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  1. In this day and age of data and testing and product features everywhere, it’s kind of odd to me that there isn’t real data alongside each mask. Like a collision rating in a car. If companies are testing things in a lab and running these numbers, why aren’t they shared? If they are good, it’s going to help sell the product. You can differentiate from the competition. It’s one thing to describe how it works. But we are all making educated guesses, or even leaps of faith, on what actually protects, how much, etc.
  2. Lot of pro guys are wearing it this year. Do they look like umpires? I think Jim said it best - the more you see it, the less awkward it looks. In an extreme example, if everyone had it, it wouldn’t look out of place whatsoever. It’s kind of like when mlb base coaches started wearing helmets. At first you noticed it. Now it’s hard to remember what it was like when they didn’t. And everyone has one on. I get that it’s not for everyone, but I don’t think it’s an issue about not looking like an umpire if MLB guys are wearing it more and more. Catchers wear helmets. Batters wear helmets. Coaches wear helmets. Helmets are everywhere. So, to me it’s a “do I want to look a bit different?” issue.
  3. Extras: Mask, shoes (both), shoelaces, belt, pants (both), indicators are the big ones for me. Always have the usual backup undershirts, socks. All cold gear. I don’t have an extra chest protector or shin guards with me. I figure even if something goes “wrong“ there, they are still usable. Plus they are large pieces to haul around as extras. Save the space.
  4. Just as a heads up - GD size 32 only have two belt loops, not three.
  5. This. Absolutely looks like dress shoes. That should go with a navy shirt. Some white, some trim, some sort of contrast does indeed look better.
  6. Lightning and baseball coaches/parents will never cease to amaze me. Every time the umpire is the bad guy. It doesn't make any sense. I had a game a few weeks ago where we threw a pitch, and then there was lightning w/some rain. Clear the field guys, lightning. 10 minutes later, rain ends, the teams apparently take the field (I'm in the locker room) and a coach is like blue, everyone's ready to go. I'm like no, it's a lightning delay, not how this works. Game eventually restarts after we follow correct protocol. Few innings later, you hear thunder (but don't see lightning). Not a huge one, but we all heard it. Guys, clear the field. This is the actual conversation that followed after I said clear the field. Coach: That was thunder, not lightning (serious comment) Me: Where does thunder come from? Coach: ........................... Me: Exactly Coach: Well that was like 10 miles away As I leave the field, about 15 seconds later a huge clapper hits. I'm still close enough to say "10 miles away huh?" Throughout the delay, I see a kid on the field with a bat, and all parents just hanging out behind the outfield fence. Only when it rained did anyone head for cover. Because as we know, rain can kill you if it soaks through your clothing. I had a game last year where we did have a thor guard, and it went off...and 20-30 minutes later (while still darkish) had people approach my car to ask me "hey, what do you think, can we play now?" I don't...I can't...what? Kids all over another field playing an impromptu pickup game with coaches (they were waiting for the next game). What the hell are we doing? I'll never, ever understand it, but I'll never, ever budge when it comes to lightning. Too many coaches coerce young, inexperienced umpires into playing through it or restarting because it's "far away" or "has cleared" etc. I wish every park had a thor guard, so there would be less arguments. Every time an umpire is the first one to catch the lighting, and says clear the field, they are jumped on. WHERE? SHOW ME? I DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING! As if I'm making this up. As if I want to sit at this field any longer than I have to. What's the benefit to me, exactly, for claiming lightning if there isn't any? Then inevitably everyone looks in that direction and sees it within 30 seconds.
  7. Thanks Jim. I look forward to this coming out. I saw another one yesterday, and I haven’t even caught many games outside my area.
  8. More guys in MLB this season appear to be using a helmet or skull cap instead of a hat. It seems to skew younger too. Were they given advice on using that during their latest equipment/injury session? It seems more “in” now. I’d like to know which ones they are using, and would definitely try one out.
  9. While sitting on your face, or when hit? Or both? I can’t say I notice much just resting on my face like any other pad.
  10. The games I’ve done have been behind the mound, though that’s just the specific tournament I’ve worked. We’re handling HS level kids just fine. I don’t want to be behind the plate anyway - risk far outweighs the “reward” of calling games normally. It’s travel baseball, not MLB. So there’s a hole on the 3b line and some weird rotations - so what? They should just be happy to be out there. That said, they aren’t. People are taking COVID frustration out on umpires. It’s as bad as I can remember, and I’ve only worked four weekends. I wear a mask at the plate conference, as do some coaches. There are a few teams that have been mandated to wear them at all times (coaches that is). Not sure why kids don’t. It’s weird seeing mlb have a ton of masks in the dugouts, and travel ball have almost none.
  11. I use a force 3, because IMO it’s not just about the pads. The technology can help. And I think force 3 is the mask to do it. So many catchers in MLB are using it now. I have a backup I use for younger age groups, and those are Wendy’s.
  12. He put his bat down to show him where the pitch was. He dragged/drew as he moved backwards to make it "not obvious" what he was doing. It didn't work. I don't see how this is that hard.
  13. Why? To denote where he thought the pitch was - inside. It’s clearly what he was doing.
  14. It clearly wasn’t? What’s he doing, moving a rock? I could say it “clearly was”, but it’s just an opinion. It’s a video open for interp. For the record, I do think he meant it as a line/I’ll show you where that pitch was.
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