Saturday, April 12, 2014

Major League Umpiring Debut: Jeff Gosney (40)

Umpire Jeff Gosney made his MLB debut during Blue Jays-Orioles Game 2 Saturday evening in Baltimore. Gosney joined acting chief Paul Emmel's crew, serving as Saturday's third base umpiring alongside 2B Umpire Jordan Baker, 1B Umpire Chris Conroy and home plate umpire Emmel.

Gosney is on the International League umpire roster for the 2014 season, which is his fourth season in the IL and AAA. Gosney began his career with Minor League Baseball in the Gulf Coast League, with service in the Appalachian, Midwest, Florida Instructional, Florida State, Texas and Venezuelan Leagues along the way, having been selected to officiate Texas and International League playoffs.

Gosney is from Newark, Ohio and resides in Lakeland, FL and wears the sleeve uniform number 40. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Gosney, who makes his MLB debut at the age of 30, is an alum of Ohio State University, where he earned a degree in Accounting. Gosney officiated the 2013 Arizona Fall League and was one-for-two (100% accuracy) in Replay Reviews during 2014 MLB Spring Training. He ejected Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper on March 26 for arguing an out call at first base (QOC = Correct).


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