Updated July 15 2011
2011 CPL All-Star Umpires Announced
The Coastal Plain League announced today the umpiring crew for the 2011 CPL All-Star Game in Fayetteville, N.C.
Jason Starkovich, Josh Armstrong, Brad Polk and Zach Dart will serve as umpires in the All-Star Game on Monday, July 18 at J.P. Riddle Stadium. Starkovich will have the plate, while Armstrong will be at first, Polk at second and Dart at third.
The four CPL umpires are the fourth 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, nine CPL umpires have been called up to Minor League Baseball during the 2011 season. Furthermore, a total of 64 CPL umpires have moved onto the Minors in the four 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 15th season in 2011, the CPL 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 930 alumni drafted and 44 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as cpleague).Contact: