MLB to host free 1-day umpire camp May 20 at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque

Major League Baseball will host a free, one-day umpire camp at Isotopes Park, home of the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, on Saturday, May 20th. 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, Ed Montague, Ed Rapuano, Charlie Reliford and Rich Rieker.

This is MLB's first 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.

Location

Isotopes Park

1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE

Albuquerque, NM 87106

Date & Time

Saturday, May 20, 2017 (rain or shine)

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

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 made his Major League debut in 2015, became a full-time Major League umpire for the 2017 season, becoming the first product of the MLBUC to join the full-time staff.

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 e-mail mlbumpirecamps@mlb.com.