Saturday, March 9, 2013

World Baseball Classic Ejections: Brian Gorman (1 - 8)

HP Umpire Brian Gorman ejected Mexico P Arnold Leon, Canada LF Rene Tosoni and Mexico Manager Rick Renteria for throwing at and fighting in the top of the 9th inning of the Canada-Mexico game. *Following the game, Gorman reported additional ejections (see below).* With none out and none on and a 9-3 lead, Canada batter Chris Robinson bunted a first pitch fastball from Leon for an infield single. In an apparent retaliation, Leon attempted, unsuccessfully, to hit  subsequent batter Tosoni, missing with two inside fastballs.
WBC Fight erupts between Mexico & Canada @Beisbolpuro.

Following the ball two pitch, Gorman issued warnings to both teams. The third pitch of the at bat, another inside fastball, hit Tosoni in the back, resulting in a bench clearing brawl. During the fracas, a Team Canada coach was struck by a projectile thrown from the spectator area by a fan; the fan was escorted out of the seating area by Chase Field security and local police (Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies). At the time of the ejections, Canada was leading 9-3. Canada ultimately won the contest, 10-3.

These are Brian Gorman (9)'s first eight ejections of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
These are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th ejections of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
*These eight ejections are an International Baseball and WBC record.
Rest of crew: 1B: Kwang-Nam Na (South Korea), 2B: Brian Knight (USA), 3B: Michael Ulloa (Spain)

*Following the game, crew chief and UIC Brian Gorman (USA/MLB) reported the following ejections:
1) Mexico pitcher Arnold Leon;
2) Mexico Manager Rick Renteria [warnings previously issued; Rule 8.02(d)];
3) Mexico pitcher Alfredo Aceves;
4) Mexico center fielder Eduardo Arredondo;
5) Mexico pitcher Oliver Perez; for a total of five Mexico players and coaches.
6) Canada left fielder Rene Tosoni;
7) Canada pitcher Jay Johnson;
8) Canada second baseman Pete Orr; for a total of three Canada players and eight overall ejections.

Wrap: Canada vs. Mexico (WBC), 3/9/13
Video: Bean ball sparks massive melee during Canada's rout of Mexico in WBC's Pool D in Phoenix (MLBN)
Video: After warnings, Leon drills Tosoni, Luis Cruz throws a punch and the bout is on (ESPN Deportes)
Video: Following Robinson's lead off bunt, Mexio 3B Cruz gestures, interpreted by MLBN as a "hit him" signal

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Brian Knight

Umpire Brian Knight
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Brian Knight.
Name: Brian Michael Knight
Date of Birth: October 2, 1974
Place of Birth: Helena, Montana

MiLB Leagues Worked: Pioneer, Midwest, Florida State, Southern, Pacific Coast.
MLB Debut: 2001
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 91
Crew Chief: No
2013 Crew: Gerry Davis -cc, Mark Carlson, Dan Iassogna.

2013 Ejections: 4 (100%).
Ejection 118 (BOS RF Shane Victorino; QOC = U).
Ejection 054 (LAD M Don Mattingly; QOC = Y [C]).
Ejection 048 (OAK BC Chip Hale; QOC = Y).
Ejection 009 (TB M Joe Maddon; QOC = Y).

2012 Ejections: 6.
Ejection 170 (DET M Jim Leyland; QOC = Y).
Ejection 111 (SEA M Eric Wedge; QOC = N).
Ejection 105 (MIL M Ron Roenicke; QOC = N).
Ejection 104 (MIL BC Jerry Narron; QOC = N).
Ejection 083 (SD M Bud Black; QOC = N).
Ejection 023 (DET M Jim Leyland; QOC = Y).

Ejection History: 1 (2005), 0 (2006), 1 (2007), 2 (2008), 3 (2009), 0 (2010), 4 (2011), 6 (2012), 4 (2013).

UEFL History: Brian Knight

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: 2006, 2013
All-Star Game: 2012
Wild Card Game: 2013
Division Series: -
Championship Series: -
World Series: -

Notes: Attended William Jewel College (MO).
» Hobbies include golf, playing the guitar and Kansas City Chiefs football.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Roster: 2013 World Baseball Classic Umpires

The 2013 World Baseball Classic umpires who have and will appear on the field during the tournament represent 12 countries. Each pool has a standard of six umpires assigned (USA venues may use more):

First Round's Pool A (Fukuoka, Japan) [* Indicates Umpire Selected to 2nd Round in Tokyo]
Gerry Davis (USA)*
Chris Guccione (USA)*
Poong-Ki Kim (South Korea)
Alfonso Marquez (USA/Mexico)*
Carlos Rey (Puerto Rico)*
Felix Tejada (Dominican Republic)*

