Why Umpires Have Underwear Requirements

Some jobs require uniforms, especially in the world of sports. We’re not talking about the teams, we’re talking about the officials, and in baseball, that person is known as the umpire. The “umps" are required to wear a series of protective gear, over an official MLB umpire uniform, but what many sports fans don't know is that umpires are also required to wear black underwear. Why? In case their pants split! With all of the bending and squatting that's part of the job, it's natural for wardrobe malfunctions to occur, and it's a priority of the MLB to keep the focus of fans, players, and the media on the game of baseball and not on some umpire’s "tighty whities."