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  1. 13 points
    A few weeks ago, I was calling a youth travel game. I was on the plate. About two innings in I was very aware of a maternal voice behind the fence saying, "Yes, honey. That's the man with the blue shirt. He's the umpire. He's working right now. He can't talk to you." Skip forward to the end of the game and I hear a small child's voice say, "Hi, umpire!" It took me a moment to realize it was a 3 year old boy right up against the fence, about knee high to me. His wee fingers wrapped tightly around the mesh of the fence. I look down and say hello and ask him his name and he says, "Steven..." I asked him if he had a good time at the park that day and if he plays baseball and he said, "Momma says we are here to watch Nate. But, I am here to watch you..." He then added that he wanted to be an umpire someday. I had no choice but to spray and wipe down my indicator and then bend down and push it through the fence to him and say, "Well, Steven...", I said, "if you're going to be an umpire, you're going to need one of these..." To paraphrase William Goldman...Since the invention of the smile, there have been only 5 smiles that were rated the most happy, the most pure. This one left them all behind. This particular field is a grueling uphill and downhill walk back to the parking lot. I walked a little brisker that day back to the car. It must have been the weight I shed handing off that indicator. Also, the trail was a lot more "dusty" walking back than I remembered when I arrived... A great opportunity to film a new Coca-Cola ad was missed that day. ~Dog
  2. 6 points
    I just heard from Windpact that due to a large response/outreach from umpires, they’re going to try to get their partners to offer replacement pads! Exact words: ”actively in discussions with our co-branded partners to convince them to stock these replacement pads and will keep you posted on the outcome.”
  3. 4 points
  4. 4 points
    Here’s the official interpretation that can be found in the 2016 BRD (section 290, p. 190): Official Interpretation: Wendelstedt: After ball four, a batter becomes a runner. Since the ball is not batted, any hindrance that occurs on the catcher or the catcher’s throw must be intentional for interference to be called.
  5. 4 points
    Seeing these masks close up makes me think of the shower shoe scene in Bull Durham.
  6. 3 points
    Doesn't matter. It's interference. You may think it's unfair, but it's even more unfair to teach them something that isn't the rule.
  7. 3 points
    Mine's coming next week. I have a CPU4000, a baseball Gorilla glued to the end of a golf club shaft, and a 6'4" son who hit a drive 320yds last week. Stand by.
  8. 3 points
    Oh man...no, no, no @ArchAngel72. THAT was a nice one! If you ever have any doubts about whether your money gets to the right person or not, either identify a family yourself who needs financial assistance for their child and give them the money directly OR...hand your money personally to the league treasurer and say, "This is a donation for your scholarship fund for any families who can't afford league fees."
  9. 3 points
    This is nothing. The throw struck a runner, so absent intent, it's not interference.
  10. 3 points
    Before you scuff 'em up and repaint them, try this... It's clear, and will "dull" the finish on the helmet without altering the paint color.
  11. 3 points
    Sorry to hear your current hat didn't fit. I just pulled in mine for a few minutes and it was a perfect fit. It also stretched a little after a few games I think.
  12. 2 points
  13. 2 points
    I know it's been requested by some, so maybe they're thinking about doing it. I know what you mean about memory though, it seems like I've heard something about memory and age or something like that somewhere, sometime.
  14. 2 points
    Guys, a very easy and cheap fix is a back supporter... just get a really thin one that breathes well. I've used them on CP's before when I felt the harness wasn't doing enough for me (pre-UL harness). I now keep one with me in case anything snaps or breaks. It's attached to itself via Velcro like a large flexible belt... and it has the added benefit of lower back support if you need it. It should hold those "wings" tight against your ribs for you.
  15. 2 points
    And if John isn't looking (because this happens at the *exact* same moment R2 is rounding third, or PU gets blocked out or something), then you have to make up a call and everyone knows it. There's no answer that works all of the time. You can get better odds if you pay attention not only to the play but to what your partner is / can be looking at, and some knowledge of his abilities. When in doubt, I favor making the call first.
