Top Umpire Gear Product of the Year Chosen in Semifinal Playoff Format

Jan 2nd, 2018

Playoff Between 4 Items

We elected to play on the NCAA National Playoffs to allow our social media followers a chance to pick the champion for "Top Product of the Year".


Majestic MLB Umpire Shirt vs. New Balance Plate Shoes

Majestic Umpire Shirt vs.NB Plate Shoes


Pro Grade Magnetic Lineup Card Wallet vs. Smitty Poly Spandex Umpire Pants



The Championship of NB Plate Shoes vs Poly Spandex Pants coincided with the National Championship Game on Jan 8th.

The winner for product of the year is the Smitty Poly Spandex Umpire Pants with a close 55% to 45% margin.

Thanks to all who participated as we had over 750 votes throughout the playoffs.

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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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