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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. 7 points
    I’ll have to say (not to go off rails of the powder coating topic) but I got the AS Cobalt SC and it’s pretty sexy paired with my powder coated Gunmetal 4000MAG
  3. 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.”
  4. 6 points
    Only allowed if they're not distracting.
  5. 5 points
    I saw several posts about hydro dipping. Just wanted to weigh in on the durability factor. I had this Wilson aluminum dipped in a carbon fiber pattern by a local shop, and it’s extremely durable. So if you are concerned about that, there’s no need to be.
  6. 5 points
    That was always* the rule. * -- Sr. Azul will be along shortly to tell you that I am wrong to use the term "always" with some cites to show that in 1859 there were no foul tips, that the rule was added in 1906 but didn't include gloves because catcher's didn't wear them, that it was an out for one year only in 1908, then became a foul ball fro two years before essentially the curretntrule was adopted in 1911. OR, something like that.
  7. 5 points
    I haven't left my mom's basement since mid March.
  8. 5 points
    Use (multifactor authentication) MFA wherever you can (at least where it matters - banks, social media, computer, phone, anywhere with PII or financial info) - use an authenticator app if you have a smart phone, or text message code, fingerprint, face, etc. Something you have + something you know. A bank card is an example...you have the card, you know the PIN. Typically anything that requires your cell phone is a good additional layer of security. Try to avoid "secret questions"...that's just something else you know and if someone is motivated enough they can figure out the name of your first dog, or your mother's maiden name. Check security settings of any site you use - turn on notifications where possible (eg. notify you of logins on a new device, notify you if someone changes your password, etc) Here's a stat for you - 2/3 of people never change their home default wi-fi password. As far as passwords - size matters - go for length, not crazy characters. Put in a passphrase that is easy for you to remember, hard for someone to guess...even if it's all lower case if it's 15 characters or more it will be time consuming to hack. (eg. drinkingbeerisawonderfulthing)..you can throw in some caps if you want to make it even harder (or let your password manager do it for you - but you still need a really strong password for your password manager - and your computer...and your work account, etc, etc) Also - don't use common phrases - eg. ilovekale vs ilovebeer - guess which one is 50 times harder to crack. PIN's - go 8 characters at least...that's just math - 4 characters 10000 combinations, 6 - one million, eight - 100 million Finally - remember - hacking people is now easier than hacking technology - social engineering, mostly email phishing, is the prime way they're going to try to get your password, your money, your identity. It's also cheaper. The guy who sent you that phish email last week likely works in a cubicle, has a manager, has an annual review, performance objectives, a training plan, and may even share company bonuses. Don't click links in emails unless you are 150% sure you know the source...I just go to the website and log in...if that Amazon email was real, the info will be there in my account. I can go on and on and on. Awareness is our best, and sometimes only, tool - there are companies in the world with THOUSANDS of employees whose only job is cybercrime. Anyway - ask away - PM or here....this is my career, 25 years - I'm head of cybersecurity of a multi-billion dollar company.
  9. 4 points
    @wolfe_man, I'm sic'ing the Brand Police on you, for gross over-use of the Nike Swoosh.
  10. 4 points
    @Thunderheads, please pick up the plaid, U-E courtesy phone and inform the brotherhood their presence at a funeral for a baseball from my game tonight is humbly requested. Per U-E and global umpire tradition, the use of hats over hearts has been approved. On a play at the plate, there was an overthrow that got by F2. One thing I have been working lately at the plate is remembering to work back towards the fences whenever the ball should take me there. As soon as it was past F2, I broke with it towards the fence...it took a crazy bounce and went into the dugout. I was so proud of myself. I was in the right position. I had a great angle. F2 even put his hands up to help me out. I took a deep breath to come up big because this was my first big moment in this game, right? And I wanted everyone to know, including Mamma Francesca two blocks away that I was all over this! And then? I said it, brothers. I said the words that we should never say... "DEAD BALL! DEAD BALL! In the dugout!" Don't worry...my partner attended to the other runners and their base advancement needs while I stood there in disbelief at what I'd said. The utter blasphemy. That poor ball. He never did anything to anybody... I guess if one MUST do that, best to do it in a summer travel game than some state or prospect tournament situation...aiyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! ~Dog
  11. 4 points
  12. 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.
