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Mister B

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  1. Yep, Might be pulling it out as the weather gets colder. The Schutt was a godsend when I was working 4 games a day in the summer. I didn't get Ray's harness, but I found an All-Star System 7 for $15 and put that on the V-Sport. I love the V-Sport, but there is absolutely no air flow with that, and it gets really hot. And it's still in really good shape. It's taking some serious will-power to not check to see if it's still available. I've got everything, but that's a good price.
  2. You may want to search Craigslist (or here)(or ebay) as well. You can sometimes find somebody who is hanging it up and wants to sell. I bought a bunch of stuff this way, kept what I wanted and donated the rest to my son's LL. It can also allow you to try out different gear. I really like my Diamond mask, it's super light, but I prefer the view thru my Honig's hollow steel mask. It's slightly heavier, but I just prefer looking thru it. I got my first set of gear off of Craigslist. And a couple things on ebay. A year later, I swapped out an old V-Sport CP for the Adams. This year, I replaced my Diamond UmpLite shins for a pair of Force3. This is from our (kind of) local Craigslist. Umpire Gear - $1 (Sammamish) Plate Shoes - 3N2 - Size 9 ½ EE - $35 Base Shoes - 3N2 - Size 9 ½ EE - $25 Shin Guards - Diamond - Size 17, Posi-Fit - $20 Chest Protector - Diamond - DCP-iX3 UMP - $15 Chest Protector - Schutt - Model XV $30 Face Mask - Honig’s - $35 Gear Bag to hold it all - $20 Ball bags, Counters, Red flag, plate brushes - $1 each Various Caps - $2 each Take it all for $160 And don't be frugal with your cup. You will take a shot to the jewels. And while it still sucks with a good cup, it's not as bad as a cheap cup.
  3. Not as easy to determine working a 1 or 2 man crew for a FED game.
  4. Last weekend, I worked a 16u game. The catcher on one of the teams had mentioned that their top 4 pitchers were at a pitching clinic. I started both teams with a fairly tight varsity zone. One pitcher was pounding it with well located fastballs. The other was struggling. He was walking about 4 per inning. During the 3rd, I decided to open the zone for him. I told the batter to let the team know that the zone just got bigger, so that we all wouldn't spend the majority of our Saturday, at a baseball game. 2 batters later, kid comes up and thanks me. He said he understood why I had opened it up and agreed, but he was happy that I let them know, so they could get a little more aggressive when hitting, instead of wondering why the zone was different all of a sudden. Kid went on to have a 12 pitch at bat, fouling off a bunch and doing a great job of protecting the plate. During the postgame, my partner had suspected that I had done that. He said, he wouldn't think about telling one team that they would be seeing more strikes, but it made sense, especially during fall ball.
  5. A baseball game is a set number of innings based on what level they are playing and the rules for that level. Each team takes turns playing offense and defense every inning. (barring any rules that may prevent this. ie mercy rule, weather, etc. ) The rule says that only the defensive team can appeal a checked swing. Since each team is given the same number of opportunities to play defense, they have the same opportunities to appeal a checked swing. I fail to see how that is unfair. Is it unfair, that the team playing defense is not allowed to score runs, while playing defense? Something I always taught my players (when I was coaching), is that the umpire is always right. Even when he's wrong. They are free to criticize the umpire(s) every game they play without any mistakes. So no swings and misses, no called strikes, no outs while on offense. While on defense, absolutely no errors and every pitch is a strike. I would suggest that, if you feel the need to criticize umpires in writing, you may want to want to work on your punctuation.
  6. Is that like nails on a chalkboard for anyone other than me?
  7. It appears in the video that he is walking back, looking right at the 2 base as R1 is heading back to 1B.
  8. "Hey man, I've got a date tonight. Would you mind calling more strikes so we can get out of here?"
  9. depending on the pitcher, I may go up to the armpits for JV. This sounds like you are giving the batter an advantage and taking away the top corners from the pitcher. If you can throw an inside pitch at the top of the zone, that's a money pitch. Especially if you can control the low, outside pitch. Top of the zone, usually yields a bunch of pop flys. If the pitcher has a half-way decent defense behind him, he's going to want those. As an umpire, I love one-pitch outs. A properly coached team will figure out that you aren't giving the pitcher the top of the zone and take full advantage of it. Last weekend, I rung a kid up on a low outside fastball. He was pissed. As he stormed back to the dugout, the on-deck batter says, "That's been a strike all day, you gotta swing at that."
  10. Does anyone make them in charcoal? I'm under 6' and look ridiculous in pleated pants. I've looked everywhere I can think, but everything in charcoal is pleated. Please help.
  11. you might want to include a size.
  12. Isn't the ball considered "passed the base" when it crosses the front plane of the base? Why would we have a separate interpretation for the runner?
  13. The other night, 14u game, foul ball that F2 went for, I tossed a new ball to F1 and as F2 and I were putting on our masks, I glance up and see F1 just about to release the pitch. I yelled TIME! so loud and moved F2 and I out of the way. Luckily, my yelling caused F1 to spike the ball. I explained to F1 that a foul is a dead ball and he can't pitch until I decide everyone is ready and put the ball back into play. Which he did for the next 2 foul balls and then was back at it.
  14. I always appreciate any feedback given to me from my partner. I also think that working above our ability will only make us better. I hustle my ass off when I'm on the bases, but it still floors me when I'm behind the plate and my partner, who is 15 years my senior, is always in the right spot to make a call. I'm hoping that repetition will one day get me to that point.
  15. If the white card is showing, he needs to take it off.
  16. While there isn't a huge market for plate shoes. And Nike is pretty much into it for the profit. There is a point where is could work. Plate shoes don't change every year so if you spread the cost of tooling over a couple of years, there could start to be a profit there.
