Updated July 15 2010
2010 CPL All-Star Game Umpires Announced
The Coastal Plain League announced today the umpiring crew for the 2010 CPL All-Star Game in Forest City, N.C.
Nick Bayer, Jeff Andrews, Ryan Benson, Mike Huus, Martin Gerich and Cameron Swallen will serve as umpires in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 20th at McNair Field. Bayer will have the plate, while Andrews will be at first, Benson at second, Huus at third, Gerich down the right-field line and Swallen down the left-field line.
The six are the third group of umpires of the Professional Baseball Umpire Corp (PBUC) reserve list to work the Coastal Plain League All-Star Game. PBUC, a Minor League Baseball wholly owned subsidiary, has entered into a working agreement to provide its umpires to the Coastal Plain League. The agreement allows young umpires to continue to develop their skills in a competitive environment, while waiting for the call from PBUC to sign a professional contract and move on to work Minor League Baseball games.
Already, 10 CPL umpires have been called up to Minor League Baseball during the 2010 season. Furthermore, a total of 50 CPL umpires have moved onto the Minors in the three years of the CPL-PBUC agreement.
“The Coastal Plain League is tremendously excited about its partnership with the PBUC,” said CPL President and Commissioner Pete Bock. “We feel that our quality of play and overall atmosphere will go a long way in helping the PBUC develop future Minor and Major League Baseball umpires. We have and continue to look forward to working long-term with (PBUC Executive Director) Justin Klemm, his staff and the reserve umpires in what we feel will be a beneficial relationship for all parties.”
PBUC is responsible for the training, evaluation and recommendation for promotion, retention or release of all umpires in the Minor League Baseball system throughout the United States and Canada.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 14th season, the Coastal Plain League features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 800 alumni drafted and 36 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league Web site at http://www.coastalplain.com.Contact: