|Professional Baseball Umpire Vic Carapazza|
After the end of the 2012 regular season, umpires Ed Rapuano and Tim Tschida were amongst those discussed as possible retirements (see Rumor Mill Madden, 10/7/12); other names mentioned solely due to extended absences and/or injury to end the 2012 season were Mike DiMuro, Brian Runge, Hunter Wendelstedt, Bruce Dreckman and John Hirschbeck. Hirschbeck has previously stated he intends to return to MLB in 2013.
Previously, Todd Tichenor was hired in advance of the 2012 season as a replacement for the retiring Bill Hohn. An official "Hired: " post will be created when/if this story is confirmed or announced.