PRODUCT ALERT: MLB Logo vs NB Logo on New Balance Umpire ShoesDec 12th, 2019
Updated 2/10/2020: MLB has extended its contract with New Balance to be the official on-field plate & base umpire shoes for the 2020 season.
What this means for you is this. The MLB logo remains on the tongue of our current & limited stock of V3 plate shoes and the new V3 base shoes.
V3 plate and base shoes stock arriving after this date for the 2020 season will have the NB logo or no logo on the tongue.
Same great shoe. Different logo on the tongue.
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