NEW YORK -- Ten years since working his last All-Star game, umpire Derryl Cousins will return to the Midsummer Classic on July 15 at Yankee Stadium to be the crew chief and work behind the plate, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.
It's the third All-Star Game for Cousins, who's umpired for 30 seasons, and the upcoming game will be a little more special than the 1987 and 1998 versions he worked at. Indeed, the 79th Midsummer Classic takes place during the last year of the House That Ruth Built.
Cousins, who also worked five Division Series, five League Championship Series and three World Series, will be joined by an experienced crew: Ed Rapuano (first base, second All-Star Game), Tom Hallion (second base, second All-Star Game), Mark Wegner (third base), Greg Gibson (left field) and Phil Cuzzi (right field).
Minor League umpires Mark Lollo, John Tumpane and Toby Basner will work the Home Run Derby on July 14. Lollo and Tyler Funneman will handle officiating duties for the All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game on July 13.
The official scorers for the All-Star Game are Bob Dutton of The Kansas City Star, Dan Graziano of The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey, and Bill Shannon, a veteran Major League Baseball scorer.
Willie Bans is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.