First Round's Pool B (Taichung, Taiwan) [* Indicates Umpire Selected to 2nd Round in Tokyo]
Trevor Grieve (Canada, far right) also worked WBC Qualifier 1 in
Jupiter, Florida. Pictured, from L-to-R, are Quinn Wolcott (USA/PCL),
Sean Barber (USA/IL) and Jairo Mendoza (Nicaragua). [Baseball CA]
Lance Barksdale (USA)
Paul Emmel (USA)
Greg Gibson (USA)
Trevor Grieve (Canada)* [Also worked Qualifier 1]
Kenjiro Mori (Japan)
Cesar Valdes (Cuba) [Also worked Qualifier 3]

First Round's Pool C (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Dan Bellino (USA)
Eric Cooper (USA)
Jair Fernandez (Mexico) [Also worked Qualifier 3]
Ed Hickox (USA)
Paul Hyham (Australia)
Jesus Miller (Mexico)

First Round's Pool D (Phoenix, Arizona)
Brian Gorman (USA)
Brian Knight (USA)
Miguel Hernandez (Venezuela)
Kwang-Nam Na (South Korea)
Jim Reynolds (USA)
Todd Tichenor (USA) [Worked just one game of Pool D]
Michael Ulloa (Spain) [Also worked Qualifier 2]

Second Round's Pool 2 (Miami, Florida)
Angel Hernandez (USA/Cuba)
Marvin Hudson (USA)
Edgar Estivison (Panama)
Paul Hyham (Australia)
Katsumi Manabe (Japan)
Mark Wegner (USA)

Championship Round (San Francisco, California)
Ted Barrett (USA)
Wally Bell (USA)
Edgar Estivision (Panama) [From Pool 2]
Trevor Grieve (Canada) [From Qualifier 1, Pool B and Pool 1]
Paul Hyham (Australia) [From Pool C and Pool 2]
Bill Miller (USA)
Remaining International Umpires To Be Determined.

Instant Replay Debuts at World Baseball Classic

Instant replay made its historical debut at the World Baseball Classic on Friday when umpires at Phoenix, Arizona's Chase Field consulted the technology to review and uphold a home run call. With two out and one on in the top of the 3rd inning of the Mexico-USA game, Mexico batter Adrian Gonzalez hit a 2-1 knuckleball from USA pitcher R.A. Dickey to deep right center field, where it hit to the right of the yellow boundary line, signifying a home run. Initially ruled a home run by 1B Umpire Brian Gorman, the play was reviewed and upheld by the crew chief (Gorman). Joining Gorman in consulting replay were HP Umpire Todd Tichenor and 2B Umpire Miguel Hernandez (Venezuela). 3B Umpire Michael Ulloa (Spain) remained on the field, pursuant to replay directive. At the time of the review, Mexico was leading 4-2. Mexico ultimately won the contest, 5-2.


In an unrelated story, Major League Baseball is reportedly monitoring the World Baseball Classic (albeit in Miami) to determine the suitability of extensive instant replay expansion. In February, MLB Executive VP of Baseball Operations Joe Torre admitted that the 2013 baseball season will open without expanded replay, even though both the players' and umpires' unions have approved instant replay up to and including fair/foul and trap/catch calls. To date, instant replay has retained its 2008 restrictions and may only be used in the event of boundary calls where the possibility of a home run exists.

2012-13 TFFL: Day 120, Technical Fouls 782 - 788

2012-13 TFFL: Day 120 (12 Games, 7 Technicals)
782: #24 Mike Callahan, #18 Matt Boland, #65 Sean Wright. Thunder's Perkins; 2nd, 1:20.
The Oklahoma City Thunder ultimately won the contest, defeating the Charlotte Bobcats, 116-94.

783: #14 Ed Malloy, #35 Kane Fitzgerald, #68 Marat Kogut. Pacers' George; 1st, 8:53 (double-784).
784: #14 Ed Malloy, #35 Kane Fitzgerald, #68 Marat Kogut. Magic's Afflalo; 1st, 8:53 (double-783).
785: #14 Ed Malloy, #35 Kane Fitzgerald, #68 Marat Kogut. Pacers' Stephenson; 2nd, 2:55.
786: #14 Ed Malloy, #35 Kane Fitzgerald, #68 Marat Kogut. Magic's Nelson; 3rd, 0:29.1.
787: #14 Ed Malloy, #35 Kane Fitzgerald, #68 Marat Kogut. Pacers' Hansbrough, T.; 4th, 5:22.
The Indiana Pacers ultimately won the contest, defeating the Orlando Magic, 115-86.

788: #9 Derrick Stafford, #59 Gary Zielinski, #52 Scott Twardoski. Wizards' Wittman; 3rd, 9:21.
The Brooklyn Nets ultimately won the contest, defeating the Washington Wizards, 95-78.

