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  1. 6 points
    If I decide to do any games, the first time a parent or a coach wants me to play the covid police, I'm done.
  2. 4 points
    Absolutely. At a youth level, the strike zone is what the pitching (and score) dictates. And every coach not living through his kid will appreciate that.
  3. 4 points
    I love how you guys overthink things. What’s going on is in the email. We don’t skirt the truth, play games or gaslight customers. Our marketing is generally pretty straightforward and boring these days. All-Star is still in the umpire game. We still have a relationship. Just a new line coming out, one we provided input on last summer when the Jurgas came to visit...except there was already a mask update. And, yes, the FM4000-MAG is a recent update (when you look at typical umpire protective gear life cycles and especially since you can’t count this year...lost year:) I can only speculate that All-Star has not updated their site. Most everyone is short staffed right now and in catch up mode. I believe most of All Star’s inventory is now in our possession or will be soon. So, no need to go there anyway. You guys can stop thinking now. Sorry, there is no intrigue or mystery. Rest your heads. That is unless you want to speculate on the new items. That, I am not at liberty to share details. Carry on.
  4. 4 points
    I don't need to work games. I want to work games. If I feel that the changes to mechanics or protocol are threatening the integrity of the game... I'm not going to work those games. We, as umpires and officials, need to realize that we are independent contractors. If we don't want to work, we don't have to work games under those conditions.
  5. 4 points
    Baby, you haven't LIVED until you see me work those shoes.
  6. 3 points
    My reaction to this photo!
  7. 3 points
    So with 4th of July coming up I finally get to put all of this in action. It was gonna make a showing on Memorial Day but we all know what happened there. I’m scheduled with a local league to work a tournament where things are more laid back. I have the two-tone mask and shirts to match.
  8. 3 points
    Sorry folks, If you have to work harder to GET your equipment from a vendor, than they do at processing and shipping................. that's not my kind of vendor. Now if dealing with @JimKirk's team was as difficult as dealing with the aforementioned vendor, he & his group probably wouldn't be as successful as they are. **I am not a paid spokesman. These opinions are mine and not pre-recorded.
  9. 3 points
    - Little League Rule Book states: "The strike zone is that space over home plate which is between the batter's armpits and the top of the knees when the batter assumes a natural stance. The umpire shall determine the strike zone according to the batter's usual stance when that batter swings at a pitch."' Thats why its how it is defined in the book and when I originally was talking to other umpires in my area they said knees to armpits and I went ok bottom of the knee is still knee. So now when it just ticks the zone there and I call it it is really actually low. I re-read the book and saw it specifically says top of the knee and knew then I was mistaken so I adjusted and no one has complained or said I was calling them too low since. I should note this is for the 10-12 yr olds for me for the 8-10 yr olds yeah I open it up shoulders to bottom of knees and nearly batters box line to batters box line. Otherwise there would be barely any strikes at all.. LOL
  10. 3 points
    @Rock Bottom I think that they might consider a couple of years to be “recent,” in the umpire equipment world.
  11. 3 points
    OK STOP! We're talking about a baseball game, nothing more, nothing less. NO ONE, and I MEAN NO ONE is going to feel "challenged" or "disrespected" if an umpire looks a coach in the eye, smiles and greets him at the plate meeting introductions. I don't care what his nationality may be.
  12. 3 points
    A collision between runner and fielder on a batted ball is always something, never nothing. This is OBS. The defense must not hinder a runner unless the contact is with the protected fielder (the one fielding the batted ball). Because F6 was protected, but F3 hindered the runner, it's OBS. The rule set could have made a difference if the defense had retired the BR. As it was, same outcome: R1, R2, same number of outs. OBR: This is "type 1" OBS, because the play was on R1, the obstructed runner. The ball is dead immediately, so there's no play at 2B. Both R1 and the BR are awarded their advance base (R1 because of the OBS, and the BR because the ball became dead before he reached base). FED: The ball remains live until the end of playing action. R1 is awarded 2B on the OBS. The defense failed to retire the BR; if they had done so, that out would have stood, because the hindrance of R1 did not affect the BR.
