Most Popular Umpire Gear & Apparel of 2019 Minor League Baseball UmpiresOct 16th, 2019
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In 2019, all full-season Minor League Umpires received a $300 voucher for gear and apparel at Ump-Attire.com.
Every MiLB umpire must wear the approved uniform. The equipment they use is their call. As the official supplier, we share our insights on their favorite products.
With all the different frames, colors and brands of masks available, umpires show their individuality and preferences through their mask choice. MiLB umpires are no exception. The top 3 masks purchased are...
All-Star Magnesium Umpire Masks
Wilson MLB Titanium Umpire Mask
Force3 V2 Defender Umpire Masks
Champion Body Armor Umpire Chest Protector
You might be surprised to see this, but the Champion's combination of low profile and great value make this the most popular choice among MiLB umpires for the 2nd season in a row.
Force3 Ultimate Umpire Shin Guards
The low-profile design of the Force3 Shin Guards fits great under the league required Smitty Performance Poly Spandex Pants.
New Balance V3 Mid-Cut Black & White Umpire Plate Shoes
No surprise on NB plate shoes but most MiLB umpires do choose the mid-cut style over the low-cut.
New Balance Low-Cut Black & White Umpire Base ShoesMiLB umpires tend to prefer some white on their shoes for contrast, like most baseball umpires. For the bases, low-cut is much more popular than mids.
Will the new V3 New Balance Base Shoes become the popular choice next season?...Probably.
1 3/4" Hi-Gloss (Patent) Leather Umpire Belt
The final count was 70% to 30% patent leather to genuine leather for MiLB umpires. The 1 3/4" is far and away the most popular width size.
Force3 Dry-Lo Umpire Ball Bags
You will be happy to know that ball bags designed by former MiLB umpire Mark Lollo are worn most by current MiLB umpires. This season, Force3 Dry-Lo Ball Bags were the preferred brand. More MiLB Umpires went with the EXCLUSIVE Dry-Lo Ball Bags without Inside Pockets.
Replacement Mask Pads
Team Wendy Replacement Umpire Mask Pads - Black
If it's good enough in U.S. military helmets, then it's good enough in MiLB umpire masks.
Cup & Jock
MiLB Umpires don't skimp on protection when it comes to cups. They predominantly prefer NuttyBuddy and Diamond MMA cup systems, with NuttyBuddy edging out Diamond MMA for the overall top choice.
NuttyBuddy Athletic Cup System
Diamond MMA Athletic Cup & Quad Strap Jock
New Balance Challenger Mock Neck Short Sleeve Compression Shirt
We helped design it. MiLB umpires made this their most popular. We exploded into high-fives!
Tights or Shorts?
This season, MiLB umpires went with compression shorts more often than tights. Nike is the clear brand of choice.
Stance MLB Diamond Pro Crew Socks
A mid-season add, MiLB umpires jumped all over the official on-field socks of Major League Baseball.
MiLB umpires are far and away turning to Franklin as their preferred choice for on-field gloves - MLB All-Weather Pro Gloves for all-purpose and MLB ColdMax Gloves for extra warmth on the bases.
Markwort Oversized Balls First 3-Dial Plastic Umpire Indicator - 3/2/2 Count
Just beating last years most popular Champro Steel Indicators with Optic Yellow Dials, 3/2/2 count indicators are preferred.
Plastic Umpire Plate Brush
The thin handle fits best in the back pocket where most MiLB umpires store their plate brush.
Disclaimer: We are just having fun with this article and in no way are any of the non-uniform products endorsed by Minor League Baseball or the Association of Minor League Umpires.
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About the Author
Pro School Umpire Graduate Josh Mann
A native of Chicago, Josh graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Economy & Industry and Sports Management. He attended the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy and Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School, umpired in the Frontier Professional Baseball League, and worked in the Chicago Cubs Organization. Josh enjoys baseball, hockey, golf and spending time with his dog Wrigley. He spent 4 years as Ump-Attire.com’s marketing assistant and recently relocated to Arizona.
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