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Manny Gonzalez

Manny Gonzalez – 79


CAREER: Was promoted to the Major League staff for the 2013 season...became the first full-time Major League Umpire ever from Venezuela...worked the 2015 AL Wild Card Game, the 2016 NL Division Series and the 2017 Midsummer Classic in Miami...has worked Major League Spring Training since 2010...first Major League game was on May 17, 2010 (D-backs at Marlins); working third base, he became the first Venezuelan umpire to work a regular season game in Major League history..started umpiring when he was 16, working the Professional Venezuelan Winter League in 1996...was a Minor League umpire from 2002-12...worked the Gulf Coast League (2002), New York-Penn League (2003), South Atlantic League (2002), Florida State League (2005), Texas League (2006), Southern League (2007) and International League (2008-12)...worked 17 seasons at various levels in Venezuela and 10 Caribbean World Series...worked 175 games as a call-up umpire since 2010 before being promoted to the full-time staff.

PERSONAL: Born in December 1979 in Caracas, Venezuela...resides in Florida...graduated from Luis A. Colomine High School in Valencia, Venezuela and also attended the University of Carabobo's Engineering School...earned a scholarship to enroll in The Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring in 2001...happily married to wife Lenna Andreina and they have a daughter name Lenna Valentina...he is the son of Manuel and Elena and the younger brother of Kateryn and Kebty.

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