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.
- CDC Guidelines Updated for Masks & Gaiters
- Sports Officiating Resources & the Coronavirus Pandemic
- UMPLIFE Executive Bag Named "Official Travel Bag" of Ump-Attire.com Staff
- Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy to Host 1st Annual Virtual Summit
- "The Dish" on HeatShields Shoe Inserts
- High School & Middle School Associations Decisions on Fall Sports
- Listen to "Both Sides of the Mask" Podcast with Guest Jim Kirk
- The (Nearly) Definitive State-by-State Guide on Sports Re-Openings
- Wounded Warrior Umpire Academy Names President Jim Kirk to Board of Directors
About the Author
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. He spent 4 years as Ump-Attire.com’s marketing assistant and recently relocated to Arizona.