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Steve Palermo
Supervisor, MLBUC Instructor

Steve Palermo joined Major League Baseball in 2000 as an Umpire Supervisor. In his current position, Palermo serves as a liaison between Major League Baseball and the Major League umpires.

Palermo was previously hired by Major League Baseball on April 6, 1994 as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Major League Executive Council. He handled special projects, one of which was studying the length of games.

After attending the Umpire Development Program, Palermo worked in the American Associa ion, New York-Penn League, Carolina League, Eastern League, Florida Instructional League, Do min i can Winter League and Puerto Rican Winter League prior to joining the American League staff in 1977.

During his tenure as a Major League umpire, Palermo worked the 1986 All-Star Game in Houston and the 1983 World Series between Baltimore and Philadelphia. He also umpired four American League Championship Series (1980, 1982, 1984 and 1989). He was part of the first joint committee on training and collaborated on the first-ever Major League Umpire Manual.

Palermo’s umpiring career on the field was shortened on July 6, 1991 when he was shot in the back while coming to the aid of a robbery victim in the parking lot of a Dallas restaurant.

A native of Worcester, Mass., Palermo studied education at Norwich University, Leicester Junior College and Worcester State College.

Palermo resides in Overland Park, Kan., with his wife, Debbie.

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