Tony Randazzo (umpire)

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Tony Randazzo
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Randazzo in 2012
Born: (1965-01-11) January 11, 1965 (age 56)
Chicago, Illinois
debut
August 13, 1999
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Anthony John Randazzo (born January 11, 1965) is an American umpire in Major League Baseball. After working in the National League in 1999, he has umpired in both Major Leagues since 2000. [1]

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College baseball

He is a graduate of Lake Park High School, and was a junior college catcher at Iowa Western Community College before injuries ended his playing career. Randazzo left college and attended the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School shortly thereafter. [2] [3]

Umpiring career

Randazzo has umpired in seven Division Series (2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016), two League Championship Series (2010, 2015), and the 2016 World Series. He has also officiated in two All-Star Games (2001, 2012). [1]

On July 30, 2012, Randazzo was hit in the hip after a line drive by Jesus Montero. Randazzo was not seriously injured and stayed in the game.

In the 2014 season, Randazzo was involved in an incident with Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. On August 16, 2014, Randazzo ejected McClendon for arguing balls and strikes on behalf of starting pitcher Félix Hernández. The argument followed a moment in which Randazzo granted Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera a timeout late into Hernandez' windup, which had already caused McClendon to argue that Randazzo should not have granted a timeout to begin with. Following the game, the pitch McClendon had argued was a strike was clearly displayed as a strike according to PitchF/X. McClendon also said that Randazzo's reasoning for ejecting him was because, "well, I've seen your act before." [4] In the following day's game in which Randazzo was the third base umpire, he again ejected McClendon for allegedly throwing his arms up after disagreeing with a check swing call. The ejection drew criticism from broadcasters of the Mariners, Tigers, and the national broadcast on TBS.

Personal life

Randazzo (left) confers with Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez in 2014 Tony Randazzo and Fredi Gonzalez in Arlington in Sept 2014.jpg
Randazzo (left) confers with Atlanta Braves manager Fredi González in 2014

Randazzo is married and has three children. [3] Randazzo's father George is founder and chairman of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. His brother Marc is a Florida restaurant owner and former World Boxing Council Continental Cruiserweight Champion. [5]

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References

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  2. Mayer, Larry (June 23, 1992). "Umpiring is No Minor Calling". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  3. 1 2 "Tony Randazzo – 11". Mlb.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
  4. Jorstad, Anders. "David Price beats the M's in his first Comerica start 4-2, but not without a little help". Lookout Landing. SBNation.
  5. "Bio: George Randazzo" (PDF). Festa Italiana Seattle. Retrieved June 24, 2012.