2014 Minor League Umpires

 

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2014 MiLB All-Star Game Umps
2010-2013 MiLB Umps / 2005-2009 MiLB Umps /1999-2004 MiLB Umps /WBC Umps

PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL UMPIRE CORP. 2014 STAFF

Dusty Dellinger: Interim Director, PBUC
Mike Felt: Chief of Instruction, PBUC Evaluator
Jorge Bauza: Field Evaluator/Instructor, PBUC
Tyler Funneman: Field Evaluator/Instructor, PBUC
Larry Reveal: Field Evaluator/Instructor, PBUC
Darren Spagnardi: Field Evaluator/Instructor, PBUC
Mark Stubblefield: Medical Coordinator, PBUC

The 2013 regular season salary ranges for each classification are as follows:

Class AAA: $2,600 - 3,500 per month
Class AA: $2,300 - 2,700 per month
Class A - Full Season: $2,000 - 2,400 per month
Class A - Short Season & Rookie: $1,900 - 2,100 per month

Salaries may vary from the above ranges due to service time or other special considerations.  Umpires receive a promotion premium in the form of increase pay when promoted to Class AA, and another promotion premium when promoted to Class AAA.

AMLU

2014 MiLB Umpire Rosters

Minor League Call-Up Umpires
The following Minor League umpires worked the 2014 ML Spring Training

Bailey, Allen --, Barber, Sean 29, Basner, Toby 99, Buckminster, Seth 67, Byrne, Jon 59, Campos, Angel 84, Fagan, Clint 82, Gibson, Hal "Tripp" 73, Gosney, Jeff 40, Hamari, Adam 78, Hoberg, Pat 31, Johnson, Anthony 48, Lampe, Shaun --, Little, Will 93, May, Ben 97, Morales, Gabe 47, Morrow, Jeff --, Myers, Brad --, Ortiz, Alex --, Pattillo, Marcus 18, Ripperger, Mark 90, Scheurwater, Stuart 85, Segal, Chris 96, Soucy, David --, Tumpane, John 74,, Whitson, Chad 62, Wolcott, Quinn 81, Woodring, Tom 75

International League (AAA)

JOEY AMARAL - Age 30 - 5’11”, 171 lbs. - Resides in Baltimore, MD - 1st full yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2007), Florida Inst. Lg. (2008), Eastern Lg. (2011-13), New York-Penn Lg. (2007-08), S. Atlantic Lg. (2009), Venezuelan Lg. (2012), Midwest Lg. (2008), Carolina Lg. (2010), International Lg. (2013)

JONATHAN BAILEY - Age 30 - 5’11”, 224 lbs. - Resides Lithia Springs, GA - 1st. yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2007), S. Atlantic Lg. (2010), Southern Lg. (2012-13), Appalachian Lg. (2008-09), Florida State Lg. (2011), Dominican Lg. (2012-13), Midwest Lg. (2009), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2011)

SEAN BARBER - Age 28 - 5’9”, 190 lbs. - Resides in Lakeland, FL - 3rd yr. in Triple-A
Appalachian Lg. (2006-07), Southern Lg. (2009-11), Arizona Fall Lg. (2012-13), S. Atlantic Lg. (2007), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2009-10), International Lg. (2012-13), Florida State Lg. (2008-09), Venezuelan Lg. (2011)

TOBY BASNER - Age 29 - 5’10”, 172 lbs. - Resides in Snellville, GA - 5th full yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2004), Carolina Lg. (2006-07), Arizona Fall Lg. (2009-10), Appalachian Lg. (2005), Venezuelan Lg. (2007), International Lg. (2010-13), Florida Inst. Lg. (2005), Southern Lg. (2007-09), Dominican Lg. (2012), S. Atlantic Lg. (2006), Puerto Rican Lg. (2008), Major Lg. Baseball (2012-13)Dominican Lg. (2006), Pacific Coast Lg. (2009)

JOE BORN - Age 32 - 5’11”, 177 lbs. - Resides in Lafayette, IN - 1st yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2007), S. Atlantic Lg. (2009), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2010, 2012), New York-Penn Lg. (2008), Florida State Lg. (2010)m, Eastern Lg. (2011-13)

SETH BUCKMINSTER - Age 32 - 6’4”, 210 lbs. - Resides in Fort Worth, TX - 3rd yr. in Triple-A
Arizona Lg. (2006), Florida Inst. Lg. (2008), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2010), Appalachian Lg. (2007-08), California Lg. (2009), International Lg. (2012-13), S. Atlantic Lg. (2008), Texas Lg. (2010-11), Arizona Fall Lg. (2012-13)

JON BYRNE - Age 30 - 5’10”, 143 lbs. - Resides in Charlotte, NC - 4th yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2005), California Lg. (2007), International Lg. (2011-13), Northwest Lg. (2006), Eastern Lg. (2008-10), Arizona Fall Lg. (2013), Midwest Lg. (2006), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2009)

