Updated July 03 2013
The Coastal Plain League announced today the umpiring crew for the 2013 CPL All-Star Game in Hampton, Va., home to the league’s Peninsula Pilots.
Jordan Johnson, Matt Snodgrass, Greg Roemer and Jesse Gonzalez will serve as umpires in the All-Star Game on Monday, July 8 at War Memorial Stadium. Johnson will have the plate, while Snodgrass will be at first, Roemer at second and Gonzalez at third.
The four CPL umpires are the sixth 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, seven CPL umpires have been called up to Minor League Baseball during the 2013 season. Furthermore, a total of 92 CPL umpires have moved onto the Minors in the six years of the CPL-PBUC agreement.
“The Coastal Plain League is tremendously excited about its partnership with the PBUC,” said CPL Commissioner Justin Sellers. “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.
About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 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. Further more, the CPL has had nearly 1,100 alumni drafted and 63 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).