Umpire Supervisor/MLBUC Instructor
Jim McKean joined Major League Baseball as an Umpire Supervisor in July 2002. He debuted as a Major League umpire in September 1973 and continued in that capacity until retiring at the All-Star break in 2002 to begin his new position. In his current position, McKean serves as a liaison between MLB and the Major League umpires.
During his Major League career, McKean worked three All-Star Games (1980, 1982, 1993) and three World Series (1979, 1985, 1995). He also called five League Championship Series and three Division Series. Previously, McKean worked in the Florida State (1970), Florida Instructional (1970), Eastern (1971), Puerto Rico Winter (1971) and International (1972-73) Leagues prior to joining the American League staff in 1973.
McKean, a 1966 graduate of Concordia University with a degree in education, played quarterback for Saskatchewan in the Canadian Football League from 1963-69. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1963 and led the team to the Grey Cup title in 1966. On June 26, 2004, McKean was among four new inductees into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Mary's, Ontario.
A native of Montreal, Quebec, McKean graduated from Monklands High School, where he won the Principal's Award as the High School Athlete of the Year. McKean has worked with the Holy Family Church Auction, Police Athletic League, Make-a-Wish Foundation and various children's hospitals. McKean resides in St. Petersburg, FL. He has two sons, James Scott and Brett George.