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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. "Down East Nort Carolina" What say you Maine? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. KenBAZ


    Ask yourself, was the 3rd out recorded before the batter runner reach first base safely? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  7. 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
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. I was shut out using Tapatalk for a few weeks. It's back up and running now. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  12. Ha, are you sure that's not a picture of my trunk? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  13. 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
  14. Yes, I received it as well. Data security is a huge concern. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  15. 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
  16. Absolutely said, I couldn't stop laughing. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  17. Where'd that miss, middle? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Hockey Style Helmet mitigates the problem. It occurs more frequently at lower levels of the game. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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