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FranklinT last won the day on December 25 2019

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  1. 1) Id assume you are comparing these to the Smitty Poly Spandex pants and youre saying the GD Fechheimer pants are much better. 2) I was surprised at how disappointed I was with the Smitty Poly Spandex pants that I ordered over the summer from UA. I ended up quickly sending them back. I guess Im stuck in the old days when the MLB quality Poly Wool pants were the standard from Honigs. The Smitty pants looked incredibly cheap, I didnt like the dark gray color, and theres no way I would have worn those on the field. Im looking forward to ordering the GD Poly Spandex pants in a few months for the 2020 season. 3) Its strange that there is no reinforced stitching around the seat in the plate pants because he touts these as being the "same pants the MLB guys wear" but I know those do have the reinforced stitching.
  2. Agree 100% with this. Making a deal (not even a big deal, just a "deal") out of something like this is the definition of "picking boogers." I wouldn't think twice about a person, a coach, etc. talking to me with sunglasses on unless we were indoors.
  3. @JimKirk would love to see UA carry some All Star replacement mask pads (specifically the LUC pads for the Magnesium mask and the standard LUC pads that fit their traditional masks.)
  4. Just an FYI but I have a wry lightly used All Star Mag throat guard I’m looking to sell. Private message if interested.
  5. Yes that is the old pic of the prior padding. A number of years ago Wilson “upgraded” the padding on the gray double knee shins to that of the black triple knee shins.
  6. Hubba hubba! What’s the story behind this?
  7. I’ve lost track of how many “breaks” I’ve taken over the last ten years....and how many times ive come back lol
  8. I believe the +POS and GD shoes were made by the same manufacturer. I recall a non patent version of the GD shoes that minus the logos looked nearly identical to the old +POS plate shoes. This is going back to the late 90s and early 2000s. I don’t want to get into an argument over the economics of it and the small market that we as umpires are, because I understand all of it and is one of the reasons Reebok pulled out of the umpire shoe market after trying for a few years. I also remember years ago Honigs offered their own Honigs branded plate shoes and pulled out of that. However, the quality of the New Balance shoes are a joke for their price. Although heavy, the old +POS and GD plate shoes were of much higher quality, made in America, and represented a better “value” for the money.
  9. I discovered and have been listening to a podcast put out by Gerry Davis called "12 for 12" available on all the major podcast platforms. On the most recent episode, Gerry talks about umpire gear, equipment, etc and the start of his store. He mentioned on the podcast how the original GD plate shoes were how the business got started and he mentioned "we are currently looking into bringing the Gerry Davis plate shoe back." Thought this was interesting to hear. He also mentioned the plate shoes he wears now are over 20 years old and were the first GD plate shoes off the assembly line. https://www.gerrydavis.com/category/312/12-For-12-with-Gerry-Davis-An-Umpire-Podcast.html
  10. Have a pair of Honig's K20 shin guards in size 17 that are unworn and still with the tags on. Looking to sell for $40 plus shipping or best offer (OBO). Buyer can choose shipping method and will pay the cost of shipping. Shipping only to continental US and payment via PayPal friends and family (no fees).
  11. I’d be curious to understand the technological advancements in football pads (Douglas, Schutt, etc) over the years compared to the technological advancement, or lack thereof, of umpire chest protectors.
  12. I remember an interview with former NBA referee Joe DeRosa (who owns Smitty now and owned Purchase Officials in Akron Ohio) and he talked about Smitty starting as a lanyard company and expanding.
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