  16. 2 points
  17. 2 points
    I agree with what Mr. LRZ posted. It is what I was taught a long time ago. However, surprisingly little is written on this topic. I have been able to find only the following text taken from the 2017 Jaksa/Roder rules interpretation manual (chapter 10, p. 90): When judging whether a run scores on a time play, the umpire is to watch for whether the runner touches the plate before or after the tag originates. The tag originates when it is applied by touching the runner or base. An umpire is not to judge a time play according to whether the runner touches the plate before or after the completion of the tag—which is after complete control is shown or proven. The umpire at the plate watches for whether the runner touches the plate before or after the origination of the tag. The umpire on the bases watches for the completion of the tag (complete control) and signals the third out. Only then does the umpire at the plate make his signal on the time play.
  18. 2 points
    I took mine off but am 5’11” so was not a factor.
  19. 2 points
    Nice one Dog! I got 2 games this Sat both LL fall ball minors, meaning a good mix of 7 yr olds included in this as they will be 8 next yr. Believe me you use your head more in these games then you do your legs. Anyway after 2 games the local leagues treasurer, whom was the 2nd HT's Manager also, we got to BSing a little while I waited for a check from him. He was also grounds worker that day and was dragging the infield. Well after our laughs about stuff that went on during the game which turned to covid concerns and the over all way that play is now trying to deal with it and continue playing. After that solemn note He says well let me get you your pay. I said "Eh wait, You got any parents that struggle to pay for their kids with the league." He says "Yeah we do have one single mom with 4 boys that has a very hard time." I said " Give it to her towards her fees". He thanked me and I said no worries have a good night. I'm gonna do this all year at that location. I do hope it actually goes towards her kids fees.
  20. 2 points
  21. 2 points
    I don't mean to be too harsh, since this is the "newbie" section and at least you had the sense to find the correct ruling (and it's unlikely the person is the grandstand did), but three words: Pot. Kettle. Black.
  22. 2 points
    Nope. Next question.
  23. 2 points
    It's going to be hollow steel simply because it is an adverse risk to construct it of aluminum (welds gotta be high quality; welds can be sheared loose on non-baseball impacts (think, tossed on ground)), titanium (high cost of material), or magnesium (weld-less molded is the most effective way to go). And looking at that UnderArmour mask? There's nothing about it that sets it apart from any other hollow steel mask. It likely has the same geometry as, say, an Easton Speed Elite. Is that a very serviceable catcher's mask? Yup, sure is. I actually advocate for the Speed Elite to be an option for new umpires, because of its affordable cost, its single-bar layout, its oversized ear guards (very forgiving for new umpires who may flinch), its oversized fabric-skinned pads, and brief teardrop chin guard encourages umpires to use a dangling throat guard. The UnderArmour mask here is along the same line, just... exaggerated even more, with a atypical bar layout simply to emphasize the brand difference. The FM4000 has an atypical bar layout for a functional purpose. The UnderArmour has an atypical bar layout for a marketing purpose. Pass. With that said, looking at the general shapes of these masks, I maintain that the WindPact CC pads – as they currently are shaped for the UnderArmour and EvoShield masks – would likely work exceptionally well in the Champro Rampage... which, as a magnesium mask, is relying on untried, pretty questionable pads. Whereas All-Star had been making UnderArmour's catcher gear in the past, I'm not so sure about the current relationship. It's entirely possible that UA sub-contracted the mask frame out to any ol' shop in China to mass produce. We cannot expect WindPact to make a one-type-fits-all mask pad set yet (I'm not saying you're expecting, Rock... I'm just using your statement as a starting point for discussion). They've got nothing to base a mask set on! If you'll notice, the pads that are equipped to the UnderArmour and the EvoShield each have a cut, shape, and tab arrangement for that specific mask. Ideally, we need (or could really use) a more generic pad shape (a planform) for use in a variety of existing masks. If you guys are in correspondence with WindPact sense that they need a pad planform to work with, please let me know... I can draft one up in a jiffy. You're seein' that too, huh? I don't see a center chin tab, but I do see 4 cheek tabs, and I also see the shape as accommodating more