2014 MLB Umpires

Below are this year’s umpires and their crews.


Crew Name The Crew Chief Umpire #2 Umpire #3 Umpire #4
Crew A 45 NELSON, Jeff (’14) 63 DIAZ, Laz 6 CARLSON, Mark 87 BARRY, Scott
Crew B 26 MILLER, Bill (’14) 57 EVERITT, Mike 4 FAIRCHILD, Chad 19 CARAPAZZA, Vic
Crew C 65 BARRETT, Ted (’13) 72 MARQUEZ, Alfonso 43 SCHRIEBER, Paul – Triple-A Umpire
Crew D 66 JOYCE, Jim (’12) 88 EDDINGS, Doug 51 HUDSON, Marvin 89 BLASER, Cory
Crew E 8 KELLOGG, Jeff (’10) 7 O’NORA, Brian 2 BELLINO, Dan 70 REYBURN, D.J.
Crew F 27 VANOVER, Larry 55 HERNANDEZ, Angel 39 NAUERT, Paul 80 JOHNSON, Adrian
Crew G 32 DeMUTH, Dana (’99) 46 KULPA, Ron 15 HICKOX, Ed 94 BARRETT, Lance
Crew H 9 GORMAN, Brian (’10) 11 RANDAZZO, Tony 28 WOLF, Jim 86 RACKLEY, David
Crew I 38 CEDERSTROM, Gary (’08) 44 DANLEY, Kerwin 23 BARKSDALE, Lance – Triple-A Umpire
Crew J 41 MEALS, Jerry 50 EMMEL, Paul 98 CONROY, Chris 71 BAKER, Jordan
Crew K 20 HALLION, Tom (’10) 56 COOPER, Eric 68 GUCCIONE, Chris – Triple-A Umpire
Crew L 25 CULBRETH, Fieldin (’13) 77 REYNOLDS, Jim 91 KNIGHT, Brian 79 GONZALEZ, Manny
Crew M 33 WINTERS, Mike (’11) 47 WEGNER, Mark 49 FLETCHER, Andy 76 MUCHLINSKI, Mike
Crew N 12 DAVIS, Gerry (’99) 53 GIBSON, Greg 10 CUZZI, Phil – Triple-A Umpire
Crew O 24 LAYNE, Jerry (’10) 21 WENDELSTEDT, Hunter 16 DiMURO, Mike 83 ESTABROOK, Mike
Crew P 5 SCOTT, Dale (’01) 58 IASSOGNA, Dan 54 BUCKNOR, CB – Triple-A Umpire
Crew Q 22 WEST, Joe (’03) 60 FOSTER, Marty 30 DRAKE, Rob 64 PORTER, Alan
Crew R 3 WELKE, Tim (’00) 1 DRECKMAN, Bruce 95 TIMMONS, Tim 13 TICHENOR, Todd
Crew S 17 HIRSCHBECK, John (’00) 61 DAVIDSON, Bob 52 WELKE, Bill 92 HOYE, James
Disabled List 37 DARLING, Gary 34 HOLBROOK, Sam 36 McCLELLAND, Tim

New MLB Replay Rules – 2014

Starting in the 2014 season, the MLB has extended the use of instant replay. The types of plays that will be subject to review are:

  • Home Run
  • Ground rule double
  • Fan interference
  • Stadium boundary calls – fielder falls into stands, ball goes into stands
  • Force play – except when at 2nd base on a double play (interesting!)
  • Tag play (oh boy, this could cause a number of delays)
  • Fair/foul – only in the outfield
  • Trap play – only in the outfield
  • Hit by pitch
  • Timing play – runner scoring before third out
  • Touching a base – only by appeal
  • Passing runners
  • Record keeping – ball/strike count, outs, score, subs

Well, there you have it. This is obviously very controversial and I know a number of fellow umpires that are on both sides of this debate. Where do you stand? – Let us know in the comments.

