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 Ump-Attire.com
- The hardest part of managing Ump-Attire.com
- The process by which major suppliers introduce new products
- And more...
Watch the full interview below.
- From Little League to Ump-Attire.com President, Hometown Article Highlights Jim Kirk’s Sports Career
- Smitty Making Cloth Masks - Buy One, Donate One Program
- The (Nearly) Definitive State-by-State Guide on Sports Re-Openings
- FROM THE ASHES: How Thomas Edison Inspired Our Company to Survive the 2020 Sports Shutdown
- Electronic Referee Whistles As Alternative for Sports Officials During COVID-19
- Social Distancing Behind Home Plate: Could This Solution Provide the Best Compromise for Umpires, Leagues & Safety?
- Calling Balls/Strikes from Behind the Mound? Follow an Easy Safety Tip
- Mindset for Social Distancing Guidelines from TSEUA President & Assignor John Gallante
- SUMMARIZED: NASO's 13-Point Plan to "Getting Back to Officiating Sensibly"
About the Author
Marketing Assistant, 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.