ANGEL CAMPOS - Age 40 - 5’9”, 178 lbs. - Resides in Tucson, AZ - 11th yr. in Triple-A
Northwest Lg. (2000). California Lg. (2002)m, Venezuelan Lg. (2004). Midwest Lg. (2001), Texas Lg. (2003), Arizona Fall Lg. (2005-06), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2001-02), Pacific Coast Lg. (2004-13), Major Lg. Baseball (2007-12)

TRAVIS CARLSON - Age 29 - 6’6”, 215 lbs. - Resides in Lakeland, FL - 3rd yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2006), Florida State Lg. (2008-09), Venezuelan Lg. (2011), New York-Penn Lg. (2006), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2009), International Lg. (2012-13), S. Atlantic Lg. (2007), Southern Lg. (2010-11), Arizona Fall Lg. (2012)

BRIAN DEBRAUWERE - Age 30 - 5’11”, 164 lbs. - Resides in Hummelstown, PA - 1st yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2009), Florida State Lg. (2010-11), Eastern Lg. (2012-13), New York-Penn Lg. (2009), Texas Lg. (2011), Domincan Lg. (2013), Florida Inst. Lg. (2009), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2011-12)

CLINT FAGAN - Age 32 - 6’0”, 198 lbs. - Resides in Tomball, TX - 5th yr. in Triple-A
Pioneer Lg. (2005), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2007), Pacific Coast Lg. (2010-12), Florida Inst. Lg. (2005), Eastern Lg. (2007), Arizona Fall Lg. (2010-11), Midwest Lg. (2006), Texas Lg. (2008-09), Major Lg. Baseball (2012-13), Florida State Lg. (2006-07), Venezuelan Lg. (2009,2012), International Lg. (2013)

IAN FAZIO - Age 27 - 5’8”, 158 lbs. - Resides in Springfield, MO - 2nd yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2007), California Lg. (2009), Texas Lg. (2011-12), Pioneer Lg. (2008), Florida State Lg. (2010), International Lg. (2013), S. Atlantic Lg. (2009), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2010), Venezuelan Lg. (2013)

JEFF GOSNEY - Age 30 - 5’11”, 185 lbs. - Resides in Lakeland, FL - 4th yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2006), Florida Inst. Lg. (2007), Venezuelan Lg. (2010), Appalachian Lg. (2006), Florida State Lg. (2008), International Lg. (2011-13), Midwest Lg. (2007), Texas Lg. (2008-10), Arizona Fall Lg. (2013)

MAX GUYLL - Age 30 - 6’0”, 228 lbs. - Resides in Fort Wayne, IN - 2nd yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2006), Florida State Lg. (2009), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2011), New York-Penn Lg. (2007), Eastern Lg. (2010-12), International Lg. (2013), Midwest Lg. (2008)

ADAM HAMARI - Age 30 - 6’0”, 185 lbs. - Resides in Marquette, MI - 4th yr. in Triple-A
New York-Penn Lg. (2006), Florida State Lg. (2008), Arizona Fall Lg. (2011), Midwest Lg. (2007), Southern Lg. (2008), Major Lg. Baseball (2013), California Lg. (2007), Eastern Lg. (2009-10), Dominican Lg. (2013), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2007,09), International Lg. (2011-13)

TOM HONEC - Age 29 - 5’10”. 196 lbs. - Resides in Harrisonburg, VA - 1st full yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2007), California Lg. (2009), International Lg. (2013), Appalachian Lg. (2007-08), Eastern Lg. (2010-13), Dominican Lg. (2013), Midwest Lg. (2008), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2010)

ANTHONY JOHNSON - Age 32 - 5’9”, 160 lbs. - Resides in McComb, MS - 3rd yr. in Triple-A
Pioneer Lg. (2006), Carolina Lg. (2008), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2010), Appalachian Lg. (2007), Florida State Lg. (2009), International Lg. (2012-13), S. Atlantic. Lg. (2007) ,Southern Lg. (2010-11), Arizona Fall Lg. (2012-13)

NIC LENTZ - Age 24 - 6’3”, 197 lbs. - Resides in Holland, MI - 1st. yr. in Triple-A
Arizona Lg. (2008), Midwest Lg. (2010), Eastern Lg. (2012-13), Florida Inst. Lg. (2008, 2010), Florida State Lg. (2010-11), Venezuelan Lg. (2013), New York-Penn Lg. (2009), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2011-12)

WILL LITTLE - Age 30 - 5’11”, 170 lbs. - Resides in Fall Branch, TN - 3rd yr. in Triple-A
Appalachian Lg. (2007), Southern Lg. (2009-11), International Lg. (2012-13), Florida Inst. Lg. (2007), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2009-10), Arizona Fall Lg. (2012), S. Atlantic Lg. (2008), Dominican Lg. (2011), Major Lg. Baseball (2013), Carolina Lg. (2008-09)