More info from MLB

2013 World Series Umpires – MLB

Major League Baseball has released the names of the umpires for the 2013 MLB World Series. The six member crew will consist of:

  • John Hirschbeck – Crew Chief
  • Dana DeMuth
  • Paul Emmel
  • Jim Joyce
  • Bill Miller
  • Mark Wgner

This elite crew will officiate all seven games between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. This is John Hirshbeck’s 17th playoff series and his 4th World Series.

The 2013 World Series will be shown nationally on FOX.

John Hirschbeck


2013 MLB Umpires

2014 MLB umpires here

Major League Baseball added three new crew chiefs and three new umpires for the 2013 season.

The three new crew chiefs are Jim Joyce a 25 year MLB veteran, Ted Barrett a 16 year veteran and Fieldin Culbreth a 16 year veteran. The three new members of the full-time Major League Umpiring staff will be Vic Carapazza, Manny Gonzalez and Alan Porter.

Below are this year’s umpires and their crews.


Crew Name The Crew Chief Umpire #2 Umpire #3 Umpire #4
Crew A 12 Gerry Davis 6 Mark Carlson 58 Dan Iassogna 91 Brian Knight
Crew B 32 Dana DeMuth 55 Angel Hernandez 39 Paul Nauert 88 Doug Eddings
Crew C 36 Tim McClelland 35 Wally Bell 18 Brian Runge 51 Marvin Hudson
Crew D 17 John Hirschbeck 61 Bob Davidson 77 Jim Reynolds 92 James Hoye
Crew E 3 Tim Welke 57 Mike Everitt 60 Marty Foster 87 Scott Barry
Crew F 5 Dale Scott 14 Bill Miller 54 C. B. Bucknor 97 Todd Tichenor
Crew G 22 Joe West 34 Sam Holbrook 49 Andy Fletcher 30 Rob Drake
Crew H 37 Gary Darling 41 Jerry Meals 1 Bruce Dreckman 50 Paul Emmel
Crew I 38 Gary Cederstrom 44 Kerwin Danley 23 Lance Barksdale 85 Vic Carapazza
Crew J 24 Jerry Layne 53 Greg Gibson 21 Hunter Wendelstedt 64 Alan Porter
Crew K 9 Brian Gorman 27 Larry Vanover 11 Tony Randazzo 79 Manny Gonzalez
Crew L 8 Jeff Kellogg 56 Eric Cooper 43 Paul Schrieber 75 Chad Fairchild
Crew M 20 Tom Hallion 46 Ron Kulpa 10 Phil Cuzzi 68 Chris Guccione
Crew N 33 Mike Winters 47 Mark Wegner 63 Laz Diaz 95 Tim Timmons
Crew O 66 Jim Joyce 45 Jeff Nelson 28 Jim Wolf 15 Ed Hickox
Crew P 65 Ted Barrett 72 Alfonso Marquez 16 Mike DiMuro 2 Dan Bellino
Crew Q 25 Fieldin Culbreth 7 Brian O’Nora 52 Bill Welke 80 Adrian Johnson

Umpire School Losses MLB Relationship

In recent years the Jim Evans Academy for Professional Umpiring has hosted an annual company bowling party. Typically the event goes off like you’d imagine a company bowling event would with little fanfare. But, not this year.

Each year, teams are assembled and playful names are selected. However, this year one team went a little too far by picking a team name that drew a resemblance to the Ku Klux Klan. Then, shockingly, team members arrived in costumes that were reminiscent of clothing the racist group is well known for and reportedly using well-known slurs! While this sort of behaviour would make most people uncomfortable the school’s only black employee felt a great deal of unease (Which I’m sure is a mild way of putting it). Soon after, photographs were circulated and news began to get out about what transpired that night. It didn’t take long for Minor League Baseball (and MLB by extension) to take notice.

