Friday, March 3, 2017

Injury Scout - Rob Drake Works 1st Game of Spring

Rob Drake returned to umpire Friday, March 3's Dodgers-Diamondbacks game after an absence extending from September 11, 2016 to March 2, 2017 (173 days, though most of this was offseason). Drake's last game officiated was the September 10 Brewers-Cardinals game, constituting an approximate 15-games missed during the closing weeks of the 2016 regular season, in addition to any postseason games he may have been assigned. He had worked the postseason every year since 2012, or four consecutive playoff assignments.

Drake manned home plate in his Cactus League return alongside base umpires Brian Gorman (crew chief), Jordan Baker, and call-up Tom Woodring.

Drake, alongside retiree John Hirschbeck, received the 2016 UEFL Award for Honorable Umpire of the Year. His return from the Bereavement List leaves Bruce Dreckman as the only umpire who finished 2016 on the Disabled List and has not yet returned to work Spring Training.

UEFL Injury Scout Report
Date of Last Game: September 11, 2016 | Return: March 3, 2017 | Total Absence: 15-20 Games


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