Wednesday, February 5, 2020

37-Year MLB Umpire Dana DeMuth Announces Retirement

Veteran umpire Dana DeMuth announced his retirement following a 37-year NL and MLB career spanning 4,283 regular season games, 11 Division Series, five League Championship Series, and five World Series.

The Ohio-born DeMuth officiated his first National League game in 1983 after a Minor League career that took him through the California, Texas, and Pacific Coast Leagues.

DeMuth's first ejections in 1985 included Jim Frey and Tommy Lasorda while his final career ejections in 2017 came during a benches-clearing Yankees-Tigers brawl in Detroit; in all, DeMuth ejected 50 people during his four decades at professional baseball's highest level, or one for every 86 games he officiated.
Related PostMLB Ejections 142-149 - Torres, DeMuth (NYY-DET Fight) (8/24/17).

He wore the uniform number 32 and retired as the second-most senior crew chief on staff (Gerry Davis), and third-longest tenured umpire (West '76, Davis '82). As a chief with second-pick of schedules, DeMuth chose a schedule that placed his crew (Angel Hernandez, Ed Hickox, Carlos Torres) in Europe for the 2019 MLB London Series.
Related Post2019 MLB London Series Umpire Roster (6/28/19).

DeMuth officiated his final MLB game shortly thereafter, when a foul ball to the arm took him out of a game in July. Injuries had similarly sidelined DeMuth for parts of 2014, 2016, and the entire 2018 season.
Related PostInjury Scout - DeMuth Out Early After Foul to Arm (7/13/19).

This retirement was first reported by UmpLife at the Wendelstedt Umpire School.


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