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  1. The first PG-13 movie was Red Dawn, released on August 10, 1984. Karate Kid was released on July 2, 1984.
  2. I wore similar setups for over a dozen years. The only time it prevented me from focusing on outside noises was when someone was talking. Based on this only being used for pitching signs, that shouldn't affect any hearing during play. The NFL has been using them for years and, AFAIK, no issues. I know the comments to the on-field helmets are still coded, so I'd suppose the same would be true for baseball. Also, with today's technology, you can digitally scramble with auto-channel changing and such. It would take knowing whatever "code" is in their encryption (which can change between games and innings) to "hack".
  3. @The Short Umpire, you must not have much experience with Referee Magazine (the people who publish the newsletter). I don't know their process of obtaining photos for their publications, but they are frequently by the same few people and have little regard to written and unwritten mechanics for the officials they portray. Not only baseball, but all sports.
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    MiLB Shake UP

    Agreed. If the funds magically appear, they'd have better results by taking that extra umpire fee and paying it to the two that already show up. That would attract more to the craft. Not saying that money is the reason most of us do it, but it doesn't hurt. Especially in a sport where officials typically have to spend a few hundred dollars before they even enter the field.
  5. I wear prescription sunglasses. If I took them off, I'd be squinting. Not sure which is less professional.
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    MiLB Shake UP

    More chance of being seen. But it does make it just a bit harder to even get into the minors.
  7. The bigger question here is why it's Garciaparra, when everyone knows him as Nomar.
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    MiLB Shake UP

    None of the teams were above AA-level. I don't know the numbers, but I'll bet there's enough turnover of umpires at the lower levels that no one is getting fired specifically because of the lower number of teams in the leagues.
  9. Exactly. Basketball and football are the easiest for game admin to control - it's "the" game of the day. Site management is there the whole time. But in baseball, you're lucky to see the admin once while you're there, especially if there's another game going on.
  10. I'm 100% against any umpire interacting with the fans. This situation is why. That said, this umpire was in a no-win situation - and I hate that. If he'd simply ignored the fans, they wouldn't have stopped. If he'd gone to the coach, it's a toss-up if he'd done anything. You see what happened by trying to deal with it himself. There needs to be a concerted effort to make it stop. There needs to be penalties assessed to teams who allow their fans to act this way. I don't know how it can be done, but it needs to be done.
  11. I agree that there are women officials who want to work their sports' highest levels. I think it's bad form to support your argument with a list of women who you have no direct knowledge of having that want.
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    Zombie Threads

    If we make the change, the worst that happens is someone starts a new thread. If we don't, someone zombies a thread. Which worst is best for the forums?
  13. @dumbdumb, are you sure any of those women want to move on to D1 Men?
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    Zombie Threads

    Using the search function doesn't stop someone from finding old threads and reading them. It would just prevent them from commenting in it. To me, this is the main reason to stop zombie threads from reappearing: I would agree to a 1-year lock of threads. Warren, I don't know how well you can customize, but I would even suggest having a message at the top of all locked posts: "This thread has been automatically locked due to inactivity. Please be aware that due to updated rules and interpretations, the information provided in this thread may be outdated."
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    1st and 3rd

    Was that 2013?! Geez, I feel old.
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    Fresh Meat

    Time for a username change?
  17. You aren't wrong @kylehutson, but it also makes sense. I umpired baseball because it was the sport I knew and the sport I'd enjoy officiating. I imagine that's how it works for most officials, even if it's just a start to extending to other sports. I've parented both my children (one male, one female) that they don't have to follow gender norms, but it's perfectly acceptable if they do. There is nothing wrong with a woman who wants to stay at home and raise children and cook dinner for her family - it's only wrong when she's placed in that position without her wanting it. Likewise, there's nothing wrong with a man who wants to do the same, even though society generally teaches that it's wrong. Of course, both want to become YouTube stars, so I feel I may have failed in my communication.
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    Are you my boss?
  19. Michigan has a public lookup for court cases: https://courts.michigan.gov/opinions_orders/case_search/pages/default.aspx
  20. You make a false belief here, in that you assume all men want the best for their daughters. Believe it or not, some men just want their daughters to get married and be mothers - and that women have no place in (pick one, multiple, or all) my workplace, my hobby, the leadership of my place of worship, or government.
  21. As much as I agree that seeing pitches is key, I hate pitching machines. They don't offer the same mechanics as an actual pitcher, so it's hard for me to focus on them.
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    FED DH Rule Change

    The NFHS rules on Arbiter haven't been updated to the 2020 rules yet, so I'll side with @maven on this.
  23. You two watch the same program in two different locations in the house? Seems a waste of valuable time together. Then again, you two might be sick of time together and want to watch the game separately.
  24. And every television-watching umpire since the invention of television.
  25. Interesting. Never worked slow-pitch and never seen the line in any game I've watched (which is only a few).
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