1. (169 pts) Bino.
2. (163 pts) Boredcravens.
3. (146 pts) Eagle_12.
4. (144 pts) pamarlowe.
5. (143 pts) Drjjulius, cyclone14, flap0703.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Tim McClelland

Umpire Tim McClelland
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Tim McClelland.
Name: Timothy Reid McClelland
Date of Birth: December 12, 1951
Place of Birth: Jackson, Michigan

MiLB Leagues Worked: Florida State, Florida Instructional, Southern, American Association.
MLB Debut: 1981 (AL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 36
Crew Chief: Yes
2013 Crew: Wally Bell, Brian Runge, Marvin Hudson.

2013 Ejections: 0 (-%).

Ejection History: 3 (2005), 1 (2006), 4 (2007), 3 (2008), 2 (2009), 1 (2010), 1 (2011), 2 (2012), 0 (2013).

UEFL HistoryTim McClelland

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: -
All-Star Game: 1986, 1998, 2003
Wild Card Game: -
Division Series: 1997, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006
Championship Series: 1988, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009
World Series: 1993, 2000, 2002, 2006

Notes: Received a Bachelor's in Recreation and Youth Leadership from Michigan State University (1974).
» Received a Master's degree in Intramural Administration from Michigan State University (1975).
» Former semi-pro baseball player and intramural sports official at Michigan State.
» Hobbies include golf.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Wally Bell

Umpire Wally Bell
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Wally Bell.
Name: Wallace Robert "Wally" Bell
Date of Birth: January 10, 1965
Place of Birth: Ravenna, Ohio
Date of Death: October 14, 2013 (age 48)

MiLB Leagues Worked: New York-Penn, South Atlantic, Carolina, Southern, Dominican Republic, Triple-A Alliance, International.
MLB Debut: 1992 (NL)
MLB Finale: 2013 (MLB) [21 years of service]
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 35
Crew Chief: No
2013 Crew: Tim McClelland -cc, Brian Runge, Marvin Hudson.

2013 Ejections: 2
Ejections 068, 069 (SF P Kontos, M Bochy; QOC = U).

2012 Ejections: 2
Ejection 137 (MIN M Ron Gardenhire; QOC = U).
Ejection 136 (MIN P Scott Diamond; QOC = U).

Ejections, Career: 44
First Ejection: 5/11/1994 (Fernando Vina)
Final Ejection: 6/11/2013 (Bruce Bochy, George Kontos)
Ejection History: 5 (1994), 1 (1995), 3 (1996), 4 (1997), 4 (1998), 2 (1999), 2 (2000), 2 (2001), 5 (2002), 1 (2003), 2 (2004), 0 (2005), 2 (2006), 1 (2007), 4 (2008), 1 (2009), 0 (2010), 1 (2011), 2 (2012), 2 (2013).

UEFL History: Wally Bell

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: 2013
All-Star Game: 1997, 2000, 2013
Wild Card Game: -
Division Series: 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2013
Championship Series: 2000, 2001, 2005, 2010
World Series: 2006, (2013UEFL Honorary Assignment)

UEFL Honorable Umpire of the Year: 2013

Notes: Involved with charity work for the American Heart Association after open heart surgery in 1999.
» Hobbies included golf and fishing. Survived by teenaged son Jason Patrick, daughter Lindsey Jane.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Sam Holbrook

Umpire Sam Holbrook
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Sam Holbrook.
Name: Samuel Woodford Holbrook
Date of Birth: July 7, 1965
Place of Birth: Morehead, Kentucky

MiLB Leagues Worked: Appalachian, Midwest, Carolina, Texas, Eastern, International.
MLB Debut: 1996 (AL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 34
Crew Chief: No
2013 Crew: Joe West -cc, Andy Fletcher, Rob Drake.

2013 Ejections: 6 (83%).
Ejection 108 (TOR DH Jose Bautista; QOC = N).
Ejection 010 (ATL CF B.J. Upton; QOC = Y).
Ejections 003-006 (SD LF Carlos Quentin, LAD P Zack Greinke, 3B Jerry Hairston, CF Matt Kemp; QOC = U).

2012 Ejections: 5.
Ejection 107 (DET C Gerald Laird; QOC = N).
Ejection 085 (MIL M Ron Roenicke; QOC = Y).
Ejection 084 (MIL P Zack Greinke; QOC = Y).
Ejection 024 (LAA M Mike Scioscia; QOC = Y).
Ejection 016 (TOR SS Omar Vizquel; QOC = Y).

Ejection History: 3 (2005), 11 (2006), 5 (2007), 3 (2008), 1 (2009), 3 (2010), 4 (2011), 5 (2012), 6 (2013).

