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Mick

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  1. My name is Mick Mahoney and I've been umpiring at Dreams Park for seven years. I live in upstate NY, so I do not require any travel expenses. In 2020, I'll be working Week 7 & Week 9. I'm available for one more week. Please write me if interested: mickmahoney52@gmail.com.
  2. Keith Hernandez should not be allowed to speak.
  3. Heard the story of an English teacher, trying to teach plural possessive nouns and possessive nouns that happen to end with an "s". He thought of an example. "How would you complete a familiar phrase, 'Keeping up with the [blank]'?" A girl went to the blackboard and wrote "Kardashians".
  4. I agree with addressing the coach. As far as it just being a scrimmage, look at it this way: It's solid instruction to a coach that needs it, and it mat prevent this circumstance from happening during the seadon.
  5. offer TWO boatloads of money to Cespedes. the magic number is now TEN.
  6. http://www.liftable.com/andreadcombs/two-seconds-left-player-passed-ball-wrong-team-hes-hero/
  7. The Hope lives on! They're going to do it this year.... at least win the division, and actually play baseball in October! The addition of Uribe, Cespedas, Johnson and Conforto super-charged the offense. The starting pitching continues to be stellar. And God bless David Wright. No one knows how long he'll continue to playing.... it's not an injury, but a degenerative disease. Spinal senosis I believe it's called. He's showing courage, character and class. I believe next year is going to be THEIR year. Wheeler and Matz will be back. Hopefully, they'll offer a boatload of money to Cespedas. Trading Neise, Tejada, maybe Gee, maybe Lagares, could get them something big. Let's go Mets!
  8. I've been using a Diamond iX3 for the past 3 years and have had no problem. In fact, it was great protection against some hard foul tips (once, 3 in one game). The harness has not given me any problems. I can't find a lot number on mine, but I'll call them anyway.
  9. Mick

