Andy Fletcher (umpire)

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49 – Andy Fletcher
Andy Fletcher 2011.jpg
Fletcher in 2011.
Born (1966-11-17) November 17, 1966 (age 47)
Memphis, Tennessee
MLB debut August 24, 1999
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Career highlights and awards

Andrew Jay Fletcher (born November 17, 1966) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. Fletcher worked in the National League in 1999 and has worked across both major leagues since 2000.[1] Fletcher has appeared in one All-Star Game and in one World Baseball Classic.

Career[edit]

Fletcher attended the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School in 1989. He spent ten years in the minor leagues before his MLB promotion in 1999. Fletcher worked in the Appalachian League in 1989, the Florida Instructional League and Midwest League in 1990 and 1991, the Carolina League in 1992, the Southern League from 1992 to 1994, and the Pacific Coast League from 1995 to 1999. He also worked in the Arizona Fall League in 1997.[2]

While in the Southern League in 1994, Fletcher was involved in two arguments with Michael Jordan during the basketball star's lone season with the Birmingham Barons. One of the two confrontations ended with the ejection of Barons manager Terry Francona.[3]

After becoming a major league umpire, he officiated the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as well as the 2009 World Baseball Classic.[2]

Notable games[edit]

Fletcher was the third base umpire for Félix Hernández's perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 15, 2012.[4]

Personal[edit]

Fletcher attended the University of Mississippi. He lives in Memphis with his wife and child.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andy Fletcher". Retrosheet.org. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Andy Fletcher – 49". mlb.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jordan rules? Not in baseball". Toledo Blade (Associated Press). May 30, 1994. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ Felix Hernandez throws perfect game, overpowers Rays ESPN.com. Retrieved 16 August 2012

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