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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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  • Gender
    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. KenBAZ

    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
  2. 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
  3. KenBAZ

    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
  4. 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
  5. KenBAZ

    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
  6. KenBAZ

    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
  7. My self evaluations normally start with: Did I miss any strikes? Was I seeing the ball all the way? How was my timing? Did I hustle to the best possible position on every play? How was my communication and coordination with my partner? How well did I handle any situations that came up? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  8. KenBAZ

    Balk or NO Balk

    I think Jim Evans balk video for OBR requires you to judge whether there was a "play" on if the throw goes to F3 off the bag. I would cite the violation of feinting to 1B as the reason for the balk in FED and OBR (3B included for OBR). That's exactly how Evans explained it. If you judged a play was on, it was not a balk. It was an attempt to retire the runner. It would be hard to convince me that F3 taking a throw 15' from the bag was making a play. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  9. AZ is a RESTRICT, play and report state. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  10. The picture@MadMax's posted shows the type of skull cap I prefer. Usually they are what a football player might wear under their helmet. Under Armour or Nike make most of them. The challenge is to find one with an unobtrusive logo. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  11. I'd like to hear what actually happens as guys from around the country start their seasons. So far so good but my first couple of HS games here in AZ have been with bigger programs with a bit more financial resources. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  12. I've been using a HSM for a long time. I tried to wear a 4 stich under my bucket but could never pull off a complete game of removing my helmet without disturbing my hat or glasses at some point. I went almost a year wearing a hat to the plate meetings and then leaving it in the fence. Lost too many hats! About 5 or 6 years ago I started wearing a black skull cap under my bucket to protect myself from the AZ sun on my bald head. I found that I liked the feel of a layer between my head and the helmet. In addition, the material seems to wick sweat. I wear a skull cap night or day game and the only time I have to remove it is for the anthem. I prefer a HSM because I believe it provides the best protection and visibility. The skull cap offers me the best compromise between proper appearance and functionality. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  13. KenBAZ

    Tapatalk

    Yes! Problems solved for me. Thanks UIC Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  14. KenBAZ

    Tapatalk

    I've had the same issue for a while. Also the links in my email won't allow me to get to the forum in Taptalk either. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  15. I want to mention Jax's list doesn't distinguish a third choice. AZ is a Restict, Play and Report state. Bet teams won't go too long into the season without the proper baseballs if the HC is watching from the dugout. On the other hand, about game 5 I'm expecting some home team HC to drop a, "well we've played four games without them. How come your the only harda##" on me. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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