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  1. My favorite so far... Bottom 7, 2 outs, R1... R1 breaks on the pitch. F2 throws a frozen rope. F2 just says "goodbye" while ball is midflight and is already 2 steps to the dugout. Ball caught, tag applied, game over.
    7 points
  2. Another great reason to support a family owned smaller company (ie not Wilson)...kudos to All Star. I’ve always liked their gear especially their masks.
    6 points
  3. I'm taking a screwdriver to my FM4000MAG frame.
    6 points
  4. There's a strong possibility he was seeing more than one catcher.
    6 points
  5. IMO: Both will provide excellent protection. However, you're basically asking to compare the lightest mask out there with the heaviest. Disclaimer: I do not have the F3 V2. Personally, I'd go with the All Star mag. It's super light and super comfortable. The jaw pad is really comfortable in any weather. I really like the idea of the plastic plate in the bottom pad to help disperse the energy of an impact. The top pad is just a regular LUC pad. The sightlines out of the mask are just okay. The bars are more like blades, so they're really thin but longer than your typical mask. IMO,
    6 points
  6. And just to add my two cents: some day this will happen again only the head coach/manager will come running out directly to you (the plate umpire). Your only reply must be, “you need to talk to my partner,” followed by (should the coach continue to talk to you) “skip, you need to talk to my partner about his call!”
    5 points
  7. I count this as a cool milestone. Every fall/winter I get to work some "volunteer" college fall/winter ball games with a couple former pro and current NCAA umpires. Every one is like a private mechanics clinic with the pre and post games. Was working a community college game Saturday before last and up to the plate walks a right handed 6' slender kid batting south paw. It's a boy (now tall man) who was on my son's T-ball and minor league Little League teams. I was assistant coach for his dad for the minor league team, they needed an umpire, so 11 years ago I went to a LL weekend mechanics clin
    4 points
  8. I love my force 3 shin guards. They have always taken care of me. They are light, low profile, and don’t irritate my legs. The only problem I’ve had with them is that the top of the knee snags my pants so I have to untuck the pants after I stand up, run or basically do anything. Which gets really annoying and I don’t want to look dumb when I forget one time. This happens because the shin guard is very stiff and does not conform to my leg at the top. So I did a modification to help stop this. I used the shoulder caps from a Force 3 CP and using some Velcro, attached them to the top of the shin
    4 points
  9. It looks great! FYI - your F3 logo is upside down on your TG -turn it over. It looks like E-something instead of F3.
    4 points
  10. Related to me; Coach: "Where was that pitch?" Coach: "Wow - where was that pitch?" Catcher: "They're balls Dad."
    4 points
  11. No 'general consensus' here, it is gospel/taught at every level STAY DOWN! Pitch: staying down in your stance - "ball" .... stand up.
    4 points
  12. Back on track...
    4 points
  13. You don't want that old thing, it's all beat up with a chip and everything. I'll tell you what, just send it over to me and I'll take good care of it.
    4 points
  14. I wore the F3 for 2 seasons in the minors. Saved me from missing several games on a few different occasions. I took a 95 straight to the jaw that the catcher missed. Sore jaw but no concussion or missed games. https://www.facebook.com/force3progear/videos/2200709420025497/
    4 points
  15. I’ve taken shots to the mask in F3 and MAG. I would not have ever known I was even hit in the F3 except for the “tink” sound of the springs . While I ended up with a concussion in the MAG. I love the MAGs look but unless you use the Skully (it wasn’t out yet when I bought mine) or another device to help protect that upper pad, then I would not wear it at all. It looks awesome, but you only have so many shots to the head before you have to eat through a straw. F3 is a bit heavier, but it works - and wears - well. If you wear it tight, then it’s not that big of a difference to me. It’
    4 points
  16. So close. Strike out + BOO out = ?
    4 points
  17. Great point ..... use the search engine on the site...BTW, I am in the market for a new chest protector. Any suggestions? What’s the latest models?* * I am such an ass...
