last year's news break, the 2014 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 30, 2014, at 4:00 PM PT, despite this early report.
The following umpiring crews and rover position assignments have been established, tentatively, for the 2014 MLB regular season:
|Crew||Crew Chief||Umpire 2||Umpire 3||Umpire 4|
|Crew A||45 Nelson, Jeff||63 Diaz, Laz||6 Carlson, Mark||87 Barry, Scott|
|Crew B||6 Miller, Bill||53 Gibson, Greg (N)||19 Carapazza, Vic||[AAA Rover]|
|Crew C||65 Barrett, Ted||53 Gibson, Greg (N)||43 Schrieber, Paul||Will Little|
|Crew D||66 Joyce, Jim||88 Eddings, Doug||51 Hudson, Marvin||89 Blaser, Cory|
|Crew E||8 Kellogg, Jeff||7 O'Nora, Brian||2 Bellino, Dan||70 Reyburn, D.J.|
|Crew F||27 Vanover, Larry*||55 Hernandez, Angel||39 Nauert, Paul||80 Johnson, Adrian|
|Crew G||32 DeMuth, Dana||46 Kulpa, Ron||15 Hickox, Ed||94 Barrett, Lance|
|Crew H||9 Gorman, Brian||52 Welke, Bill (S)||28 Wolf, Jim||86 Rackley, David|
|Crew I||38 Gary Cederstrom||44 Kerwin Danley||23 Lance Barksdale||[AAA Rover]|
|Crew J||41 Meals, Jerry*||50 Emmel, Paul||98 Conroy, Chris (I)||71 Baker, Jordan|
|Crew K||20 Hallion, Tom||56 Cooper, Eric||68 Guccione, Chris||[AAA Rover]|
|Crew L||25 Culbreth, Fieldin||77 Reynolds, Jim||79 Gonzalez, Manny||[AAA Rover]|
|Crew M||33 Winters, Mike||47 Wegner, Mark||49 Fletcher, Andy||76 Muchlinski, Mike|
|Crew N||12 Davis, Gerry||10 Cuzzi, Phil||91 Knight, Brian (L)||Wolcott, Quinn|
|Crew O||24 Layne, Jerry||21 Wendelstedt, Hunter||16 DiMuro, Mike||83 Estabrook, Mike|
|Crew P||5 Scott, Dale||58 Iassogna, Dan||54 Bucknor, CB||[AAA Rover]|
|Crew Q||22 West, Joe||60 Foster, Marty||30 Drake, Rob (J)||64 Porter, Alan|
|Crew R||3 Welke, Tim||1 Dreckman, Bruce||95 Timmons, Tim||13 Tichenor, Todd|
|Crew S||17 Hirschbeck, John||61 Davidson, Bob||92 Hoye, James||[AAA Rover]|
|[DL]||36 McClelland, Tim (F)||57 Everitt Mike (B)||72 Marquez, Alfonso (C)||11 Randazzo, Tony (H)|
|[BL/DL]||37 Darling, Gary (J)||34 Holbrook, Sam (Q)||4 Fairchild, Chad (B)|
The BL/DL Crews indicate umpires reported as injured or otherwise absent to begin the 2014 season.
The crew letters in parentheses represent crews an umpire is ordinarily assigned and will be returning to once the corresponding BL/DL umpire returns to active MLB service. For instance, Chris Conroy will be begin his season with acting crew chief Jerry Meals in Crew J. When Gary Darling returns to Crew Chief service mid-season, Conroy will return to Gary Cederstrom's Crew I (for AAA Rover) and Meals will slide to Crew J's Umpire 2 position.
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:
» Jeff Nelson (Crew A) and Bill Miller (Crew B).
Acting Crew Chiefs:
» Larry Vanover (Crew F, for Tim McClelland) and Jerry Meals (Crew J, for Gary Darling).
Crews with AAA or MiLB Fill-In/Call-Up Umpires scheduled to begin the season:
Crew B, C (Will Little), I, K, L, N (Quinn Wolcott), P, S.
For more information and access to a sortable list of all MLB and Triple-A fill-in umpires—including a 2014 crew column—visit the UEFL's MLB Umpire Roster page and stay tuned for our continued Umpire Profiles.