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Hello everybody, 

I was looking around for a new pair of pants that would fit over my plate gear,  but most of the gear simply is too large. I am 6'0, 130 lbs with a 32" waist size. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

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So I see this is your first post… Welcome to umpire empire.  For umpires there are three different styles of pant.  Base, combo and plate.  Any plate pant that is currently being manufactured by smitty,  fechheimer or Gerry Davis will easily accommodate most umpire shinguards.  Combination pants are iffy and base pants are just standard slack width and will not work with leg guards.  Hope this answers your questions and welcome aboard...

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@mpatera, I would highly recommend the Smitty 4-Way Stretch Performance Poly Spandex material pants...I and most of the guys in my association wear these. These pants are lightweight, comfortable, if hung up after wearing and kept on a proper hanger they should not require ironing, they are moisture-wicking and relatively cool in hot weather. (Below 50 degrees and or breezy conditions, you may want to consider tights underneath.) As @Chris Hickman indicated above, most pants (including Smitty's) come in base, plate or combo. And yes, combo pants can be iffy especially if you are on the skinny side. You may find the combos (designed for plate or base work) to be too baggy when you are on the bases. A true plate cut pair of umpire pants will fit over the gear for most umpires. Here's a link to Smitty's pants: https://smittyapparel.com/collections/baseball-pants Ideally, you'd want 2 pair of base and 2 pair of plate to ensure you are always ready with a fresh pair of pants. (Or 2 combos, if those work for you...)

These pants retail anywhere from $45 - $60 and...they will need to be hemmed to the proper length! (Some retailers offer hemming as part of the transaction but, if it's an online store and they aren't hemmed right...you have a problem.) Buy your pants UNHEMMED and then take them to a local tailor. They will typically charge $10 - $12 and if there's a problem they can easily adjust them. Make sure to tell your tailor you want tight, double stitching on the hems with thread color matching the pants and NO CUFF (plain bottom). The old school look is a straight hem where the line of the hem parallels that of the waist. The new school look is a slanted hem (also called a military hem or guardsman's hem). The line of the hem is higher in the front and slightly lower in the back. (I personally like the old school look...)

Also, you will feel silly and your tailor will be confused but...take your shin guards, plate shoes and base shoes in with you when you get your pants hemmed. Put your shin guards and your plate shoes on when the tailor is measuring the plate pants to be hemmed. Take the shin guards and plate shoes off and put your base shoes on for the measuring of your base pants. Once your pants are hemmed how you like, mark them inside with a B or P so you know which is which and or keep them on differently colored hangers for easy identification.

Some guys here on the forum have mentioned their plate pants hanging up on the knees of their shin guards as they squat behind the plate. If this is a problem for you, ask your tailor to sew a small patch of silk inside each pant leg (again with matching thread). The silk will prevent the pants from snagging on the shin guards. This tends to only be a problem with wool or poly-wool pants, not fully artificial material pants like the Smitty 4-Way Stretch.  

Finally, be sure to check with your association on the color! Pants are available in charcoal grey OR heather grey. Most associations are using charcoal and some softball associations use navy. Check with your association so you know what color pants to buy. And if you haven't bought shirts, caps or ball bags yet...be sure to clarify those colors, too. You should know ALL of your association's uniform standards before ordering anything and keep in mind uniform standards may change at any time...

~Dawg

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16 hours ago, mpatera said:

fit over my plate gear,  but most of the gear simply is too large.

Umpire plate pants are fitting over two pieces of protective gear – the uhm... personal protector and the shinguards. If your personal protector is too large to fit into/under plate pants... then perhaps Umpire isn't your calling. 

That leaves the shinguards. And, without knowing what type/model of shinguards you're using, I'm making a guess that you're using ol' catchers shinguards. Please don't. They're way too bulky and too shaped and styled for the poor buggers that gotta kneel, dive, and flop all about for their job. Get yourself a good set of umpire shinguards, and you'll not only be adequately protected, but they'll easily and assuredly fit under plate pants. Additionally, because of how whippet-thin you are, you can likely make combo pants work for you as plate pants (plate pants and combo pants both have the butt-saddle stitching, reinforcing the seat), provided you get similarly slim shinguards. 

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1 hour ago, MadMax said:

Umpire plate pants are fitting over two pieces of protective gear – the uhm... personal protector and the shinguards. If your personal protector is too large to fit into/under plate pants... then perhaps Umpire isn't your calling. 

That leaves the shinguards. And, without knowing what type/model of shinguards you're using, I'm making a guess that you're using ol' catchers shinguards. Please don't. They're way too bulky and too shaped and styled for the poor buggers that gotta kneel, dive, and flop all about for their job. Get yourself a good set of umpire shinguards, and you'll not only be adequately protected, but they'll easily and assuredly fit under plate pants. Additionally, because of how whippet-thin you are, you can likely make combo pants work for you as plate pants (plate pants and combo pants both have the butt-saddle stitching, reinforcing the seat), provided you get similarly slim shinguards. 

When I was in college/just graduated, I worked with a guy who aspired to be a porn star

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5 minutes ago, LMSANS said:

Didn't we all in college?

hahah, I meant as an umpire. He'd talk about it all the time.

 

"Nah, I wear a cup all the time, can't be endangering my future job"

 

He was dead serious.

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