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  1. To this day, the best chest protector I’ve worn is the TW power. Fits me perfectly. A very close second though is the F3 V2 with Wilson plates. I loved that thing but I got rid of it to make room for the TW power I now have(good trade IMO, lol) If I had to choose the new Wilson, I’d use the gray one just because of the new “updated” padding. And I like the looks of the gray on black. But I’m vertically gifted and it would be too short so I’m sticking with my TW power, which is a real tough choice lol
    4 points
  2. Just bought it. Expect a review shortly.
    3 points
  3. This past week I found out I was accepted to a collegiate umpiring group and will start to umpire college baseball this coming spring. The long standing members here will remember but I think I first joined UE when I was 15 doing in-house LL games. Excited for the challenge ahead, and looking forward to continuing to improve and climb the ladder.
    3 points
  4. Having just acquired a lightly used Force3 V3, I'm not interested in being an early adopter to these changes at that price point. HOWEVER, I would love to be able to purchase the new low-profile padding to retrofit my existing Gold.
    3 points
  5. @Scissors Ive seen this one out there, seems identical to the WV gold. Hadn't pushed myself to pull the trigger but I may just have to now that you've called me out!
    2 points
  6. You can buy three of these (one of each size) for the cost of just one new Wilson or F3!
    2 points
  7. That or else he had an aneurysm upon hearing the news.
    2 points
  8. From the 2017 Jaksa/Roder manual (p. 147): There are two types of steps that are legal—jab or stutter step and a jump step. Jab Step (of the pivot foot): In cases of a right-handed pitcher throwing to first, or a left-handed pitcher throwing to third, or any pitcher throwing to second, a pitcher can take a jab or stutter step with his pivot foot before stepping to the base with his free foot. The motion of the stutter step and the resulting step of the free foot must be fluid and continuous; if the two motions are not continuous, there is a balk. Of course, the latter step must bring the free foot into the air and replace it on the ground in a completely different spot that is closer to the pickoff base. Jump Step: A pitcher can, without balking, jump (i.e., both his feet go airborne simultaneously) before his non-pivot foot retouches the ground in a different position: this is a jump step. Again, the latter step must bring the free foot into the air and replace it on the ground in a completely different spot that is closer to the pickoff base. From the 2021 Minor League Baseball Umpire Manual (section 6.26, p. 118): It is legal for a right-handed pitcher to begin a pickoff move to first base by first moving his pivot foot in the direction of third base provided that he makes a legal step toward first base with his non-pivot foot before throwing there and provided that the move is continuous and without interruption. A pitcher who makes such a pickoff move is considered to be in contact with the rubber when he makes his throw to first base.
    2 points
  9. Assuming that the plate umpire was working the game behind the plate as usual, the ball should not have been live. The batter hit a dead ball. Nothing happened. Not technically a "do over," because it was never "done" in the first place. There is no penalty. Same ruling all codes. And the umpire should be paying better attention and nip this in the bud.
    2 points
  10. Good points, but I wish they could work that out. I have a Gold and I love it. That said, it’s going on it’s 9 th season and I’m starting to think about my next CP. As much as I like it, I’m not interested in a upgraded gold when I can get a Cobalt for less, or a force 3 for a couple bucks more.
    2 points
  11. I did tell everyone to wait to buy a new CP
    2 points
  12. That would be an umpire balk, where the coaches rotate one position, with the manager going to the parking lot.
    2 points
  13. A local kid that I've watched grow up from behind the plate has invited me to be with him and his parents at his college signing day. He said I was behind the plate for so many of his games he felt like I needed to be there when he signed up for the next step. I was blown away! I never thought calling balls and strikes would create this kind of memory or moment in life. Maybe not important to a bunch of people but the thought that I could have an impact on 1 kids life just really made my day.
    2 points
  14. One of my tasks at work is to visit potential project sites for the preparation of proposals. Worked on one today with eight different sites spread out over a couple of counties. When reviewing the Google Earth KML file with the sites marked I found myself thinking: "OK. This one is near so and so field. Easy to find. This one is just down the street from such and such park. And this is around the corner from Here and There Township Park." Five of the eight were near fields where I typically work. Umpiring experience made the entire day so much more efficient. Anyone else have any "You Might Be an Umpire If..." experiences?
