President Jim Kirk is the Featured Guest on UMPLIFE's Gotta Ask!

Apr 16th, 2020

UMPLIFE founder Ray Brownlie hosts a new web-series, Gotta Ask, which gives the members of the UMPLIFE community a chance to ask questions to umpire industry leaders.

The first episode in the series was MLB Umpire Greg Gibson. In episode 2, our own Jim Kirk was Ray's featured guest. Jim discusses:

  • Producer Tommy Owens's elbeco shirt
  • Why he started umpiring
  • Takeaways from when he umpired including gear that failed him
  • Dramatic effects of COVID-19 on sporting goods industry and on
  • The hardest part of managing
  • The process by which major suppliers introduce new products
  • And more...

Watch the full interview below.

Watch all episodes of UMPLIFE's Gotta Ask! here.

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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’s marketing assistant and recently relocated to Arizona.


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