  13. 3 points
    I would have said, "I know, I can't believe he didn't slide either!"
  14. 3 points
    That's because they were too busy avoiding the dinosaurs back then ... I would have hoped people would have been excited enough to just be back ... oh wait. This is 2020 ... never mind. Being an a-hole is not just expected, it is a right. I expect people are going to have a lot of pent up frustration and things will actually be worse. I'm a cynic.
  15. 3 points
    I would go with OBR. But I would push the question to get an answer from those in charge. "Standard" isn't an acceptable answer when there are 3 major rule sets.
  16. 3 points
    Does the purchase of this model of chest protector come with its own squire?
  17. 3 points
    +1 on @Razzer's harness. I also spent some time with a hair dryer heating up the shoulder plastic and bending/curving it down so it hugs my shoulders and fits much better.
  18. 2 points
    So, who has called pitches from behind the mound this year? Are you using your normal tone, and point/hammer on strike calls? Are you giving your full strike three looking punch out? Asking for a friend
  19. 2 points
    If it helps, I have been running Fire/EMS/Rescue calls through the whole pandemic. It got a bit hairy here on Long Island for about 8 weeks there, where it was surging to the point that entering the ER we had to steer our patients around COVID people sitting in chairs in the corridors and entrances to the ER, right to ER nurses and docs that were dressed like there were HAZMAT techs at a nuclear accident. Luckily it never got overwhelming, and the chiefs/heads that be came up with some great policies that help lower the risk of us first responders catching the cooties, without breaking the bank or going crazy on hazmat suits: 1) masks PROPERLY donned as trained - NOT like that picture of being donned over your ump mask: a. surgical/cloth on fire calls, on the back of fire apparatus, and at rescue scenes where you are outside and not the direct patient care person b, N95 (usually with a surgical or cloth over the N95), again properly donned, on all EMS calls, in EMS rigs/ambulances, at the ER, and at rescue scenes that are indoors or you are direct patient care/exposure c. eye, hand/body PPE where protocols require, optional otherwise 2) MINIMAL EXPOSURE TIME and Personnel: a. for EMS, restricted to 2 persons exposed: EMT and driver. All other personnel stay outside and not permitted to go in ambulance with patient or to an ER b. for Rescue/Fire, MINIMUM personnel needed inside or near patients/victims, determined by officer and size-up c. get patients to come outside to you when possible, and transport only to closest hospital that has the certifications to handle your patient/problem d. run with windows open and rear ventilation on and full blast 3) WASH Hands and sanitizer/bleach with water after each call 4) ALL social areas and ready room CLOSED to personnel during pandemic - minimize contact with your partners/personnel - at one point the firehouse was "closed" - alarms only, respond from home only AND, it worked - we had NO COVID positives in the personnel as of this email, and I last got tested (active and antibodies) two weeks ago, all clean. So I would say, if us umpires work the same way, we can minimize the risk: 1) Wear a surgical or cloth mask PROPERLY from pre game in the parking lot to post game. 2) DO NOT socialize, or hang out and get dressed in a clubhouse or scorekeepers box - parking lot only 3) wash hands/sanitizer after EVERY Game 4) Avoid handling equipment, and why not, even baseballs (wouldn't hurt) 5) skip the pregame, or make it 5 seconds (Hi I'm Bob, you guys work out the lineups yourselves, everyone good to go? let's go) 6) stay away from dugouts (shouldn't you anyways?) 7) hand sanitizer during the game if contact is made with equipment or persons 8) in between games, don't congregate/go into a clubhouse etc. Stay outside and 6 feet apart I, for one, will feel quite safe doing these 8 things...
  20. 2 points
    When the tournaments don't make anyone but the umpire wear a mask it doesn't make sense.. Like I said a mask outside the umpire mask satisfies the requirement..