BEN MAY - Age 32 - 6’0”, 200 lbs. - Resides in Racine, WI - 3rd yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2007), Florida State Lg. (2008-10) , International Lg. (2012-13), New York-Penn Lg. (2007), Eastern Lg. (2010-11), Arizona Fall Lg. (2012), Midwest Lg. (2008-09), Puerto Rican Lg. (2010), Venezuelan Lg. (2013)

DEREK MOLLICA - Age 30 - 6’0”, 191 lbs. - Resides in Lake Worth, FL - 1st yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2008), S. Atlantic Lg. (2010), Southern Lg. (2012-13), New York-Penn Lg. (2009), Florida State Lg. (2011), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2012)

BRAD MYERS - Age 34 - 5’10”, 190 lbs. - Resides in Holland, OH - 4th yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2004), Midwest Lg. (2006-07), Texas Lg. (2008-10), Florida Inst. Lg. (2004), Florida State Lg. (2007), International Lg. (2011-13), New York-Penn Lg. (2005), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2008)

JON SAPHIRE - Age 32 - 6’3”, 215 lbs. - Resides in Centerville, OH - 3rd yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2005), Carolina Lg. (2007-08) , International Lg. (2012-13), New York-Penn Lg. (2006), Eastern Lg. (2009-11) , Dominican Lg. (2012), Midwest Lg. (2007), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2009-10), Venezuelan Lg. (2013)

DAVID SOUCY - Age 31 - 6’3”, 195 lbs. - Resides in Bluffton, SC - 3rd full yr. in Triple-A
Appalachian Lg. (2006), Carolina Lg. (2008), International Lg. (2011-13), Florida Inst. Lg. (2006), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2008), Dominican Lg. (2012), S. Atlantic Lg. (2007), Eastern Lg. (2009-11)

CARLOS TORRES
- Age 35 - 6’3”, 218 lbs. - Resides in Acarigua, Venezuela - 2nd yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2009), S. Atlantic Lg. (2011), Southern Lg. (2012), New York-Penn Lg. (2010), Carolina Lg. (2011), International Lg. (2013)

JOHN TUMPANE - Age 30 - 6’2”, 185 lbs. - Resides in Chicago, IL - 6th full yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2002), Arizona Fall Lg. (2005, 2007), Dominican Lg. (2010), New York-Penn Lg. (2003), Eastern Lg. (2006-08), Major Lg. Baseball (2011-13), S. Atlantic Lg. (2004), Pacific Coast Lg. (2008-12), International Lg. (2013), Florida State Lg. (2005-06), Arizona Fall Lg. (2008-09)

DOUG VINES - Age 32 - 5’11”, 220 lbs. - Resides in Canton, GA - 2nd yr. in Triple-A
Gulf Coast Lg. (2007), S. Atlantic Lg. (2009), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2011), New York-Penn Lg. (2008), Carolina Lg. (2009-10), Domincan Lg. (2011), Florida Inst. Lg. (2008-09), Eastern Lg. (2010-12), International Lg. (2013)

CHAD WHITSON - Age 32 - 6’1”, 185 lbs. - Resides in Dublin, OH - 4th full yr. in Triple-A
Appalachian Lg. (2005), Arizona Inst. Lg. (2008), International Lg. (2010-13), S. Atlantic Lg. (2006), Eastern Lg. (2008-10), Arizona Fall Lg. (2011-12), California Lg. (2007)

Pacific Coast League (AAA)