mask frames than the UnderArmour. The jaw pad on the UA just looks... odd. I need to revisit this... Jeremiah W. (the Chief Growth Officer you corresponded with) answered the way he did because of what they (WindPact's team) are familiar addressing. Bicycle, motorcycle, racing, and indeed, military helmets are designed to take _1 catastrophic_ impact, and destroy itself so as to provide the maximum amount of energy absorption possible. So, after an impact of this nature, the helmet and/or the pads need to be replaced. Well, that's not the case with the WindPact CCs. The mechanism by which the pads function is repeatable. They will crush, deflate, and re-inflate over and over and over and over and over (I can keep going) again. The same can be said for any other conventional pads... except other conventional pads don't create the "immediate gradual resistance" that Zorbium, D3O, and other advanced TPU-EVA foams exhibit. And now this Cloud Crash foam. With the latest types and developments of pad construction, and the increased awareness of how clean, intact gear is important to its protection quality, there may be less of a need to "change pads yearly". There isn't any critical, in-depth research data on how, why, and to what extent pad constructions degrade, decay, or fail. All of this advice is anecdotal, and often seems to be said to excuse and benefit the manufacturers. "Hey, why should we engineer quality, long-lasting pads when we can just tell 'em to get new ones every year?"
  24. 2 points
    Personally, I don't want the UA pads but I'd like to get a hold of some EvoShield ones. I think they'll both fit most traditional mask frames, but I just like the more traditional look of the EvoShield ones over the UA's design. Anyone else find it interesting that the actual Windpact website only shows links to the EvoShield mask and not the UA one?
  25. 2 points
    I can't say for sure as I've not had any, but the EvoShield ones appear to fit most traditional masks by appearance. The UA ones are possibly more tricky.
  26. 2 points
    OBR 8.01(d) reads, in part, "If an umpire disqualifies a player while a play is in progress, the disqualification shall not take effect until no further action is possible in that play."
  27. 2 points
    I have a hunch, Jim, that if we change the context to a NCAA game – different uniforms, different umpires, same situation – that gets called BI more often than not.
  28. 2 points
    From the article: Huh! Fascinating! He didn’t end up in the hospital, didn’t instantaneously afflict the rest of his crew (it is the most contagious virus in human history, donchaknow!), and to MLB’s credit, they didn’t go into a mass panic hysteria falsely believing the “ping pong balls in a box” computer simulation that seems to have been foisted upon the rest of us. According to the article, he’s now negative, and his entire crew continues to be negative. Huh. Maybe a computer can’t predict a strike after all.
  29. 2 points
    In keeping with the confusing title & OP, I'm going to have to say this is a... To the OP's intended point & reference to Interference, I believe he means that someone interfered by yelling "infield fly" as a means to cause confusion (and it worked). Having had some experience around slow-pitch softball games as both a player and umpire, there are always some ornery guys waiting on the next game that are eager to help out the playing teams by offering advice and other opinions about how to field, hit, umpire, etc. I can totally see one of them having some fun by yelling 'infield fly' to distract the playing teams solely for his entertainment and/or to the joy of his peers. I do agree with Maven that it can't be IFF as runners were on 1st and 3rd... not 1st and 2nd as the rule dictates (and less than 2 outs which it clearly was in the OP). Even if someone did yell "infield fly", as long as it wasn't the defensive team or an umpire, then it's a double play. We cannot help what those outside the field of play may do, so long as it wasn't someone on the field creating the problem, then we play on and the play stands. If we start giving out mulligans (which is what I would assume the batting team wanted by claiming someone said IFF) every time someone says they heard something, then we'd never get anything accomplished in a game. And if we allowed mulligans simply because someone heard something, then we'd have a lot of do-overs because we'd have an outbreak of hearing issues begin, which would require a whole bunch of new rules about who heard what when and so forth in return. So, sorry... in the words of the infamous Wonka:
  30. 2 points
    Can't be IFF: 2B was unoccupied. Random people (or voices in the head) shouting "infield fly" are irrelevant to the correct call. Unless noumpere's followup turns up anything, this is a double play, 5-4-3.
