|After a two-year absence,|
Jim Joyce is back to working
special baseball events.
1B: Jim Joyce: This is Joyce's third Midsummer Classic (1994, 2001). Joyce has worked eight Division Series, four League Championship Series and two World Series, missing the 2011 postseason due to injury. This marks Joyce's first special event since the 2009 NLDS; the last time Joyce worked an All-Star Game, he was assigned to that season's World Series (2001).
2B: Brian Runge: This is the first All-Star Game for Brian Runge. Since joining the Majors in 1999, he has worked three Division Series (2004, 07, 08). Runge recently became the 10th umpire in MLB history to call balls and strikes for multiple no-hitters in a single season.
3B: Tony Randazzo: 2012 is Randazzo's second All-Star Game (2001). He has worked four Division Series and the 2010 ALCS.
LF: Lance Barksdale: This is the first Midsummer Classic for Lance Barksdale and first special event assignment since joining the full-time MLB staff in July 2006.
RF: Brian Knight: Promoted to the MLB staff in 2011, this is the first special event assignment for Brian Knight, who umpired his first Major League contest on May 7, 2001, as a Triple-A call-up umpire.
News: Umpires, official scorers appointed for the 2012 Midsummer Classic