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Major League Baseball hired Roberto Ortiz to its full-time umpire staff. This makes three hires (Ryan Additon, John Libka) and three retirements (Gerry Davis, Brian Gorman, Joe West), with a couple of more announcements to come in the next few weeks. Ortiz's promotion, reported by The Gondol, is...

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ortiz (CPL 2009) becomes 2nd former umpire from the CPL to go full time after Lentz (CPL 2008) became the first. its not where you start, its where you finish.

other CPL alumni working as call ups and games worked in 2021 include: Livensparger(96), Bacon(47), Merzel(93), Riggs(128), Bacchus(79), Rosenberg(3), Tomlinson(6).

looks like things have changed since MLB essentially took over all MiLB operations. looks like the original cpl agreement 'may' have ended, or maybe it is still working, with some offshoot agreement, but the CPL has added a third umpire to the crews, and has a new leader apparently started last year.

new CPL umpire news from (CPL) webpage for 2021.


For the 2021 season, the Coastal Plain League has partnered with A Plus Officials, LLC., for its umpiring needs for all league games. Fans will notice a move from the 2-person crew that the CPL has had in place over the previous 12+ years to a 3-person crew. Serving as the Umpire Supervisor will be Troy Fullwood. Fullwood brings 13 years of field experience as a collegiate, minor league and major league umpire, and has served multiple years as a conference coordinator for the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big South Conference and Conference USA.

Fullwood’s NCAA postseason experience included five conference tournaments, five NCAA Regionals, two NCAA Super Regionals and the 2017 College World Series, where he finished his on-field career as the home plate umpire in the championship game. Additionally, Fullwood served as a Minor League umpire for 11 seasons and spent parts of four seasons at the Major League level.

PS. it looks like the schools starting up has started the new round of off season information as usual. just remember, some of the new hires may have gone to different schools, so with a few good natured zingers and competition (ie bestest/biggest) naturally going on, the schools just might not mention new MLB hires that did not attend their own school. not saying that is true, but just a thought that comes to mind.



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