Vice President, Umpiring
Mike Port was named Major League Baseball's Vice President of Umpiring by Executive Vice President Jimmie Lee Solomon on August 1, 2005.
Port joined Major League Baseball after being a member of the front office of the Boston Red Sox since February 1993. He joined the Red Sox as assistant general manager and was given the additional title of Vice President of Baseball Operations in October 1996. On February 28, 2002, Port was named the interim general manager of the Red Sox, who posted a 93-69 season that year.
A native of southern California, Port's baseball career began when he was signed as an undrafted amateur free agent second baseman by the San Diego Padres in August 1968. After sustaining an arm injury in 1969, Port was hired as the general manager of San Diego's Florida State League club in Key West. He went on to serve as the GM of Lodi of the California League in 1970-71 before joining the front office of the Padres in 1972, first as promotions director and then, in 1973, as the club's minor league director. Port joined the California Angels in the same capacity in 1978. He was promoted to Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer in January 1980 and succeeded Buzzie Bavasi as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Angels on September 1, 1984. Port's club won the 1986 American League West Division. After leaving the Angels in late 1991, Mike became president of the Arizona Fall League before its launch in 1992.
Port was the recipient of the Boston Baseball Writers annual "Good Guy Award" in January 2000 and was saluted by the Arizona Fall League with the 2002 Roland Hemond Award. In 2003, he was honored by Topps at the Major League Farm and Scouting Directors Meeting with its annual "Advancement in Baseball Award."