MiLB Umpire Training Academy Videos Features Relationships With Us & Our Staff

Jun 1st, 2020

As a proud sponsor of the MiLB Umpire Training Academy, we were recently featured in 2 quality-made videos.

In the first, our President Jim Kirk talks about the partnership that has been a staple at the Academy since its inception.

The second showcases Ty Unthank as staffer and student, revealing that the Academy creates opportunities for other doors to open.

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About the Author

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President Jim Kirk

Jim is a leading expert, educator and author on umpire gear, safety & appearance. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and bought in 2006, He eventually led it to the leading umpire gear & attire retailer worldwide, a “Best Places to Work in Louisville” honor in 2020 & 2021 and a National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) Preferred Vendor. He maintained a long-standing relationship with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development & Training Academy for 10 years. He serves as an adviser to UMPS CARE Charities, the charity of MLB umpires, served as a 2-term board of director from 2012-2018, and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient. A supporter since the inception of the Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy, he was named to their Board of Directors in 2020.


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