Tuesday, September 29, 2020

2020 Wild Card Series Umpire Roster

Major League Baseball's umpire roster for the 2020 American and National League Wild Card Series features crews of six umpires for the first round of the MLB postseason, supported by Replay Officials who do not join on-field umpires for their best-of-three WC series.

Crew Chiefs are indicated in bold text and by the -cc suffix, regular season crew chiefs with an asterisk (*), interim crew chiefs with a degree (°), and first postseason assignments by the tag (^1st postseason^). The following crews are presented in their Game 1 rotation, such that umpires assigned to the plate in Game 1 move to right field for Game 2 and left field for Game 3.

Umpires assigned to 1B and 2B have home plate duties in games two and three (if necessary), respectively, indicating that MLB holds these umpires in high regard for their plate work. Due to baseball's unique 2020 postseason format, MLB has assigned an unprecedented number of umpires to the postseason. The Wild Card Series is the first round of four.

AL Wild Card A (Houston Astros @ Minnesota Twins) Umpires:
HP: DJ Reyburn
1B: Manny Gonzalez [Game 2 Plate]
2B: Tim Timmons° [Game 3 Plate]
3B: Ron Kulpa° -cc
LF: Laz Diaz°
RF: Todd Tichenor

AL Wild Card B (Chicago White Sox @ Oakland Athletics) Umpires:
HP: Adam Hamari
1B: Mike Muchlinski [Game 2 Plate]
2B: Ted Barrett* -cc [Game 3 Plate]
3B: Marvin Hudson°
LF: Adrian Johnson
RF: Brian Knight

AL Wild Card C (Toronto Blue Jays @ Tampa Bay Rays) Umpires:
HP: Carlos Torres
1B: Chris Conroy [Game 2 Plate]
2B: Lance Barksdale [Game 3 Plate]
3B: Larry Vanover* -cc
LF: Paul Nauert°
RF: David Rackley

AL Wild Card D (New York Yankees vs Cleveland Indians) Umpires:
HP: Jordan Baker
1B: John Tumpane [Game 2 Plate]
2B: Jeff Nelson* -cc [Game 3 Plate]
3B: Jerry Meals*
LF: CB Bucknor
RF: Tripp Gibson

NL Wild Card A (Cincinnati Reds vs Atlanta Braves) Umpires:
HP: Stu Scheurwater ^1st postseason^
1B: Marty Foster [Game 2 Plate]
2B: Alan Porter [Game 3 Plate]
3B: Joe West* -cc
LF: Mark Wegner*
RF: Vic Carapazza

NL Wild Card B (Miami Marlins vs Chicago Cubs) Umpires:
HP: Pat Hoberg
1B: Will Little [Game 2 Plate]
2B: Dan Iassogna* -cc [Game 3 Plate]
3B: Bill Welke°
LF: Dan Bellino
RF: Andy Fletcher

NL Wild Card C (St Louis Cardinals @ San Diego Padres) Umpires:
HP: Gabe Morales
1B: Cory Blaser [Game 2 Plate]
2B: James Hoye [Game 3 Plate]
3B: Bill Miller* -cc
LF: Doug Eddings
RF: Rob Drake

NL Wild Card D (Milwaukee Brewers @ Los Angeles Dodgers) Umpires:
HP: Mark Ripperger ^1st postseason^
1B: Quinn Wolcott [Game 2 Plate]
2B: Jim Reynolds* -cc [Game 3 Plate]
3B: Alfonso Marquez*
LF: Chris Guccione
RF: Lance Barrett

AL and NL Wild Card Replay Officials: Ryan Blakney, Ramon De Jesus, Chad Fairchild, Greg Gibson, Nic Lentz, Chris Segal, Jansen Visconti, Chad Whitson.

Pursuant to UEFL Rule 4-3-c, umpires selected to appear in the Wild Card games receive one bonus point for this appearance, while postseason crew chiefs receive an additional bonus point, but replay officials who do not appear on the field (e.g., Wild Card & Division Series replay personnel) do not receive points for this role.


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