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Rippley retires as MLB umpire; Iassogna name to full-time staff
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01/12/2004 3:04 PM ET
Rippley retires as MLB umpire; Iassogna name to full-time staff
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Umpire Steve Rippley, a 20-year veteran, retired as a Major League Umpire effective December 31, 2003, it was announced today.

Dan Iassogna, a professional umpire for the last 12 seasons, has been selected to the Major League Baseball Umpire Staff to fill the vacancy.

"Major League Baseball congratulates Steve Rippley on his retirement from umpiring and wishes to extend its gratitude to him for his dedication and commitment to the umpiring profession and the game of baseball. Steve's outstanding record through 20 years speaks for itself," said Sandy Alderson, Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball. "We are also very pleased to name Dan Iassogna to the Major League Umpire Staff. Dan has done an excellent job at the Major League level in recent years and we are certain that he will be a successful Major League umpire for years to come."

Rippley, a professional umpire for the past 30 years and a member of the MLB staff since 1984, worked four Division Series (1996,97,2001,02), three League Championship Series (1992,98,2000), three World Series (1996,99,2001) and one All-Star Game (1990) during his 20-year career.

Iassogna, who worked the past six seasons in the International League (AAA) and worked at the Major League level for 700 days prior to becoming a member of the Major League staff, had been assigned to work Major League spring training games the past five seasons and was called up to work his first Major League game on August 20, 1999 at Texas.

The 34-year-old Iassogna had previously umpired in the Texas League (1996-97), Carolina League (1995), South Atlantic League (1994), and New York-Penn League (1992-93).

A native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Iassogna graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1991 and currently resides in Smyrna, Georgia, with his wife, Denise, and their two children.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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