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  1. I was amused after being observed by a former MLB umpire for 2 innings. The first thing he said to me was; "Evans"? Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  2. If a kid can wear his HSM to catch pitches why can't he take a throw for a play at the plate with his helmet on? The danger seems to be from a ball or a runner's helmet to the face. Leaving his HSM on offers the best protection. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  3. KenBAZ

    Balk Question

    The difference is that if he reaches into his glove to spin the ball for a different grip he knows what he's doing. If he engages then wants to transfer the ball from one hand to the other it's not a momentary adjustment. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  4. KenBAZ

    Balk Question

    Pitchers need to be taught to engage the rubber with the ball where they want it and the hands separated. If they do that and have the ball in their glove they can reach in and make a brief adjustment. Not if the engage with the ball in their glove then want to pull it out to hold in their hand. From a practical perspective if a team is going 1st move on a lefty and he reaches in his glove to get the ball then separates his hands, the runner is going. Also, most defensive coaches want the ball in the throwing hand when F1 engages as it allows him to have more variety in his pick off moves. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  5. Gil: I feel the same way as Lawump. Love your posts and site; don't care for these negative awards. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  6. On the bases today and I swear we had a ball put in play on the follow through. Swing and miss and before it hit the catcher the bat makes contact and the ball dribbles in front of the plate. My partner casually killed it and no one said anything. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  7. What if in the OP the batter put the ball in play? Would anyone have BI? I'd play on. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  8. Wow, what a blast! Communication would have to be the key. Where did you take the play at the plate? Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  9. I'd encourage you to think about body composition, not just weight. That means the mirror is more important then the scale. Also, if you don't include exercise in the plan it's difficult to retain muscle which burns calories. If you restriction calories too much you lose a higher % of muscle which can make it more difficult to continue to lose fat with the same # of calories. If you reduce your calories to about 20% below what your burning and you do strength training you'll lose fat and retain lean body mass. You'll look better, move better and overall be healthier. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  10. I agree, as BU I'm getting this most of the time. If the slide is late and perhaps contact happens behind the bag I'd depend on my partner to get it. If I have it before I turn, I point and announce "Time, that's interference". Turn to 1B, point at the BR and say, "He's out!" with my out mechanic. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  11. Welcome Rich, happy to have you aboard. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  12. I agree this is the bases for weight loss. However there are many other considerations. Most likely what you are after is improved body composition. Eating too little and exercising too much can move you away from your goals. Eating the wrong foods for your energy needs can effect your health and well being while making it difficult to stick with a calorie deficit. On the other hand it is not difficult to learn a few simple things you need to do to lose fat and retain muscle. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  13. JSam: MFP is a great place to start. Set your macros so you are high protein. I don't know how much you weight but I would not need to drop down to 1,800 calories until the last couple of weeks of a long cut. I'm a big proponent of lifting heavy to improve body composition. I'll also recommend the education and information you can get from the Muscle For Life site. PM me and I will offer you more specific suggestions. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  14. Guys, you're missing the fun potential here! I loved Lawumps' post. It is exactly what the OP needed. Now for what his partner missed. How much fun it is to fly down and get involved in a rundown. No matter where the play is I want to get to where I can take over part of the responsibilities for umpiring a rundown. I'm sorely disappointed if a rundown does not last long enough for me to get involved. Coaches, players and partners are amazed when you bust down a line and jump into a rundown. It makes your crew look great when the HPU gets to where he needs to be and verbalizes, "I've got this end". The players are scrambling but the umpires are in control! Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  15. KenBAZ

    Pitching break

    We should talk about movement relative to the throwing arm. In the terms I use a cutter moves away from the arm side. A sinker or two seamer runs toward the arm side. A breaking ball; slider, curveball or slurve, moves away from the arm side. Nothing moved more on a horizontal plane then a Randy Johnson slider. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  16. I am able to get in using Tapatalk this morning. Thanks! Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  17. UIC, I've been unable to log in to the site from Tapatalk since the upgrade. Is anyone else reporting this problem? "Call to undefined method"
  18. I've had three of the Shock FX's and all of them have sustained dents. The titanium cage unit I bought with a slight dent, the two steel cages bent without me being aware of it. One day I just looked at my helmet sitting while I was sitting in a locker room and noticed the cage is dented. The shots to the cage don't bother you as much as when you get hit above the top of the cage.
  19. @MadMaxReady to deal with the other Shock FX's I have with bent cages? I'm getting my Force3 HSM broken in to where I'm using it all the time but I want to get the bends out of my other Wilson's.
  20. Thanks again Gil, I found the this post very instructive. Plus, you managed to work in "mechanized"[emoji2] Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  21. Great baseball name. You already have the most important thing going for you. You want to get better and know it will take work. Work as much as you can and ask for feedback. Most guys are willing to help a young umpire. If you are reading this site you're already ahead of lots of guys. Good luck, strikes and outs. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  22. Love the Ump Life books I have now. The offset magnets seem like a good idea. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  23. Regarding your proposed survey, I think you will need to make it simpler. You'll get more responses with fewer questions. Also, your data won't be so spread out. You can ask fewer questions with limited options to answer and solicit comments at the end. Good luck, it's noble and mostly unrecognized work you're doing. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  24. UIC, have you calculated when your going to hit the East coast cities in the Northbound trip? I know from having worked on the road in the Northeast that it can make a huge difference in travel time. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
  25. Thanks, yeah more situational awareness is required. I need to take a more deliberate read and react approach. So much of the time I am moving instictively based on pre-programed habits. That allows you to be quicker and more athletic. But in a situation like this that you just don't get very often, those insticts can get you in big trouble. I remember Sarge at Evans' telling us about a MiLB umpire who had been permanently disabled by a runner from third. Sent from my SM-G935T using Tapatalk
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