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Jim Joyce, two other umpires named new crew chiefs

Feb 25, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

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Everyone makes mistakes, even umpires. The key is (a) how often you make them; and (b) how you handle it when you do. There’s no better example of that than Jim Joyce. He may have had one of the more memorable screwups in umpiring history, but he handled it well and, more importantly, doesn’t make such mistakes often. Indeed, in poll after poll of major leaguers, Joyce is named the best or at least one of the best umps in the business.

That’s being rewarded today. From MLB:

Major League Baseball announced today the changes to the Major League Umpiring staff for the 2013 regular season. The changes include three new crew chiefs and three new full-time Major League Umpires. The three new crew chiefs are veteran Major League Umpires Jim Joyce (25 years), Ted Barrett (16 years) and Fieldin Culbreth (16 years).

Out are umpires Derryl Cousins, Ed Rapuano and Tim Tschida, who are retiring and/or are moving into supervisory roles. Promoted to full-time umpiring: Vic Carapazza, Manny Gonzalez and Alan Porter, who are 33, 33 and 35 years-old, respectively, and who worked their way up from the minors, like all of ‘em do.

Congrats, farewell, and congrats, you guys. For better or worse, we’re all watching.

  1. danaking - Feb 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Joyce is a good umpire and deserves the promotion, but you have to wonder about any system that makes Joe West a crew chief (and World Series umpire) and allows Bob Davidson into a ballpark without a ticket.

  2. shawndc04 - Feb 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Well, at least with Jim you know when a strike is called. His call carries throughout the ballpark.

    • icanspeel - Feb 25, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      And for that reason he is 1 of my favorite umpires behind the plate.

  3. timpaz - Feb 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Congrats to Jim Joyce, classy guy, but why didn’t they fire Cowboy Joe West, worse umpire ever and a terrible person.

  4. sisqsage - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Culbreth was very impressive in that behind the scenes account of the 2012 world series as the home plate umpire. Didn’t seem to have an atitude and liked talking to the players during the game, telling them why it was a called strike.Good stuff.

  5. philliesblow - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    They need to get rid of Angel Hernandez also. Would be fun to get some DNA and clone Nestor Chylak.

  6. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    love Joyce and glad to see him promoted. One of the best and nicest game to call a game. Met him twice once for a little league world series, guy takes it all serious gotta love it.

  7. misterfrump - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I like Jim Joyce…but this reminds of me of his calling one of the most god-awful games from behind the plate in recent memory…game 4 of the Nationals-Cardinals NLDS. Specifically Matt Holliday being called out on three straight called strikes far out of the zone

    Final score: 2-1, each side had 3 hits.

    Awful, awful game called by Joyce.

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 26, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      I hear you frump. It got to the point of actually being comical. I mean that literally. I was laughing. When I wasn’t slamming each beer with more force than the previous one of course.
      I hadn’t seen that link you shared in a while. Thanks for sharing it again as I needed a good laugh.
      Aside from this one game (and the perfect game fiasco)…Dude is a damn fine Umpire.
      I actually like the guy. We all have bad days at our jobs. I just happened to witness both of Jim’s.
      And both just happened to be incredibly glaring.

  8. gbrim - Feb 25, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Now the NFL is getting into the act with a West/Davidson quality official getting a prominent role–Jerome Bogar. Joyce is a good choice–hope the young guys give the league a reason to ‘retire’ West and Davidson real quick.

  9. Robert - Feb 25, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Congrats to Phil Hendrie for having two jobs.

  10. stercuilus65 - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Nice mug shot :)

  11. jmmsr1 - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    Congrats J.J.

  12. nbjays - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Hands down one of the nicest umpires, and definitely the one with the most integrity. Baseball needs more Jim Joyces and far fewer Joe Wests and Bob Davidsons.

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