    1 point
  15. That was for the champro pro plus on their website. Different one.
    1 point
  16. Just saw this one today. Very interesting. I'll have to find out more about their Air Management Technology (AMT), but with a 5-section waist area it should wrap around you very well. And at $96.95 83.00 shipped you can't beat the price. Three size options, 13" to 16", should cover the ribs on almost all umpires too. That neck roll is very comfortable and is found on Douglas and Wilson Gold CP's. It makes getting that CP up under your chin more comfortable with less chafing. Features 13” - medium 14” - large 16” - x-large Air management technology Exterior contour molded 3mm PE armor (3mm is 0.11 inches) Adjustable pectoral pads Full shoulder coverage 5-way adjustable harness The plated umpire chest protector from Champro utilizes Air Management Technology to evenly distribute impact force from stray balls, providing ultimate protection behind the plate. Easily adjust for the ideal fit and comfort of this chest protector with the adjustable pectoral pads and the 5-way adjustable harness equipped with durable T-hook clips.
    1 point
  17. This is not some special exclusive. I saw these in the 2022 Wilson catalog two months ago. All retailer should be getting them around February-ish… Purchase Officials just decided to do a pre-order… Probably just trying to generate some buzz. Platinum is discontinued as well as the the triple knee black shinguards and the gray shinguards.
    1 point
  18. I am sure Max will have a lot to say https://purchaseofficials.com/products/new-wilson-pro-gold-2-memory-foam-chest-protector?redirect_mongo_id=619cff21cae31800120a70cb&utm_source=Springbot&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=619cff20cae31800120a70ca https://purchaseofficials.com/products/new-wilson-pro-gold-2-air-management-chest-protector?redirect_mongo_id=619cff21cae31800120a70cb&utm_source=Springbot&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=619cff20cae31800120a70ca https://purchaseofficials.com/collections/leg-guards/products/new-wilson-pro-gold™-2-leg-guards
    1 point
  19. For God's sake, don't adjust your cup during a game!
    1 point
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  21. You're the PU and for whatever reason you are not ready and the pitcher starts his motion or actually delivers the pitch: TIME!!!!! Noting matters after that. Don't care if the ball is in flight, the pitch now is nothing. Hit the ball, don't hit the ball, does not matter. I now have rules support as I killed the play. Yes, you may get gruff from a coach, but at least no play can happen.
    1 point
  22. This will be fun! If it isn't a full page long, something is wrong. Lol
    1 point
  23. And every pitcher does the exact same thing when you call it. Arms spread out, look down at their pivot foot that they have now placed behind the rubber, and proclaim “ I stepped off”
    1 point
  24. Can't believe @MadMax hasn't chimed in here .... however, ...he may still be in the middle of constructing his epic response!
    1 point
  25. Maybe I'm just lucky, but there have been a number of times where a pitcher TRIED to throw a pitch when I wasn't ready, or fully in my spot, or trying to get my mask back on - but none have ever gotten to the point where they THREW it. Why? Because I simply STOP THEM from doing it. I know that sounds dickish, they way I'm writing that. It's what it is, since it seems fairly obvious. But what I mean is, most of us that umpire have this thing called a voice, and usually, one or more arms. So if I see the young man (and let's be honest - it's generally the younger and/or less experienced players that do this) starting to make his motions behind the plate, I'm putting my hands up and hollering something to get him to stop. I guess "No pitch!" is the favoured way, but I've been known to just say "Hang on!" or "Dude!" in that sitch. I'd love to know how it got to such a point where not only did ANY of the pitcher/catcher/batter combo not realize the ump wasn't there to begin with, but the pitcher went all the way through his set or windup AND delivery and didn't screech to a halt on his own. (But to specifically answer the question: nothing would happen that would count in the game. Pitcher might throw it, batter might hit it, but it means nothing.)
    1 point
  26. Guys! I've been getting quite a few messages about shipping... The price includes shipping! Will most likely be on your doorstep within a week but most likely a few days! Thanks guys!