#
Name
HT
WT
Age
Resides
2013 League
14
Nick Bailey 6-0 203 29 Big Spring, TX Pacific Coast
5
Ryan Blakney 6-0 214 28 Wenatchee, WA Pacific Coast
71
Blake Davis 6-1 219 26 Englewood, CO Pacific Coast
31
Ramon DeJesus 5-9 171 30 Santo Domingo, DR Eastern
7
Jordan Ferrell 6-0 192 30 Clarksville, TN Pacific Coast
6
Spencer Flynn 6-0 226 28 Plymouth, MN Pacific Coast
73
Tripp Gibson 5-10 180 32 Marysville, WA Pacific Coast
9
Chris Gonzalez 5-10 195 31 Campbell, CA Eastern
16
Ryan Goodman 6-3 207 28 Mission Hills, CA Southern
15
Brandon Henson 6-3 236 29 Gowrie, IA Southern
28
Brian Hertzog 6-2 215 34 Lake Stevens, WA Pacific Coast
35
Pat Hoberg 6-1 208 27 Urbandale, IA TL/Pacific Coast
24
Kolin Kline 6-1 170 30 Arvada, CO Pacific Coast
21
Shaun Lampe 6-1 211 30 Phoenix, AZ Pacific Coast
4
Scott Mahoney 6-2 165 32 Walnut Creek, CA Pacific Coast
3
Nick Mahrley 5-8 166 31 Bartlett, IL Eastern
68 Brandon Misun 6-2 228 32 Edmond, OK Pacific Coast
47
Gabe Morales 6-0 185 29 Livermore, CA TL/International
29 Jeff Morrow 5-10 160 26 Fenton, MO EL/Pacific Coast
20 Thomas Newsom 6-1 171 31 King, NC Southern
11 Alex Ortiz 5-10 154 31 Los Angeles, CA Pacific Coast
57 Robert Ortiz 6-0 174 29 Hopkinsville, KY Eastern
96
Marcus Pattillo 6-3 200 36 Jonesboro, AR Pacific Coast
8
Brian Reilly 5-11 189 35 Grand Rapids, MI Eastern
90
Mark Ripperger 6-1 200 33 Carlsbad, CA Pacific Coast
17 Albert Ruiz 5-10 164 29 Las Vegas, NV Texas
85
Stu Scheurwater 6-3 210 30 Regina, SK, Canada Pacific Coast
87
Adam Schwarz 5-9 188 26 Riverside, CA Pacific Coast
30
Chris Segal 6-1 210 31 Burke, VA Pacific Coast
2
Gregory Stanzak 5-10 175 29 Phoenix, AZ Pacific Coast
12
Quinn Wolcott 5-9 180 27 Puyallup, WA Pacific Coast
75
Thomas Woodring 6-3 215 31 Boulder, NV Pacific Coast

Eastern League (AA)

#
Name
HT
WT
Age
Resides
2012 League
60
John Bacon
6'2"
205
30
Sherrodsville, OH Eastern League
4
Ryan Clark
5'10"
194
26
McDonough, GA Eastern League
9
Paul Clemons
6'0"
172
24
Oxford, KS California League
38
Billy Cunha
5'10"
160
31
Fort Jones, CA Eastern League
5
Doug Del Bello
6'0"
197
27
Hamburg, NY Carolina League
36
Blake Felix
5'9"
167
29
Fort Worth, TX Eastern League
19
Eric Gillam
6'6"
214
28
Roscoe, IL Eastern League
8
John Libka
6'4"
249
26
Mayville, MI Florida State League
27
Dan Merzel
5'10"
172
26
Philadelphia, PA Eastern League
2
Brian Miller
6'4"
217
30
Cleveland, OH Carolina League
50
Robert Moreno
5'10"
175
32
Cumana, VZ Southern League
30
Jeremie Rehak
6'0"
196
26
Murrysville, PA California League
7
Sean Ryan
5'11"
191
24
Waunakee, WI Florida State League
18
Jorge Teran
5'10"
216
34
Barquisimeto, VZ Carolina League
46
Chris Tipton
5'11"
190
30
Orlando, FL Eastern League
54
Alex Tosi
6'3"
197
26
Lake Villa, IL Florida State League
29
Junior Valentine
5'11"
176
26
Maryville, TN Carolina League
17
Jansen Visconti
5'10"
190
26
Latrobe, PA Eastern League

Southern League (AA)

Ryan Addition, John Bostwick, Jose Esteras, Blake Felter, Jimmie Hollingsworth, Javerro January, David Marcoe, Matthew McCoy, Shane Livensparger, Garrett Patterson, James Rackley, Alex Ransom, Jeremy Riggs, Charles Tierney, Alex Ziegler

Texas League (AA)

Travis Eggart (TL), Matthew Czajak (CAL), Ryan Simmons (FSL), Eggart promoted 7/5/14 due to Wolcott promotion. Nestor Ceja (CAL) for Eggart, Nate White (TL), Ron Teague (TL), Lee Myers (CAL), Brett Terry (TL), Ramon Hernandez (TL), Clay Park (FSL), Bryan Fields (TL), Mike Cascioppo (TL),  Derek Eaton (CAL)

Jake Wilburn (CAL) for Ryan Simmons as of 6/28. Nestor Ceja (CAL) for Travis Eggart. Eggart to PCL as part of Wolcott promotion to MLB

California League (A-Advanced)

N/A

Carolina League (A-Advanced)

Chase Eade (MWL), Mike Provine (NYP/MWL), Ryan Wills (SAL), Andrew Freed (SAL), Travis Godec (SAL), Ben Levin (SAL), Cody Oakes (SAL), Brian Peterson (SAL)

Eric Bacchus and Adam Beck from the SAL in for Ryan Wills and Andrew Freed as of 6/28. Wills to (EL)

Florida State League (A-Advanced)