  13. 4 points
    Seeing these masks close up makes me think of the shower shoe scene in Bull Durham.
  14. 4 points
    How did I end up in this thread?
  15. 4 points
    I have it from a very reliable source by 2022 there will be a generic replacement padding from prior masks with the windpact tech. That’s all I can say on the matter…
  16. 4 points
    Lots of food for thought for tomorrow. Will keep all that under consideration. For today, I will be celebrating the successful launch of the Cobalt CP. That culminated into all of our first shipments going out the door today!
  17. 4 points
    I have also asked Evoshield if they plan on selling the pads separately as well. Will respond with findings.
  18. 4 points
    Greetings brothers, I did some research last night...So, WindPact is the brain child start-up of former NFL player Shawn Springs. He started the company to help reduce head injuries in sports but the company got off the ground with a $600,000 Federal contract on a military helmet liner. Evidently, they will compete against Team Wendy. I sent them an email indicating I was interested in purchasing their pads in the UA mask and could they direct me to an online retailer or brick and mortar? I'll let you know if I hear anything... ~Dog
  19. 4 points
    The batter has the absolute right to the pitch and the catcher (nor any other defensive player) cannot take that away from him. However, the batter can give up his right to the pitch. I recommend that you read an article written by Gil Imber of Close Call Sports titled Case Play 2018-3 - No Strike, No Balk, No Steal [Solved] that discusses the exact type of play asked about in the OP. Here’s a link to the article and a video that can be found in it-- https://www.closecallsports.com/2018/05/case-play-2018-3-no-strike-no-balk-no.html
  20. 4 points
    Vinyl or synth-rubber dips are what we refer to as Additive Coating. We are actually jacketing the item, and encasing it in a substance that carries its own mass and volume. So, not only is the diameter (thickness) of the mask bars increasing, but the overall mass (weight) of the mask increasing as well. Equate it to you slapping a sticker upon your skin. Stickers can carry differing weights and thicknesses themselves. Conventional paint is a topical, surface treatment. Adherence of the paint is entirely dependent on the surface condition of the item. Then, the majority of the paint binds to itself to give the perception of coverage. The paint is entirely dependent upon how prepared the surface is, physically (sanded, textured) or chemically (thinned, stripped, or primed). Equate it to you drawing a graphic on your skin with a marker. Eventually, that marker will fade, wear off, or wash off. Powder coating is actually molecular binding. The item is prepped and primed, but then an electrical charge is sent into the item, and the very molecules are “opened up”. The paint, or more appropriately the powder coating, is emulsified and shot through a gun with a cathode on the nozzle, and given the opposite electrical charge. The particles are actually attracted to the item, and molecularly bind to it. The charge is removed and the item is then baked to cure and set. Equate this to... well, this is the closest you’ll get to a tattoo (which, technically, is dye sublimation, but I digress). Because aluminum and titanium behave differently, on an electrical level (in fairness, it’s on an oxidizing level), an even more effective process for coloring those items is anodizing. Here, the item is bathed in acid to strip away the oxidization layer (skin), and then transferred to a bath that contains the desired tint. A charge is applied to accelerate the process, and the oxidation of the item is allowed, this time with the tint being an integral part of the result. The only drawback to anodization is the cost, since because of the need for large quantities of acids and solvents, it is often cost-prohibitive to do one-offs or small batches. This segues into hydrographics. Here, the item is prepped, just like in anodizing. A graphical film is then suspended in a fluid (depending on the shop doing it, they may place the graphic first, or after the item is already in the bath) and then the item is dropped into (or lifted through) the graphical film. The polarizing charges meld, and the film binds to the item. ”Worst”, crudest, and cheapest? Vinyl dip. This is why we loathe it so.
  21. 4 points
    I pass along so much of what you guys share, without you even knowing. My antennas are always out! I am also fortunate that I have a direct line to most of the suppliers heads of development (or one person away), and that they trust me. I would like to add that I have a very good relationship with Jason Klein of Force3. One thing you may not know is that, many of the products they offer undergo slight changes from year to year without you really knowing. That is because they are always listening and willing to improve and make things better. Jason has a very good forward-thinking and umpire-specific mindset. Another super-sharp leader in the industry who truly cares.
