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Umpire in Chief

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About Umpire in Chief

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  • Birthday 06/05/1974

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    http://www.umpire-empire.com

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    Moyock, NC

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    Currently on umpiring hiatus
  • Occupation
    Asst Dir of HR
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    LL, PONY, USSSA, AAU, Legion, JV, Varsity, DII
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  1. All I can say is WOW and thank you!!! Even though, I haven't done a video in 2 years, I've gotten more views, subscriptions, and activity the past few months than I ever would have expected. Additionally, I've recently received a few emails and DM's here and on social media and even a comment on my Instagram about making more. I really want to and intend to make more so here's what's going on... I'm no longer actively umpiring, I'm planning on returning in about 3-4 years but I'd feel a little bit like a poser making umpire videos and not umpiring. @Gil's Close Call Sports channel is fabulous (https://www.youtube.com/user/CloseCallSports) and one of my theories about doing something is if I can legitimately do it better I will. I seriously doubt I can do better so I haven't been as motivated to keep them up. Time, I just don't have all the time I would like: New job which demands my time Family obligations I'm also working on a new passion project (a podcast not related to umpiring with a friend) All that said... I'm going to try to devote some time and make more videos. I don't know with what time frame or how frequently I will be able to update, but I'll get some more done. I was looking at maybe doing some interviews and changing the format up a little bit. Please let me know if you have any ideas for topics.
  2. I just want to give you an update as to what's been happening. Someone got into an @umpire-empire.com email account and sent out thousands of spam email. The company I lease the server from shut down the site for violation of the TOS. Go figure spamming is frowned upon. They realize this was not done by me and reopened the site. First level support just told me to change the passwords for all things relating to the site, email addresses and more, which I did. The initial passwords were fairly secure, the new ones were VERY secure. BUT that said, early this morning they struck again and the site was shut down again. I did not believe a hacked PW was the root cause and the second instance confirmed my belief. I have been working with advanced level support and am having a complete threat analysis done as I type this. They tell me this should be able to identify the root cause and exactly how people are getting in. Important things to know. This appears to be an issue regarding an email vulnerability and not the forum software Emails which were sent were sent to random people - not U-E members Email addresses of our members remain secure in the forum SW
  3. I'm in favor of the tech for teams communicating. I think it would speed up the game.
  4. This is the key right now. Nation-wide shortage of officials across all sports. The flip side of the problem I believe I read in a recent Referee FB post, that the retention rate among new officials is so low, partially due to the abuse they endure. SO we have a real catch 22.
  5. This is the best we can do as parents (son's or daughters) teach them right from wrong, lead by example in showing them how to make good decisions and how to get back on track when we take a wrong turn or things go sideways on us. I too have a daughter in college, and she's faced some adversity and had some challenges adjusting to a new lifestyle. And I'm proud of what she's done and how she's handled herself. She's not entering a male dominated world for her profession, but if she were I feel confident she'd be able to compete. I also (sadly) think what @beerguy55 said has some validity. As those who have been more reluctant to change in terms of decisions based around, gender, race, etc.. retire, the doors are going to swing open. I think this applies to officiating too. The upper echelons are dominated by old white guys, as new blood pours into these positions we'll see the changes. No, it won't be immediate, but sometimes you have to play the long game. The big change will be when we see a female major D-I conference coordinator of officials. I also don't fault @dumbdumb for his analysis because it is very real world. I work in HR with an engineering and technology company. We get hit every year in our AAP for the number of female engineering technicians and engineers we have. It is not due to a lack of effort. But we still get dinged because of the appearance of discrimination. We'd hire anybody who meets the requirements regardless of any demographics. But the fact is the overwhelming number of applicants and potential applicants are white males. The more women who get involved in STEM careers the better it will be for everybody, but historically women have been discouraged to peruse such careers. But I have no doubts in my daughter, she's already proven exceptional decision making skills when choosing which school to go to...
  6. Right on... Not saying anything about this umpire specifically. But don't engage the fans, nothing good will come from it. You can instruct a coach to take control of his fans, that is in your jurisdiction, but I also don't recommend that. Overall my opinion is to suck it up for whatever time you have left and make your assigner know you were mistreated and won't work for them again. Now I didn't watch the video since I'm at work, but the quoted conversation is pretty benign. Another thing I noticed was this: IMO therein lies your problem. Travel baseball is the wild, wild west of baseball; no accountability, no repercussions. Someone gets ejected today, they're back tomorrow and the cycle continues because there is nobody to notice how frequently this occurs. Once upon a time Travel ball was actually really good. There were much fewer teams and the quality of play was much better. But, at least in my area, there developed 3-4 elite travel teams. Then when little Johnny didn't make one of the elite teams so now Johnny's dad starts a new team which will be subpar, and this happens dozens of times and now travel ball is just a different shade of rec ball. But without the oversight of the league.
  7. I found an add on software that isn't too expensive that I think I'll try out. It will lock a thread after a number of days I set and will also allow me to create a message stating the thread is locked b/c it is old. I will look at adding it soon. It doesn't hurt to try and if it isn't received well then I'll ditch it.
  8. Correct.. But, what is possibly the lower leagues went to a 3-man system which could almost balance everything out.
  9. I'll go back to my usual rebuttal when I'm confronted about sign stealing... How am I supposed to know what's being communicated is from stealing signs. For all I know they're relaying their own teams play signals.
  10. This makes me think of a recent HR blog I read about Millennials using the term "Ok Boomer" https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ok-boomer-harmless-or-harassment-29782/
  11. With that many fewer MiLB teams what does that mean for the number of umpires needed and prospects for those attending umpire school now.
  12. Wow that it the worst newspaper I can remember seeing to get through the popups ads and other garbage....
  13. In Norfolk, VA about an hour away from where I live a few years ago they had some gang issues and other troubles happening at their football games. They ended up moving Varsity games to Saturday morning. I don't know if they still have their games Sat morning or not I just remember the news of it happening.
  14. Let me see if there is a customization to locked threads. You all have some good ideas. Sorry I didn't work on it this weekend.
  15. I'm going to play with this over the weekend and see what I can do.
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