  31. 2 points
    Intentionally dropped, accidentally dropped, or let fall untouched? At least in baseball, it makes a difference.
  32. 2 points
    I'll add something about the Culbreth mask--it was probably made in the early 2000s. In the 90s, the All-Star throat extension looked short and rectangular when viewed from the front: https://fourseamimages.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Milwaukee-Brewers-1999/G0000mhtRRZ4EWXU/I0000B9pXDg5vvGw/C0000FD_ngc.POSk It was lengthened a few years after that, and the I-bar was no later than 2008, giving us some window from 2000-2007 (potentially narrower if someone can get more info.)
  33. 1 point
    No one (I don't think) is saying the latter. But, you can move to a different spot to see the play -- maybe about in the 1b-2b baseline, or maybe even with the 45' running lane, but a step "forward" (toward the home-1b line) of the mound. Or, get out of the way and then move back toward the "right" position as the ball is thrown (much like covering on a steal, or making the "double play drift." You still need to be ready for any throwback to another base on the second play. And, while you might not always be able to do one of those things, in general you can do them far more often than actually happens. (generic "you" not aaluck specifically)
  34. 1 point
    Oh I get that, But Im saying at my age group that I deal with a wild pitcher knocks a kid back a few steps to avoid the wild pitch by an 8yr old. And the catcher gets a lucky hop and plunks the kid standing just outside the box.. To me "that's nothing" the pitcher forced him out of the box avoiding a pitch its not his fault then he is out there. But then again Im talking LL minors.
  35. 1 point
    Where there's money and patience? There are craftsman. If someone really wants black deerskin A-S pads for their Mag, contact a leatherworker and have them made. They'll rip the stitches, remove the padding and then cut new skin and sew it up. Mind you, this won't be the cheapest thing you have ever done for a mask rig but, you will be unique. You could even have the new skin embroidered with your initials or American flag or whatever other piece of flair you want that your association wouldn't ding you for... ~Dog
  36. 1 point
    That's the problem with 2-man, you can't possibly see everything. Acknowledging that, yes, you would make your best guess by pausing, reading & reacting to what you saw from C. This is why the PU also should be going to the 45-foot line and checking for pulled foot at 1B. Now, if there's a runner at 3B, then he may not make it up the line that far, but he can still check for pulled foot. In my case, my partner knows I'll go with what I saw/thought I saw... and if questioned, we immediately will get together. Any good PU though knows this is your call and shouldn't override you, you should go to him for help though if you aren't sure. This is good game management to show you want to do a good job and get the call right. This can possibly earn you some respect from the coaches for the next time there's a banger that doesn't go their way, but it doesn't always do that, but it is the right thing to do in my opinion.
  37. 1 point
    That'd be unique. Those leather pads are SO soft though. They feel really nice against your face.
  38. 1 point
    NFHS 10-2-3 (L) (Powers/Duties of UIC): "L. Rectify any situation in which an umpire’s decision that was reversed has placed either team at a disadvantage." I think that's the one. And, I was able to find this probably bootleg/possibly dark web/unauthorized web-link to the 2020 NFHS Rules which have also been taken down from our State's website after the season was cancelled (not sure they refunded my registration money, though :-) https://cdn1.sportngin.com/attachments/document/9a6c-1683944/NFHS.pdf
  39. 1 point
    THAT'S WHY i CAME TO THE SOURCE! APPRECIATE YOUR GUIDANCE
  40. 1 point
    To your point here. I remember getting asked almost on a weekly basis if my (then) silver Diamond Aluminum was titanium. It probably didn't help that I had traded those junky Diamond black pads in for the two-tone Wilson wrap around pads that came with the original Wilson Titanium. So it had that Titanium look with the silver and the two-tone Wilson Ti pads.
  41. 1 point
    And if the PU unknowingly pointed in play there still would be no live ball because the pitcher did not have it.