  17. Run as fast as you can toward a brick wall. Do you put your arm up to help you stop or protect you from hitting the wall? I'd be very careful with calling MC here. Most runners are trained to pick up the 3rd base coach between 1B and 2B. If he's telling them to go, they put their head down and are going. After rounding 2B, they'll pick up the coach again to see if they are going in up or down, making the turn or continuing to home. For malicious contact, you should be watching the shoulders, if they are level and facing forward, I would bet that the runner is not trying to truck the fielder. If the runner drops the front shoulder, there's a really good chance he's trying to truck the fielder. But yes, this is a judgement call, and yes, do leave the field if there is an alligator. But Baseline and Basepath are 2 different things. The Baseline is a straight line between the bases and the basepath is a line from the runner to the base. The basepath is defined by the runner and can change until there is a play attempted on him/her.
  18. I was just going to write up a little thing about how my throat protector probably saved my life this weekend. I wear a 4" because I'm smallish and wear my cp pretty high on my neck/chest. Low inside pitch, catcher set up on the outside, foul tip hits the catcher's helmet and ricochets directly into my throat protector. It would have made it under my mask had the throat protector not been there. It was pretty loud. So yes, wear a throat protector. I know many MLB umps don't, but they get paid a lot more and have better insurance.
  19. Best thing you can do is learn to ignore, especially if the coach is in the dugout. And call the inside strike. Games will finish quicker. As for me, I usually do record-keeping in between half innings, so if a coach comes up to me screaming. I'll finish what I'm doing, put my book away, look at the coach and say, "I'm sorry, I missed that, how can I help you?" Just stay calm. Most people won't know how to react. If you get one of the guys who likes to yell, just say, "We can discuss this when you are ready to do so in a mature manner." and walk away. If it's about the zone, explain, "Strikes and balls are a judgement call on my part." I worked the championship game of a middle schooler tournament. The last 2 innings, with his team down by more than 6, the first base coach decided that my zone was too wide outside. And he let me know it. I chose to ignore him. Earlier in the game the peanut gallery was saying, "He's been calling that a strike all day, you gotta hit that." Then it got nasty when the coach started up. I just ignored it and went on my way. The game ended with the losing team at bat, bases loaded, full count. Pitch went right over the outside edge of the plate. Batter didn't swing and I rung him up. As I was walking off the field, I heard, "Hey blue, you are a fu**ing piece of sh*t!" Followed by one of the parents from the winning team scrambling over the bleachers saying, "We don't appreciate that language in front of our kids, so keep your mouth shut!" I thought it might come to blows, but I didn't wait to find out. After the game, the UIC who watched the game from behind the backstop, told me that he thought I called a damn good game. I was consistent and kept my cool. On the other hand, the coaches from the opposite team were great. Head coach was polite, when we had an issue with a courtesy runner, I explained that he would be called out and he said, that's fine, it's my fault. Third out with runners on 1 and 2. ( he didn't put in the last out, batting the roster) I had one of their batters ask for time, with the pitcher set. I granted it the first time. Then he did it again and claimed the pitcher balked. The pitcher hadn't come set yet. Then he did it again, with the pitcher set and I told him to stay in the box. He swung and missed, on the next pitch he was so upset that he let it go by and he got rung. He walked off the field yelling at the coach, that I wouldn't give him time. The coach looked at him and said, "He doesn't have to grant you time." Made me smile.
  20. I ordered the F3s. After working 13 games in 2 days I figured I could afford to spend a little more. Now, gotta save up for the F3 mask. And my apologies, I totally forgot there was an equipment forum.
  21. There's always the 4th out if it's available and you need it.
  22. This is what convinced me that my next mask will be a F3.
  23. I wish it would go higher, my forearms have been targets for foul balls this season.
  24. So my Diamond Featherweights have served me well, but are a little short and have a cracked knee plate. So it's time to upgrade. I know the Force 3's are all the rage, but I have some concerns about the knee straps. I really liked that the diamonds didn't have a knees strap, as I can get pretty sweaty. I was a runner and did some bike racing in my younger days so I have fairly large quads and calves. Can I wear the F3's with the top strap very loose? Any other models to look at? I do like the plastic clips but I can work around that. I also loved that the Diamonds were so light, it didn't feel like you were wearing them. I could also take up Muy Thai and kick trees with my shins to build them up.
  25. So I'm helping out my freshman son's HS team by coaching the seniors for a Spring Break Tournament. District rules don't allow the school coaches to do so. Being the beginning of the season after missing last season, I want to make sure the seniors get maximum field time, but I have some underclassmen with us since there are only 7 seniors (Covid was awful, his football team only has 1 returning senior). This is my first game where I haven't batted the roster and could substitute on a whim, plus I may decide to start working higher level (for me) games, since Covid has also wiped out the ranks of sport officials. So are players linked to each other or to their space in the batting order? Let's say I have the following scenario: F1 - Abel F9 - Bill F6 - Cain Bench - Delta Bench - Edger Abel is reaching his pitching limit (it's pre-season, nobody is going over 40) Can I substitute Delta (>F9) for Bill (>Bench) and then switch Abel (F1>F9) and Delta(F9>F1) on the field? Can I then switch Cain (F6>F1) and Delta (F1>F6) on the Field? or bring in Edger(Bench>F1) for Delta (F1>Bench) then substitute Bill for Delta or Edger at either F1 or F6? Players would only be changing in Bill's original hitting slot. This is fairly confusing, so thanks for any help. I could find rules about subbing in pitchers, but not other positions. So I believe a starter can be brought back in a second time, but a sub is done when he's pulled.
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