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  1. 4 points
    Boomer? My parents are Boomers, Stu. I'm Gen-X. Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig difference.
  2. 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.
  3. 3 points
    In addition to this, NJSIAA is carrying over this year’s dues and fees to next year.
  4. 3 points
    I did use cue cards one game with my team to get a point across - too many incidents of missed signs...so, I did this one game to ensure there were no excuses. Funny thing is, for the first half of the game the other team wouldn't believe the signs. One other time i gave my signs, the batter did the "twirl the finger" universal sign language for "do that again please"...after three attempts I finally said "for crying out loud, just bunt".
  5. 3 points
    I think you need to call balls and strikes from behind the mound...
  6. 3 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.
  7. 2 points
    Because you are out of position for a swipe tag and pulled foot calla t first -- and those two happen more often than the next play at third.
  8. 2 points
    My last year in Los Angeles, I worked a MSBL double with an older gentleman. My game was a 10am start and 70 degrees outside. I wore my normal Wilson Gold. His game was a 2pm start and 105 at game time. He looked at me and said "I'm going to use the outside protector if that works for you." I told him to do his thing. It was going to be like the surface of the sun for him back there. He the told me we were going to run a no rotation game (or as he called it "old fogey mechanics"). Of which I also didnt have an issue. Lol
  9. 2 points
    It’s not a slap in the face at all... Did you complete the 2020 online NCAA Meeting/Clinic? Did you receive your 2020 CCA Manual? Did you receive your 2020 NCAA Rule Book? Did you submit to your post-season background check? Did you take the 2020 NCAA test? Do you still have access to the NCAA Arbiter Central Hub? They are still posting videos and information even though the season is done. If so, the NCAA fulfilled their obligations for your dues for 2020. The NCAA offering a discount for next year is an incredible gesture.
  10. 2 points
    For LL, I'd still use the raft. It's maximum protection and cooler on those hot days. We all know most catchers at that age can't catch anything - and several don't want to even be back there at all.
  11. 2 points
    I’m like the first Ford cars... I can match any partner as long as they have black.
  12. 2 points
    One day, I stopped by the mailboxes and this guy asked me if all the mail was in. I said yeah, I think so. Thought "wtf is he asking me?" Then I looked at my umpire uniform.
  13. 2 points
    I'm noticing the brown belts, too. Fugly. But I've still got a stockpile of Elbeco's, as they go with the raft.
  14. 2 points
    The text I quoted earlier from the 2018 MiLBUM can also be found in the 2017 MLBUM. However, I did not quote the whole thing. That interpretation goes on to say (same section, same page)— Keep in mind a few additional points… · Once the defensive manager notifies the umpire he would like to no-pitch intentionally walk the batter, it will be too late for the defense to successfully appeal the following: -- a missed base or a base left too soon --half-swings --an improper batter (batting out of order) --misapplication of a rule (protest)
  15. 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.
  16. 2 points
    Look, years ago my dad had a '67 Shelby GT 500. Now the modern day GT 500 outperforms that '67 in every aspect. But the '67 is worth well north of $150K. Why? Because they're rare and cool. Combine those two things when you think of a Riddell.
  17. 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.
  18. 2 points
    ...............thinking of @MadMax and his vultures.......
  19. 2 points
    Counterpoint? "They give you that stick for a reason, son"
  20. 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
  21. 2 points
    @JaxRolo autographs only $20, but for you, I'd make an exception..........$25
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  24. 2 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.
  25. 2 points
    Please do...my first thought when I saw the title was "What did they get wrong this time?"
  26. 1 point
    BU. The thing is not to go to 3B, but go to the 45'--doing that means that there's usually only about 60' to move before you have an angle.
  27. 1 point
    I have never worked for a college assignor who didn't want us on the 1B side. I'd rather take the chance of having someone blocking my view of the slide than having an angle that doesn't allow me to see 3/4ths of the criteria I need to see to determine if it's legal or not.
  28. 1 point
    The way we've been doing it for years--PU goes to the 1B side, not 3B side. That's why I was having such a brain fart--I know of no one who uses a mechanic with PU going to the left side of the infield.
  29. 1 point
    Since several feathers have been ruffled, I want to clarify something...maybe I could have worded my last post better yesterday, but at no point did I make reference to the impact of the virus being blown out of proportion. What I was attempting to state was - I think we should be playing baseball, but that’s out of my hands. What I believe that has been blown out of proportion is umpires complaining about the situation. I thought that was the point I was making. My entire post was about how I do not believe the NCAA owes anyone anything. Again, maybe I could have done a better job in how I worded that. Now that I’ve hopefully cleared that up for everyone, I’m done.
  30. 1 point
    @MidAmUmp Totally understand your stance. It just rubs me the wrong way that a good portion of their umpires never got a chance to do a game and are losing out on significant income and this is the most they can do (A ~$35 discount on an already overpriced membership). They are a multi-billion dollar organization, although I understand they are probably losing significant money as well. Heck, my small-time health club is even waving membership fees during this time.
  31. 1 point
    Why, it was not a multiple appeal situation or a misplay?
  32. 1 point
    @wolfe_man haha very funny, and thank you
  33. 1 point
    If you can't find any, just send me the Power and I'll take that terrible thing off your hands.
  34. 1 point
    Why don't they have a class for Underwater Basket Weaving? I mean, they seem to have everything else on there......
  35. 1 point
    Unless it's FED. Then you need to restrict them first.
  36. 1 point
    Just from an outsiders viewpoint..... I understand an umpire getting upset when a player tries to "show him up"....and I believe an umpire really banging a called strike three falls into he same category. MHO
  37. 1 point
    Essentially, the Astros' on-field penalties will have come out to a grand total of zero games.
  38. 1 point
    The problem is that a new reader to OBR would learn that a runner tagging up would be able to leave on first touch: "5.09(a)(1)CATCH COMMENT: ….. Runners may leave their bases the instant the first fielder touches the ball....." Then that reader would learn that a runner who lead off and was waiting to retouch would have to retouch after the CATCH. (Practically speaking that's what would normally happen). "5.09(b)(5). He fails to retouch his base after a fair or foul ball is legally caught before he, or his base, is tagged by a fielder." Luckily our reader continues thru the whole book and finds in the INFIELD FLY definition the wording that allows runners to retouch and advance when the infield fly is first touched, "the same as on any fly ball"
  39. 1 point
    The first and obvious answer that comes to my mind... the umpire (hey, there you go with that word again) in the middle in football.
  40. 1 point
    When you're semi pro, your videos are good ery tyne.
  41. 1 point
    Lol... I'll have to ask SWMBO if that is ok. If she says ok. Probably want to not tell them that this is the ONLY photo of him wearing the hat! Lol
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    similar to my avatar, ..this is with the other catcher, MHSAA Division II Semi Final, 2018 ...a 9 inning barnburner!
  44. 1 point
    Absolutely! Had a reverse angle framed too!
  45. 1 point
    I took a year-long hiatus from this forum because I got sick of the ticky-tack snarking. Came back today out of boredom...and this is what I find. Bye-bye.
  46. 1 point
    keep in mind ......ala buyer beware .... NOT ALL PHOTOS on eBay auctions use the PROPER photo. That photo could be a Ti, but the item for sale could very well be a regular FM25 ....
  47. 1 point
    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?
  48. 1 point
    Meh ... we need robot players with built in WiFi or Bluetooth communications.
  49. 1 point
    The only exception I've been taught from "more experienced" (quotes intended) umpires is that you can switch to B in a C-position situation when there are two outs. I've never done it, as I think I'm capable of taking the few extra steps when the play to 1B becomes obvious.
  50. 1 point


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