Hard Shell and Wilson Umpire Chest Protectors Dominate at Umpire SchoolJan 20th, 2015
This is the 4th year we've served as Official Supplier to Minor League Baseball's The Umpire School. Each year, I have noticed a higher ratio of hard-shell to soft- shell umpire chest protectors worn in the student population.
My survey found 4 out of 5 students were wearing hard shells during their first day of cage work.
Wilson had the overwhelming share of hard shell umpire chest protectors (almost 3 out of every 4) with the following breakdown among them:
Wilson - 43
Champion - 5
Douglas - 3
V-Sport - 2
All Star - 2
Plus Pos - 1
Unknown - 1
I did not count Wilson Gold vs Platinum vs Charcoal chest protectors. From memory, the ratio was close to 3 Golds to 2 Platinums to 1 Charcoal.
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Jim has had a passion for sports since he can remember. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire in Kentucky - during the Elbeco shirt years. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and bought Ump-Attire.com in 2006. Jim is proud of Ump-Attire.com's success, staff and sponsorship of various groups including Minor League Baseball Umpires, Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy and UMPS CARE, the charity of MLB umpires. He served on their board of directors and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient.