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  1. “ Hi everyone I’m Mike Lindell for My Pillow®️Mask Pads. My patented fill will cradle every part of your face. Use code ARIK at checkout to get 10% off......
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  2. It is easily resolved. And the new interp is wrong. Why and how? Because if a ball touches 1B or 3B or a foul pole it's fair even though it may be 99.9% over foul territory (and if rolling not touching the line).
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  3. I don't need another CP but I just ordered this one.. Just cause I like what I'm hearing....
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  4. I've had the same issue with the Wilson Memory Foams in the heat.
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  5. The “meeting” was All-Star calling and telling them not to pre-sale a product yet to be finished. I know all details about the COBALT line, given we have been involved exclusively in the process from day 1 since LAST summer (including emails back and forth just today on updates). We have been asked by All-Star to wait until the final version will be produced around mid-August to share full details. This is what you do when you work WITH suppliers. See the golden rule. Now OW has branded a product over 1 year and lots of money and time invested (of which they have O of either invested) as a CP with buckles in the wrong place. They doubled-down with a second video after All-Star asked them to stop and then a post was made here. Major disservice to All-Star and just plain the wrong way you do things in the marketplace. Technically, the product that is being “pre-sold” does NOT exist. (Doubly bad if those of you who “bought” have already had your cards charged. That only you would know). Credit card companies require no charges be made until items are shipped. See the golden rule there as well.
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  6. This sounds right to me (for all that's worth): when the batter interferes with 2 outs, we don't want him coming to bat next inning. The only way for that to happen is if he makes the 3rd out; but then he's out before reaching 1B, and no run can score. Glad J/R changed that one. I'd bet Wendelstedt is too.
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  7. I checked my copy of the 2017 Jaksa/Roder manual for this bit of text quoted by Mr. noumpere and it is not quite the same. So that tells me that Mr. noumpere’s citation was not taken from the most recent edition. Before the 2017 edition the J/R had not issued an update since 2010 so that is the most recent that his citation could be. That places it before the 2015 reformatting and recodification of the OBR rules so the rules referenced (7.09e and 7.11) are now wrong. Mr. noumpere, since you did not provide the current rule numbers prepare yourself to be castigated by Mr. The Man in Blue. And don’t dare to explain or defend yourself because you will be accused of spewing. You gotta think of all those poor lurkers and umpire rookies who aren’t bright enough to know these references are now out of date. Mr. noumpere, did you happen to notice the following text just a few short paragraphs later in the J/R manual? Penalty: If an offensive teammate interferes (a) on a play, the runner being played against is declared out. Exception: If there are two outs and a pitch goes wild past the catcher, and a batter—who has not become a runner—interferes with a subsequent play at the plate, the batter (and not the runner being played against) is out for the interference. No run can score on this play.
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  8. Update: 7/27/20 Due to recent updates about this product and a supplier, I have chosen to remove my comments.
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  9. This brings up an interesting theoretical ... would moving out from behind the plate ever become an accepted norm (after all of this) to mitigate the risk of physical injury to umpires? (I suspect not.) Second, yep ... called that one. I don't know who actually thought people would "just be happy to be out there" and leave umpires alone. Until we can clear the cultural acceptance of "take it out on the umps/refs" this will just get worse. As we all know, often these outbursts are derivative of what else is happening in a person's life, not just what happened on the dirt. IF places were serious about continuing to play under these guidelines, they would be executing a NO TOLERANCE policy and escorting the fans out. Oh, wait ... those abusive parents = $$$$. Never mind.
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  10. It's all but impossible for a player with the ball to commit obstruction, and any hindrance happened while F1 had the ball (as I read this), so this is just "nothing."
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  11. Or that same ball could be rolling parallel to the line, and towards the base when the fielder touches it nearly simultaneously with its upper half touches the base. If you judge that the fielder touched it first, it's foul; if you judge it touched the base first, it's fair. The position of the ball relative to fair territory hasn't changed, however.
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  12. Its odd... my last concussion I remember having is with Team Wendy pads. That being said. Rather than blame the pads and frame. I thank them for doing their job. It rocked me pretty good. So much so it actually broke a weld on my Diamond aluminum. But that fracture and the pads doing their job changed a major concussion with another rig, to a minor one. One where I only had to avoid the plate for a week and was back on the bases 2 days later.
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  13. It's 100% about where the ball was when first touched. Nothing else matters. Definitions of fair and foul.
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  14. Not knowing what changes are going to be made is what I don't like. Of course the buckle placement make no sense whatsoever.
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  15. might be a HTBT, but sounds like nothing would be correct. If the pitcher had possession of the ball and was just attempting a tag, play on.
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  16. Thanks for the info. I needed to re-read this from when you first published it. I forgot to mention that the game time temp was 110 at a 7pm start. Memory Foam was ‘pillow’ soft when hit. I think I will switch them out to TW’s.
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  17. In memory foam, Team Wendy is the summer/hot weather go-to barrel type replacement pad for most frame types. Wilson is likewise for early season/colder weather games. I went deeper into the subject of memory foam pad considerations based on temperatures here: https://www.ump-attire.com/Buyers-Guide/Umpire-Mask-Pads-Buying-Guide
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  18. I use a force 3, because IMO it’s not just about the pads. The technology can help. And I think force 3 is the mask to do it. So many catchers in MLB are using it now. I have a backup I use for younger age groups, and those are Wendy’s.
