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KenBAZ

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KenBAZ last won the day on September 4 2017

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About KenBAZ

  • Birthday 06/27/1957

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    Male
  • Location
    Chandler, AZ

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  • Your Association Name
    AIA
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    HS, Men's, Youth
  • How did you hear about Umpire-Empire?
    ABUA (umpire.org)

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  1. Absolutely said, I couldn't stop laughing. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  2. Where'd that miss, middle? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  3. 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 to the side the fielder is going to". Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. KenBAZ

    Joe West

    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
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    Joe West

    Hockey Style Helmet mitigates the problem. It occurs more frequently at lower levels of the game. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  8. Good question, I think most of umpiring is forming good mental habits that lead to good physical habits. I am mentally holding the count and number of outs in my mind and then I react to what I see and hear. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  9. Mac, I think you did a pretty good job handling this situation given the level and at least one coaching staff had no idea what they were doing. At this level I want to be patient and try to educate. With the AC I would have simply said. A foul tip is not a foul ball. If your HC, (use his name), has a question I'd be glad to explain it to him. If it continued to escalate I would warn the AC he would be restricted and what that means, including he could not talk to us anymore. No matter the rule set or local rules, participants must follow my directives. If then the AC called me to look at the rule book it's a simple, no fuss ejection. He was restricted from talking to us and he failed to compile. With the HC, if it could stay between us without others knowing what was going on, I might have said something like come on Ray, you know a foul tip is not a foul ball. If you have a question about something, ask for time and come talk to us. That approach helps educate and improves the relationship between umpires and coaches while still doing our job of keeping things safe and fair. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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    First One

    Good EJ, no good baseball guy is going to tell you that his pitcher's problems are your fault unless he wants to go. His interaction with the stands after the ejection supports the idea he was planning on getting run. In a case like this you want to keep the show to a minimum. Your refusal to discuss balls and strikes is perfect. It sets up rule support for an ejection if things go any further. Something like, "knock if off, we're not talking about balls and strikes. It's against the rules and sets a bad example for the kids". I'd say that loud enough for both dugouts and the stands to hear. After that the choice is clear. If the coach continues to violate the rules he's gone with out a big deal being made of it. Also I'll suggest that for every piece of advise you get about umpiring you add, "call more strikes", to the end of it. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  11. Born and raised on the Cape. What people have to understand is that the last guy in the pen is an ace on his big time D1 program. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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    Legal Pick-Off?

    Ha, it's not just umpires that don't know this rule. Last year I had a former MLB pitcher arguing for a balk on this play. I couldn't be sure if he was just trying to take advantage of me or he really didn't know the rule. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  13. Let's start talking about when we will be working our first games again. I still have a double-header scheduled for May 24th. Be safe and stay healthy. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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    The Balloon

    I'm a "Super Slot" guy now that learned to umpire with a pillow and felt very comfortable with it at the time. At this point, it's been so long without it and everything I do has changed so much, I can't even imagine what it would be like to go back to the outside protector. Well, one thing you can count on happening. You and your partner would catch a ration of excrement from both dugouts. I had the pleasure of working the bases with a guy who insisted on using the outside protector for college summer ball last year [emoji3525] Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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    The Balloon

    I'm a "Super Slot" guy now that learned to umpire with a pillow and felt very comfortable with it at the time. At this point, it's been so long without it and everything I do has changed so much, I can't even imagine what it would be like to go back to the outside protector. Well, one thing you can count on happening. You and your partner would catch a ration of excrement from both dugouts. I had the pleasure of working the bases with a guy who insisted on using the outside protector for college summer ball last year [emoji3525] Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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