UEFL History: Sam Holbrook

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: -
All-Star Game: 2004
Wild Card Game: 2012
Division Series: 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013
Championship Series: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
World Series: 2010

Notes: Received Bachelor's and Masters Degrees from Eastern Kentucky University, where he played baseball.
» Charitable endeavors include Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
» Founded the fishing lure business Cabin Creek Popeye Jigs/Company with several friends.
» Hobbies include fishing, hunting and golf.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Mike Winters

Umpire Mike Winters
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Mike Winters.
Name: Michael John Winters
Date of Birth: November 19, 1958
Place of Birth: Oceanside, California

MiLB Leagues Worked: Northwest, California, Texas, Pacific Coast.
MLB Debut: 1988 (NL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 33
Crew Chief: Yes
2013 Crew: Mark Wegner, Laz Diaz, Tim Timmons.

2013 Ejections: 2 (100%).
Ejection 102 (WAS M Davey Johnson; QOC = Y).
Ejection 044 (PHI 3B Kevin Frandsen; QOC = Y).

2012 Ejections: 1.
Ejection 100 (CHC M Dale Sveum; QOC = N).

Ejection History: 1 (2005), 1 (2006), 7 (2007), 5 (2008), 0 (2009), 1 (2010), 1 (2011), 1 (2012), 2 (2013).

UEFL History: Mike Winters

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: -
All-Star Game: 1995, 2007, 2010
Wild Card Game: 2012
Division Series: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2013
Championship Series: 1997, 2004, 2008, 20112012
World Series: 2002, 2006, 2010

Notes: Graduated from San Diego Mesa College; attended San Diego State University.
» Has completed the New York City Marathon (2007).
» Hobbies include golf and skiing.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Dana DeMuth

Umpire Dana DeMuth
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Dana DeMuth
Name: Dana Andrew DeMuth
Date of Birth: May 30, 1956
Place of Birth: Fremont, Ohio

MiLB Leagues Worked: Arizona Instructional, California, Texas, Pacific Coast.
MLB Debut: 1983 (NL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 32
Crew Chief: Yes
2013 Crew: Angel Hernandez, Paul Nauert, Doug Eddings

2013 Ejections: 2 (100%).
Ejection 152 (CWS M Robin Ventura; QOC = Y [C]).
Ejection 101 (CHC M Dale Sveum; QOC = Y).

2012 Ejections: 0
Ejection History: 2 (2005), 1 (2006), 2 (2007), 1 (2008), 0 (2009), 2 (2010), 3 (2011), 0 (2012), 2 (2013).

UEFL History: Dana DeMuth

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: 2009
All-Star Game: 1990, 2001, 2009
Wild Card Game: -
Division Series: 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
Championship Series: 1991, 1995, 2000, 2002, 2007
World Series: 1993, 1998, 2001, 2009, 2013

Notes: -.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Rob Drake

Umpire Rob Drake
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Rob Drake.
Name: Robert Paul Drake
Date of Birth: May 24, 1969
Place of Birth: Indiana, Pennsylvania

MiLB Leagues Worked: Northwest, Midwest, Eastern, California, Pacific Coast.
MLB Debut: 1999 (NL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 30
Crew Chief: No
2013 Crew: Joe West -cc, Sam Holbrook, Andy Fletcher.

2013 Ejections: 0.
2012 Ejections: 2 (0%).
Ejection 119 (TB M Joe Maddon; QOC = N).
Ejection 020 (PHI M Charlie Manuel; QOC = N).

Ejection History: 5 (2005), 2 (2006), 1 (2007), 4 (2008), 1 (2009), 5 (2010), 9 (2011), 2 (2012), 0 (2013).

UEFL History: Rob Drake

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: 2006
All-Star Game: 2013
Wild Card Game: 2012, 2013
Division Series: 2010
Championship Series: 2012, 2013
World Series: -

Notes: Former administrator of TheUmpireLife.com, a glimpse at Drake's journey though pro ball.
» TheUmpireLife was removed as Drake's promotion to the full-time MLB staff became a serious possibility.
» Hobbies include golf.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Jim Wolf

Umpire Jim Wolf
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Jim Wolf.
Name: James Michael Wolf
Date of Birth: July 24, 1969
Place of Birth: West Hills, California

MiLB Leagues Worked: Arizona Rookie, South Atlantic, California, Texas, Pacific Coast.
MLB Debut: 1999 (NL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 28
Crew Chief: No
2013 Crew: Jim Joyce -cc, Jeff Nelson, Ed Hickox.

2013 Ejections: 0.
2012 Ejections: 0.
Ejection History: 4 (2005), 1 (2006), 1 (2007), 1 (2008), 1 (2009), 2 (2010), 1 (2011), 0 (2012), 0 (2013).

UEFL HistoryJim Wolf

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: -
All-Star Game: 2010
Wild Card Game: -
Division Series: 2007, 2010
Championship Series: 2011
World Series: -

UEFL Noteworthy Umpire of the Year: 2011

Notes: Graduated from El Camino Real High School.
» First big league game featured the Phillies and his brother, MLB pitcher Randy Wolf, was in the dugout.
» Hobbies include golfing.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Larry Vanover

Umpire Larry Vanover
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Larry Vanover.
Name: Larry Wayne Vanover
Date of Birth: August 22, 1955
Place of Birth: Owensboro, Kentucky

MiLB Leagues Worked: South Atlantic, Midwest, Southern, American Association, Pacific Coast, International, Venezuelan.
MLB Debut: 1991 (NL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 27
Crew Chief: No
2013 Crew: Brian Gorman -cc, Tony Randazzo, Manny Gonzalez.