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  19. *Sometimes* (use at your own risk) a comment like "AS YOU kNOW, the rule is that it's where the ball is first touched that matters." And, say it loud enough for the fan to hear. Forces the coach (and fan) to admit he doesn't know or that he saw something different.
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  20. Thanks for the warning, but I already figured that. Don't forget, I'm a retired cop (not a rookie...RETIRED...retired early, but retired nonetheless). We were taught early about "attitude tickets" and "attitude charges," etc. I suppose that would be along the same lines. My skin is quite a bit thicker than the average rookie umpire, I imagine.
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  21. Not going to debate the mask issue, just going to point out that wearing a mask is more about protecting others than protecting yourself.
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  22. And your batting average was what? I'm getting sick and tired of reading posts about how the pitcher needs the breaks and that objectors to that stance are clueless. We aren't. We have to teach hitting too. We coach both offense and defense. Both matter. There's no "close enough "safe or out". There's no "close enough" pitch either.
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  23. But I thought people were moving out of California, not to it.
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  24. I was asked by a colleague to take a couple of softball tournament games he can't work due to a last-second conflict. I was told we will be using standard 2-person mechanics (PU behind the catcher, BU at A, B, or C as appropriate). Although the entity running the tournament posted guidelines for coaches/players regarding the handling and cleaning of balls and equipment, there was nothing there for umpires. Here is what I intend to do: As a BU, I will use hand sanitizer between half innings if I have to touch a ball or anything else contacted by others. As a PU, I'll use hand sanitizer between every half-inning. I'll also use hand sanitizer between games and again after my final one before removing my gear for the night. Once home, I will take a shower before doing anything else.
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  25. Come on Gunny! You really going to revive a 5 month old topic?
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  26. I will also note that even if the throw to F8 is accurate, the play works about 1 in 1000 times - that's my anecdotal experience over 40 years talking...having been the pitcher, the center fielder, the runner or the base coach in at least that many cases, and it never worked. As a player, I wasn't even a teen yet when I figured out it was a bad idea. As a coach, I don't teach it, don't practice it, don't have a signal for it, and explicitly forbid it. In short...don't do it. For every out you make (if you ever do), you'll instead give up at least one run, many many times, on an errant throw. All downside...zero upside. I also hate it when coaches teach young players techniques/plays that will never be used once they get to high school or later - the younger years are for development...develop the skills they'll need as they advance in the game in later years...stop teaching the bush league crap just for the sake of winning a game played by ten year olds.
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  27. 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 pressure. I really like the plastic plates, especially the breast plate. It's already curved a bit so it fit me well across the front. I don't need another CP but I pre-orderd this one from Out West because I liked it and it's a killer price.
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  28. Update: 7/27/20 Due to recent updates about this product and a supplier, I have chosen to remove my comments.
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  29. I really, really like my CPU4000 for a few reasons. Removable, washable pads. Plus, ump-attire has replacement pads on sale right now for $10. If fits me like a glove. Those dips on either side just covers my last rib. The one piece that attaches to the breast plate, and goes over the top of the shoulder, is to me a superior design for protection. The Platinum and the new Diamond are the only other ones that offer this type collar bone protection. This is the one thing the new Cobalt doesn't include, that I wish it did. I love the one huge plate in the middle. Remember how the Davishield had a bunch of little plates, and that didn't work for disbursing energy? This is the opposite. This thing is #$%ing bullet proof. Plus the shoulder plates are attached to the big center plate, adding to the rigidity. So I believe the CPU4000 is the best protecting chest protector to date. It's down side is that it's a bit bulky compared to some others, especially if either size doesn't fit you well. For me, it fits like a glove. Some folks with bigger noggins will have a tough time fitting it through the neck opening, though. But once on, and with a great harness, mine just snugs up to the bottom of my neck like no other.
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  30. @Rock Bottom and @SeeingEyeDog I saw you haven't had responses to your questions yet. The HDX-XV is a great summer ball protector because of it's breathing-ability mainly. I've wore it in Varsity and Sr. Legion ball, but I feel much safer in my Gold. I think it is safe to wear at upper levels as well, but you have to do what Max did with his if you want to be safe. He spent some time molding it with a heat gun and making it fit his body perfectly. If you wear it out of the box, then you are going to feel some hits. I did and I absolutely hate the Schutt/Adams cheap Velcro, so I don't own one of these anymore. I do love that D3O foam though! If I had a D3O foam jacket for my Gold - man, that'd be about as close to perfect for me as it can get! In my opinion, any hard-shell All Star product is going to be a safer option than the Schutt/Adams HDX-XV. The plastic is thicker and won't break. I've heard of guys who had their HDX-XV carapace crack, but only after several hundred games. The holes that allow it to breathe also make it easier to crack over time.
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  31. Oh, and let's give @JimKirk some love too. Did anyone see this new beauty available at UA? Now, you don't have to buy a silver one and send it off for powder-coating anymore. https://www.ump-attire.com/Baseball-Umpire-Equipment/Gear-Footwear/Masks/FM4000-MBK_All-Star-Matte-Black-System-7-Steel-Umpire-Mask-with-UltraCool#
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