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About SteveJ

  • Birthday 05/10/1951

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    Tucson, AZ
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    Texas Holdem Poker and fast cars.

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    Retired from baseball
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  1. Like working MABL/MSBL games? Then Tucson, AZ is the place for you - no one wants to work the games around here (at least not the experienced umpires) so there are lots of games available! Plus they pay so well, I think it's $55 or $65 for 9-innings
  2. Shockingly old? Mid-to-late 60's? Good thing that I'm retiring from umpiring after this year!
  3. In March our temps had already hit the low 90's - April so far 80's! Most of our sub-high school varsity level games are BYOB with regards to water. I wear two ball bags: In the left bag I have one or two bottles of water - Brand? Whatever Wally-mart had on sale. In the right bag I have 3 baseballs, extra pen, & plate brush. Balances out just fine
  4. Looking for opinions: How do you attract and retain new umpiring talent with the increasing lack of respect shown umpires working youth game and a lack of respect for the game of baseball? Ejections are up in youth games around here and at the high school level around here as well. This past weekend one of our young umpires (age 16) was working a 12U Wood-Bat league game. There was a close play at the plate that went against the home team. I do not know if the kid made the correct call or not but he was certainly in great position and his timing was very good. The coach “goes off on
  5. You got me! I didn't really mean all of those things I said about you when I tried to log on!
  6. One of the JUCO schools in this area (Pima College) pays umpires to work scrimmages. But you can't go directly to the school for assignments, they have an assignor that takes care of that for them. The U of Arizona doesn't pay, except for caps, shirts, tickets, and etc. But it allows those of us who are too old to work D1 ball anymore the opportunity to get out there and enjoy good baseball. Plus we usually work 3 & 4 man mechanics so us over-60's guys can still get the job done. I was reminded during the Wildcat's final scrimmage this season, played like a real game against the KB
  7. So what? Everyone knows that this is the norm but responsible people want it changed. Are you saying that others should just suck it up and accept this? If you're not making that point, what is your point ? Like most of the comments related to this post there is no point! I wasn't trying to make one so my post accomplished what I wanted it to...good for me! So, how do you propose that "it" should be changed? Maybe "force" the schools and other venues to build umpire dressing rooms - maybe with showers huh? I can see every school and county/city field being willing to spend tax m
  8. 8 pages of posts.... Now I can't resist. Around here, in sunny warm southern Arizona, we rarely see a locker room below college level. So we umpires gather together in a distant section of the parking lot and proclaim that area to be our locker room. And unless you bring your motorhome, I don't bring mine because it only gets 8 mpg, you dress behind your vehicle. I arrive at my games dressed in shorts, t-shirt, and slippers (w/o socks)...I almost forgot to say, I wear under pants (tightie whities) too. I set my chair up, spread out my carpet, and then hang my pants/shirt on my trunk lid (I
  9. SteveJ


    Way to much going on here. Talk as little as possible. "Coach, do you care to repeat that?" You're r baiting the coach. Whether it sounds like it or not. Also I've never been bumped but if it happens the first time will be the last. Never forfeit a game. Suspend it and let the higher ups deal with it. We all want to keep coaches in the game. I do not care if coaches stay in the game or not. I do not go out of my way to eject a coach but I do not go out of my way to "keep them in the game" either. They should know how to act, if not bye-bye!
  10. Did you consider that maybe you didn't suck? I guess it was bound to happen once in 20+ years
  11. Maybe it is......a little. But you're on here talking about doing an 18u tourney this weekend and I'm 3+ months from seeing a baseball diamond and when I do, the first 3-4 weeks will be 40 degrees and wet if they're not cancelled completely. Last year I didn't get on a field until April and that was hit and miss. I'm hating winter more every year. One of the great things about living in southern Arizona, if you like umpiring baseball, is the weather. Baseball is played year-round here and there's a lot of it. The league that I work for will stop playing for the holidays after our Chris
  12. Wasn't a previous crew, at least not yesterday - but they were local varsity high school players/coaches who we have history/experience with - so what you said is probably true. Your comment brings up a good point and that is, we all need to remember that what we allow (or don't allow) during our games can have an impact, positive or negative, on what our fellow umpires will face in future games with the teams.
  13. 10 years or so, God willing continued good health, and I want to retire to a year round baseball area. Well, let's call it semi-retire and umpire "full time" Hook up w/ Rolando and rock that big peninsula that they call a state! Too much rain here, I'd go to Arizona plus I don't want anyone stealing my games. Sidebar Just poking around Zillow for kicks around Chandler Arizona and I'm sold. What my money can get me compared to what it gets me here in northern NJ is absurd. Real estate taxes are virtually non existent when you're used to paying what I'm paying here. I
  14. You must be working the club ball tournaments in the Phoenix area. I worked up there once a few years ago....great place to go if you need the money (I have several friends that go up there every chance they get) BUT a horrible place to go if you expect the tournament director to back you. Big on staying on schedule at all costs and never...ever....eject a coach - they are paying customers! I personally did not have any issues but I know good umpires that did. Like I said, if you need the money it's a great place to get a lot of games - just not my style. Lots of baseball down here in Tu
  15. Yesterday I worked two fairly competitive 18u baseball games. After the game my partner and I were enjoying our post-game meeting over free burgers and dogs when we realized that no coaches came out to question any of our calls. No yelling or comments like “Call it both ways†and “where was that one blue?†Not even any moans and groans. That led us to wonder if maybe the coaches were sedated prior the start of the games. What had the tournament hosts added to the water????
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