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Mister B

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  1. I'm confused by the stealing part. With 2 outs, it shouldn't matter that 1B is occupied, so it's a live ball even if R1 doesn't make it to 2B in time. As for the ToP vs ToT in that situation, all runners would need to get to the next base in order for it to be ToT. And since F2 is throwing to 1B, I'm going to assume that B/R hasn't made it there yet. Am I missing something?
  2. he swings his foot toward 1B, but before it touches the ground, he twists around to throw to 3B. The question was asked of me, I don't know if/how he could also feint to 1B, but I've seen enough strange movement, that I've learned that anything could be possible.
  3. Fed ruleset, LHP on the rubber fakes to 1st then spins and throws to 3B. Balk or not? Does it matter if his lead foot doesn't touch the ground? Is any fake to 1B a balk? Thanks.
  4. Probably late to the party on this, but I just watched "Jordan on the Bus" about Michael Jordan's baseball career. Being a native Chicagoan, I've always been a fan. But, I had always written off his baseball thing as a folly. After watching this, and after learning much more about baseball, I can't believe how gifted Michael Jordan was/is. He went from not playing baseball since HS, to hitting 250 in the Fall League, within a year. The guy's dedication and work ethic is amazing. Hours and hours in the cage hitting the ball before and after the game, even during a grueling season. He and Walter Payton are 2 guys that understood that talent only gets you so far and that practice and dedication propel you to phenom status. It's on ESPN. Worth the hour even if some of it is goofy. The bus story is short but good.
  5. Put on your mask and look up, with the chin extension, a ball would hit the TG and then your throat. By hanging it inside the extension, the TG will hit your CP and prevent the ball from getting to your throat. Also, (and this has happened to me) fall ball straight up, off the plate, if your TG is too far forward, the ball is going under your mask and hitting you in the chin. With the TG further back, the ball hits the TG and drives your mask off of your face, but by the time it hits your chin, it's not moving much any more.
  6. So the offset magnetic books are on sale at ump-attire and I was thinking about picking up a new one. I like the 6 inch size but sometimes it seems a tad large, does anyone use the 5 inch version? any pros or cons? Thanks.
  7. I don't think so. Looks like they just sit on top of the base anchor.
  8. Should the base umpire wait until PU requests or is it okay to signal on the request from F2? I was U1 and PU was temporarily out of sorts after nearly taking a fastball to the mask. F2 was asking, but I don't think PU understood, so I took the initiative and called it. PU apologized after the game and said, he went blank, after deciding he didn't want to risk a concussion and turned out of the way. But thanked me for making the call. It was a LL district tournament and he was just laid off and trying to find a new job. Can't really blame him for not wanting to take the hit. Personally, I'm hoping Santa brings me a F3 this Christmas.
  9. WTH is wrong with those bases? I understand the break-away concept, but these act more like throwdowns. Also, how did the AD Star baseballs hold up. I've heard from some softball guys, that the softballs were awful.
  10. No flat front? I can't wear pleats.
  11. any word from Iowa on this? By rule, this would be MC. But I've also got F2 sliding in front of the runner, mid-stride, after the runner just avoided trucking PU. I hear many talking about F2 moving to the ball, but I don't see any ball, nor do I see F2 getting ready to receive the ball. But I wasn't there, so I don't know. I'd be very curious as to what happened on the field after this. Did the DHC question the no call? Everyone is talking about it except the guys who were there. Not that it means anything, but I've read in a couple places that F2 has a history of blocking. Just more questions. Just hope that we don't get more ill-conceived rules out of this incident.
  12. I've taken a couple off the ankle and have been glad to have the protection there. I wear low plate shoes, but a foul ball will find your ankle eventually and I don't think your plate shoes will do enough on their own.
  13. To match this, they'd need to run 360 feet.
  14. looks like the runner is trying to move to his right, just as the catcher moves that same direction. Also, if he's going for the ball, where is it? No offense meant. I'm still working on getting better at 3 and 4 man, so it helps to "say it out loud." I think he was caught thinking it was a stand up double and then possibly an easy play at 3B. Wasn't ready for F8 to fall and probably got stuck there trying to figure out what just happened.
  15. 3 man rotation. U1 and U3 are in A and D. U3 rotates in and picks up the runner after he touches 1B or goes out on the hit to cover the catch, since the ball goes over F8's head, PU rotates to take the play at 3B, U1, after the runner clears 1B, sees/hears PU going to 3B and comes in to cover the plate. There should have been a throw to F2, but F8 fell. PU probably got a late start on the cover and ended up where he was.
  16. I understand that, I'm just pointing out that the rules don't take into account some of the physical nuances of the game and the physical limitations of the human body. I also understand that "by the rules" it is MC. I just think that the rules allow enough of a loophole for this F2 to play into.
  17. I'm going with Rich Ives on this one. F2 is still sliding into the basepath, without the ball, as BR hits him. I'm not sure if contact is unavoidable at that point. I could see a MC call if the runner was coming from 3B and the play was closer, but there is no reason for F2 to be there. Also, watch F2, arms are down as if he's expecting contact. He's not attempting to receive the throw or make a tag. He's just getting in the way. At this point, the runner is just trying to get to the plate, he's in oxygen debt and critical thinking has probably already shut down.
  18. That seems high to me. I'd drop the chest plate to where it was. Then look at it while you're wearing your mask. You could try softening up the plastic and bending the inside front corner of the shoulder down slightly.
  19. If he was ejected from a LL playoff game, he's out for good.
  20. Email Joe and Fred (on the 60 foot flyer, ousafe link) and let them know you are interested. You should get an email from them in mid-January reminding you to register. For $100, it's a deal, considering they feed you. Especially if you live in the area. We have a couple guys who carpool up from Portland.
  21. I'd like a 4" throat guard like that.
  22. Then he has no reason to be out there.
  23. There's a weekend clinic in March, held in Vancouver, WA. Sponsored by Western Regional. I believe Jim Joyce was there last year. I couldn't make it.
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