Thursday, April 23, 2015

Major League Umpire Debut of Ryan Blakney (36)

Umpire Ryan Blakney made his MLB debut during the Rangers-Diamondbacks game on April 21 in Arizona. Blakney joined chief Tim Welke's crew, serving as the third base umpire alongside HP Umpire Welke, 1B Umpire Mike Everitt and 2B Umpire Tim Timmons.

Blakney is on the Pacific Coast League roster for the 2015 season, which is his third season in PCL and fourth season overall in Triple-A (2012 International League). He has also worked the Arizona, Midwest, Arizona Instructional, Northwest, Carolina, Texas and Florida Instructional Leagues.

Blakney wears the uniform number 36 at the Major League level, which was last worn by Tim McClelland, and makes his MLB debut at the age of 29; he will turn 30 in May. Blakney presently resides in Arizona and worked MLB Spring Training in 2014 and 2015.


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