Name Age Hgt. Wgt. 2013 Residence
Jordan Albarado 26 5'7" 187 SAL Scott, La.
David Arrieta Quintero 34 5'10" 218 GCL, NYP, SAL Maracaibo, Zulia
Ryan Benson 27 6'0" 221 SAL, FSL Stamford, Conn.
Blake Carnahan 25 5'10" 205 SAL Crystal River, Fla.
Scott Costello 29 6'0" 186 SAL Barrie, Ontario
Joseph George 25 5'7" 166 NYP, MWL, Ex. ST Springfield, Ill.
Alexander MacKay 25 5'11" 182 AZL, PIO, FLIL, Ex. ST Denver, Colo.
Brennan Miller 22 5'11" 192 NYP, FLIL Fairfax Station, Va.
James Pattison 29 5'10" 186 NYP, MWL, Ex. ST Broadview Heights, Ohio
Charles Ramos 26 5'11" 183 MWL Battle Creek, Mich.
Nathan Tomlinson 23 6'4" 217 NWL, MWL Ogdensburg, Wis.
Michae Wiseman 26 5'9" 195 NYPL, SAL, Ex. ST White Lake, Mich.

Midwest League (A)

CREW NAME HOMETOWN
#1 Richard Riley Springfield, VA
#1 Ryan Doherty Littleton, CO
#2 Andrew Chesnut Tyler, TX
#2 Brandon Butler Vista, CA
#3 Matt Winter Hubbard, IA
#3 Marc Lindsey New Carlisle, IN
#4 John Mang Youngstown, OH
#4 Chris Lloyd Long Beach, CA
#5 Dave Attridge Grimsby, ON
#5 Michael Savakinas II Fairborn, OH
#6 Patrick Sharshel Highlands Ranch, CO
#6 Cameron Westover Denver, CO
#7 Adrian Gonzalez Tucson, AZ
#7 Nathan Caldwell Washington, PA
#8 Kirk Struble Kirkland, WA
#8 Josh Root Helena, MT

Northwest League (Short A)

Matt Snodgrass (GCL), Arturo Gonzalez (AZL), Kale Rodrigues (AZL), Benjamin Bayer (AZL), Alex Trujillo (AZL), Tom West (GCL), Josh Marshall (AZL), Richard Genera (AZL)

Appalachian League (Rookie - Advanced)

Reid Joyner (GCL), Ryan Clark (HW), Justin Robinson (GCL), Ben Sonntag (TUS), Brock Balou (2012 CPL), Russ Weich (GCL), Matt Bates (GCL), Clifton Davis (GCL), Garon Keuten (GCL), Chris Wood (AZL)

Pioneer League (Rookie - Advanced)

Jesse Gonzalez (AZL), Shane Hardy (GCL), Jordan Johnson (GCL), Andy Stukel (HW), Ryan Powers (GCL), Kevin Higgins (HW), Jesse Orozco (AZL), Ryan McCraney (GCL)

Arizona League (Rookie)

Luis Hernandez, Justin Phillips, Ryan Thacker , Justin Anderson, Isais Barba, Derek Thomas, Stuart Bertrand, Ron Russo, Ryan Wilhelms, Drew Boatman, Mike Carroll, Lucias Messmerschmidt, Tyler Jones

Gulf Coast League (Rookie)

Jason Johnson, Edwin Moscoso, Kaz Endo, Jeb Bennett, David Marco, Sam Dodson, Greg Roemer, Jonathan Parra, Dave Martinez, Matt Scott, J.C. Velez, Ryan Barneycastle, Kyle Zirbes, Brandon Mooney, Josh Havens, Sean Markle

36 hired from umpire school in 2014, 2 former Coastal Plains League umps hired for a total of 38

2014 AAA All-Star Logo

Triple-A All Star Game – Pacific Coast League All Stars vs. International League All Stars
Durham, North Carolina – July 16th

HP – Jon Byrne – International League
1B – Scott Mahoney – Pacific Coast League
2B – Jeff Gosney –International League
3B –Stu Scheurwater – Pacific Coast League

XM All-Star Futures Game – USA Prospects vs. World Prospects
Minneapolis, Minnesota – July 13th

HP – Travis Eggert - Texas League
1B – Jasen Viscont - Eastern League
2B – Nate White - Texas League
3B – Matt McCoy - Southern League

Southern League All Star Game – North Division vs. South Division
Chattanooga, Tennessee – June 17 th

HP – Matt McCoy - Ellis Grove, IL.
1B – Blake Felter - Kissimmee, FL
2B – Shane Livensparger - Jacksonville Beach, FL.
3B – Jeremy Riggs - Suffolk, Va.

