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KenBAZ last won the day on May 14

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About KenBAZ

  • Birthday 06/27/1957

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    Chandler, AZ

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    HS, Men's, Youth
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  1. KenBAZ


    One of my pet peeves is Coaches instructing their players to, "call time". Something may be going on that doesn't allow me to grant their request and they are now operating under the assumption that by virtue of saying "time" or holding up there hand, play has been suspended. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  2. I want to extend my congratulations to and make you all aware, that our very own@MadMax has been selected for the plate in the Arizona 6A, (our largest schools), HS State Championship game. The game is next Tuesday May 18th and is held in the Angels' spring training stadium. Our umpiring association has an annual get together at the game to which all of the State's HS coaches are also invited. All in all, it's quite a deal. He's earned the spot based on evaluation by our association and review of the HS coaches we work with. When I heard the news I immediately thought back to the unc
  3. I rotate between the System 7 an a UE V2. I really like the maximum protection of the System 7. BTW, I rotate two pairs of Force3 shins. They are so good that I don't want to do a plate without them on. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  4. I was shut out using Tapatalk for a few weeks. It's back up and running now. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  5. Ha, are you sure that's not a picture of my trunk? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  6. KenBAZ

    Gorilla arm

    It was a POE for Fed a few years ago. I normally find a way to let the kids know to knock it off without a balk. OBR, that's nothing... Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  7. Yes, I received it as well. Data security is a huge concern. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  8. Relax,@MadMax, Wisconsin is not that cool if their kids are wearing sunglasses over their eyes instead of on their hat brim or the back of the cap [emoji57] Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  9. Absolutely said, I couldn't stop laughing. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  10. Where'd that miss, middle? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  11. I don't perceive this as a huge problem—most runners peel off just fine—so I don't get too bent out of shape over it. If we umpires got our act together it would help. This is the point I was trying to make earlier in this thread. Because the rules are different for baserunners, middle infielder no longer have to take measures to protect themselves that are dangerous. We as umpires have to enforce the rules we have to ensure safety. I cringe when I hear coaches say, "You've got to break up the double play". I want to add, "as long as you slide directly to the bag, don't pop up or peel off
  12. Guys, as a middle infielder back in the day we were all taught to throw through the runner as a way of protecting ourselves. Just like the sanctioned collisions we used to see at the plate, the decision has been made to make things safer. Now I require the base runner to avoid interfering with a MI attempting to complete a DP and I don't allow a MI to deliberately throw at a base runner. Otherwise we return to the situation where I had spike marks on my shins all season and multiple runners took relay throws in the chest. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  13. I'm all for standardizing pants. Heather grey is just a bad look. Having worked a long time for an athletic shoe manufacturer I understand the cost of multiple SKU's. It seems like there is a simple solution. Only make shoes in all black. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  14. I understand that many of you can't get use to the extra weight and heat of a helmet, but this is clearly a case where the trade-off is worth it. Yeah, it doesn't happen that often, but once is enough. Also, while a helmet might not prevent a concussion in every case, you clearly would prefer to be wearing one if you got hit with a bat. There's a reason hockey goalies wear them. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  15. Hockey Style Helmet mitigates the problem. It occurs more frequently at lower levels of the game. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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