“We conducted an investigation, made our queries, and we uncovered behavior that we found to be reprehensible.” stated Pat O’Conner, President of MiLB. And the reprehension? MiLB will not longer accept students from the Evans Academy which last year produced 14 recruits who were formally evaluated by Professional Baseball Umpire Corp, a subsidiary of MiLB.

The consequence seems fitting. Afterall, why would the MiLB and MLB want to be associated with group who believes this sort of action is simply “… a bad joke that was not meant to hurt anyone” (Jim Evans). To complicate the matter slightly is the fact that Minor League Baseball opened it’s own competing Umpire School this year, which has been fodder for Evans and others, allowing them to point to that as a hidden motive.

MiLB does not have any agreement with the Evan’s Academy or any Umpire School so I don’t see this decision being changed at any point even if it becomes a legal matter. For now, take the Jim Evans Academy off your list of potential Umpire Schools.

How to Become an MLB Umpire

Have you ever caught yourself dreaming about becoming a Major League umpire? MLB umpires are the most elite bunch of umpires on the planet and it’s no wonder because making it to the major league level is quite a feat. MLB umpires have to work their way through the minor leagues, just like players, perform well, then wait for that once in a lifetime opportunity. It typically takes an umpire 10 years to get to the Majors, which is about double what it takes a player.

Alright, so it’s hard to become a MLB umpire. How do I get started?

Start off with some training. There are 3 MLB/PBUC sanctioned, professional umpire training schools; Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpires, Harry Wendelstedt School for Umpires, and The Umpire School. Each of these schools’ instructors are former MLB umpires or other high ranking baseball officials. Be warned that the schools only enroll approximately 500-600 umpires each year, so getting in can be a challenge. But, a little silver lining is that most students who attend have never worked a game before the go to umpire school. It’s never too late to start your umpire career.

Next, stand out. Knowledge of the game of baseball is only one factor trainers look for. Almost as important is a strong presence on the field, confidence, and positioning. Umpires need to maintain the integrity of the game so soft skills are crucial to the success of an umpire. At the end of the 5 week course the top graduates are selected to attend an evaluation course. Under 20% of attendees are selected for the evaluation course.

Start your career. An evaluation course consists of instructors grading students who then make suggestions Rookie Ball and Class-A Short Season hiring managers. It’s a long road through the minors but when you reach Triple-A MLB starts to take notice and evaluates who will be a potential MLB umpire.

The waiting game. There are 225 Minor League umps and only 68 in the Majors and the turnover rate is very low. So, if you’re fortunate enough to make it to the minors, get comfortable because you may be there for a long time.

Major League Umpire Training Schools

Looking to start your journey to become an Major League Umpire? You need to be trained at one of the following schools before you’ll even sniff the minors. Only these 3 schools are sanctioned by MLB. Here is their information.


The Umpire School


The Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School


The Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring


Major League Umpires – The Crew Chiefs and Their Crew Teams

Below is a list of Major League Baseball‘s current umpiring crew teams and Crew Chiefs for the 2012 baseball season.

