Most Popular Umpire Gear & Apparel of 2019 Minor League Baseball Umpires

Oct 16th, 2019

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Every MiLB umpire must wear the approved uniform. The equipment they use is their call. As the official supplier, we share our insights on their favorite products.

Mask

With all the different frames, colors and brands of masks available, umpires show their individuality and preferences through their mask choice. MiLB umpires are no exception. The top 3 masks purchased are...

All-Star Magnesium Umpire Masks
All-Star Magnesium Umpire Masks
 

Wilson MLB Titanium Umpire Mask
Wilson MLB Titanium Umpire Mask

Force3 V2 Defender Umpire Masks
Force3 V2 Defender Umpire Masks


Chest Protector

Champion Body Armor Umpire Chest Protector
Champion Body Armor Umpire Chest Protector

You might be surprised to see this, but the Champion's combination of low profile and great value make this the most popular choice among MiLB umpires for the 2nd season in a row.


Shin Guards

 Force3 Ultimate Umpire Shin Guards
Force3 Ultimate Umpire Shin Guards

The low-profile design of the Force3 Shin Guards fits great under the league required Smitty Performance Poly Spandex Pants.


Plate Shoes

New Balance V3 Mid-Cut Black & White Umpire Plate Shoes
New Balance V3 Mid-Cut Black & White Umpire Plate Shoes

No surprise on NB plate shoes but most MiLB umpires do choose the mid-cut style over the low-cut.


Base Shoes

New Balance Low-Cut Black & White Umpire Base Shoes
New Balance Low-Cut Black & White Umpire Base Shoes

MiLB umpires tend to prefer some white on their shoes for contrast, like most baseball umpires. For the bases, low-cut is much more popular than mids.

Will the new V3 New Balance Base Shoes become the popular choice next season?...Probably.


Belt

1 3/4
1 3/4" Hi-Gloss (Patent) Leather Umpire Belt

The final count was 70% to 30% patent leather to genuine leather for MiLB umpires. The 1 3/4" is far and away the most popular width size.


Ball Bags

Force3 Dry-Lo Umpire Ball Bag
Force3 Dry-Lo Umpire Ball Bags

You will be happy to know that ball bags designed by former MiLB umpire Mark Lollo are worn most by current MiLB umpires. This season, Force3 Dry-Lo Ball Bags were the preferred brand. More MiLB Umpires went with the EXCLUSIVE Dry-Lo Ball Bags without Inside Pockets.


Replacement Mask Pads

Team Wendy Replacement Umpire Mask Pads - Black
Team Wendy Replacement Umpire Mask Pads - Black

If it's good enough in U.S. military helmets, then it's good enough in MiLB umpire masks.


Cup & Jock

MiLB Umpires don't skimp on protection when it comes to cups. They predominantly prefer NuttyBuddy and Diamond MMA cup systems, with NuttyBuddy edging out Diamond MMA for the overall top choice.

NuttyBuddy Athletic Cup System
NuttyBuddy Athletic Cup System

Diamond MMA Athletic Cup & Quad Strap Jock
Diamond MMA Athletic Cup & Quad Strap Jock


Compression Shirt

New Balance Challenger Mock Neck Short Sleeve Compression Shirt
New Balance Challenger Mock Neck Short Sleeve Compression Shirt

We helped design it. MiLB umpires made this their most popular. We exploded into high-fives!


Tights or Shorts?

Nike Pro Compression Shorts 
Nike Pro Compression Shorts

This season, MiLB umpires went with compression shorts more often than tights. Nike is the clear brand of choice.


Socks

Stance MLB Diamond Pro Crew Socks
Stance MLB Diamond Pro Crew Socks

A mid-season add, MiLB umpires jumped all over the official on-field socks of Major League Baseball.


Gloves

Franklin MLB Umpire Gloves
Franklin MLB Umpire Gloves

MiLB umpires are far and away turning to Franklin as their preferred choice for on-field gloves - MLB All-Weather Pro Gloves for all-purpose and MLB ColdMax Gloves for extra warmth on the bases.


Indicator

 Markwort Oversized Balls First 3-Dial Plastic Umpire Indicator - 3/2/2 Count
Markwort Oversized Balls First 3-Dial Plastic Umpire Indicator - 3/2/2 Count

Just beating last years most popular Champro Steel Indicators with Optic Yellow Dials, 3/2/2 count indicators are preferred.


Plate Brush

Plastic Umpire Plate Brush
Plastic Umpire Plate Brush

The thin handle fits best in the back pocket where most MiLB umpires store their plate brush.

 

Disclaimer: We are just having fun with this article and in no way are any of the non-uniform products endorsed by Minor League Baseball or the Association of Minor League Umpires.

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About the Author

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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.

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