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KenBAZ last won the day on May 14 2021

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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

    Where in AZ

    What Tournament and what days? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  2. The metro Phoenix area has games year round and a shortage of umpires. We have the spring training facilities for half of MLB to use 10 months of the year. No place has as many opportunities to work as here. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  3. I'll provide feedback on setup, timing and head movement if asked. However, other than the general adminision that calling more strikes makes for a better game, I don't get involved in my partners zone. It's a completely different view from behind the plate. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  4. "Down East Nort Carolina" What say you Maine? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  5. I do find this irritating, as it amounts to the coach arguing with a judgement call. Good baseball guys just don't do it. Funny, but I've never had a coach hammer or verbalize a runner out. Depending on the state of the relationship with the coaching staff, I'll sometimes say in a friendly way, "hey coach, if you're going to keep using umpire's signals, I'm going to start waving your runners around". Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  6. Leaving the poor positioning aside this is simple. As an umpire, if I didn't see something, if I'm not sure, then it's, "I don't have him leaving early". Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  7. KenBAZ


    Ask yourself, was the 3rd out recorded before the batter runner reach first base safely? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  8. While I have two sets of everything and too many shirts, I do feel outgeared with@MadMax around. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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    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
  10. 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 uncomfortable conversation Max had with his first assignor here in AZ. Why hadn't he been working varsity games in his home state? Was he qualified to work the national level PG event we were holding that weekend? As I recall, his first role was bringing ice water to us during the event. The first games we worked together, Max jumped in and worked three man without being compensated. In the nearly four years since then Max has taken every opportunity to work his butt off and get better. There have been endless numbers of youth games on scorching, dusty fields. Clinics and camps, taking advantage of every opportunity to learn and improve. His summers have been occupied with college and now independent ball. His primary in season focus has shifted to NAIA baseball. I still hear from so many umpires that honors like this are "political", whatever that means. Max is still an outsider here to a large degree and has much less tenure then most of the umpire working for our association. So it's gratifying to see a clear example of merit being reward. Way to go buddy!
  11. 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
  12. I was shut out using Tapatalk for a few weeks. It's back up and running now. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  13. Ha, are you sure that's not a picture of my trunk? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  14. 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
  15. Yes, I received it as well. Data security is a huge concern. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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