Crew Name The Crew Chief Umpire #2 Umpire #3 Umpire #4
Crew A 12 Gerry Davis 53 Greg Gibson 10 Phil Cuzzi 1 Bruce Dreckman
Crew B 32 Dana DeMuth 44 Kerwin Danley 88 Doug Eddings 39 Paul Nauert
Crew C 36 Tim McClelland 65 Ted Barrett 18 Brian Runge 51 Marvin Hudson
Crew D 66 Jim Joyce 77 Jim Reynolds 16 Mike DiMuro 92 James Hoye
Crew E 3 Tim Welke 57 Mike Everitt 63 Laz Diaz 43 Paul Schrieber
Crew F 5 Dale Scott 14 Bill Miller 54 C. B. Bucknor 58 Dan Iassogna
Crew G 22 Joe West 49 Andy Fletcher 34 Sam Holbrook 30 Rob Drake
Crew H 37 Gary Darling 41 Jerry Meals 50 Paul Emmel 87 Scott Barry
Crew I 4 Tim Tschida 52 Jeff Nelson 45 Bill Welke 68 Chris Guccione
Crew J 13 Derryl Cousins 46 Ron Kulpa 28 Jim Wolf AAA Fill-in
Crew K 38 Gary Cederstrom 25 Fieldin Culbreth 23 Lance Barksdale 80 Adrian Johnson
Crew L 24 Jerry Layne 61 Bob Davidson 21 Hunter Wendlestedt 2 Dan Bellino
Crew M 9 Brian Gorman 27 Larry Vanover 11 Tony Randazzo 97 Todd Tichenor
Crew N 8 Jeff Kellogg 56 Eric Cooper 60 Marty Foster 95 Tim Timmons
Crew O 20 Tom Hallion 7 Brian O’Nora 72 Alfonso Márquez 75 Chad Fairchild
Crew P 33 Mike Winters 35 Wally Bell 47 Mark Wegner 91 Brian Knight
Crew Q 19 Ed Rapuano 55 Angel Hernandez 6 Mark Carlson 15 Ed Hickox

How to Become an Umpire

What is your goal?

Starting your career as an umpire isn’t difficult and it can be a lot of fun. Below you’ll find information on what to expect and how you can achieve your goal of becoming an umpire.

Expect the work to be physically demanding. You will need to jog often to ensure you position yourself properly to make an accurate call. Basically, you need to be agile enough to keep up with the pace of the game. It’s also important to consider the weather in your area – depending on your location, hot and/or colder temperatures can be a burden on your body. As the player’s get older and the game competition increases the demands on your body will also increase. If you’re new to umpiring you might be best served by umpiring younger age groups first.

Step 1: Attend a Baseball  Association Meeting or Clinic – The easiest way to learn the umpiring landscape in your area is to meet people who are involved in the community. An easy way to find one is to attend a local game and ask the officiating crew which association they belong to. You can also call the athletic departments at local organizations or visit their websites. Many will post information for umpires.

Step  2:  Learn the Rules of the Leagues You Will Umpire In — Once you’ve identified some of the leagues you may want to officiate you need to develop a sound understanding of the rules. Don’t rely on your years as a ball player. Many of the “rules” that circulate in youth leagues are incorrect. Go to the source and do some reading.

Step  3: Join an Organization or Association — After attending a few association meetings you may be ready to join an organization. This will give you a leg up by keeping you plugged into what’s going on in your area and will push you to keep on the umpiring path.

Step  4:  Get in Shape — Before you attend your first clinic you may want to start to get into shape. Start a jogging routine, play some basketball, or better yet join a men’s baseball or softball league. Or, just hit the gym. You don’t want to be ready for first job and it’s good to get into a routine early.

Step 5: Get Trained –  Attend clinics, camps and classes recommended by your association so that you know proper form and mechanics. Being formally trained is what separates amateur umpires to professional officiants. If your goal is to become a college, MiLB or MLB umpire you will need to attend professional umpire school. Click here to learn more about the cost of professional umpire school.

Step 6:Pass Your Tests — Take the tests administered by your sanctioning body (umpire association). The most common affiliations are; Pony, NSA, BPA, and ASA.

Step  7:  Get Your Protective Equipment and UniformPurchase your uniform and the necessary umpire equipment.

  1. Black Umpire Shoes
  2. Black Athletic Socks
  3. Black Umpire Belt
  4. Baseball Umpire Pants and Shorts
  5. Umpire Uniform Shirt (over 10 different colors) - color requirements vary
  6. Umpire Masks / Umpire Helmets
  7. Umpire Shin / Leg Guards
  8. Umpire Chest Protector
  9. Ball Bag
  10. Plate Brush
  11. Balls, Strikes, Out Counter
  12. Referee Watch and Game Timer
  13. Lineup Cards & Pencil
  14. Performance Base Under Gear
  15. 2-Inch Bill Combination Cap