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  1. When you used to give SWMBO directions somewhere, based on HS/LL field locations......... ..........and now she does the same.........
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  2. I caught for 16 years, and I’ve been an umpire for 14 years, doing some 150-160 plates per year… I think I can tell when a pitch is going to be a 58-59-footer and gonna skip in an’ keeeeelll me. Granted, a lot of this is contextual – a 19 year old collegiate F2, or a 23 year old Minor League AA F2 is gonna be a helluva lot more reliable at blocking that spike job than a 15 year old, snot-nosed, PS5-playin’ catcher kid-wearing-some-gear. So yes, on a 16U game, I have been known to… er… slide or shuffle… or sidestep once I know this is going to be a ball. As maven has reminded us here at U-E many times – a pitch that bounces short of the plate cannot be a called strike. So why am I locked in, tracking it alllllll the way to the mitt???!! Self-preservation, man. It means something.
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  3. When I've ordered from there in the past I've always sent an email about what I wanted, and when I needed it by. If they couldn't tell me they could do it, I would pass on it.
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  4. I am a 4 stitch guy by preference, but really it depends on mask/pad combo for safety reasons. You don’t want your hat bill to be too close your mask or you run the risk of your pads decompressing on impact into the bill of your hat and transferring that energy right into your forehead. Someone more technical might be able to give you a better measurement.
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  5. Hey Guys! Gotten a bunch messages asking if these are still available. Short answer is, YES. With the contact I've made... there is now a new supply for umpires. So as long as they keep making them. The brotherhood has a supply! Thanks! (818)298-1376
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  6. I, too, wanna hear what mask you got that has a “too small” strap / harness to it (my guess is either Wilson or Champro). The primary problem with these two brands of standard stock harnesses is how un-elastic their elastic is. Because they don’t expand and contract as much, people they have to keep them rather tight, and then they get really challenging to take off and put on. I favor Honig’s, All-Star and even Diamond stock harnesses over Wilson’s, despite (and especially because) the presence of the MLB logo on the back. If you want a little (or a lot) more luxury, then either All-Star’s delta-flex for umpires, or the UmpLife cam-buckle harness is the way to go. I use an All-Star on my FM4000, and UmpLife harnesses on my other three masks. Both of these have rather long, accommodating straps with the right amount of grab.
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  7. As stated by others - Keep the mask on. I coached this the last five years I actively worked with catchers. If NHL goalies can track 100+ mph slapshots and deflections, our kids can track a foul ball. Makes playing the position much simpler. Removes all the other potential drawbacks of removing the mask, with very little risk of not being able to track/find the ball.
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  8. Texas Rangers catcher Travino tonight - fielding popups mask on.
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