  42. 1 point
    Does he have a case? No. Will that stop him?
  43. 1 point
    @Rock Bottom, nothing official but, that's the question that everyone is asking of course. I thought I read somewhere on here that the Under Armour mask frame is based on a re-badged mask from another manufacturer. Don't quote me on that and others will no doubt provide more insight. The closest mask configurations to the shape of that Under Armour mask will obviously be the best bets for fit. If and when these pads become available, I will be purchasing a set immediately. I will fit them in my 3 masks and then post comments and pics of the rigs here. Thank you to @wolfe_man for posting the remarks from our contact over at WindPact and we will continue to share any information as it becomes available. What's ironic about this entire situation is that I personally have yet to see one of these Under Armour masks on the field in my area. Now, part of that is because we are working under COVID mechanics and many of the brethren are choosing to forego plate equipment given their vector to the hitter. I would offer that if WindPact makes the decision to green light this, they will sell more pads as accessories than they would have sold as part of Under Armour masks. Of course, technically they sold pads in bulk to Under Armour to fill that order but, likely less overall profit on a transaction like that than selling individual pads wholesale/retail. ~Dog
  44. 1 point
    This is America... we have competitive levels of EATING, so of course we have superior softball players & divisions. I've even watched their version of the world series once, but wouldn't do it again. I'm not sure I can even begin to fairly consider the average NCAA athlete to be on an equal basis with the average slow-pitch softball player though, regardless of his/her level. And I was aware there are no balks in softball, I was being facetious. Sorry.
  45. 1 point
    Okay, so they got here today. Here are a few pics below. I can fit my Adidas mask on it with plenty of room to spare between the bill of the skull cap and the rear of the top eye bar. This would be safe to wear with most traditional masks in my opinion, especially after reading that other link above seeing so many MLB catchers wearing them bill-forward also. The skull cap is comfy to wear. It fits heads from 6 7/8 - 7 7/8. It is an All Star BC500 model. I would probably recommend a neoprene harness as the existing Adidas harness is almost fully expanded to fit around it all and with the smooth surface it may move.
  46. 1 point
    Man, you'd almost believe they're using the same mask! But, they're not.. Cuzzi's is a Wilson and Culbreth's is an All Star. The first bar up from the eye port gives them away. The Wilson's is still round/half-oval whereas the All Star comes to a point like a V. Also, the inverted U-bar on the bottom of the Wilson widens out more than the All Star does (look at the bottom pad middle strap to see the difference).
  47. 1 point
    ... and the less likely people will fly into a panic-fueled rage, shaming everyone in sight, and firing off tweets, face-bursts, and emails calling in every one of their “followers” to shame you too, “speaking truth to power” (what does that even mean??!!). Commendable, but largely unnecessary. Remember, we were told at the start of this – by science – that this is the most widespread, pervasive, dangerous virus in human history. It was everywhere, and everyone is/was going to get it. If it’s everywhere, then how possibly can science track and trace its path? It’s not like it has a punch card that states, “I wuz here in Max’s nose, now I’m here in Dog’s lungs.” Doesn’t work like that... but I commend you on at least being prepared. Play ball!
  48. 1 point
    That was how I started. I dont even remember working the bases for the first year or 3! I was on the plate every game I worked. It just was what it was! It helped I was a catcher. So strapping it on didnt bug me much. Now, any time I work a youth game with a junior umpire, I am on the bases. I want to make sure they get proficient where our bread is buttered.
  49. 1 point
    The confusion may come from softball, where this is ALWAYS an out for the runner (immediate dead ball), in all codes from 10U (8U?) up to adults - including Little League Softball Major and up. I wonder if many LL umps cross over and do both during the same season. Assuming the OP is talking about LL Baseball, but it does just say Little League. If it's LL Softball, runner is out, other runners return, pitch is nullified.
  50. 1 point
    OBR: On or astride FED: Five feet NCAA: Nine feet (Dirt circle; nine feet is about the size of the mound)
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