Hello all -
I have these things to sell:
LIKE NEW 17" Douglas Shin Guards: $150 + $10 shipping - SOLD
I bought these brand new from UA.com last May. I used them for six games during last summer and have used them for four games this year so far.
USED Matte Black Diamond Aluminum Mask (FRAME ONLY): $35 shipped
I got this used about a month ago from a member this site. I have never worn this mask. It is in good condition.
I recently replied to a message from a fellow umpire here on U-E regarding chest protector opinions. As I re-read it, what a I divulge is applicable to a great number of chest protector questions we the membership here get. His question was in regard to a Douglas, specifically, but I can express technical opinions about any of the CP's on the market. So, let me share this here with you...
I present to you this rhetorical question: why are we as an umpire community clinging to antiquated technology and practices when modern, cutting-edge opportunities are not even being fully considered or realized yet? Or, better yet, why are we accepting this sloth and sluggishness from the gear producers themselves??!
I hold Team Wendy in lofty regard because they actually established and progressed their own technology – Zorbium – for one ambitious goal: to mitigate, reduce and hopefully eliminate TBI's. The reason they pulled the plug on CP retrofits wasn't because TW is a money-grubbing company that saw no profit in it, or that Zorbium itself is a poor product. It simply is, that when the US military drops a massive product request on you, with an ironclad contract, you put everything else aside and go all-hands-on-deck.
We really need to start examining the direction that our protection needs and solutions will go instead of settling for the "traditional" and "status quo".