Following 20 years of umpiring in the Major Leagues, Charlie Reliford embarks on his first season as an Umpire Supervisor for Major League Baseball in 2010.
Reliford, who joined the Major League staff in 1991, began umpiring professionally in 1982. He has worked two All-Star Games (1996, 2007), four Division Series, three League Championship Series and two World Series (2000, 04). He was the Crew Chief for the first Major League game in history to use instant replay on a home run boundary call in a game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 3, 2008.
Reliford, who attended the University of Kentucky and Ohio University, is a former chief instructor at the Wendelstedt Umpire School. He also serves as a spokesperson for King's Daughter's Hospital Hospitality House Fund in Ashland, Kentucky.
Charlie, 53, and his wife Laurie have one child, Logan Elizabeth.
Justin was named Executive Director in January 2008 after joining PBUC as a Field Evaluator/Instructor in June of 2004. He guides a staff of 6 field evaluators and medical coordinator while ensuring qualified umpires are in place for all 16 domestic minor leagues. He works closely with Major League Baseball's Umpiring Department on a variety of issues including mechanics, rule interpretations, Arizona Fall League assignments and new hires. Justin is responsible for all personnel moves including the hiring, leave of absence and releases for 220 Minor League Umpires. During the year he coordinates all operational umpire meetings and deals directly with the AMLU on articles and policies contained within the Collective Bargaining Agreement to ensure they are adhered to by umpires, leagues and evaluation staff.
After graduating from the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring, Klemm spent nine seasons as an umpire in the International, Eastern, Southern, Carolina, Midwest and New York-Penn Leagues. During his four years at the Triple-A level, he was awarded two Arizona Fall League invites and worked numerous regular season games at the Major League Level. Justin spent two off-seasons umpiring in China and Australia in an effort to develop officiating skills in those countries. Klemm is a native of Cataumet, Massachusetts, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Tyler travels around the country to observe, instruct and evaluate Minor League Baseball umpires employed by the Professional Baseball Umpire Corp. The 2013 season marked Tyler's 11th year in professional baseball and 2nd with the PBUC staff.
Prior to joining the PBUC staff, Tyler umpired in the NY-Penn, Midwest, Florida State, Texas, Pacific Coast and Venezuelan Winter Leagues. Tyler's work also garnered him invitations to umpire in the MLB Futures Game, the Arizona Fall League, and MLB Spring Training assignments. Tyler made his MLB debut on June 16, 2011 at Dodger Stadium.
Tyler is based in Grayslake, Ill., with his wife Megan and two daughters.
A veteran of more than 23 years of Major League umpiring, Larry Young enters his second season as one of Major League Baseball's Umpire Supervisors, in which he serves as a liaison to MLB's active umpires.
Young joined the Major League staff in 1985. He worked two All-Star Games (1991, 2003), six Division Series, three League Championship Series and two World Series (1996, 2003). Prior to his Major League career, Young worked at the Minor League level from 1978-1982.
Young also serves as an adviser to the sport's Playing Rules Committee, which is charged with voting to amend the Official Baseball Rules. He was the first umpire ever to be a part of the Committee. Larry often has helped articulate and instruct his fellow umpires on the rules changes enacted by the Playing Rules Committee. Young also has worked as an instructor at each of the first two Major League Baseball Umpire Camps held annually at MLB's Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.
Young graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1976 with a B.A. in Education. He is President of Larry Young and Friends Charities, which raises money for various organizations like Special Olympics, Hospice and the American Heart Association. Larry has been the recipient of the JC Penny Golden Rule Award, the Special Olympics Volunteer of the Year, Florida Diamond Club Umpire of the Year, the Goodwill Abilities Center Distinguished Service Award and the 2002 Gold Whistle Award, presented by the National Association of Sports Officials.
Young and his wife Joan have two children, Jessica and Darcy.
Jorge travels around the country to observe, instruct and evaluate Minor League Baseball umpires employed by the Professional Baseball Umpire Corp.
After attending the Brinkman Baseball School, Jorge spent nine seasons as an umpire in the International, Eastern, Florida State, South Atlantic and Gulf Coast Leagues. He also umpired in Puerto Rico and in the Caribbean World Series. He joined the PBUC staff in 2002.
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Dave has 11 years of experience as a professional umpire, including a three-year stint in the American Association (Triple-A) from 1992 to 1994. He currently umpires Division I college baseball and was selected to work the College World Series in 2004. He also officiates high school and small college basketball. Dave is a freelance web designer and computer consultant and resides in St. Joseph, Michigan with his wife, Vicki, and daughters Hannah and Olivia. The family is very involved in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis, with which Hannah is afflicted. Dave serves as an Umpire Observer for Major League Baseball in the Chicago area.