  21. 2 points
    Ok, no more political talk. We should discuss George Floyd instead.
  22. 2 points
    Smokin deal on a great bag. Don't even think - just buy this bag.
  23. 2 points
  24. 2 points
    This topic is way off topic, and quite frankly not garnering much attention. If you'd like to discuss the UE UNcap .... start a new conversation on the equipment forum. There is some good info here. I do believe however, there is already a thread about this product. CAVEAT: 1) ANYONE can do this, it's easy 2) I'm not doing this because I'm mad my topic isn't getting traction, ...I'm doing it so important info isn't lost and it's easy for others to find
  25. 2 points
    @Thunderheads correct. I started with one navy shirt and one red shirt. I seam-ripped the sleeves off of both shirts and then seam-ripped the trim off of the sleeves. I then swapped the sleeves to the opposite color shirt, shortened the sleeves by about 3 inches (to accommodate my T-Rex arms/my desire to not wear 3/4 sleeves. Hahaha) and then put the trim back on the original shirt to match the collars. Pretty simple. Seam ripping was the most time consuming part.
  26. 2 points
    It's an instructional league. If you're furious, you might consider the purposes of the "games." I always told my kids that youth ball has 2 goals: to learn something and have fun. And much of what we learn concerns sportsmanship: both in ourselves and in others.
  27. 2 points
    Folks, it's either safe to play baseball or it isn't! Beerguy, I'm not going to call you a crackpot. But your post reinforces my point! if you have to wipe down baseballs and bats, disinfect the dugout, sift the dirt around home plate, and force the umpires to wear a facemask just because you are afraid of COVID-19, then it ain't safe to play, and you need to stay home. We are hammering ants with a sledge hammer here! What we really need is the governor to tell us WHY we have to jump through these hoops! Heretofore, they just said "Do it, or else!" Sorry, I do not buy that. Objectively, if there is a good reason not to play baseball, fine! I will accept that! But don't keep us in the dark! This has been my pet peeve since day 1! Jumping through hoops does not speak well for the game. Note that all Pro, NCAA, and most amateur sports programs are still on hiatus. Maybe somebody knows something! (Why don't we?) Communicate! Inform! Just don't pronounce! What you are talking about here ain't baseball. JMO Mike Las Vegas
  28. 2 points
    Still waitin’ on you, or anybody else, to prove that the virus is on a baseball. Existence ≠ presence ≠ exposure ≠ contraction ≠ infection ≠ hospitalization ≠ death @JaxRolo has satisfied the definition of a mask, has he not? Who are you to say otherwise?
  29. 2 points
    a face covering mask (N95, etc) does not do it's job if not worn properly. Therefore, wearing it on the outside of the mask is useless.
  30. 2 points
    @JimKirk .... you quoted the wrong person . I read the email blast properly, (I thought I didn't when Matt questioned it, THEN HE realized he read it wrong) ....and that's why the post is titled "INTERESTING" because it says there's NEW GEAR coming! After response number 2, ...there's no overthinking here, and ZERO speculation, we're just excited to hear that there's new gear coming!
  31. 2 points
    Definitely interested in the new CP. Maybe a slightly lower profile version of the S7 with the grayhawk mod already there?
  32. 2 points
    I find the Rawlings pads to be smaller than Nike pads and not as comfortable, but to each their own. Good luck with your search Chris
  33. 2 points
    I would agree with both guys above. I would add that if they were both impressed with your consistency then seeing the ball doesn't seem to be the problem--if one does in fact exist. Rather your definition of what constitutes a ball or strike--and keep in mind everyone's zone is a bit different. As Kevin has stated... As the batter steps in and settles, determine the high point of your zone as it relates to the catcher, not the batter. For one batter that may be below his mask, for another it could be a little higher or lower. I am a big believer in reference points on the catcher. Know where the catcher is set up in relation to the plate--it can hit his mitt dead center of his body but he may be setup two feet outside. For me, the hardest pitch, by far--not even close, is the outside pitch on a left handed batter. Maybe because I'm right eye dominate. I've tried everything over the years to improve my accuracy with that pitch and the best solution I have come up with is that I pay very close attention to where the catcher is set up/where he receives in relation to his body, to determine if it's too far outside. Good luck and have fun.
