|Pat Hoberg working MLB Replay Review|
After Hoberg ejected South Bend Silver Hawks Manager Mark Haley in June 2011, Haley predicted, "it's going to be a long ways to go before [Hoberg] reaches his goal."
Fast-forward to 2014 and Haley is still managing the Single-A South Bend Hawks, minor-league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, whose game Hoberg is working at the big-league level Monday.
Hoberg resides in Urbandale, Iowa and wears the sleeve uniform number 31, last worn by veteran MLB crew chief Mike Reilly. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Hoberg, who makes his MLB debut at the age of 27, is an alum of Grand View University (then GV College) in Des Moines, IA. Hoberg was part of the MiLB crew assigned to the Arizona Fall League instant replay experiment in November 2013 and was two-for-two (100% accuracy) in Replay Reviews during 2014 MLB Spring Training.
Other umpires from the Iowa area include Tim McClelland (resides in), Eric Cooper (from Des Moines), Mike Everitt (lives in Iowa) and, yes, the retired Mike Reilly (from Sioux City).