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wolfe_man

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  1. I hear you my friend. At my level, I don't really need hard hat protection in the field. Even in Varsity, I (thus far) have been able to get out of the way of line drives sent my way.
  2. Thanks Jim. I didn't see OBR. Let me eject myself from this discussion.
  3. If it passed F3's glove then it went past F3 too in my judgment. I have nothing.
  4. I just got these back from Tony this week, but I need to send him a couple more to him so selling one or two frames to pay for the others. I shouldn't have 5 masks anyhow. Brand new Adidas hollow steel frame. Frame only. Freshly powder-coated by Tony @ Mask-It Sports. Darker grey is gunmetal (top left) and the silver one (top right) is brushed aluminum (looks like a new Nike Ti color). I actually like the brushed aluminum best, but the gunmetal really looks great in the sun. OR I will offer you this option. You buy a new Adidas frame that's stock and tell me what
  5. FWIW, these are my "friends" giving me a hard time. But I understand where you're coming from and we're back on track!
  6. Okay, logo nazis, we hear you.
  7. I can, and probably will, remove some. I may go to just a logo on the visor.
  8. 1. Adidas powder-coated in brushed aluminum with All Star LUCs. Zett TG and Diamon sun visor. 2. Adidas stock color with real Nike pads. I may sell this one. Diamond sun visor. 3. Adidas powder-coated gunmetal with Honig’s navy calfskin pads and Nike decal. Markwort sun visor. 4. Adidas powder-coated matte black with Honig’s pads and Nike decal. Diamond sun visor.
  9. I do love that color! And anything with bass boat metallic sparkle in the coating is sure to catch my eye and I don't even fish much! I might have to copy you my friend. I do have to say add that while I really like all 3 I just got back from Tony, that brushed aluminum one is really standing out to me.
  10. Thanks Jim. I am glad you took in the good spirit that I attempted to deliver it. I can appreciate your viewpoint and message, especially considering your perspective. Keep doing what you're doing too! We umpires are very thankful for the unique and powerful opportunity to speak to someone on your level first-hand. The fact that you consider our feedback and then become our voice is of value beyond mere words.
  11. For those that may be on the fence for sending a mask off to Tony@Mask-It Sports... don't wait, do it now! The man is truly a master craftsman! Below are three I just got back in the mail today from him and I couldn't even put pads on them yet before I shared how beautiful they are. The pics cannot do them justice, very sharp masks and they even feel better now in my hand thanks to his clear coat! I had him do one in black matte, gun metal (darker grey one) and brushed aluminum (think brand-new Nike Ti color). I may send him my others now for a sky blue metallic a la @MadMax's an
  12. Yes, there is definitely a different standard in baseball versus other sports. It's getting worse too. I won't do LL as too many ignorant coaches and fans have no clue about the game or the rules. It's starting to be almost as bad at Babe Ruth now. I didn't used to get questioned by fans, rarely by a few coaches on a banger they might have wanted, but that's it. This year, I'm getting a lot of noise from the stands on calls that aren't even close! I called a kid out at 3B last week on a slide where he NEVER reached the base at all, stopped a whole foot short of it, and was tagged o
  13. wolfe_man

    balk rules?

    Ouch! Easy with the truth there, that smarts! In OH, the HS playoff umpires are selected by the good-ole boys network. I truly do not believe how good you are matters, it is who you know for the most part. There are exceptions of course, but the guys that get the playoff spots in my area are not the best umpires necessarily, but somehow they are all involved in leadership spots by some large coincidence.
  14. How big of a gap do we need to leave between the eye bar of the mask and the front of the bill? Do pads compress an inch or two? If you went to the link I provided, there are multiple MLB catchers doing it this way with different masks (many wearing the Nike). I have used the coach's cap before under my Adidas and other masks with no problem. I've read your article before and agree with it, but for one point. Catchers have worn skull caps for a long time before umpires or even coaches started thinking about it. Some even wore them bill forward with no problems. With today's flatte
  15. Refer back to @maven's comments for this part. The batter is responsible to avoid the throw regardless. If a WP comes inside, then he'd better lay flat on the ground trying to get out of the way of the catcher's throw or he may be liable for INT. For the batter, the only safe place is where he is supposed to be - in the batter's box. Posted yesterday at 07:45 AM "By leaving the batter's box (or making "any other movement" than swinging at the pitch), the batter makes himself liable to batter INT. Had he been legally in the box and been hit by
  16. wolfe_man

    DH rule

    I lost you right after you said, "to expand on @aaluck's point", can you please re-peat? Just messing with you Max, don't get Mad!
  17. I know it's been requested by some, so maybe they're thinking about doing it. I know what you mean about memory though, it seems like I've heard something about memory and age or something like that somewhere, sometime.
  18. At the present time, the only deerskin LUC pads are for the MAG and are brown (some might say orange).
  19. Guys, a very easy and cheap fix is a back supporter... just get a really thin one that breathes well. I've used them on CP's before when I felt the harness wasn't doing enough for me (pre-UL harness). I now keep one with me in case anything snaps or breaks. It's attached to itself via Velcro like a large flexible belt... and it has the added benefit of lower back support if you need it. It should hold those "wings" tight against your ribs for you.
  20. Totally agree. There's nothing better than working with a regular partner who knows where you will be and you know where he is almost always. That's when you truly are a team also and it makes it so much easier to do a good job!
  21. That's the problem with 2-man, you can't possibly see everything. Acknowledging that, yes, you would make your best guess by pausing, reading & reacting to what you saw from C. This is why the PU also should be going to the 45-foot line and checking for pulled foot at 1B. Now, if there's a runner at 3B, then he may not make it up the line that far, but he can still check for pulled foot. In my case, my partner knows I'll go with what I saw/thought I saw... and if questioned, we immediately will get together. Any good PU though knows this is your call and shouldn't overrid
  22. That'd be unique. Those leather pads are SO soft though. They feel really nice against your face.
  23. I'm not in big-boy (college, MiLB) ball like some of you guys, but in NFHS in Ohio (and Legion, Babe Ruth, Tourney's, etc.) we're asked to have one and I always have mine with me. My biggest problem is I seem to keep getting partners who don't give consistent counts and the scoreboard is never right (if there at all), so if I didn't have my indicator I'd have no true idea what the count was. Edit: I know I am keeping track in my head, but I'm also doing other things and I don't want to make a mistake (I am aware it's PU responsibility to keep count also).
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