Major League Baseball will host a free, one-day umpire camp at Louisville Slugger Field, home of the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, on Saturday, July 29th. Staff for the event will include many accomplished former MLB Umpires, current MLB Supervisors and Observers, as well as Minor League Baseball Umpires. Among those participating from the MLB Umpiring Department will be Cris Jones, Chuck Meriwether, Ed Rapuano, Charlie Reliford, Rich Rieker and Larry Young.
This is MLB's third free, one-day umpire camp of 2017 for anyone interested in umpiring in baseball and softball, including those aiming to begin professional careers. The 2017 Umpire Camps will culminate with the MLBUC Professional Mini-Camp in Ft. Myers, Florida in December.
Twenty-seven attendees from last year's clinics went on to the MLB Professional Mini-Camp at no cost. Eight of the Ft. Myers attendees in 2016 advanced on MLB scholarships to the two professional umpire schools this past January, and five will begin their professional careers in June. Carlos Torres, who debuted in 2015, became a full-time Major League umpire this season, the first for a product of the MLBUC.
For more information on how to participate in this camp and future MLB Umpire Camps, interested applicants can visit https://www.facebook.com/mlb.camps or email [email protected].