Sunday, July 8, 2018

Ted Barrett, Jeff Nelson Named to AFL Hall of Fame

As MLB's 2018 All-Star umpire selections await official announcement, crew chiefs Ted Barrett and Jeff Nelson have been selected as the first two umpires to enter the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame. Both join the AFL HOF for their achievements at the major-league level following their participation in the offseason league.

Nelson and Barrett are AFL Hall of Famers.
Said AFL Director Steve Cobb after announcing Giants catcher Buster Posey as the third member of the AFL's Class of 2018, "We're also proud to induct our first two umpires into the Fall League Hall of Fame. Ted Barrett and Jeff Nelson are obvious choices for their long and meritorious service to baseball."

Barrett officiated in the Arizona Fall League from 1993 through 1995, debuting in the American League in 1994 and joining the Major League staff in 1999 before his appointment to crew chief prior to the 2013 season.

Nelson called AFL ball in 1996, made his big league debut in the National League in 1997, and similarly became a member of the full-time staff in 1999, promoting to crew chief in 2014.

They are the first-ever umpires inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame, which was formed in 2001 to celebrate AFL alumni's performance at the Major League level.


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