Matt is in his first season with Major League Baseball as an umpire field observer covering the St. Louis Cardinals. After graduating from the Harry Wendelstedt School for Umpiring, Matt began his career in 1986 in the Pioneer League and has also worked the Midwest League, Southern League, Dominican Republic, Pacific Coast League and finished his professional career after the 1996 season in the American Association.
A native of the St. Louis area, Malone 43, resides in O'Fallon, MO.
A new umpire observer in 2008, Steve was a Major League umpire from 1984 through 2003. The former National League umpire worked the 1990 All-Star Game, four Division Series, three League Championship Series and three World Series (1996, 1999 and 2001). Rippley also served as a crew chief. He counts his experiences working the Fall Classic as the proudest moments of his career. Steve worked at various levels of the minor leagues from 1974 through 1982 before joining the National League staff. Steve serves as an Umpire Observer for Major League Baseball in the South Florida area.
After more than 22 years as a Major League Umpire, Ed Rapuano will begin a new role as an Umpire Evaluator for Major League Baseballs Umpiring Department in the 2013 season.
Ed became a member of the National League Umpiring staff in 1991. He worked two All-Star Games (1995, 2008), eight Division Series (1997-98, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008-2010), five League Championship Series (1999-2000, 2002, 2004-05) and two World Series (2001, 2003) in his career. He ranks his first Postseason game - the Division Series between the Astros and Braves at Atlanta on September 30, 1997 - as his proudest moment as an umpire. He became an umpire in New York-Penn League in 1985 after attending the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School.
The Connecticut native, 55, is married to Valerie with three children: Eddie III, Rosalie and Nicholas. Ed has often instructed amateur umpires in his off-seasons, and he also has participated in baseball clinics in Italy.
After retiring from the field in 1998, after a 30 year career as an umpire, Dick currently selects, assigns, evaluates, observes, recruits and trains umpires for Division I NCAA Baseball, USA Baseball, ABUA and MLBUC.
Dick attended Al Somers Umpire School in 1972, spent three years in the Minor Leagues and then spent 23 years as an umpire in College and International Baseball. Dick worked 5 College World Series, 19 Div I Regionals, 1992 Olympics, 1988 World Championships, 1987 Pan American Games. Dick is in constant demand as a clinician and has taught at umpire camps throughout the United States and in many foreign countries.
Dick is married to Janie, and has three sons. He currently resides in Michigan and Florida.
MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME: 13.5 Years
CAREER: Joined the Major League staff in 1999...worked the 2003 All-Star Game, the 2007 National League Division Series, the 2011 American League Division Series and the 2012 ALDS...called balls and strikes for Jered Weavers no-hitter on May 2, 2012 vs. the Twins...attended the Brinkman-Froemming Umpire School (1993)...umpired in the Pioneer League (1993), Midwest League (1994), Florida State League (1995), Southern League (1996-97), International League (1998-99) and the Arizona Fall League (1998).
PERSONAL: Born in July 1969 in Illinois...resides in Illinois...married to Marie...has two daughters, Grace and Audrey...graduated from Joliet West High School...at tend ed Parkland College and was a catcher on the baseball team...played baseball through college...served in the United States Marine Corps...hobbies include racquetball, hunting and powerlifting...competed in a Tough Mudder competition in 2012, featuring a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie...works with charitable organizations such as Wish Upon a Star and the Joliet Lions Club Old Timers Baseball Association in the off-season...founded Mark Carlsons Care for children in his community...does work on behalf of UmpsCare charities...first Major League as sign ment was an Interleague series between the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME: 16 Years
CAREER: Became a member of the Major League staff in 1998...has worked the Division Series (2000-01, 04, 06, 08, 11), the 2007 American League Championship Series, the 2008 World Series and the 2007 All-Star Game...was an instructor at MLB's inaugural Umpire Camps (MLBUC.com), held at MLB's Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California, in November 2006...previously umpired in the Northwest League (1985), California League (1986), Texas League (1987-89), Pacific Coast League (1990-95) and International League (1996-97).
PERSONAL: Played baseball in college and was named 1983 First-Team All-American...his proudest moment as a Major League umpire was having his father watch him work a Major League game...enjoys working out and playing golf in the off-season.
MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME: 14 Years
CAREER: Joined the Major League staff in 1999...has worked the All-Star Game (2002) and the Division Series (2006, 2008)...worked the BOS-LAA?ALDS?in 2008...worked the 2000 Opening Series between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets in Tokyo...previously umpired in the Appalachian League (1988), Midwest League (1989), Southern League (1991-93), International League (1994), Pacific Coast League (1995-96), American Association (1997) and International League (1998-99).