    Heat Issues

    I experienced heat exhaustion once. Hot humid day, double header. I did the plate, first game, hot & tired but no problem. I rested & changed and drank a bunch of red Gatorade in between. When I did the bases for the second game I felt woozy in the fourth, and blew lunch all over the 'B' position. It was all fluid and red... people thought I was tossing up blood. I was taken out of the game (to my naive objection) and replaced. At that point I sat, got doused with cold water and drank a lot of water. It was the right move to take me out, as it took about 20 minutes to recover. My lesson: hydrate with water only, before and during the game. If it's a double header, continue with just water along with a banana and some healthy carbs. Save the Sports drink until AFTER you're done. I know different people find different ways that work for them. This is what works for me.
  10. Last week at CDP, the batter holds up his hand, requesting time. The pitcher was not taking too long, and there was no other reason for it. I said quietly to him as the pitcher was winding up, "nope". The kid hit a home run off that pitch. When he came in to touch the plate, I asked him, "Aren't you glad I didn't call 'time'?" "YUP!"
  11. OK, this is not a pleasant subject, but I think it needs to be asked, and this might be the best format to do so: What does dining at CDP do to you? I've heard a lot of diarrhea jokes, but if it's a widespread problem, it's not a joke. I've had this problem. The odd thing is, I'm not sure it's only the food. I've had the effects when I've first arrived there, just having water & coffee. Does the water have a peculiar taste to you? Have you experienced diarrhea there? Please skip the 'funny' comments. This is a real concern. Thanks.
  12. The only reason it's a "conflict" (probably an unfortunate choice of words) is because I'm in agreement with what so many others are saying here: it's a good guideline, but I think at times with a proper delay, knowing for certain the runner is safe or out, one doesn't have to wait until that given moment that the firstbaseman releases the ball. I'm also in agreement that a "nothing" play requires a soft, non-verbal punch-out. I think this is another example of good guidelines that can become someone else's absolute do-or-die rule. Kind of like the in-depth discussion on the use of indicators by field umps I've heard so many times. I know it's a rule in college play; it's a choice for so many others. Some, at any level will absolutely insist with all black & white certitude that the field ump MUST have one, while others, with the same evangelical fervor, insist on the opposite.
  13. I appreciate you mentioning that it's not an absolute. I can see it as a pretty good guideline.
  14. We all know not to hurry a call. We've all been taught different methods. Here's a new one on me at CDP: My seasoned partner had the plate, I had the bases. He told me (for example) after a play is made at first base, don't call anything until the firstbaseman releases the ball. He said that's the way it's done in the pros. I did it to please him and avoid conflict. Still, it didn't feel right waiting that long. Any thoughts?
  15. Armour All (sp?) leather wipes work great after the shoes have had dirt cleaned off them with a brush & water.
  16. My sponsoring team, The Chino Hills Storm, went all the way in week #6, and took the championship. Normally, I'm outta there on Thursday, once I do a Sweet 16 or Elite Eight... this time I got the full experience. It's amazing, seeing two teams of 12 yr olds playing their fourth game in one day. There's a nice fireworks display before the night game, and the Little Majors field was packed. They were the most talented group of young players I've ever seen anywhere. Deep, quality pitching, lots of home run power, and crisp, sharp, smart defense. Chino Hills also won the Round-the-Horn contest. When the throw came in from LF, the catcher bobbled it a bit. Had he not bobbled it, the Storm would have set a new CDP record. These guys were amazing. I have my CDP baseball, which all the players signed for me. I wonder what I can get for it on E-Bay..........
  17. Correct. If it's a HS game, I will insist the HC come out. If he's pissy about it, well, tough nuggies.
  18. ​wow..... READ what I WROTE. It was not an actual situation I was in. It was hypothetical, just to illustrate the issue. Nobody called anything. Perhaps the word "verify" was not well-chosen. I was posing a commonly-talked about situation to a contracted professional umpire. The issue was: if he checks with you, but you're not in an ideal field position to clearly see if he went around or not, what should you do? Answer: make a call. If you're not sure, say, "No swing". The tacky insults, due to a lack of understanding, were totally unnecessary.
  19. ​I'll have to start calling the PU 'Dick' from now on. Maybe it really helps.....
  20. This issue comes up from time to time in our organization. One of our members was recently given a pro contract, doing AA. So at a meeting afterwards, I took the question to him: "Here I am, in 'B', typical two-man crew. The PU asks me to verify a strike. How the hell am I supposed to know? What do I do?" He replied, "Yeah, I know you have a bad look at it, but verification is just plain expected. Respond. If you're not sure, it's 'no swing'. But don't shrug your shoulders. Ever."
  21. Kevin_K. I can see where you may be misunderstanding. any discussion on the field was in passing with the other umpire out of ear shot of players. And not very long. I let him have his ruling and he told the coaches the rule was changed last year, His ruling stood - SO on the field he was backed up. ******************* It seems to me this is the heart of the problem: the discussion was in passing, and not very long. Call TIME. Approach your partner in a friendly manner. Speak quietly, maybe a hand on his shoulder, and confidently explain what feining to 3rd is permisable, and what isn't. If he's a gentlemen, he'll allow the call to be overturned. If he doesn't agree, cover it again in post-game. If he still doesn't listen, email HIM the rule later, and him only.
  22. Glad to hear you gave up soda, Jax. It's empty, unhealthy, useless calories. I dropped 17 lbs after I retired by eating sensibly and exercising. Plus, I learned that you can actually shed pounds just by being vertical. Going from sitting behind a computer all day to jogging, yard work, and general physical activity. I did, however, kick-start this with the 7-Day Cabbage Soup Diet. You'll lose at least 6-7 pounds in a week. The key is, following it up. If anyone's interested, google Cabbage Soup Diet.
  23. All I know is, half of the people there will think you're blind and ought to retire.
  24. I was hiding from you all week, dodging from tent to building, while the Mission Impossible jingle was playing.
  25. Just back from week #2. I have raved about Kelli Jean's Steakhouse on Rt. 28, north of CDP. It's gone now, replaced by "New York BBQ". Went there and it was awful. The homemade mac & cheese the waiter lauded was CDP quality. I turned the potato salad back. When I return on week #6, I'm not going near that place. YES to The Lake House. Not exactly down the road, but a real nice place.
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