The umpires and official scorers have been named for baseball's 81st All-Star Game, which will be played July 13 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The starting lineups for the All-Star Game will be named Sunday, providing drama and intrigue to the proceedings. And whoever's in the lineup, you can bet they'll be familiar with the men slated to work the game.
Mike Reilly, a Major League umpire in his 34th year or service, will serve as Crew Chief and work behind the plate at the All-Star Game. Reilly, who has worked three other All-Star Games and four World Series, will be surrounded by a veteran umpiring crew that includes first-base ump Mike Winters, who will be working the third Midsummer Classic of his career.
Two other umpires -- third-base ump Laz Diaz and second-base umpire Brian O'Nora -- will be working their second All-Star Game, and two more (Bruce Dreckman and Jim Wolf) will be working the outfield in their first All-Star experience.
Several longtime baseball scribes were chosen as the official scorers of the game. Bill Shaikin, scribe for the Los Angeles Times and chairperson of the local chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, will be among them. Shaikin will be joined by Newsday's Ken Davidoff -- the national vice president of the BBWAA -- and longtime Angels scorer Ed Munson.
Jim Callis, executive director of Baseball America, will act as the official scorer for the XM All-Star Futures Game, which will feature a cast of prospects and Minor League umpires. That crew will include Adam Hamari of the Double-A Eastern League, Brett Robson and Dan Oliver of the Double-A Texas league, and Gerard Ascani of the Double-A Southern League.
The 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/5:00 p.m. (PDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage.
MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Game coverage.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.