  22. 4 points
    Speaking as a computer nerd... This means they're not doing things right. If they're properly encrypting, it should take trillions of CPU-hours to decrypt that. Yes, trillions. Oh, and since I've got my computer nerd hat on - listen to @beerguy55's advice above, too. If you need help setting up a separate password for each site, I suggest LastPass (though there are several competitors which are probably as good, that's just the one I happen to use).
  23. 4 points
    I thought most accounting was BS.
  24. 3 points
    Yup...the bounce back. Get your angle on first, make that call and then as soon as you are sure there is no additional action (particularly on a safe call), start moving towards third in anticipation of a throw on R2 into 3B. Be aware of the geometry and make sure you don't step into the throwing lane! I have had some PU's verbalize to me, "You have nothing behind." meaning the runner is not going or "Play is on!" meaning the runner is going. This is nice optics, accurate communication is never a bad thing. But, if U1 is on his horse, head on a swivel anticipating and watching for that additional action at 3B, they will be aware of what is happening. Also watch for a back pick and or a possible rundown, too...extra action, extra action. Where and when might it happen? ~Dog
  25. 3 points
    Lol!!!! It's not you guys I'm worried about, I don't want someone else jumping on here and having this thing go off the rails like your GIF LOL[emoji1] Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  26. 3 points
  27. 3 points
    Speaking of replacement pads and my apologies for the shameless shill... All-Star sells all of their replacement pads direct! Here's a link to a catalog search showing all of their current offerings. LUC, Deerskin and LMX: https://www.all-starsports.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=pfm ~Dog
  28. 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.
  29. 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."
  30. 3 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.
  31. 3 points
    This is nothing. The throw struck a runner, so absent intent, it's not interference.
  32. 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.
  33. 3 points
    Greetings brothers, @Thunderheads, I'm not sure what the requirements are for a thread to get pinned but, perhaps this qualifies... THE FACTS: So, we have a potentially developing situation regarding the availability of WindPact Crash Cloud (WPCC) pads apart from their inclusion with the Under Armour mask. A few days ago, I sent a message into WindPact via their website expressing my interest in purchasing these pads separately. Today, I got a response from their "Chief Growth Officer". Currently, they are not offered. I replied that many umpires like to mix and match their masks with their pads to get a personalized setup but, we're missing out on WPCC's because we can't buy them apart from a mask. He asked if I was having problems with my WPCC pads because "In addition to offering optimal protection, one of the main benefits of our Crash Cloud technology is that it's "repeatable" and should not have to be replaced. However, I understand your personal preference and will investigate other customer feedback to understand the demand." I sent him a reply walking him through that traditionally pads should be replaced every 1 - 2 years depending on how much work an umpire gets and due to the pads becoming compromised with age, regardless of use. I strongly encouraged him to consider selling WPCC as an accessory because again, a lot of umpires I have spoken to are interested in the technology but, don't want to buy an entire new mask to get the WPCC experience. He said if they do start offering them, he will contact me again. SPECULATION: As I said on another thread, WP is a relatively new company and I think still learning a bit about the marketplace. I found the remark about their pads being repeatable and not needing to be replaced very curious. The UA was their first umpiring foray that I am aware of. I think it's very easy to make to a business decision when you have pads ready to go and UA comes to you and says we want to feature this pad in our mask and we'll take 1,000 or some other large number order. I think it's an entirely different business decision to say you want to make pads as an accessory and see how well they sell. Overproduce and undersell and you get burnt. Underproduce and oversell and you will miss sales as the market demand reaches to other options and may or may not circle back for that hot item that sold out quickly. We'll keep this thread going, of course. If anyone has anything to add or if you should come across these pads for sale...please do post the link on this thread. ~Dog
  34. 3 points
    I tried that and then I realized what I really need is a slimmer, trimmer me...
