Saturday, May 5, 2018

Special Event Roster - 2018 Mexico Series Umpires

MLB appointed the following umpires to officiate the 2018 Mexico Series between Los Angeles and San Diego at Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey. Zacatecas-born Alfonso Márquez, MLB's only Mexican umpire, is slated to work home plate for ESPN's Sunday broadcast.

Alfonso Márquez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico.
Umpire Assignments (Game 1, Rotation is Upward)
HP: John Tumpane.
1B: Mark Wegner -cc.
2B: Alfonso Marquez.
3B: Ramon De Jesus.
Replay Official: Jim Reynolds.

Marquez is from Zacatecas, Mexico, the first and only Mexican-born umpire on the MLB staff. Marquez worked his first National League game in 1999, and has since officiated 12 postseasons, including three World Series (2016, 2011, 2015). He was named the UEFL's Umpire of the Year in 2015 and Honorable Umpire of the Year in 2011.

Marquez was inducted into the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 and operates the Fonzie's Kids charity, raising money and collecting items for children. The black-and-white #72 patch Marquez wears on his chest protector is in honor of former NHL linesman #72 Stéphane Provost, who died in a 2005 motorcycle accident. Marquez graduated from Fullerton Union High School, which is located in proximity to Interstate-5, the freeway that connects the two NL West teams' stadiums.

Other Notes: With a capacity of 27,000, Monterrey's stadium is the largest baseball venue in Mexico. Marquez's name is listed in Spanish-language productions as "Márquez" (emphasis on MAR), whereas English language literature, such as the MLB Umpire Media Guide, drops the accent and instructs broadcasters to pronounce his surname as the anglicized, "Mar-KEZ." Tumpane's plate assignment Friday night concluded with a combined no-hitter for the visiting Dodgers.
Related Post2018 No-Hitter 2, John Tumpane (2; Buehler & Co) (5/4/18).

The Mexico Series is MLB's second regular season foray into Latin America in 2018. Baseball visited Puerto Rico in April, during which Caguas, PR-born Roberto Ortiz served as a field umpire. Like the Puerto Rico games, Replay Review hookups to New York were unavailable at the Monterrey stadium, so five umpires were assigned to the Mexico Series, with one designated as a Replay Official for each of the games.
Related PostSpecial Event Roster - 2018 Puerto Rico Umpires (4/17/18).


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