com/thigh-protection-tights.html
  41. 2 points
    Many of you may be seeing this on Facebook and around the other social media sites... Just post an umpire related pic, hopefully of you, in happier and more on the field times... something to keep us all entertained. No comment needed about the pic.
  42. 2 points
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  44. 2 points
    I'm standing on our corner in full field uniform, calling balks on the cars that blow through the 4-way stop at an average of 12mph.
  45. 2 points
    No ****. I spent $500 on some upgrades, new warm weather stuff and sunglasses and after some cage work, I'm ready to go
  46. 2 points
    My grandfather started umpiring in 1926. I am the last in the line and intend on umpiring through at least 2026, when I will be 69...and beyond
  47. 2 points
  48. 2 points
    Oh--and wash your hands, practice social distancing where you can, and stay safe. #flattenthecurve
  49. 2 points
    It is a strike--it cannot be a called strike, but a strike is also a pitch that is struck at by the batter and missed.
  50. 2 points
    Oh how I want a punk kid to draw a line ..... oh so much!
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