Saturday, April 21, 2018

Diversity Crew - WBC Caliber Lineup in Detroit

An umpiring crew in Detroit took on a World Baseball Classic quality Friday night, bringing together umpires from several countries to officiate one MLB regular season game.

Torres, De Jesus, Ortiz & Danley.
H/T: @MRTeevs (MLB PR VP Mike Teevan).
Umpire Crew, Kansas City vs Detroit, 4/20/18:
HP: Carlos Torres (Venezuela).
1B: Ramon De Jesus (Dominican Republic).
2B: Kerwin Danley -cc (Los Angeles, California).
3B: Roberto Ortiz (Puerto Rico).

Friday evening's was Game 2 of a doubleheader between the Royals and Tigers; regular crew member Scott Barry worked the plate for Game 1 and Ortiz was called up to fill in as Umpire #5 for the day. De Jesus, meanwhile is officiating in place of Paul Nauert, whose last game was last week, and Danley is serving as acting crew chief in place of Dana DeMuth, who hasn't officiated whatsoever this season.

The only Puerto Rican-born umpire on either the staff or call-up list, Ortiz worked the 2018 Puerto Rico series between Cleveland and Minnesota earlier this week in San Juan. The last umpire from Puerto Rico to call major league games was Delfin Colon (46 games from 2008 to 2009).
Related PostSpecial Event Roster - 2018 Puerto Rico Umpires (4/17/18).


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