South Atlantic League All Star Game – Northern Division vs. Southern Division
Hickory, North Carolina – June 17 th

HP - Tucker Beneville - Efland, North Carolina
1B – Jeff Gorman - Hayward, California
2B – Rich Grassa - Lindenhurst, New York
3B – Derek Gonzales - Orem, UT

MLB Hires Seven New Umpires, Names a Director of Instant Replay

MLB announced that seven umpires have been named to the full-time Major League Umpiring staff. In addition, as another part of this season’s expansion of instant replay, the Office of the Commissioner has appointed Justin Klemm as Director of Instant Replay.

Klemm, a former minor league umpire and minor league umpire administrator, will report to Peter Woodfork, MLB’s Senior Vice President, Baseball Operations, which I assume means Joe Torre will be relieved of even more uncomfortable press conferences when things go awry. Klemm will be based at the headquarters of MLB Advanced Media, which will serve as the Replay Command Center.

Here is the rundown of the seven new umps, all of whom have had callups as replacement / fill-in umps in the past.

Jordan Baker - Baker, 32, has been an umpire in the Minor Leagues since the 2005 season. In 2013, he worked in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Baker worked his first game in the Majors on June 24, 2012 and overall, he has been a part of 199 regular season Major League games.
Lance Barrett – Barrett, 29, has been a Minor League umpire since 2003. He is now the youngest full-time Major League Umpire. In 2013, he worked in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Barrett debuted in the Majors on October 1, 2010 and he has worked 237 big-league games.
Cory Blaser – Blaser, 32, has been an umpire in the Minor Leagues since the 2002 season. In 2013, he worked in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Blaser made his Major League debut on April 24, 2010 and he has worked 346 Major League games.
Mike Estabrook – Estabrook, 37, has umpired professionally since 1999. In 2013, he was on the staff of the Triple-A International League. Estabrook’s first Major League game was on May 7, 2006, and he has been assigned to 698 Major League games.
Mike Muchlinski – Muchlinski, 36, has been a Minor League umpire since 1999. In 2013, he worked in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Muchlinski made his Major League debut on April 24, 2006, and he has worked 569 Major League games.
David Rackley – Rackley, 32, has been an umpire in the Minor Leagues since the 2001 season. In 2013, he was on the staff of the Triple-A International League. Rackley had his first Major League game on August 13, 2010, and he has been on the field for 165 Major League games overall.
D.J. Reyburn – Reyburn, 37, has umpired in the Minors since 2000. In 2013, he worked in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. He has worked 440 Major League games since his debut on June 10, 2008.

Umpire Advancement in the Early Days

Before the creation of a formal umpire development program, Minor League presidents would travel to the umpire schools and sign umpires to professional contracts right at the schools.

Umpires were then "sold" from league to league by word of mouth through the various league presidents. In fact, umpires were known to "politic" in order to advance themselves. The individual league presidents were 100% responsible for lining up their own umpire staffs each year. At that time, it was not uncommon for an umpire to jump from what would now be Rookie classification to AAA classification with no intermediate stops.

The league itself paid all salary and expenses - as minimal as it was then - for each umpire in the league. For example, monthly salaries for umpires in the Florida Rookie League (forerunner of the Gulf Coast League) ranged from $175 to $200 per month and umpires were given from $150 to $200 for expenses. In comparison, the starting salary in the GCL is currently $1,800 per month.

History of the Umpire Development Program

By 1964, Baseball had decided it was in need of a new method for recruitment, training and development of umpires for the Major Leagues as well as a new method of training and advancement for umpires within the Minor Leagues.

Basically, Baseball was looking at a two-fold purpose in instituting a new program. A more athletic, energetic, educated, dedicated, and mannerly-type individual was desired - one with unquestionably high morals and integrity standards. At the same time, a different method of advancement through the Minor Leagues was needed.

For those reasons, the Umpire Development Program was established at Baseball's Winter Meetings in Houston in 1964, and the program began operating in early 1965. Immediately, plans were set into motion whereby the program - based on on-field evaluations - would make recommendations to each league president concerning qualified umpires for their staffs. Major League Baseball would in turn help subsidize each league by paying for a portion of each umpire's salary.

The first administrator of the program was Edward S. Doherty, Jr., a veteran baseball executive.

In March 1965, Bernard (Barney) Deary was hired as a field supervisor. Prior to this, Deary had been an umpire in the International League. He had also umpired in the American Association, Eastern, Georgia-Florida, and Kitty Leagues. One of Deary's first responsibilities was to go onto the field during Spring Training with the younger umpires and actually work with them while supervising.

In April of 1965, Al Somers was also hired as a field supervisor. At that time Somers had just returned from the Far East, where he had been conducting umpire clinics for the armed forces. He was also the owner/operator of the Al Somers School for Umpires, which was the primary professional umpire school at that time. Somers stayed only until June, leaving Deary as the only full-time supervisor to cover all minor leagues throughout the United States. Deary traveled over 50,000 miles during his first season.

