A padded covering worn over the chest by a catcher or umpire as protection against fouled-off or errant pitches.
- I want to show up with a catcher's mask, chest protector and shin guards.
- The catcher's gear was far less elaborate, consisting largely of a simple mask, shin guards and chest protector.
- If the plate umpire went back to wearing the outside, balloon chest protector, he'd get a better view of the plate at least in reference to wide pitches or ones that cut the corner.
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Syllabification: chest pro·tec·tor
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