  34. 2 points
    Why are either of you talking baseball when this was a softball question!
  35. 2 points
    Given that if she were still alive today, she would be 87. BUT I'M NOT JUDGING YOU @The Man in Blue
  36. 2 points
    For the *real* answer, since nobody has bothered... Ray Brownlie. @Razzer on this board. Creator of UmpLife products - all high-quality things you never knew you needed until you try to go without.
  37. 2 points
    I'm back for first time tonight 6/15 since early March. Have a DH at our local AA stadium with college kids from all of the local colleges. They will be checking everyones temperature, including all players, umps and fans. I'll be in the field both games so I have no concerns about distancing. My biggest concern (other than a sky-high pop fly to the warning track, called by the shortstop) is getting my pants on. I've put on about 10 lbs sitting around.
  38. 2 points
    Each and every mask I own and use – save one, the FM4000 ( @Thunderheads !!!) – has a sun visor. Every bit of shade helps as we’re combatting cloudless skies and midday baseball here in Arizona!
  39. 2 points
    I do understand what you are saying, but when you think an umpire is having a bad day, perhaps it's you who are having a bad day. I've had coaches tell me that I missed a call, or the dreaded "that's two" and be 100% dead solid certain that I got them right. So he probably walked off the field thinking I had a bad day when, in fact, he was the one having the bad day (judging my calls, that is).
  40. 2 points
    Buy his magnetic line-up card holder instead!
  41. 2 points
    No, but it makes you a citizen.
  42. 2 points
    I really like Ray's harness, but I have to say I never replaced my HDX-XV harness as it fit me too well. I don't think it's worth a $36+ upgrade on a $60 CP in my honest opinion.
  43. 2 points
    An aftermarket harness make a huge difference. The best one out there is made by @Razzer at umplife. You can buy it from ump-attire.com or by it direct from him and he will personalize it with a name and image if you want. His facebook page is called umplife and to order any of his products direct you just email him at rbumpire37@gmail
  44. 2 points
    LOL ... The obvious answer is other umpires. I've lost plenty of these smaller of pieces of equipment (indicators, coins, pens, lineup card holders) out of my bag because people are too cheap to buy their own or "thought it was there's”. And it is always the little cheaper stuff, as if they think that makes it OK. Yeah, some real pieces of work. I try to use stuff that nobody else does just to avoid that (e.g., no black plastic indicators for me). The other answer is coaches though. I had two of them that weekend borrow it to make a lineup adjustment (use it for a backboard) and try to walk away with it. One was kidding, one was not. I've had a few do that since also. I have no idea what they would use it for. Keeping their lineup in their pocket? To be fair to Granny, I did have a picture of Ellie Mae clipped inside of it.
  45. 2 points
    Off topic. Please don't be an "appeaser"
  46. 2 points
    Glad to see fantasy baseball is in full swing. I guess we need more games out there.
  47. 2 points
    I'm pretty sure I read somewhere about making a travesty of the game................
  48. 2 points
    2019 LL RIM rule 7.13 Examples NOTE 1: When an umpire detects a base runner leaving the base too soon, that umpire shall drop a signal flag or handkerchief immediately to indicate the violation. INSTRUCTOR’S COMMENTS: The note indicates “drop a signal flag” to indicate the violation. This shall be done immediately. Do not trust this to memory. It’s tough to sell that a runner left early, if there was no visible verification.
  49. 2 points
    The best place to see balls and strikes is from the dugout. Duh.
  50. 2 points
    Try it with your boss or significant other ... how'd that go?


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