Like last year's news break, the 2013 crews have not been officially released though this unofficial story provided by a UEFL source will again assist UEFL'ers in preperation for the Crew Chief phase of the UEFL draft, whose deadline remains March 29, 2013, despite this early report. Ah, baseball.
The following umpiring crews have been established, tentatively, for the 2013 MLB regular season:
|Crew||Crew Chief||Umpire 2||Umpire 3||Umpire 4|
|Crew A||12 Gerry Davis||6 Mark Carlson||58 Dan Iassogna||91 Brian Knight|
|Crew B||32 Dana DeMuth||55 Angel Hernandez||39 Paul Nauert||88 Doug Eddings|
|Crew C||36 Tim McClelland||35 Wally Bell||18 Brian Runge*||51 Marvin Hudson|
|Crew D||17 John Hirschbeck||61 Bob Davidson||77 Jim Reynolds||92 James Hoye|
|Crew E||3 Tim Welke||57 Mike Everitt||60 Marty Foster||87 Scott Barry|
|Crew F||5 Dale Scott||14 Bill Miller||54 C.B. Bucknor||97 Todd Tichenor|
|Crew G||22 Joe West||34 Sam Holbrook||49 Andy Fletcher||30 Rob Drake|
|Crew H||37 Gary Darling||41 Jerry Meals||1 Bruce Dreckman||50 Paul Emmel|
|Crew I||38 Gary Cederstrom||44 Kerwin Danley||23 Lance Barksdale||85 Vic Carapazza|
|Crew J||24 Jerry Layne||53 Greg Gibson||21 Hunter Wendelstedt||64 Alan Porter|
|Crew K||9 Brian Gorman||27 Larry Vanover||11 Tony Randazzo||79 Manny Gonzalez|
|Crew L||8 Jeff Kellogg||56 Eric Cooper||43 Paul Schrieber||75 Chad Fairchild|
|Crew M||20 Tom Hallion||46 Ron Kulpa||10 Phil Cuzzi||68 Chris Guccione|
|Crew N||33 Mike Winters||47 Mark Wegner||63 Laz Diaz||95 Tim Timmons|
|Crew O||66 Jim Joyce||45 Jeff Nelson||28 Jim Wolf||15 Ed Hickox|
|Crew P||65 Ted Barrett||72 Alfonso Marquez||16 Mike DiMuro||2 Dan Bellino|
|Crew Q||25 Fieldin Culbreth||7 Brian O'Nora||52 Bill Welke||80 Adrian Johnson|
The annual MLB Umpire Crew list always solicits excitement and signifies yet another step on the March trek to Opening Day and April baseball. The UEFL has compiled the following notable features of this list:
New Chiefs' Crews: The three new Chiefs have picked up crewmates of retireds and others.
» Jim Joyce: Jeff Nelson (formerly of Tschida's crew), Jim Wolf (Cousins) and Ed Hickox (Rapuano).
» Ted Barrett: Alfonso Marquez (Hallion), Mike DiMuro (Hirschbeck/Joyce) and Dan Bellino (Layne).
» Fieldin Culbreth: Brian O'Nora (Hallion), Bill Welke (Tschida) and Adrian Johnson (Cederstrom).
This view portrays the dissolution and reassignment of Ed Rapuano, Tim Tschida and Derryl Cousins' crews.
» Derryl Cousins: Ron Kulpa (to Tom Hallion's 2013 crew), Jim Wolf (Jim Joyce) and AAA Fill-In (Hired).
» Tim Tschida: Jeff Nelson (Jim Joyce), Bill Welke (Fieldin Culbreth) and Chris Guccione (Tom Hallion).
» Ed Rapuano: Angel Hernandez (Dana DeMuth), Mark Carlson (Gerry Davis) and Ed Hickox (Jim Joyce).
As alluded to, 2012's AAA Fill-In (presumably Vic Carapazza) was hired (presumably to Cederstrom's crew). Meanwhile new-hire Alan Porter has been assigned to Jerry Layne and Manny Gonzalez to Brian Gorman.
For more information and access to a sortable list of all MLB and Triple-A fill-in umpires—including a 2013 crew column—visit the UEFL's MLB Umpire Roster page and stay tuned for our continued Umpire Profiles.