2013 Ejections: 2 (50%).
Ejection 117 (BAL M Buck Showalter; QOC = N).
Ejection 053 (ATL M Fredi Gonzalez; QOC = Y).

Ejection History: 3 (2005), 1 (2006), 5 (2007), 3 (2008), 5 (2009), 3 (2010), 0 (2011), 3 (2012), 2 (2013).

UEFL HistoryLarry Vanover

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: 2009
All-Star Game: 1999, 2013
Wild Card Game: -
Division Series: 2006, 2013
Championship Series: 2003, 2007, 2011
World Series: -

Notes: Serving as acting crew chief in 2014 due to injuries to permanent MLB crew chief umpires.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Fieldin Culbreth

Umpire Fieldin Culbreth
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Fieldin Culbreth
Name: Fieldin Henry Culbreth III
Nickname: Cubby
Date of Birth: March 16, 1963
Place of Birth: Spartanburgh, South Carolina

MiLB Leagues Worked: Gulf Coast, South Atlantic, Southern, Pacific Coast, International.
MLB Debut: 1993 (AL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 25
Crew Chief: Yes
2013 Crew: Brian O'Nora, Bill Welke, Adrian Johnson.

2013 Ejections: 0.
2012 Ejections: 1 (100%).
Ejection 132 (NYM M Terry Collins; QOC = Y).

Ejection History: 3 (2005), 2 (2006), 0 (2007), 2 (2008), 0 (2009), 2 (2010), 0 (2011), 1 (2012), 0 (2013).

UEFL History: Fieldin Culbreth

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: -
All-Star Game: 2006
Wild Card Game: -
Division Series: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2012
Championship Series: 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
World Series: 2008, 2012

Notes: Majored in psychology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
» Former pitcher and right fielder, Sunbelt All-Conference Team.
» Works with UMPS CARE charities.
» Hobbies include fishing and golf.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Jerry Layne

Umpire Jerry Layne
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Jerry Layne.
Name: Jerry Blake Layne
Date of Birth: September 28, 1958
Place of Birth: Pikeville, Kentucky

MiLB Leagues Worked: Appalachian, Florida State, Southern, Pacific Coast.
MLB Debut: 1989 (NL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 24
Crew Chief: Yes
2013 Crew: Greg Gibson, Hunter Wendelstedt, Alan Porter.
Ejection History: 1 (2005), 2 (2006), 5 (2007), 0 (2008), 2 (2009), 2 (2010), 4 (2011), 5 (2012), 4 (2013).

UEFL HistoryJerry Layne

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: -
All-Star Game: 1994, 2001, 2011
Wild Card Game: 2012
Division Series: 1995, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2013
Championship Series: 1997, 1999, 2006, 2009, 2012
World Series: 2005, 2011

UEFL Ejection of the Year: 2013

Notes: Graduated from Elgin High School in Marion, Ohio.
» Charitable endeavors include working with disabled American veterans.
» Hobbies include fishing and outdoor activities.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Lance Barksdale

Umpire Lance Barksdale
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Lance Barksdale.
Name: Robert Lance Barksdale
Date of Birth: March 8, 1967
Place of Birth: Brookhaven, Mississippi

MiLB Leagues Worked: Appalachian, South Atlantic, Florida State, Florida Instructional, Southern, Pacific Coast, International.
MLB Debut: 2000
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 23
Crew Chief: No
2013 Crew: Gary Cederstrom, Kerwin Danley, Vic Carapazza.

2013 Ejections: 1 (0%).
Ejection 149 (CHC M Dale Sveum; QOC = N).

2012 Ejections: 0.
Ejection History: 3 (2005), 1 (2006), 4 (2007), 3 (2008), 3 (2009), 2 (2010), 1 (2011), 0 (2012), 1 (2013).

UEFL History: Lance Barksdale

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: 2009, 2013
All-Star Game: 2012
Wild Card Game: 2013
Division Series: -
Championship Series: -
World Series: -

Notes: Regularly participates in UMPS CARE Charities events, such as visiting children's hospitals.
» Hobbies include playing sports and coaching his kids.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Joe West

Umpire Joe West
UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Joe West.
Name: Joseph Henry West
Nicknames: Cowboy Joe, Country Joe, Singing Umpire
Date of Birth: October 31, 1952
Place of Birth: Asheville, North Carolina

MiLB Leagues Worked: Carolina, Southern, American Association.
MLB Debut: 1976 (NL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 22
Crew Chief: Yes
2013 Crew: Sam Holbrook, Andy Fletcher, Rob Drake.

