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Majordave last won the day on March 14 2018

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About Majordave

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    Crew Chief
  • Birthday 06/25/1962

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    Lansing/Leavenworth, Kansas

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    CBUA, KCCUA, GPBA, MUA, Ban Johnson, KCMSB
  • Types/Levels of Baseball called
    NCAA Div I, II and III, NAIA, FED, Legion, USSSA, Travel Ball, Occasionally LL/Ripken and Babe Ruth
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  1. Headed to Fayetteville now. No gear made the trip. So no umpiring this time.
  2. I will be TDY for my job as an Army Civilian to Fort Bragg for most of March. I can bring my gear and work some games. I’ve already worked 8 college games so far this season thanks to some nice weather last weekend here in Joplin and KC, MO. I don’t like to work kid games. Only 15 year old and up. I am also NFHS certified in Kansas so I can work high school level as well if any exists. I can drive about an hour radius from Fayetteville to work and can work 3 to 4 games a day if need be. Prefer DH’s. I don’t step on a field for less than $65 per game though. A guy has to have standards. 15 years of high school and 13 years of college level umpiring experience. I think @umpstuand @mazzamouth can vouch that I won’t get you in trouble and that I’m not a reda$$ looking to dump guys either. email to dcteater@gmail.com if you know of anything. I can do MABL/MSBL too. I’ve worked their World Series in Arizona 2 years.
  3. After it’s burned clean and steel wool down to bare metal send it to Tony at Mask-It Sports to have it powder coated. You won’t regret it. I did the plastic torch off around three years ago and painted, repainted, touched up then finally sent it to Tony last year. He put a gunmetal gray finish on it and it looks Fantastic! I had him do a titanium one in flat black too. Both are remarkably professional looking.
  4. With some good old fashioned ingenuity, some web belting (2) with the male/female buckles attached, sharp knife/scissors to cut the web belts, a lighter to burn the end of the webbing I cut, an awl to poke holes in the web belts, four ¼” black Chicago screws to fasten the strap through the T-Hook connector holes already on the front of the protector. A friend to help adjust, some trial and error and about two hours total of fooling with it. I did two CP’s. This one and my Baby sized WV. Cost about $10-12 bucks total for four belts from amazon and a small bag of 24 or so Chicago screws.
  5. As the topic states. I have one. Medium-Large size. Still in great shape. Pec pads removed but will sell them with the CP along with original Velcro WV padding. Also comes With a modified Razzer harness- made the connnection snap-click like on the Force 3 to replace the T-hooks. Will ship T-hooks with it if you’d like to convert back but I bet you won’t . Make me offers. Via PM please. Pics to follow. Also comes with original WV pillow padding.
  6. So, I’ve worn the plate shoes three times so far. All on turf with high quality catchers and have avoided being stepped on and scuffs. They are great. Only complaint is that the skin along my left outer metatarsal bone gets a bit pinched after a few innings. I think it’s because my left foot is a small bit wider now due to the plate and screws and pins implanted in the ankle and fibula bone of my leg from my epic mountain biking fail in 2016. Other shoes fit a little tighter on my left foot too. They just don’t cause as much pinching. It’s okay. They are light, responsive, very sprIngy/padded in the sole and ankle and tongue and look fantastic while worn. Just the right amount of shine with zero effort. Well worth the extra bucks in my opinion. Hopefully, if I ever need anymore plate shoes in the future and nothing better comes along these style Mizuno shoes will still be available.
  7. Majordave

    Does run count

    I just deleted some posts by beerguy55 and Maven for some off-topic conversation. Gentlemen, keep comments relevant to the subject of the original post, closely related conversation divergences or take it to private message land please. No smarmy, smart-assed personal comments or replies desired. No warnings issued at this time.
  8. I only wear Wilsonlow-profile masks. I have three. Two Ti- One black that I had powder coated by Tony at Mask-It! And the original silver I bought from Gerry Davis Sports in 2008 and one Cro-Moly. I have always worn an 8 stitch hat with these masks. I wear my harnesses very loose and my hats very snug. No issues whatsoever with either. Masks spin left or right when hit. Hat stays put. No ill effects like headaches (except for the two games I wore Team Wendy’s pads and had monster headaches from being hit three times total in the two days I wore them). I like the standoff distance that the 8 stitch hat gives me. I also only wear traditional leather mask pads and I wear them for years until they wear out. I don’t change them every year. My pads are tan doeskin Wilson and black leather Wilson. I have one black +POS set of mask pads on my Wilson Cro-moly low-profile that I had Tony powder coat a gun metal gray. All 3 masks set up the same with 6” Wilson MLB logo throat guards, which I highly recommend as well I love the low-profile masks. I’ve tried full profile and think I get a better view with the low. As for the deflection properties of low versus standard profile I found no differences in impacts. The key to avoid injury from baseballs hitting you in the mask is the extra loose harness. Wear it so loose that it just sets on your head and the forehead pad rests on the bill. The chin pad should barely touch your chin or set half inch or so off your chin when in your plate stance depending how far forward you lean in your stance. You cannot run with the loose mask harness on. It will bounce off. We are supposed to pull the mask off for most plays anyway so it’s not an issue for me. However, I notice more and more of my umpire partners wear their masks in more situations than I do. To each his own I guess. Good thing I’m not their evaluator. My .02...... good luck with your decision
  9. @blue23ll Thanks. I have used a similar line in the past. Years ago a college coach in Indiana came out on me in the field after his team was down 19-0 in the middle of the 5th inning of a 9 inning game. He came out, threw his hat, kicked it and told me I was cheating his "kids" after I signaled and called out "YES, he did!" on a check swing appeal from my partner for the third out of his team's at bat that inning. (I'm sure the collegiate players didn't like being called "kids") I walked all the way out to the scoreboard in right center with him following me and complaining all they way. I turned and told him; "Jim, I don't care what you say to me or do, I am not dumping you this game." I also added "We have four more innings of this left to go. You have to find another way to fire up your team. You gave birth to this ugly baby of a game, you'll have to stay here and watch it die just like I do." He just walked away. Never said another word. Final score 26-0. Gotta love NCAA baseball with no run rules.
  10. Be careful what you wish for. I dumped a HS head coach last week at the end of Inning #2 for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout. His team was down 8-0. Unfortunately, I had no choice, when I warned him he told me I didn't have the balls to eject him. I did. His team and their fans awoke from the dead and my 1:30 sure thing run rule game turned into a 3.5 hour ordeal after losing team caught fire scored 4 in the third and several more in the 4th and 5th including a monster 400 foot plus bomb over left center fence to almost tie the game at 10-9. Then home team lit it up (or losing team lost it's mojo-either way) and home team scores 9 in bottom sixth to win 19-9. No good deed goes unpunished. I wish I could take it back. In retrospect I should have let his arguing go and used it as an opportunity to give him some SH*# for poor coaching. Somehow I think that wouldn't have worked out too well either. I hate doing ejection reports. Sigh!
  11. Flyer also posted in Collegiate forum. I have been so feel free to contact me for info if you do not wish to contact the Camp Director, Jon Browar, for information. If you wish to attend you should register early as it will fill up. 2018 Flyer.pptx.pdf
  12. Flyer attached. Contact Jon Browar, name and number on the flyer, for more info and to sign up. It will fill up. Register early. I have been so you may ask me anything you like. 2018 Flyer.pptx.pdf
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