Plate Pants Catching on Your Umpire Shin Guards? The Fix is as Smooth as Silk

Aug 5th, 2020

Plate Pants Bunching

On the inside of your plate pants, add a 6-8” piece of silk where the shin guard “knee” goes. Your pants will slide more easily over your shin guards as you get in and out of your stance.

This is a trick from former MiLB executive director of umpires and now MLB Replay Coordinator, Justin Klemm, that he used when working in the minors.

Jim Kirk and Justin Klemm

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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 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, He eventually led it to the leading umpire gear & attire retailer worldwide and a “Best Places to Work in Louisville” honor in 2020. He maintains long-standing relationships with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development & Training Academy and the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO). 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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