2013 Ejections: 4 (50%).
Ejection 167 (TEX P Matt Garza; QOC = Y-C).
Ejection 153 (NYY P Joba Chamberlain; QOC = N).
Ejection 055 (CHC M Dale Sveum; QOC = N-C).
Ejection 042 (MIN M Ron Gardenhire; QOC = Y).

2012 Ejections: 2 (100%).
Ejection 108 (DET M Jim Leyland; QOC = U).
Ejection 013 (NYY M Joe Girardi; QOC = Y).

Ejection History: 0 (2005), 10 (2006), 8 (2007), 6 (2008), 4 (2009), 9 (2010), 7 (2011), 2 (2012), 4 (2013).

UEFL History: Joe West

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: 2009
All-Star Game: 1987, 2005
Wild Card Game: 2013
Division Series: 1995, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Championship Series: 1981, 1986, 1988, 1993, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2013
World Series: 1992, 1997, 2005, 2009, 2012

UEFL Ejection of the Year: 2013

Notes: West is a former Elon College/University QB, throwing for 4337 yards and 35 TDs and is a member of the Elon Sports Hall of Fame (1986, inducted with NC State Basketball Coach Kay Yow).
» At age 23, one of the youngest umpires to work an MLB game. At age 28, youngest to work an NLCS.
» Designed & patented Wilson's "West Vest" chest protector, approved by MLB for use by its umpires.
» Founder of majorleagueumpires.com; regular Pebble Beach "World Series of Golf" participant.
» President, World Umpires Association (2009 - present).
» Also a professional singer/songwriter in the genre of country music (Blue Cowboy).

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Hunter Wendelstedt

Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt
Introducing the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt.
Name: Harry Hunter Wendelstedt III
Date of Birth: June 22, 1971
Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia

MiLB Leagues Worked: Appalachian, South Atlantic, Florida State, Eastern, International, Pacific Coast, Florida Instructional.
MLB Debut: 1998 (NL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 21
Crew Chief: No
2013 Crew: Jerry Layne -cc, Greg Gibson, Alan Porter.

2013 Ejections: 4 (100%)
Ejection 161 (HOU M Bo Porter; QOC = Y).
Ejection 096 (WAS LF Bryce Harper; QOC = Y).
Ejection 051 (BAL P Jason Hammel; QOC = U).
Ejection 034 (SEA M Eric Wedge; QOC = Y).

2012 Ejections: 1 (100%)
Ejection 041 (MIL P Tim Dillard; QOC = U).

Ejection History: 4 (2005), 6 (2006), 4 (2007), 4 (2008), 5 (2009), 6 (2010), 8 (2011), 1 (2012)

UEFL History: Hunter Wendelstedt

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: 2009
All-Star Game: 2011
Wild Card Game: -
Division Series: 2003, 2010, 2013
Championship Series: 2006
World Series: -

Notes: Hunter's father Harry umpired NL games for 33 years, including several series with Hunter in 1998. The Wendelstedts are the only father-son to have umpired a Major League game together.
» Administrates the Wendelstedt Umpire School in Florida.
» Involvement with YMCA Ormond Beach, YMCA Edgewater Charity Golf Tournaments.
» Hobbies include fishing, cooking and skiing.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Tom Hallion

Umpire Tom Hallion
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Tom Hallion.
Name: Thomas Francis Hallion
Date of Birth: September 5, 1956
Place of Birth: New York

MiLB Leagues Worked: New York-Penn, Carolina, Florida Instructional, Eastern, American Association.
MLB Debut: 1985 (NL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 20
Crew Chief: Yes
2013 Crew: Ron Kulpa, Phil Cuzzi, Chris Guccione.

2013 Ejections: 6
Ejection 162 (ARI M Kirk Gibson; QOC = Y).
Ejection 155 (ARI M Kirk Gibson; QOC = N).
Ejection 138 (CHC P James Russell; QOC = N [C]).
Ejection 037 (NYM M Terry Collins; QOC = U).
Ejection 036 (NYM P LaTroy Hawkins; QOC = U).
Ejection 024 (TB P Jeremy Hellickson; QOC = U).

2012 Ejections: 2
Ejection 102 (BOS P Josh Beckett; QOC = Y).
Ejection 039 (LAD M Don Mattingly; QOC = N).

Ejection History: 2 (2005), 2 (2006), 7 (2007), 1 (2008), 2 (2009), 3 (2010), 3 (2011), 2 (2012), 6 (2013).