  35. 3 points
    My plea has been sent, I am due to change out my pads for next spring and would love to give them a try. One thing I thought of was that they may have given UA and Evoshield some sort of agreement that they would be the only ones with the pads, therefore they cannot sell them as just pads. Definitely all speculation but with a new company it could be the case.
  36. 3 points
    My eyes! My eyes! @wolfe_man, it's like looking into the face...of God! A more sophisticated chest protector from a more civilized age! [shakes hairy fist...] Everything was better before! We're not worthy! We're not worthy! Good luck with your sale, OP! ~Dog
  37. 3 points
    My safety concern is the flash distracting the pitcher and him losing just enough control of that pitch such that B1 gets hit by the pitch. "Ma'am, for the safety of the players would you please turn off the flash? Thank you."
  38. 3 points
    You’re trying to find sense now??? Here’s a nugget of LKI – each Major League participant is tested daily, and from what I’ve read & heard, the umpires are tested 2–3 times daily. Those masks, while pretty nifty looking (as far as masks go), are not medical PPE -rated, so they’re not wearing them to prevent contraction of the virus (if it is even there on the field, which it isn’t). Thus, why are they wearing them? Hmmmmm... Simple, they’re setting a good, professional example, and reducing the (undue, IMO) scrutiny upon them and the League. If a club has an outbreak, it didn’t come from the umpires, by golly! Yes, but I can’t seem to find anything published about it. And if I did, which I haven’t, I wouldn’t reprint it here in case ~someone~ freaked out over it. As I mentioned earlier, I’m completing 22 weeks of COVID-free baseball. The first two weeks, I was required to wear a mask (I wore a gaiter, below) on plate and bases, and I found that it actually prevented sunburn on my cheeks, neck, and back of my head, despite my personal opinion about wearing one.
  39. 3 points
    For what I use it for, absolutely. I have a bulging disc in my back, and on those chilly February days at the start of the season, the jarring motion of running darn near incapacitates me. I use it like you would a back brace for lifting heavy things - just to give me some support so I can move like I should. It does make me look better in my uniform, too, for that matter. But only under the uniform. When I tried it on to begin with, SWMBO told me I shouldn't ever wear it in her presence again if I ever wanted ... anything from her.
  40. 3 points
    F8 didn't "Drop" the ball; he let if fall untouched. Further more, if F8 wasn't an "infielder" for the infield fly rule, he wasn't in "infielder" for the "dropped fly" rule. So, as described, Play on. Here's the OBR rule: (12) An infielder intentionally drops a fair fly ball or line drive, with first, first and second, first and third, or first, second and third base occupied before two are out. The ball is dead and runner or runners shall return to their original base or bases; APPROVED RULING: In this situation, the batter is not out if the infielder permits the ball to drop untouched to the ground, except when the Infield Fly rule applies.
  41. 3 points
    Didja miss this part of my post??? – To its criticism, NOCSAE isn’t an independent consortium, simply because if it was, there’d be no way it would or could be financially viable. If someone or something was to pay me for my time and effort doing this, then sure... but otherwise, right now, in this current climate, it’d be as productive as placing a kayak in the desert and encouraging me to paddle. All well and good, but the biggest obstacle to progress is A) the “exclusive”, dominant position of a/the Big Yellow W on broadcasts, and B) the failure by “certain people at the top” to do nothing more than stump for the Big Yellow W, with claims of, “This is what you need.” Great analogy, but slanted here in umpiring because one company has biased “exclusivity”, and has done next-to-nothing over the past 25 years, yet still commands that dominant position. Insultingly, some people still sing their (false) praises. To parallel your analogy, it would be like all the other airlines adopting jet airliners with advanced materials and tested safety features, but the FAA steps in and says that America should fly with Wright Flyers, because they were the first, and they’re “time-proven”, and Wright Bros. have done “so much” for America and the FAA. Worse still, at Flight School, there’s some FAA stool pigeon there, telling students that they will be training on Wright Flyers, because Wright Flyers are “what ya need”... and holding up a model of a Boeing 777 and claiming that it’s made of titanium, and titanium is “bad”. As a fellow tinkerer and colleague, I’ll agree with you, but change the wording a bit... to @BlueRanger’s point, this will undoubtedly affect Force3. However, do I think that Force3 is viable and still valid? Yes, absolutely. One of Jason Klein’s greatest strengths is his willingness to take risks, and fully back and implement Kevlar. Force3 has also demonstrated – actually done it, not just say they might – an ability to rapidly modify and upgrade their core products to respond to issues. V1 Defender too heavy? Drop a spring assembly, and issue V2. Kurt Suzuki gets chin cuts? Change the pad design to cover. Umpires and catchers want a visor? Poof! One is designed and produced to fit specifically to the mask. The same can be said about their CP – 3 versions, or upgraded revisions, within... what... 8 years? We’re going on 20+ years for the Gold. Twenty. And all Wilson’s managed to upgrade is the harness, and that was after Ray, All-Star, and Force3 each making their own modern harnesses that improve the Gold’s (and Platinum’s) fit. So, this isn’t a first-round, first-punch knockout. This is a eighth-round combination punch that has put the media darling on the mat... and several companies, not just All-Star, can be congratulated for landing blows. To the media darling – either get up and do something, or tap out. Enough of this. You’ve been in the limelight too long.
