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Three New Umpires Appointed; Two New Crew Chiefs Named
03/21/2011 11:16 AM ET

Major League Baseball announced today that three new umpires have been appointed to the fulltime Major League Umpiring staff.

The three new umpires are Scott Barry, Dan Bellino and Brian Knight, all of whom have worked regular season Major League games as Triple-A call-up umpires in recent years:

  • Barry, 34, has umpired professionally since 2000 and has been assigned to Major League Spring Training games since 2006. Scott made his Major League umpiring debut on June 4, 2006 (Boston at Detroit), and he has been called up to the Majors in each season since 2006. In addition, he served as an umpire during the Orlando round of the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006. Last season, Barry was a member of the International League staff, where he has worked since 2005. Scott, who will wear number 87, will be a part of John Hirschbeck¡¦s crew, along with Wally Bell and Laz Diaz.
  • Bellino, 32, has umpired professionally since 2003 and has been assigned to Major League Spring Training games since 2009. Dan made his Major League umpiring debut on June 25, 2008 (Baltimore at Chicago Cubs), and he has been called up to the Majors in each season since 2008. Last season, Bellino was a member of the International League staff following three seasons in the Pacific Coast League. Dan will wear number 93, and will work on Brian Gorman¡¦s crew, along with Larry Vanover and Tony Randazzo.

  • Knight, 36, has umpired professionally since 1995 and has been assigned to Major League Spring Training games since 2001. Brian¡¦s first Major League game was on May 7, 2001 (Chicago White Sox at Texas), and he has been called up to the Majors in each season since 2001. Knight worked the Tokyo round of the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006, and was behind the plate for Jon Lester¡¦s no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park on May 19, 2008. Knight was a member of the Pacific Coast League staff last season, where he had served since 2000. Brian, who will wear number 91, has been assigned to Jerry Layne¡¦s crew, alongside Bob Davidson and Hunter Wendelstedt.

The three new umpires will fill the vacancies created by the departures of three longtime Major League Umpires. Crew chiefs Jerry Crawford and Mike Reilly, veteran umpires of 34 years, retire alongside Chuck Meriwether, an 18-year Major League Umpire.

Crawford, who ranks first all-time with 12 LCS assignments and 64 LCS games, worked three games during the 2010 Division Series to tie Bruce Froemming for the most postseason games umpired all-time with 111 (courtesy of David Vincent of retrosheet.org). Jerry, who was assigned to the Fall Classic in 1988, 1992, 1998, 2000 and 2002, worked the 1989 All-Star Game and was the crew chief for the 2006 Midsummer Classic.

Reilly, who worked the World Series in 1984, 1992, 2002 and 2007, served as the crew chief for the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim. In addition, Mike has worked six Division Series, nine League Championship Series and the Midsummer Classic in 1982, 1993 and 2000.

Meriwether, who joined the Major League staff in 1993, worked eight Division Series, two League Championship Series and two Fall Classics (2004 and 2007). Chuck was also assigned to the 1996 and 2002 All-Star Games, and was part of the crew that worked David Cone¡¦s perfect game in 1999.

The two new crew chiefs on the Major League Umpiring staff will be Ed Rapuano, who embarks on his 21st Major League season in 2011, and Mike Winters, who will begin his 22nd Major League season. Rapuano¡¦s crew will include Brian O¡¦Nora, Alfonso Marquez and Ed Hickox. Winters¡¦ crew will consist of Mike Everitt, Mark Wegner and Chris Guccione.

In addition to the personnel changes, six umpires have changed their numbers for the 2011 season: Lance Barksdale (previously number 67) will wear number 23; Bob Davidson (previously number 61) will be number 6; Rob Drake (previously number 82) will wear number 30; Tony Randazzo (previously number 59) will be number 11; Brian Runge (previously number 71) will wear number 18; and Jim Wolf (previously number 78) will be number 28.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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