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MUAump2 last won the day on December 28 2020

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About MUAump2

  • Birthday 07/09/1986

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    St. Louis, MO
  • Interests
    Baseball, golf, blackjack, music.

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    MUA, GPBA, CBUA, Prospect League.
  • Occupation
    Auto Claims Adjuster
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    Legion, NAIA, NCAA Div. II and III
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  1. I have used it before and I like it. It's certainly beneficial, especially for those hot days where we sweat a lot more than usual. Side note: It's very helpful and effective after a long night imbibing in alcoholic beverage, in case you were wondering.
  2. Other than baseball, I have done volleyball, basketball, and inline hockey. Baseball is still my number one sport. I do basketball for the exercise to say in shape for baseball, plus it's hard to beat the atmosphere of a packed gym for a rivalry basketball game. I officiated volleyball for 3 years before I started coaching my daughter's CYC team, but the practices and games left little time to officiate. I still do inline hockey sometimes, but it's mostly just glorified adult babysitting and trying to prevent fights. It is great exercise, and forces you to learn to skate well, quickly. I learned early though, if they're going to fight, I let them. I'm not going to risk getting punched in the face.
  3. As the BU, like Arik, I go to the dirt/grass line on the infield side and act like I'm not listening. I'm close enough to be able to hear anything egregious, but far enough away to be giving them space. Unless a change is being made, I see no need to jog to the outfield side when the conference only lasts around 20-30 seconds anyway. I've never had a coach/manager say anything to me about being too close. If I'm on the plate, I note the visit on my lineup card, clean off the plate (these items kill between 15-20 seconds) then start walking out toward the backside of the mound. That usually gets them moving, then I jog back to the plate, ideally beating the catcher there. Seems to work well for me.
  4. I just got the Smitty Poly/Spandex pants last fall and I absolutely love them. Very light, breathable, but still sturdy.
  5. Just to clarify, no balk gives a coach a choice. The balk is either enforced, or it's not. No options.
  6. I'm scheduled to open a week from Saturday...forecast in STL that day is rainy and 47. But that could turn into snow and 20, or sunny and 60 between now and then. Welcome to Missourah!
  7. Why are you allowing a college player to dip? In my neck of the woods, that's a big no-no.
  8. That's not even close to the same situation.
  9. I've always said I'll stop umpiring/officiating when it isn't fun anymore. When/if there comes at time where I don't look forward to stepping onto the field, court or rink, I know I'm done.
  10. Like others have said, changing your diet and drinking lots of water should make huge impact. Another way to keep active, especially in the off-season, is to officiate another sport. I officiate basketball and inline hockey. I try to drink 80-100 ounces of water per day at minimum, have cut out sodas (even diet ones), and have severely reduced my beer intake. Another program you might want to look at is called the Whole30. I'm in the middle of my first round with it, and enjoy it. A friend of mine lost 20lbs following that program in one month. It focuses on whole foods, no grains, no dairy, and no added sugar.
  11. My coldest was a few years ago, probably March 2014 in Northeastern Missouri. NAIA DH, 27 degrees at first pitch, a balmy 31 by the time we were done. No snow or ice, just cold.
  12. I would agree with most of what has been said here so far. Camps/Clinics are probably the best way to get evaluated. I also would try not to have friends evaluate you, as they might be as honest and direct as someone less familiar to you. The most important thing I think is for you to come up with a plan...where you are now in your career, where you want to be, and how you plan to get there. Once you can answer those questions, it will be easier to help you as far as trying to find the best way to help you reach your ultimate goals.
  13. I agree with @noumpere, but definitely understand where Rich is coming from. If the runner stays on the base on his own without being instructed to do so, that's one thing. If the coach tells the runner to stay on the base and not go to the dugout, to me that's him showing me up, telling me that he says he's safe so he stays there.
  14. I'm going to have to agree with @lawump here. Do you typically toss for profanity at that level? #1 (if it was without warning), #2 and #4 sound like very quick triggers without me being there. At this age, unless its profanity directed at me, I'm likely not ejecting. Just my opinion, YMMV.
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