PERSONAL: Born in November 1963 in Denver...resides in Wisconsin...married to Mary...played high school baseball and football at Thomas Jefferson High School...began his umpiring career in 1986 in a Denver summer league...works with the St. Croix Charity Golf Outing to benefit Queen Louise Home for Orphaned Children...sponsors an orphan every year for the Queen Louise Home in St. Croix...has been a visitor to children's hospitals as a part of umpires' charitable efforts...hobbies include golf, weight training and racquetball...attends as many Wisconsin Big Ten football games as possible.
MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME: 13.5 Years
CAREER: Became a member of the Major League staff in 1999...worked the 2004 All-Star Game; the 2005 National League Division Series (HOU-ATL); the 2011 American League Division Series (TB-TEX); and the 2012 NLDS (STL-WSH)...worked the Toronto round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic...worked Japan Opening Series in Tokyo between the As and Mariners in 2012...previously umpired in the Appalachian League (1992), South Atlantic League (1993), Florida In struc tion al League (1993), Florida State League (1994), Southern League (1995-96), Hawaiian League (1995), International League (1997-99) and Dominican League (1997).
PERSONAL: Born in March 1964 in Georgia...resides in Georgia...married to Sherry...has two children: Zackery and Breckyn, and two grandchildren...grad u at ed from Marietta High School (1982) and Piedmont College (1986)...majored in Business Administration at Piedmont...was a catcher for the Piedmont baseball team...was awarded Piedmonts Alumni Award in 2007...member of the Optimis Club in Washington, GA...hobbies include playing golf and wood work ing...co-founded an organization called Blue For Kids with fellow umpire Mike DiMuro in 2004; the organization is now part of Umps Care (umpscare.com), which provides financial, in-kind and emotional support for youth and families in need.
CAREER: Attended MLB's Umpire Camps (MLBUC) held at MLB's Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA in November of 2009... Attended the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring in 2010 and The Umpire School in 2012... Worked Arizona Extended Spring Training (2012), Northwest League (2012), Florida Instructional League (2012), and Midwest League (2013).
PERSONAL: Born in April, 1987 in Michoacan, Mexico... Attended John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, CA... Attended Arizona State Univeristy, majoring in Life Sciences... Enjoys playing golf and going to sporting events... Currently resides in Arleta, CA.
CAREER: Attended MLB's Umpire Camps (MLBUC) held at MLB's Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA in November of 2012...Attended Harry Wendelstedt School of Professional Umpiring 2013...Umpired in the Arizona League (2013).
PERSONAL: Born in July 1992 in Fountain Valley, CA...graduated from Pioneer High School...attended Cerritos College, major to be determined...enjoys working out and umpiring at MLB Urban Youth Academy.
CAREER: Attended the Harry Wendelstedt School for Professional Umpiring (2010)...Worked in the Gulf Coast League (2010), Northwest League (2011), the South Atlantic League (2012), and the Florida Intructional League (2010 and 2012).
PERSONAL: Born October 31, 1980 in Jackson, MS...attended Callaway High in Jackson...received a degree in Health Education from Jackson State University...enjoys working out and working on his grandfather's farm...now resides in Cincinnati, OH with wife, Dana; and daughter, Jazzlyn.
CAREER: Attended MLB Umpire Camp at the Urban Youth Academy in 2012 and also attended The Umpire School in Vero Beach, Fl for professional baseball (2013). Umpired in the Arizona League and Northwest League of professional baseball 2013.
PERSONAL: Born November 6, 1985 in Jackson, Ms. Graduated from Morton High School and attended California State University of Los Angeles combined with studies from Strayer University earning a bachelors degree in International Business. Played collegiate and professional baseball. Enjoys sports, being with family and working out. Currently resides in Long beach, Ca.
CAREER: Attended MLB's Umpire Camps (MLBUC) held at MLB's Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA in November of 2010 and 2011...Attended Harry Wendelstedt School of Professional Umpiring 2011 and 2012...Umpired in the Arizona League and Northwest league (2012)...Umpired in the Midwest League (2013).
PERSONAL: Born in June 1990 in Compton...graduated from Dominguez High School...attended El Camino College, majoring in Business Administration...played baseball in college...enjoys working out and working as a groundskeeper at MLB Urban Youth Academy.
CAREER: Attended MLB Umpire Camps in November 2012, The Umpire School in January 2013 and worked in the Arizona League in 2013.
PERSONAL: Born in August 1988 and resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Mark coordinates the preventative care and injury treatment of Minor League umpires throughout the United States and Canada. He joined the MiLB staff in February 2011, after a 10-year career as a certified athletic trainer with both the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals.
He received a Bachelors degree in Athletic Training from Indiana State University in 2000 and a Masters degree in 2001 from California University of Pennsylvania. The Kansas City, Mo., native is a member of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).
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