    1 point
  27. And to add... Since he's still a pitcher, and not a fielder, he can't feint to first. He must throw it, even if his back foot ends up landing behind the rubber.
    1 point
  28. This is actually a very interesting question. I will preface what I say by saying THIS SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN....I have done a million games solo and 2-man in my life and can't recall ever having a pitcher and batter ready to go before I am, 99% of the time I am the one trying to speed them up, but I digress. The reason it is interesting is I am trying to think of how a protest would be handled by a disallowed HR when the ball was never killed. Yes, it's already been established what an umpire SHOULD have done (hustle back, call time when he sees action is about to occur, etc). But if the ball is live, the batter is in the box, the pitcher does everything legally (come set, take sign on rubber, etc), does a rule support disallowing the pitch and resultant HR? Could an offensive HC protest and win based on rule alone? And what defines an umpire not being ready? I have seen some HPU's in my son's youth games struggling to get their mask on, or fumbling for their indicator...are we to say we wouldn't allow it if HPU isn't even back to dirt area but would if he was behind plate and just "not ready" himself to view the pitch? This is a question I would put in the "fun to discuss at dinner with other umpires" category. And during COVID, some umpires called from behind the mound...is the P required to check on the umpire behind him before delivering a pitch? I could see the umpire not being ready behind P and he delivers pitch....does that change anything? Behind the plate you would surmise the P should see you aren't there, but disallowing the HR benefits the team that was most at fault (batter isnt looking back necessarily, but P sure is)
    1 point
  29. Isn't that making a huge assumption the ball wasn't in play to begin with?
    1 point
  30. Yeah, I'm 6'1", and the larger Platinum left one rib exposed. Always a bit uneasy after cracking a rib in a different situation, and knowing how painful that was. Now look at the System 7, with the little dip on each side, which actually covered my last rib. Genius.
    1 point
  31. Besides a Power and Allstar S7 I’ve tried almost every chest protector. I’ve frankensteined many of them and am currently working on another. The TW gold is one of my all time favorites. The difference between a regular gold and TW gold is night and day, and if this updated gold is anything like the TW gold it’s worth every penny. A WV gold with TW could easily sell for $600 and that is if you could even find one for sell. If they are anything a like this could put one of the best CP in the hands of umpires everywhere for a fraction of the cost (even at $250). I ordered one because I want to try it. Just like I tried the cobalt and hated it and just like I tried the force 3 and hated it. Sounds like @tpatience knows more. Any idea on how it compares to the TW gold?
    1 point
  32. The special penalty is 5.09(b): (8)  He attempts to score on a play in which the batter interferes with the play at home base before two are out. With two out, the interference puts the batter out and no score counts;"
    1 point
  33. 4 or 5 years in the works, and THIS is all they do? Toss in some Sketcher's foam, put on a harness we're all using anyways, and some magnetic buckles? Not even a new look? It's still a quality rig, and a viable option IF you don't have a quality rig already. But, IMO, not one would change to if you already are wearing a good c/p. Nothing new here, I'm afraid. "That's shame" - J. Seinfeld. And some day, someone will make a new and improved c/p in a different color for marketing purposes. Right now we're all guessing what the MLB guys are using, and sometimes get a peek when the don a plate coat. But we sure as hell know when a Carlucci is sported, don't we? And it doesn't have to be Riddell orange, either. Maybe just cobalt blue...........................(man they missed a great chance there. I mean, it was in their @#$@#$% name, for gosh sakes!)
    1 point
  34. So they "updated" their shin guards, and still have that flap that EVERYONE saws off. I wonder if it's velcroed in, with an option to remove it. That would be an update. It's akin to those dopey arm flaps that used to be supplied.
    1 point
  35. Count me as intrigued. This is long over due. Upgraded low profile padding and a neoprene harness? Who would have thought that was even possible? Not sold on the magnetic buckles on the first pass
    1 point
  36. So does "air management" mean anything beyond "legacy style foam"? I don't see anything obvious promoting air flow.
    1 point
  37. The thickness of the top All Star pad is approximately the same as the Team Wendy or Wilson memory foam pads. They just look smaller because of the over stuffed bottom pad.