The next important development came in 1968 when Major League Baseball decided that UDP should operate its own umpire training course each year. It was called Major League Baseball's "Umpire Specialization Course," and the first class was held in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1969.

Candidates for the course were actively screened and only a limited number of applications were accepted. The first class had approximately 30 students, including future Major League umpires Nick Bremigan, Joe Brinkman and Jim Evans. At this point, Baseball had basically two sources for professional umpires: the new Specialization Course and the Al Somers School for Umpires.

Also in early 1968, veteran International League umpire Joe Linsalata was hired as a second field supervisor. He was with the program in different capacities for many years.

When Doherty left in1969 to take an administrative position with the Washington Senators, Deary was named as Administrator of the program. Veteran umpire Bill Kinnamon was contracted to be chief instructor for the start of the Umpire Specialization Course. Bill was still umpiring in the American League at that time, but an injury on June 22, 1969, ended his career on the field. At the end of the 1969 season he was hired as a full-time supervisor and chief instructor of Baseball's Specialization Course. Bill served as a field supervisor with Linsalata and Deary during the 1970-1973 seasons.

Baseball's own "rookie camp" operated for only 5 years, and in 1974 Kinnamon and Linsalata both left to take over operation of the Specialization Course as a privately-owned school, independent of Major League Baseball. This left Deary as the lone supervisor/administrator again until 1979, when Mike Fitzpatrick and Dick Nelson were hired as field supervisors. Both were veteran AAA umpires, Fitzpatrick having worked in the American Association for seven years and Nelson having served as instructor at the Al Somers and Wendelstedt schools for nine years, six as chief instructor. This greatly relieved the workload for Deary, but Baseball continued to push for even more training, supervision, and development in the Minor Leagues. So Dennis Cregg was hired in 1986 as a third supervisor, followed by Tom Lepperd in 1987, and Mike Felt in 1988.

Ed Lawrence was hired by Major League Baseball as Executive Director of the UDP in early 1988. In September of that year, Deary passed away after suffering a sudden heart attack. Deary gave Baseball 24 years of service with the umpire program, his final 20 years as the program's Administrator. Fitzpatrick was then named Director of Field Supervision.

As the need for further supervision and training continued to grow, additional field supervisors were hired: Phil Janssen in 1989; Michael Pilato in 1990; and Jerry Neudecker and Bill Haller in 1992. Janssen left to join the American League as Coordinator of Umpire Operations in 1992, and Felt, Pilato, and Haller left the program because of budget cuts after the 1993 season. Neudecker died of cancer in January, 1997.Budget constraints eased in early 1997 and Felt and Pilato were re-hired, along with veteran umpire Cris Jones, bringing the instructor/evaluator staff back up to seven.

Through the last several years, tremendous strides were made in improved working conditions for umpires in the Minor Leagues, and the overall level of umpiring at the professional level has risen significantly.

Some of the more important features of the program include:

Pay raises for Minor League umpires (the starting monthly salary for a rookie umpire is currently $1,800 (compare this with the $175 per month before the establishment of UDP). All Minor League umpire salaries and expenses are paid by the NA league which employs the umpire.
Group medical, dental, and life insurance is provided free of charge for all umpires in all full-season leagues.
Hotel lodging is provided free through the league offices for each umpire while on assignment within the league.
Local courtesy transportation (generally a complimentary rental car) is provided through the league offices for Class AAA umpire crews in each city.
Uniforms are provided to each umpire [years ago, umpires were on their own in obtaining uniforms].
Three-umpire crew system used in AAA and AA leagues [until the late 1970's, both the IL and PCL used the two-umpire system].
A fair and impartial evaluation process for each Minor League umpire, including two written evaluations each year.
Thorough evaluation and training of each Minor League umpire by means of a criss-cross schedule by the evaluation staff.
Use of video and audio tape in the training and evaluation of Minor League umpires.
Numerous educational and training materials published by PBUC, including the NAPBL Umpire Manual and the Manual for the 2-Umpire System.
A comprehensive annual rules test administered to all NA umpires each winter.
Annual Spring Training Meetings for NA umpires assigned to Spring Training.

The PBUC operates out of the National Association offices in St. Petersburg, Florida.

How Do I Become a Professional Umpire?

The job of a professional baseball umpire requires quick thinking, common sense, and confidence. When the ball is in play, the umpire sees the action, assesses the situation and makes the call—all in a matter of seconds. The successful umpire has a thorough knowledge of the rule book, is even-tempered, and is mentally strong enough to handle situations under stressful conditions. He is expected to hustle, be alert, be in excellent physical condition, and have a neat appearance.

Each year Professional Baseball Umpire Corp. (PBUC) recommends new candidates to serve as umpires for the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (the Minor Leagues). These candidates have good training, strong ability as umpires, and a keen desire to succeed.

