Top Umpire Gear Product of the Year Chosen in Semifinal Playoff Format

Jan 2nd, 2018

We elected to play on the NCAA National Playoffs to allow our social media followers a chance to pick the champion for "Top Product of the Year".


Majestic MLB Umpire Shirt vs. New Balance Plate Shoes



Pro Grade Magnetic Lineup Card Wallet vs. Smitty Poly Spandex Umpire Pants



The Championship of NB Plate Shoes vs Poly Spandex Pants coincided with the National Championship Game on Jan 8th.

The winner for product of the year is the Smitty Poly Spandex Umpire Pants with a close 55% to 45% margin.

Thanks to all who participated as we had over 750 votes throughout the playoffs.

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President/CEO of Score 451 Sports, LLC and Jim Kirk

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 Southeastern Kentucky - during the Elbeco shirt years - as a way to make ends meet. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and eventually bought in 2006. Jim is proud of'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 currently serves on their board of directors and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient. Jim has also coached youth baseball many years and currently coaches middle school baseball at Christian Academy of Louisville. He lives in Louisville with his wife Lori, daughter Lydia and son Ben.