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Old Fri Dec 26, 2008, 02:48pm
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Does anyone own this jacket?

Is it standard? (I don't remember any side stripes on the MLB ones with the piping across the chest.)



It says the sleeves zip off (to make it like a batting practice pullover). I saw it at our old friends at Official's Choice: CONVERTIBLE BLACK - '2 IN-ONE Jacket' Long Sleeve Baseball Umpire Jacket - 2

Are you ready? ... $27.50

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Old Sat Dec 27, 2008, 12:36am
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Does anyone own this jacket?

Is it standard? (I don't remember any side stripes on the MLB ones with the piping across the chest.)



It says the sleeves zip off (to make it like a batting practice pullover). I saw it at our old friends at Official's Choice: CONVERTIBLE BLACK - '2 IN-ONE Jacket' Long Sleeve Baseball Umpire Jacket - 2

Are you ready? ... $27.50
The MLB model does not have white panels on the side, but the sleeves zip off below the elbow like this one does.

I have always thought this type of jacket looked goofy on umpires. They look like barber or dentist smocks.
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Old Sat Dec 27, 2008, 12:47am
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Here is another real winner of a product from Official's Choice, that pilar of umpire gear sales worldwide:



Gee, hmmmm.....I wonder what all the fans and bench jockeys will compare the umpires wearing this shirt to.........
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Old Sat Dec 27, 2008, 01:16am
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The MLB model does not have white panels on the side, but the sleeves zip off below the elbow like this one does.

I have always thought this type of jacket looked goofy on umpires. They look like barber or dentist smocks.
Honig's has this style of convertible jacket in their new catalog. I won't be buying it from either place because I already have a long sleeve jacket, and I also think the short sleeve jackets don't look that great.
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Old Sat Dec 27, 2008, 12:19pm
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Here is another real winner of a product from Official's Choice, that pilar of umpire gear sales worldwide:



Gee, hmmmm.....I wonder what all the fans and bench jockeys will compare the umpires wearing this shirt to.........
Easy there, Steve. That's the official official shirt of the Hershey, PA Little League.
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Old Sat Dec 27, 2008, 12:46pm
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Easy there, Steve. That's the official official shirt of the Hershey, PA Little League.
Are you guys saying you don't want to look like a Chocolate Bunny out there?...LOL
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Are you guys saying you don't want to look like a Chocolate Bunny out there?...LOL
No, I just don't want to look like poop!
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No, I just don't want to look like poop!
crap I didnt think of that one.... I did buy one of there shirt.. I bought the white one with the black collar.. It looks kinda of cool. I bought 2 some my partner could wear one as well.
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Old Sat Dec 27, 2008, 08:40pm
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I was raised well, and among the things I was taught never to do is to wear a brown shirt or coat with gray slacks. So, out of respect for my upbringing, I guess I won't get to wear the brown umpire shirt.

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Old Mon Dec 29, 2008, 12:59pm
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crap I didnt think of that one.... I did buy one of there shirt.. I bought the white one with the black collar.. It looks kinda of cool. I bought 2 some my partner could wear one as well.
How thoughtful
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Old Mon Dec 29, 2008, 01:53pm
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Hey, be careful there Pensaump...

I bought two of the white with black collars too. I already wore them this fall. I knew my partner for a scorching DH in September wouldn't have that color so I let him wear mine.

When I want to wear something I won't let a cheap *** partner hold me back.

A hint for wearing this white shirt though. A black undershirt or an undershirt with writing on it shows through, a lot.

It is very cool (weather-wise) though. I did both plates so we could get it over sooner (middle school fall ball-a terrible idea).
I thought we looked pretty good in them. No other umpires saw us to give a fair and balanced critique though.
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I did the same (ordered two of the white and shared them on a hot day), and the major gripe is with the black undershirt bleeding through. I will be wearing a white tee (I know, not contrasting) under it next time.

It is a good-looking shirt.
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Old Tue Dec 30, 2008, 06:20pm
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I did both plates so we could get it over sooner (middle school fall ball-a terrible idea).
Just curious, why do you assume you could do the plate quicker than your partner? Is he notoriously slow or something? You didn't just start right away did you? I always demand a break between games. I wouldn't dream of starting the 2nd game sooner than 20 minutes after the first. The body needs the recovery time and hydrating.
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Yep, we started right away....

The games had 1.5 hour time limits. The second game's teams were there, warmed up and ready. I am still in pretty decent shape for a 46 year old.

I regularly work as many as three to four plates in a day (six or seven games total per day on Thursday thru Sunday) in the summer during tourneys.

I know it sounds crazy but it still isn't as hard as the duty I pulled when I was in the Army at Fort Bragg. Plus, I love umpiring and it was middle school level fall ball. I cannot get better working that level.

Sad thing or crazier thing (depending upon your point of view) is that the day before this middle school madness I worked 8 innings behind the plate at a D1 college fall ball intrasquad at the University of Louisville. You want to talk about adjusting.

Call me crazy. It's okay, I used to jump out of perfectly good airplanes. I'm used to it.
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Old Tue Dec 30, 2008, 07:53pm
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Here is another real winner of a product from Official's Choice, that pilar of umpire gear sales worldwide:



Gee, hmmmm.....I wonder what all the fans and bench jockeys will compare the umpires wearing this shirt to.........
Don't laugh. There are two young umpires in the northwest burbs of Chicago (who shall remain nameless here) who purchased these chocolate brown shirts and have used them on the field. They also have purchased and used the burgundy shirts.

They know, however, never to wear these in any games I assign.
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