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  1. @Scissors - I thought the same thing when I ordered the replacement pads through UA. After I got the pads in the mail and saw the color, I went back to UA website and read these subtle description differences in the pads. I think there are 2 different deerskin pad colors. @JimKirk, do my eyes deceive me? #FM4000MAG-UMP-BK/TN Description: #FM4000MAG-RP-DS Description:
  2. This situation has never happened to me in a game in 14 years. Has anyone here dealt a similar situation? How did you handle it? 14u tournament game, semi final, FED rules. I'm PU. Home team on 1B side had a Bluetooth speaker with them and played music between innings or when new F1 was tossing warm-up pitches in the middle of an inning. No "walk up" music. (Personally, I'm not a fan when teams do this period but unless a TD says something or maybe somehow music is being played in an unsporting manner, I wouldn't get involved.) Most music was Hip-Hop / Top 40 genre. You cou
  3. I've been a steady Wilson wrap-around guy for years as my go-to "cold weather" leather pads. @wolfe_man's mask post 2 weeks ago inspired me to try deerskin LUCs in my Diamond. They fit well and I'm even happier with the feel! LUCs are a step up from Wilson, IMO. Until I held both pads side-by-side when I took out the wrap-arounds to replace with the LUCs, I never realized how thin those wrap-around pads are! From an aesthetics POV, the split-front Velcro bothered me a little when I first installed the bottom pad. But I conquered my OCD and figured it's a small price to pay the
  4. Just my way of saying thanks for your eagle-eyed observation that kept me from embarrassing myself when taking the field next spring with an upside-down TG! I'm not a fan of their TG design either but I got sucked in by the fact it matched the mask color. But then yesterday I go back in the thread to see @kylehutson's mask and the TG he paired it with and realized he made the right choice. That's a nice looking combo.
  5. You're like the guy who tells his partner his fly is wide open as you walk from the parking lot to the field - right when he finishes talking your ear off about the awesome mask he's wearing for the first time after Tony from MASK-IT transformed its original dull gray coating into totally bad ass gunmetal. And I respect that, brother. I'll take the field with you anytime.
  6. Wow! Look what showed up at my door today from Tony at MASK-IT! F3 v2 + TG / Gunmetal Diamond ix3 / Titanium
  7. Some guy’s posting baseball videos on YouTube and his lip reading game seems on point IMO.
  8. Watching CWS opening games this weekend I noticed every PU would call pitch location on a ball (e.g. “inside”, “outside”). Sometimes the location would completely replace the “ball” call. I haven’t watch NCAA baseball this year and now I’m wondering if calling ball location is an accepted mechanic at that level. I’ve always thought announcing pitch location to everybody instead of simply calling “ball” is a recipe for trouble...
  9. That's exactly what I'm looking for in FED. Thanks for the interp reference, @scrounge - I just looked it up and posted below. And like @Richvee said I don't see why other codes would differ here. SITUATION 16: R2, on second base, rounds third and runs into F5 as he attempts to field a foul fly ball. This action occurred with (a) a count of 1-1; (b) a count of 1-2; or (c) two outs. RULING: In all three instances, R2 is out for his interference. In (a), the batter returns to bat with a count of 1-2 and in (b), the batter returns to bat with a count of 1-2 as the pitch is treated as a foul
  10. HTBT, but at that level I'm fine with verbal acknowledgement and nipping it right here. But IMO, if players decide to act like that they'd better be swinging away on the next pitch anywhere near that location. Now A) reaching the bat across the plate to touch the other batter's box line, or B) line-drawing in general - that's a different story. I'm going right to the "that's enough" warning in A and likely tossing in B. Just one ump's opinion...
  11. (This was a situation that nearly happened to me last week in an adult league game - modified OBR rule set. Thankfully there wasn't any interference on the play but it got me wondering what the right call is...) 1 out, bases full. No count on batter. Batter hits fly ball in foul territory on 3B side. R3 interferes with F5 who's running towards foul territory to catch the ball. F5 manages to catch the foul fly ball despite the interference. So what do we have? Here are 3 outcomes I see possible. R3 is out, and ball is foul is since time is called at time of interference (de
  12. From a HS game today in Hampton, NH. https://twitter.com/JayPinceSMG/status/1119358222383632384 For that level of service you'd better be tipping the delivery guy well...
  13. Nope. See below. I've got both the slotted Champro and a Zett. Both work well on my +POS Zero G. Good call getting TW pads.
  14. Really appreciate the feedback from everyone - this will help me work in the umpire angle much better in interviews.
  15. Does anyone have stories / advice about talking about your umpiring experience as an asset in a job interview (or adding it on your resume)? I wonder if employers generally see amateur sports officiating as a "side hustle" or "hobby" that doesn't provide valuable real-life experience (as opposed to a full-time job). I'd love to hear why you think umpiring experience at any level can be a highly-valuable commodity in the workplace.
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