    4 points
  18. Since this has already run astray of the original subject, I'll toss in my non-baseball experience. I spent over a decade officiating at a Saturday-night NASCAR track (think minor leagues). One day they ask if I can officiate a go-kart (mostly kids) event hosted at my track. Learn the only thing worse than drivers are driver's parents. When one starts to get in my face, I calmly point out that I'm not sure what they are used to in officiating, but that we don't do that here and if he doesn't sit down, I'll have that nice police officer over there escort both him and his kid off the pre
    4 points
  19. I found a recent photo (with link)
    3 points
  20. Where's my wife at, I need her to see this post! "See honey, this is normal!"
    3 points
  21. I used an All-Star titanium for years, then switched to a black aluminum because I had a field oft-worked where the titanium reflected into my eyes. Now I'm just a mask collector and I keep one for every occasion...silver, black (x2), gunmetal, navy pads, black pads, gray/black pads, light blue/black pads, light blue pads...
    3 points
  22. Keith ....... let me start by saying I love the look of a visor. But in all reality, the visor does 3 things: 1) looks cool 2) keeps sun off the brim of your hat keeping you cooler 3) keeps rain off of the brim of you hat keeping it drier. The visor does not block sun because the brim of your hat does that, of which the visor is sitting above
    3 points
  23. /\ THIS!!! A couple of years back, I was observing a "newer" adult & a junior umpire one night (since I was the UIC). Whatever happened (don't recall specifics at this point), the league president tried to "have a talk with them" after the game. I met the crew at the gate, and told them to follow me. As the president started talking, I told him that I would be back to talk with him shortly. We did post game, and I went back to find the Prez. Before he started, I asked him for a moment to ask 2 questions, and then I would listen. Did you appoint me as the UIC? Do YOU want to do
    3 points
  24. Somewhere in Phoenix, @MadMax just lost his mind!
    3 points
  25. What you do differently: Don't talk to the fence. If there's an issue - and I'm not completely convinced there's one here - you'd talk to the coaches. To the home coach: you *might* say something about "how about calling off the dogs, skip?", but you could certainly say "hey skip, you're starting to raise a lot of bad feelings here, and it might lead to some on-field issues." To the away coach: "you need to get your fans under some kind of control here." But talking to the fans directly is just gonna lead to more bad things than good, in general.
    3 points
  26. They all look sweet, but the gunmetal is my favorite!!!
    3 points
  27. Mask-It Sports - Gunmetal Adidas with All Star LUCs
    3 points
  28. For clarification--had it come to rest, been touched, or passed third base at the time you started your call? If so, taking that extra second just to confirm in your brain that you have what happened is what will save you. On many foul balls that touch foul territory before reaching the base, I don't even make a call until something happens where I have to--they tend to become "more" foul after the criteria are met.
    3 points
  29. On a serious note...this is completely irresponsible by coaches and parents, including the idiot who just kept filming, and then posted it because it he thought it was cute/funny. This should be noticed at the plate meeting...and if it really didn't progress until a few minutes in, the moment the ump is falling onto the catcher I'm stepping in. He's either drunk or high...or reacting to meds (or missed his meds)...either way an adult in the room needs to be stepping in to find out what's wrong. This game shouldn't have gone more than a batter. Also - teach Jake to not t
    3 points
  30. @Rock Bottom, I have posted before, but will reiterate my appreciation for the F3 V2. YES! It is a much heavier set up , when compared to almost anything (but having a neck like a fire plug helps mitigate this for me). I have never tried the mag, so this will be one sided. When I can tell you, is that the first foul ball I took to the mask (think benchwarmers movie.....but I ticked it!) sounded like a shotgun going off. Gettysburg HS coach hollers out of the dugout.....BILL!! Are you ok?!? I responded that I was fine. I feel that I need to add that SWMBO was behind the backstop talki
    3 points
  31. So I mentioned the Rawlings TI. I think the fact that they did grey on the outside and black on the inside, is kind of a cool touch. Though I don't know if it actually does anything. But sitting here putting my son to bed. And wondering if Tony could re-create that with matte black on the inside and gunmetal on the outside? I think it would be really cool. And a one of a kind mask. (At least for right now.)