UEFL History: Tom Hallion

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: 2006
All-Star Game: 1992, 2008
Wild Card Game: -
Division Series: 1996, 1997, 2008, 2012, 2013
Championship Series: 1998, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011
World Series: 2008

Notes: Attended the University of Buffalo and lettered in baseball, football and basketball in high school.
» Also serves as a Vice President for the financial services firm Morgan Keegan.
» Hobbies include golf and tennis.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Brian Runge

Umpire Brian Runge
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Brian Runge.
Name: Brian Edward Runge
Date of Birth: January 5, 1970
Place of Birth: San Diego, California

MiLB Leagues Worked: Northwest, Arizona Instructional, South Atlantic, California, Eastern, Pacific Coast.
MLB Debut: 1999 (NL)
MLB Finale: 2012 (MLB) [14 Years of Service]
Final Game: August 30, 2012
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 18
Crew Chief: No
2013 Crew: Tim McClelland -cc, Wally Bell, Marvin Hudson.

Ejections, Career: 9
First Career Ejection: 8/24/2000 (Lou Piniella)
Final Ejection: 7/11/2010 (Carlos Silva)
Ejection History: 0 (2005), 1 (2006), 1 (2007), 3 (2008), 1 (2009), 1 (2010), 0 (2011), 0 (2012).

UEFL History: Brian Runge

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: -
All-Star Game: 2012
Wild Card Game: -
Division Series: 2004, 2007, 2008
Championship Series: -
World Series: -

Notes: Dismissed from MLB service in 2013 due to alleged drug violation, marking the first known instance of umpire termination due to a violation of Major League Baseball's Umpire Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.
>> He was replaced by Chris Conroy, promoted to the Major League staff on June 14, 2013.

2012-13 TFFL: Day 119, Technical Fouls 778 - 781

2012-13 TFFL: Day 119 (2 Games, 4 Technicals)
778: #25 Tony Brothers, #45 Brian Forte, #59 Gary Zielinski. Thunder's Sefolosha; 4th, 5:15 (double-779).
779: #25 Tony Brothers, #45 Brian Forte, #59 Gary Zielinski. Knicks' Smith; 4th, 5:15 (double-778).
^The Oklahoma City Thunder ultimately won the contest, defeating the New York Knicks, 95-94.

780: #8 Marc Davis, #28 Zach Zarba, #74 Curtis Blair. Clippers' Paul; 3rd, 8:02.
781: #8 Marc Davis, #28 Zach Zarba, #74 Curtis Blair. Clippers' Jordan; 3rd, 0:23.9.
The Denver Nuggets ultimately won the contest, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers, 107-92.

1. (169 pts) Bino.
2. (163 pts) Boredcravens.
3. (143 pts) Drjjulius.
4. (142 pts) cyclone14.
5. (141 pts) Eagle_12.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: John Hirschbeck

Umpire John Hirschbeck
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire John Hirschbeck.
Name: John Francis Hirschbeck
Date of Birth: September 7, 1954
Place of Birth: Bridgeport, Connecticut

MiLB Leagues Worked: Florida State, Eastern, Instructional, International.
MLB Debut: 1983 (AL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 17
Crew Chief: Yes
2013 Crew: Bob Davidson, Jim Reynolds, James Hoye.

2013 Ejections: 2.
Ejection 027 (WAS RF Bryce Harper; QOC = Y).
Ejection 077 (COL P Wilton Lopez; QOC = Y).

2012 Ejections: 0 (Disabled List)
Ejection History: 3 (2005), 1 (2006), 6 (2007), 0 (2008), 2 (2009), 4 (2010), 0 (2011), 0 (2012), 2 (2013).

UEFL History: John Hirschbeck

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: -
All-Star Game: 1989, 2004, 2013
Wild Card Game: -
Division Series: 1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2013
Championship Series: 1990, 1997, 2000, 2004
World Series: 1995, 2006, 2010, 2013

UEFL Crew Chief of the Year: 2013

Note: Received a Bachelor's in Physical Education from Central Connecticut State University (1976).
» Former World Umpires Association President, 2000 - 2008.
» Hobbies include hunting, golf and fishing.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Ed Hickox

Umpire Ed Hickox
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Ed Hickox.
Name: Edwin William Hickox
Date of Birth: July 31, 1962
Place of Birth: Deland, Florida

MiLB Leagues Worked: Gulf Coast, Florida State, Southern, International, Pacific Coast, New York-Penn, South Atlantic.
MLB Debut: 1990 (AL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 15
Crew Chief: No
2013 Crew: Jim Joyce -cc, Jeff Nelson, Jim Wolf.

2012 Ejections: 2
Ejection 175 (CWS M Robin Ventura; QOC = Y).
Ejection 135 (CLE M Manny Acta; QOC = Y).

Ejection History: 1 (2005), 0 (2006), 2 (2007), 0 (2008), 0 (2009), 1 (2010), 2 (2011), 2 (2012).

