Thursday, July 23, 2020

MLB Debut of Umpire Edwin Moscoso

Opening Day 2020 marked the debut of umpire Edwin Moscoso as part of Bill Miller's crew officiating July 23's Giants-Dodgers game in Los Angeles. The third Venezuelan to reach MLB as an umpire, Moscoso follows Manny Gonzalez and Carlos Torres to the big leagues.

27-year-old Moscoso will serve as a minor league call-up umpire during the 2020 season, authorized to fill in for vacationing or otherwise absent major league umpires. With 13 umpires opting out of the COVID-shortened 2020 season, big league's umpiring door swung wide open for Moscoso and other minor leaguers seeking advancement to the majors, at least for one summer.

The Venezuelan Umpire Camp announced Moscoso's imminent debut via the banner image displayed above, noting he will soon be joined by fellow Venezuelan Jose Navas, who debuts Friday in Chicago. Once he passes his physical, David Arrieta may become the third umpire from Venezuela to debut during the 2020 regular season.

Moscoso's experience following graduation from the MiLB Umpire Academy includes the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, Gulf Coast, New York-Penn, Florida State, Southern, and Pacific Coast Leagues. He officiated the 2018 XM All-Star Futures Game in Washington DC.

Moscoso is the first rookie umpire to make his MLB debut during the 2020 regular season.


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