Bruce Froemming joined Major League Baseball's Umpiring Department in 2008 as Special Assistant to the Vice President. In this role, Froemming will work on various projects on behalf of MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Jimmie Lee Solomon and Vice President of Umpiring Mike Port, focusing in particular on the training and instruction of young umpires.
In 2007, Froemming completed his 37th year of Major League service, attaining the longest period of consecutive years of service by an active umpire in baseball history. He surpassed Hall of Famer Bill Klem to gain the mark for longevity. The record was celebrated on April 16, 2007 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, with Solomon and Port in attendance. Later in the 2007 season, Bruce served as the crew chief at the All-Star Game in San Francisco and then led the crew that called the Yankees-Indians American League Division Series. (Froemming's equipment from his 5,000th game is on display at the Hall of Fame. The Boston Red Sox honored Bruce before his 5,000th game on August 16, 2006.)
Froemming's 111 career postseason games worked are the most in baseball history, and his total of 5,162 Major League games worked ranks second to Klem's 5,369. Froemming and Klem are the only umpires in history to work over 5,000 Major League games. Overall, Bruce worked three All-Star Games, nine Division Series (a record), 10 League Championship Series and five World Series (1976, 1984, 1988, 1990 and 1995).
The Milwaukee native is married to Rose Marie with two sons, Kevin and Steve, and two grandsons, Nicolas and Christopher. Bruce now resides in Florida.
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