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Joe Brinkman 15

CREW CHIEF
MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME: 33 Years
CAREER: Joined the Major League staff in 1973...has worked the All-Star Game (1977, 91, 96), Division Series (1981, 95, 98-99, 04-05), League Championship Series (1976, 80, 87, 92, 97) and World Series (1978, 86, 95)...umpired the 2000 Major League All-Star Japan Tour...attended the Al Somers Umpire School (1968) and the Umpire Specialization Program (1969)...previously worked in the Midwest League (1968), Southern League (1969-70) and American Association (1971-72)...umpired the Caribbean World Series in 1972-73...serves as the vice president of the World Umpires Association. PERSONAL: Joseph N. Brinkman...born on April 9, 1944 in Little Falls, MN...currently resides in Cocoa, FL...married Karen (3/81)...has one child, Honey Jo (9/5/70)...studied physical education at St. Cloud College...was a Prep All-American in football during high school...played amateur baseball in the U.S. Army, where he served from 1965-67...first became interested in umpiring during an umpire clinic in Germany...worked AYA games while attending the clinic...proudest moment as a Major League umpire was working the 1978 World Series...enjoys golf, fishing, boating and hunting in the off-season.

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