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Froemming leads All-Star umpire crew

Froemming leads All-Star umpire crew

Bruce Froemming, who earlier this season passed Hall of Famer Bill Klem for the most consecutive years of service as a Major League umpire, will be behind the plate and serve as crew chief for the 78th All-Star Game to be played July 10 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

Froemming, 67, who is in his 37th consecutive year as a Major League umpire, will be working his third Midsummer Classic. He also worked the 1975 All-Star Game at Milwaukee's County Stadium and the 1986 All-Star Game at Houston's Astrodome, in addition to eight Division Series, 10 League Championship Series and five World Series.

Froemming worked his 5,000th Major League game on Aug. 16, 2006, at Fenway Park, joining Klem as the only other umpire to top 5,000 Major League games.

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Froemming will head an All-Star umpire crew that includes 18-year veteran and fellow crew chief Charlie Reliford at first base, Mike Winters at second base, Kerwin Danley at third, Ted Barrett in left and Bill Miller in right. It will be the second All-Star Game for Reliford and Winters, and the first for the three other umpires.

The official scorers for the 78th All-Star Game will be Chuck Dybdal, a longtime Major League Baseball scorer of games for the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics; the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes, President of the Baseball Writers Association of America; and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Chairman of the San Francisco-Oakland Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

The umpires for the XM All-Star Future Game were also announced. David Rackley of the Texas League will be behind the plate. Another Texas League umpire, John Brammer, will be at first base, while Jason Bradley of the Southern League and Francis Burke of the Eastern League will man second and third base, respectively.

The four umpires will split officiating duties during the Taco Bell® All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game (Brammer and Bradley) and the Home Run Derby (Rackley and Burke).

The 78th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will decide home-field advantage in the 2007 World Series, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. (EDT). ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage. XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of all festivities surrounding the 2007 All-Star Game.

Jim Molony is a writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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