UEFL History: Ed Hickox

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: 2006, 2009, 2013
All-Star Game: 2011
Wild Card Game: -
Division Series: 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012
Championship Series: -
World Series: -

Notes: Received a Criminal Justice degree from Seminole Community College (2004).
» Previously received a degree from St. John's River Community College (1982), where he played baseball.
» Holds both an instrument and commercial pilot's license and flew to assist after the Haitian earthquake (10).
» Charitable endeavors include Angel Flight Southeast, providing needy with free medical air transportation.
» Is also a sworn officer with Florida's Dayona Beach Shores Police Department; holds rank of Detective.
» Hobbies include fishing, golfing and piloting aircraft.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Bill Miller

Umpire Bill Miller
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Bill Miller.
Name: William Scott Miller
Date of Birth: May 31, 1967
Place of Birth: Vallejo, California

MiLB Leagues Worked: Northwest, Arizona Instructional, South Atlantic, California, Texas, International, Pacific Coast.
MLB Debut: 1997 (AL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 26
Crew Chief: Yes.
2013 Crew: Dale Scott -cc, CB Bucknor, Todd Tichenor.
Ejection History: 4 (2005), 4 (2006), 5 (2007), 2 (2008), 1 (2009), 0 (2010), 2 (2011), 3 (2012), 3 (2013).

UEFL HistoryBill Miller

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: 2009, 2013
All-Star Game: 2007
Wild Card Game: 2012
Division Series: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013
Championship Series: 2009, 2012
World Series: 2010, 2013

Notes: Received a Bachelor's in History from UCLA (1989), where he was a member of Sigma Chi.
» Hobbies include beach volleyball, golf, mountain biking and snow skiing.
» Promoted to crew chief in advance of the 2014 season as part of MLB's instant replay expansion.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Gerry Davis

Umpire Gerry Davis
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Gerry Davis
Name: Gerald Sidney Davis
Date of Birth: February 22, 1953
Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri

MiLB Leagues Worked: Midwest, Eastern, American Association, Florida Instructional.
MLB Debut: 1982 (NL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 12
Crew Chief: Yes
2013 Crew: Mark Carlson, Dan Iassogna, Brian Knight.

2012 Ejections: None
Ejection History: 0 (2005), 1 (2006), 2 (2007), 1 (2008), 0 (2009), 2 (2010), 2 (2011), 0 (2012).

UEFL HistoryGerry Davis

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: 2013
All-Star Game: 1989, 1997, 2002, 2012
Wild Card Game: 2013
Division Series: 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Championship Series: 1990, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2013
World Series: 1996, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2012

UEFL Umpire of the Year: 2012
UEFL Crew Chief of the Year: 2011

Notes: Former semi-pro baseball player in the St. Louis area.
» 1994 BBWAA Umpire of the Year (St. Louis Chapter)
» Charitable endeavors include Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
» Owner of Gerry Davis Sports, marketed as an amateur officials' supply and equipment outfit.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Tony Randazzo

Umpire Tony Randazzo
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Tony Randazzo.
Name: Anthony John Randazzo
Date of Birth: January 11, 1965
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois

MiLB Leagues Worked: New York-Penn, Florida State, Texas, Arizona Fall, American Association, Pacific Coast.
MLB Debut: 1999 (NL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 11
Crew Chief: No
2013 Crew: Brian Gorman -cc, Larry Vanover, Manny Gonzalez.

Ejection History: 0 (2005), 3 (2006), 4 (2007), 0 (2008), 0 (2009), 0 (2010), 2 (2011), 2 (2012).

UEFL HistoryTony Randazzo

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: -
All-Star Game: 2001, 2012
Wild Card Game: -
Division Series: 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
Championship Series: 2010
World Series: -

Notes: Attended Iowa Western Community College where he played baseball until suffering an arm injury.
» American Legion Award winner (1979); donates time to National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame.
» Hobbies include exercise and Chicago Bears football.

UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Phil Cuzzi

Umpire Phil Cuzzi
Presenting the UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire Phil Cuzzi.
Name: Phil Cuzzi
Date of Birth: August 29, 1955
Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey

MiLB Leagues Worked: New York-Penn, Carolina, South Atlantic, Southern, Triple-A Alliance, International, American Association, Florida State, Eastern.
MLB Debut: 1991 (NL)
Level: MLB
Umpire Uniform Number: 10
Crew Chief: No
2013 Crew: Tom Hallion -cc, Ron Kulpa, Chris Guccione
2012 Ejections: None.
Ejection History: 7 (2005), 0 (2006), 10 (2007), 1 (2008), 1 (2009), 1 (2010), 3 (2011), 0 (2012), 1 (2013).

UEFL HistoryPhil Cuzzi

Postseason and Special Events History
World Baseball Classic: -
All-Star Game: 2008
Wild Card Game: 2013
Division Series: 2003, 2004, 2009, 2012
Championship Series: 2005
World Series: -

Note: Former football and baseball player at Belleville High School.
» Charitable endeavors include the Italian Fiorenti Club, ALS Association and Robert Luongo ALS Fund.
» Former Boardmember, World Umpires Association