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08/25/2010 2:39 PM ET
Free MLB Umpire Camp to be held for Marines in San Diego on Saturday, August 28
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As a part of the ongoing spirit of partnership with the United States military, Major League Baseball will host a free, one-day Umpire Camp at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 28th.

Among those who will be on hand to train attendees will be current MLB Umpire Supervisors Randy Marsh, Steve Palermo, Charlie Reliford, Rich Rieker and Larry Young, all former Major League Umpires; MLB Umpire Supervisor Cris Jones; MLB Special Assistant for Umpiring Bruce Froemming; and MLB Director of Umpire Medical Services Mark Letendre.

The Major League Baseball Umpire Camps train both aspiring umpires at all levels and baseball fans alike. Launched in 2006, the MLB Umpire Camps feature on-field training and classroom instruction, as well as lessons on rules enforcement and interpretation, game management, conditioning, nutrition, safety and equipment needs. The MLB Umpire Camp, which is scheduled for November 7-14, 2010, is held annually each November at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.

The free one-day Umpire Camp is the latest in a series of steps that the MLB Umpiring Department has taken as a gesture to honor members of our nation's military. During the 2009 World Baseball Classic last March, MLB and the Department of Military Affairs of the San Diego Padres organized a free one-day Umpire Camp for Marines at San Diego State University's Tony Gwynn Stadium. More than 100 Marines attended the special MLB Umpire Camp, receiving instruction from MLB staff on all facets of umpiring. In addition, in January 2010, Major League Baseball announced a collaboration with Columbia College (MO), a leader in military-friendly education, on the development of a certificate of professional umpiring. Following the completion of online coursework in subjects relevant to sports officiating, the program incorporates a week-long training program at the MLB Umpire Camp in California.

Several members of the MLB Umpiring staff, including Mark Carlson (U.S. Marine Corps), Jerry Crawford (U.S. Army Reserve), Laz Diaz (U.S. Marine Corps) and Umpire Supervisor Randy Marsh (U.S. Army Reserve), have military experience.

"Major League Baseball is very pleased to offer a memorable day of baseball to a group of our nation's heroes," said MLB Umpire Supervisor Rich Rieker, who coordinates the MLB Umpire Camps. "The members of the MLB Umpiring Department have been touched by our experiences with the brave men and women of our military, and we are looking forward to a great day at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar."

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