2015 Umpire Lunch Recap

written by Mikaela Cowles on February 8, 2015 in Luncheons with no comments

Umps 2015 lunch

What’s it like to be the man calling balls and strikes? For the third year running, RBI Club members and guests were treated to a first hand account.

Major League Baseball (MLB) umpire Mike Muchlinski (#76) joined us once again to share his tales from behind the plate. To give us even more perspective, this time he brought some friends. Fellow MLB umpires, Tripp Gibson (#73) and Quinn Wolcott (#81), joined him as guest speakers.

One of the main topics of discussion was instant replay. How did the umpires feel it affected the game? Were they fans of it? Did they think it slowed the game down?

While the overall sentiments were positive, Wollcott said, “Does [instant replay] take pressure off our back? Yeah, if it’s a game-changing call. But it also hurts. You make a mistake and there it is on the jumbotron.”

For a bit more insight into what the umps shared, watch the video below.


Umps Care
As a club, we have a rich history of supporting the community. It’s a history of which we are proud. Last year, we started adopting a charity at each luncheon. The results were amazing. Continuing the tradition, this February we selected UMPS CARE Charities. Through the sale of raffle tickets and a live auction, we raised over $1,500!

Working in conjunction with the MLB, UMPS CARE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Founded by MLB umpires, the charity is dedicated to supporting at-risk-youth and children cooping with serious illness.

This amazing group of gentlemen established several different programs to inspire and support those who need it most. Among their outreach efforts is their BLUE Crew Tickets. Providing foster care children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, they give them free tickets and a chance to spend time on the field at an MLB stadium.


RBI Lunch Feb. 2015

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