Umpires seeking a job in professional baseball must meet some basic requirements. I can't be your people finder to contact the right person, but here's a start.Each applicant must have:

High School diploma or G.E.D.
Reasonable body weight
20/20 vision (with or without glasses or contact lenses)
Strong interpersonal skills
Good communication skills
Quick reflexes and good coordination
Some athletic ability
Required preliminary training for the job (i.e., professional umpire school)

The first step to pursuing a career as a professional umpire is to attend one of the approved professional umpire training schools. These schools run for a period of five weeks during January and February each year. At the end of the training, the school and the PBUC staff members then select its top graduates for participation in the Umpire Evaluation Course, sponsored by the PBUC.

During the Evaluation Course, each umpire's performance and abilities are evaluated by the PBUC staff. At the conclusion of the course the students are ranked, based on performance, and recommendations are then made to the Minor League Presidents regarding additions to their umpire staffs.

Those selected from the Evaluation Course start their careers in either a Rookie or Short-A Minor League. While progressing from Class A to Class AA to Class AAA leagues, the umpire receives valuable training and experience which may provide an opportunity to become a Major League umpire. It usually takes seven to eight years of umpiring professional baseball at the Minor League level before the umpire is considered for positions at the Major League level.

Minor League Umpires Work Their Way up to ‘The Show’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - August 02, 1999 - Eight years of long drives, cheap motels and ballpark food finally paid off for minor league umpire Jim Reynolds. He made it to the big leagues as a substitute this season. And it looks like he's there to stay because of the labor dispute between umpires and major league baseball.Jim Renolds

“It's a completely different atmosphere [in the majors],” Reynolds said last week from Anaheim, Calif., where he was working a weekend series between the Angels and the Minnesota Twins.s.

“There's a big difference between going into Toronto and working in front of 30,000 or 40,000 people and four or five thousand in Syracuse.”

Reynolds is talkative about the life he's giving up, but he says little about being in the middle of a labor mess. “I just hope they can get it all resolved up there,” he said.

Members of the Major League Umpires Association, wanting a new collective bargaining agreement, said in July they were quitting Sept. 2. The leagues called their bluff, accepting 22 resignations. Reynolds is one of 25 minor league umpires hired as replacements.

“I think the magnitude of it all is more than I expected,” Reynolds said. “The intensity and the atmosphere -- I don't think you can anticipate that.”

Professional umpires usually get their start at one of two schools -- The Umpire School (PBUC operated) and Harry Wendelstedt's Umpire School -- where they pay roughly $2,500 to $3,000 for a five-week course in umpiring. Students are monitored during the course by Professional Baseball Umpire Corp. scouts, who pick the top candidates for minor league openings.

Like most baseball players, umpires must work their way up league by league until they have a chance at the majors. But unlike players, who can bypass the minors if they're talented enough, umpires don't usually skip levels.

“If you're a prospect player, you're going to play maybe two or three years in the minor leagues. There are some guys who have never been in the minors,” Reynolds said. “Umpires, the way the system is set up now, it's six or seven years before you even get a look.” Still, Reynolds said, the players remember the umpires from their early days.

“When you see the guys who you used to see in the minors, they have a smile on their faces and so do you. You spend a lot of time with a lot of those guys,” he said.

A minor league umpire's season starts with spring training in late February and can last through September if he is selected to work the playoffs.

Thepay is nothing to brag about. Umpires in Class A make an average of $1,800 to $2,000 a month while the top minor league umps in Class AAA make $2,500 to $3,400, said Eric Krupa, administrator for the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based PBUC.

Life on the road in the lower minors can be tough. Umpires have to drive hundreds of miles after a night game to be in a new city for a game the next afternoon, Reynolds said. And the motel accommodations are lacking. “You try to figure out which bed has the least bend in it,” Reynolds said.

As a Class AAA umpire, Reynolds was making more money and getting to fly between cities.

Due to these increased funds he no longer needs to go out of his way and basically take out a small business loan to make it to his next assignment. When things like this happen, it's clear that the umpire isn't in this career for the money but for the love of the game.

Umpires are booed almost nightly by sometimes ruthless spectators. But Reynolds and his International League crew, during a stopover earlier this season at the Columbus Clippers' stadium, said they usually have fun at the ballpark.

“There are 14 teams in this league,” Reynolds said. “There's two teams that think you're the worst crew and can't believe that you ever made it to Triple-A. There's two teams that think you're the best crew in the league and can't do anything wrong. The other 10 teams tolerate you.”

Reynolds was finally called up to the majors in June, when the Boston Red Sox were home against the Atlanta Braves. “That signified the major leagues to me -- Fenway Park,” said Reynolds, who grew up about 100 miles southwest of Boston outside Hartford, Conn. “It was absolutely incredible."

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