  42. 3 points
    Yep. Does he put the ball in his foot if he touches the base with it? Of course not. It's still an out, though.
  43. 3 points
    Continuing to follow this... I was wondering if any of our members with IT/Security specific knowledge could chime in with additional tips. I'm definitely going to look into lastpass.
  44. 3 points
    Abandonment where? He slid to avoid interfering with a throw...when he saw the ball drop he continued to the base...and stayed there until the review was complete. Besides, the ump called him out...you can't "abandon" if the ump has just told you you're out.
  45. 3 points
  46. 3 points
    @Rock Bottom, you can best believe that my $300 of Oakley Flak-jackets w/ PRIZM lens sets, that reside in my gear bag for use only with baseball, are deducted.
  47. 3 points
    What am I, chopped liver? And when did the specter of modifying something ever stop you, Mister Make-My-Visor-Fit-My-FM4K-Mask?? Of course you can repaint the Skuly, like any other ABS-shelled helmet on the market. And no, it doesn’t affect the integrity (unless you do something asinine in your process like a chemical bath or a blowtorch). What it does affect is warranty, which is something a lot of people (not you, Jeff) seem to have lost their grasp on the concept and definition of. Repainting or altering a product may incur consequences; far too often nowadays, we (our culture) assume no consequences will occur, and any and all liability should fall on someone else (in this case, the helmet manufacturer). I’m with ya – I’d love to see this new Skuly out in navy, too... Anything to get our navy-wearing colleagues less of an excuse to wear cheap, poorly made & maintained, ill-fitted black HSMs (or in some rare, extreme cases, red ones!). It would signify that a manufacturer has really done its due diligence and its homework on us – at all levels. Can we expect them to? No, that’s not fair. Want to know how to repaint that helmet “professionally”? Ask @Stk004 to concur, we’ve repainted a helmet or two of his...
  48. 3 points
    I seem to recall something to the effect that it had to be something that could only be used for umpiring. So, generally, only if you have some sort of special pair, or special lenses, and don't use them while, for example, driving to the game, or fishing while on vacation, etc., That said, I also seem to recall that the penalty for "over deducting" is not nearly as severe as the penalty for "under reporting income"
  49. 3 points
    I used mine for the first time today. I did have to order up a hat size from 7 1/4 to 7 1/2 for my UnCap to fit. Once I did that it worked like a charm. I used my Wilson Aluminum mask black with Ray’s harness. Had to remember to put one hand on the harness and one on the mask for a smooth take off but no problem otherwise. Nice alternative if you like wearing a regular hat on the plate yet be protected.
  50. 3 points
    Umpiring, and particularly game management, requires strong communication skills. More relevant communication is almost never wrong. I've had this too: one idea is to signal the out and verbalize the usual "He's out!" at "selling it" volume; then make the sweeping motion of the arms AND verbalize "he came off the bag!"; then again with "he's out!" and a signal. We usually reserve that "he's came off the bag" mechanic for fielders, especially F3, making force plays. But it can be useful in this context as well.

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