    3 points
  32. 3 points
  33. Ugh...I was looking forward to having an auto-escalate bid of +$1 on @wolfe_man's bid. ~Dog
    3 points
  34. Thanks @Stk004!!! I needed to be able to add another emoji for your hysterical dig on @MadMax! Lol
    3 points
  35. I think I just piddled a little!!![emoji1787][emoji1787][emoji1787] Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
    3 points
  36. Actually @grayhawk did not give such an example. (And that's no dig at Grayhawk.) Grayhawk's suggested mechanic was actually taught in 1997 at umpire school (and, in fact, it continues to be taught). So, Grayhaw's post is a compelling example of an amateur umpire knowing and using an advance mechanic taught at pro school that a lot of pro school students struggle with. (I would expect nothing less from @grayhawk, BTW). Unrelated to the quoted posted above, but related to other posts in this thread, I'm going to stick up for some of us trainers. By way of example, I actually receive
    3 points
  37. Took a closer inspection at the Nikes on eBay from PIAS. Using the PIAS store pics as the eBay ones don't show much. The red is the best mask, the other two blue masks are dented on the main eye bar. The thing about these being used by a pro detracts value to me. If the pro is getting rid of them, he's probably getting new ones. They see much higher speeds than most of us do in a routine Varsity or JV ballgame. Almost every hit to the mask at that level has the potential to bend a frame. After looking at pics, I'd stay away from these - especially at the asking price.
    2 points
  38. Welcome! I can already tell your English is better than my Korean, so don't worry about it!
    2 points
  39. Jeff, I'd never disagree with you, but... the visor covers the entire upper part of the mask and does cover more area than my 4-stitch or combo hat bill therefore it should offer more shade than just my hat bill. But I do concede that your comments are "mostly accurate". Sorry to be so precise, but FaceBook has got me fact-checking everything now.
    2 points
  40. I’ve got to give a 5 star rating to the staff at All-Star. I’ve had the black frame AS 4000Mag since they were made available. It happened to take a shot and slightly chipped the paint (see pics below). It was hardly noticeable and I’d been using a sharpie to touch up the missing paint. I decided to reach out to AS to see what type of warranty they carry on them. I included the picture of the cage and they asked me to send in a proof of purchase. A couple of days later I was notified that they would be shipping me out a new frame, which arrived via UPS today. Again, I just wanted to plug All-
    2 points
  41. Cobalt = All Star FM4000 aka 5000 aka The Mag fixed it for you!
    2 points
  42. Mask-It Sports - Matte Black Adidas with Rawlings pads (grey)
    2 points
  43. I use the con-cushion as well with my mag. Not that I do it because of the pad, I just wear it with all of my masks. Good product.
    2 points
  44. Those impacts that were enough to "spin the mask" (while ever so slight) when worn tight, did not produce any negative results to my jaw...….pain or otherwise.
    2 points
  45. Credit where it's due: I believe I got that from noumpere. BOO is more traditional and better known. And, in October, more seasonally appropriate.
    2 points
  46. I use Hex laundry detergent on all of my umpire stuff that a launder... shirts, under shirts, tights, jock, socks... it is designed for activewear and I don’t have any problems with lingering stank
    2 points
  47. You're right! I had forgotten the strike out in my excitement of thinking I might be getting the rule right. Sigh....
    2 points
  48. It''s the position of the ball that matters, not the feet. If the ball was over foul territory when it was first touched, it's a foul ball. If the ball was over fair territory when it was first touched, it's a fair ball.
    2 points
  49. Had a HS catcher hold a pitch a little longer than I thought he should have a couple weeks back. So between batters, It went like this. Me: Hey Gage, did you think I missed that inside pitch? Gage: Well...……………. Me: Would you want me to call that a strike on you? Gage: I think you nailed that call blue.
    2 points


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