    1 point
  38. Congrats Bobby!
    1 point
  39. Because a true Nike Titanium is the ultimate “plate cred” or “ump cred” mask. It represents exclusivity (can’t buy them retail), elegance (thin, simple bar layout), strength (titanium, duh), and swagger (when you own one, you do not let it get beat up). The layout it uses is iconic baseball; as such, I coined the (nick)name – the Icon. Oddly enough, it was first produced for Jorge Posada, who at the time was a Rawlings-endorsed catcher. A deal was struck between Jorge and Nike, and Nike soon produced shinguards, a chest protector, and a harness resplendent in Nike swooshes. Here they were, placing their mark on possibly the most viewed catcher in all of baseball. Posada made a request for a new mask, and while I don’t know the exact details, the Icon’s form was created for Posada specifically – light, yet strong, with optimized visibility. Lastly (and this is why I get sooooooo irritated with @tpatience ), an extension was placed on the bottom of the mask, the chin, so as to act in lieu of a dangling throat guard. As such, it was oversized, and had no forward rake – it looped straight down. This proved more effective for a big league catcher than a dangling throat guard (because pro catchers are conditioned to drop their chin to their chest to block), but it also allowed Posada to prop the mask atop his head frequently without a throat guard hanging in his face. The Nike Titanium had just become a component of (photographic) immortality. Titanium was employed because it was strong, light, but also that it only required one bar, while everyone else (at the time) was doing double bars of much heavier steel. Wilson quickly followed suit, but for a time, could only produce their version in steel. And, because of Wilson’s limited investment in product refinement, their masks were vinyl-dipped. To be fair, Nike also made a steel version of this iconic form, and it, too, was vinyl-dipped. Nike, never one to miss on a marketing opportunity, quickly began signing and supplying other professional catchers (sorry, Wilson, you don’t make attire and shoes!), as well as bundling their catcher gear up to supply to the bevy of US universities under their brand contract. At that same time, though, a market analysis was done, and Nike realized that there wasn’t a sustainable market to sell the masks to the general public. Perhaps it was a trade/tariff/import block (that which keeps Mizuno and SSK out), or it was the NFHS ruling that all masks for high school baseball and softball had to be one-piece (thus eliminating a significant part of Nike’s available market), or that someone at Nike voiced that if you (we) sell ‘em, then you (we) better be prepared to service & accept returns on ‘em (evidently, Wilson never got this insight). There may have been other factors, too, but the point is – the Nike “Icon” Titanium never went on retail sale. Sure, it had retail hang-tags on it, and had a value assigned to it, but that was expressly for importation purposes (everything imported must have a declared value). The mask was never sold, it was only, exclusively supplied. This drove interest and demand for it to (relatively) crazy heights. To have one, as an amateur player, meant you were either endorsed by Nike, or there was a story about how you got it via a circuitous route. To have one, as an amateur umpire, meant another long or lucky story. There was always a story involved; umpires love telling stories. As a gear guy, what confounds me are the pads – they’re really, really good, but not indicative of Nike’s obsession with product advancement. Now, certainly, they’ve got Wilson’s and Rawlings beat by a ton, but it’s not like they’re using Air Max bladders, or their latest React foam in these mask pads. They are using a “gel foam”, which is a type of memory foam that I classify as a “wet” foam – the foam is jacketed within a membrane to keep it from drying out and becoming brittle. To Nike’s credit, they understood that the Titanium mask, being “obscenely” (more like a-proportionally) light in mass, needed to be paired with a dense, relatively massive foam pad to absorb the energy. As such, the gel-foam pads are noticeably denser than All-Star’s vaunted LUC-Mag pads. Most users (umpires, specifically) don’t understand how pads function or what comprises them; also, only 1/6th of the Nike masks came with black pads. As such, most users eschewed the gel-foam pads and stuck in Wilsons, Honig’s… or these new pads from an outfit named Team Wendy’s.
    1 point
  40. KNOW THAT FEELING! I decided to pull the trigger on the Gold conversion but had to wait a month for the funds. Of course in that time they cancel the program. And decided I want to do my Gold shin guards exactly one day after they decide to stop doing those.
    0 points
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