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  1. Hi All, New to this and wasn't sure where to put. We wanted to share with you all an interview we did with umpire Gerry Davis on our podcast. Hope you enjoy it. Any constructive feedback will be greatly appreciated. https://coachbaseballright.com/podcast/episode-3-interview-with-major-league-umpire-gerry-davis/ Best, Steve Nicollerat
  2. I am just going to drop this right here!
  3. First pitch was at 1:20pm and posted air temperature in Wrigley Field was 91º, but I'm sure the on-field temperature was considerably higher. Well, with a game going over 3 and a half hours in that heat, PU Hunter Wendelstedt is showing off a white cooling towel draped over his neck and shoulders while the game is going on! He's also keeping the movements to an absolute minimum. Lineup changes are being handled by one of the BU's (I think it's Guccione). Players are dropping out due to heat fatigue. If there is a note in the MLB Suggestion Box that recommends having the umpires in sh
  4. MadMax

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    In viewing clips of pitches and hits on mlb.tv, I have noticed a trend – MLB umpires are opting to a wider variety of masks rather than the default, formerly supplied Wilson DynaLite. We’re still seeing guys use the Wilson DynAlum and the occasional Wilson Titanium (Way Too) Low Profile, and there are those still relying on their Nike Icon Titaniums, but we’re also seeing increased numbers of Mizunos, Force3 Defenders, and All-Star FM4000MAGs. I’m sincerely wondering when that “paradigm shift” or “break point” is going to occur, when it is open season on branding gear with attributed logo
  5. @Scott Kennedy you know you guys are awesome and managed to get us the real deal shirts. This site sold both of these models but the only thing they have left is XX, plus I’d rather buy from a company I trust. Is there any way you could get these and make them available to us? Thanks and keep up the great work!!
  6. I know I’m kind of dreaming here, but I’m finally going to see my role model/idol Jim Wolf tomorrow and I was wondering if anyone knew someone in his crew so that, if possible, I could meet them. Jim was the one who inspired me to get into umpiring in the first place (his brother played and he didn’t; mine played and I realized I wasn’t good enough to keep playing) and I’d like to thank him in person. Thanks again!
  7. I was looking at heights of several players and umpires for fun. Jim Wolf is listed as 6’ and so is Randy, but then I found this.... Jim looks more like 5’9”. Kind of insteresting to see that their heights are changed or maybe they are measured with shoes on. Just a random find, by the way.
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  9. Hats 35.00 each plus shipping 7.88 anywhere in USA New Era Fitted hats for UMPIRE 1 hat =35.00 plus shipping Sizes : 2 (two) 7 1/4 2 (two ) 7 1/8 1 (one) 7 1/2 1 (one) 7 inch 3 (three) 7 3/8 PayPal only at birddawg@cox.net.
  10. Fired up the AppleTV to watch the video clips of Orlando Arcia scoring from 1B on an infield single and escaping from a 3B-HP rundown (this had to be good!) to discover that the Orioles vs. Brewers game is the Featured Free Game of the Day. When prompted to login (I just have a lapsed, standard account), I noticed that the cost for a Year's Subscription is... only $19.99!!! The monthly is $24.99. This may have been a misprint, but I took a shot, and sure enough, I was charged $19.99 for the rest of the year of premium baseball coverage. Happy Independence Day! Watch some baseball!
  11. This one is probably pretty infamous around discussions between umpires, so most of you probably know it by heart, but here's the video anyway: My father was an umpire, so I've always had a good handle on the rules and basic umpiring stuff, but it wasn't until I started calling games myself that I've begun to take notice of the really finer points: mechanics, timing and advanced positioning.. Those kinds of things. I've been watching a lot of famous plays to see how these things were handled by the respective umpires. This one had me a bit confused. But not for anyth
  12. I'm watching the game and that fly towards the backstop is hit. Rizzo bounces it off of his hand then off of his glove and catches it. Isn't that supposed to be foul?
  13. http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/53157956/v1057710383/mlb-now-digs-into-robotic-umpires
  14. Some of the leagues that I umpire for play under MLB rules. I know in federation, coaches are allowed one offensive conference per inning... What is the rule on that for MLB? You see all of these MLB players talking with their 3rd base coach halfway up the line so often and the umpires never say anything.
  15. I was watching the Giants-A's game tonight and they were talking about a balk that was called in last night's game that they didn't understand. Dave Flemming recounted his discussion with Bill Miller before the game and said that it was a point of emphasis this year. I can't find a video online about it. Chris Bassitt is in the stretch, foot on rubber. Brings his hands together. Then, he steps back with his front foot (Lefty, he moved it towards 3B), then delivers the pitch. It's almost like he goes into a windup after he's come set. Here's a video with Price, but he moves it forward
  16. Majestic short sleeve black 2XL shirt with MLB logo $65 — Phoenix, Arizona One (1) Short sleeve, black. Authentic MLB umpire shirt. Size 2XL Price $65.00 PLUS shipping (7.88 anywhere in USA) PayPal only at birddawg@cox.net See pics for viewing inspection. email me for faster response birddawg@cox.net
  17. Majestic short sleeve black 2XL shirt with MLB logo $65 — Phoenix, Arizona One (1) Short sleeve, black. Authentic MLB umpire shirt. Size 2XL Price $65.00 PLUS shipping (7.88 anywhere in USA) PayPal only at birddawg@cox.net See pics for viewing inspection. email me for faster response birddawg@cox.net
  18. I'm looking for the 2015 MLB rules interpretation. If you are interested in selling your copy PM me. Thanks
  19. On 6/20/15, Red Sox C Swihart was out at 2 on CS. The call was that the tag was applied before Swihart touched the base. Red Sox challenged. The replay showed Swihart beat the tag. However, the replay also showed that subsequent to the pop-up slide by Swihart, his momentum took him off the base while the tag was still applied. After a lengthy Replay Review, the call on the field was confirmed. The crew chief went over to Red Sox manager Farrell and explained why - Swihart did beat the tag, but the call on the field stood anyway, since he subsequently came off the base while the tag was still a
  20. first .......Angel Hernandez at his best .... Your browser does not support iframes.
  21. Petty, I know, trust me ....but ....   Has anyone noticed the amount of guys who point their strike call (most) use 2 fingers when it's the second strike?   WHY?  I don't know why this bothers me, but why does almost every MLB and MiLB umpire do this?  So many of them do this, I have to assume it's something that's suggested during training?   Does anyone know?   AGAIN, ...I know it's petty, and it's not important, but I was just curious to know .....   example:
  22. Funny or not ........this was a cool thing WF did for Stand up for Cancer....   http://m.mlb.com/video/v45310583
  23. Gentlemen, This year at spring training the minor league umpire crews are raising money with UMPS CARE for disadvantaged kids. Please consider making a small donation to help provide these children with a little help and joy. Every little bit counts. Donations can be made at: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/ColoradoRockiesCrew/amlu-umps-care-spring-bowling-tournament Thank you all for your generosity and support!
  24. Amongst umpire crews trialling the (purported) new 2015 shirts, Dale Scott's crew has gone Classic. He's doing Classic black w/ twin white pencil lines on the collar... Long-sleeve. His crew is employing the full black jacket w/ Sky and white shoulder stripes. Good look. Must be chilly on the Bay tonight.
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