Gerry Davis (umpire)

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12 – Gerry Davis
Gerry Davis 2011.jpg
Gerry Davis in 2011.
Born (1953-02-22) February 22, 1953 (age 61)
St. Louis, Missouri
MLB debut June 9, 1982
Umpiring crew
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Crew members
Career highlights and awards

Gerald Sidney Davis (born February 22, 1953) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. Having worked in the National League from 1982 to 1999, he became a member of the unified umpiring staff for Major League Baseball in 2000. He has been a crew chief since 1999. He has umpired five World Series, nine League Championship Series and eleven League Division Series. He has also worked in the All-Star Game four times. Davis has worn uniform number 12 throughout his career. After the 2014 season, Davis is MLB's third-most senior umpire (after Joe West and Tim McClelland).

Umpiring career[edit]

Davis began umpiring in the minor leagues in 1976. He worked in the Midwest League, Eastern League and American Association before being promoted to the majors in 1982.[2]

He has officiated in 20 postseasons, including the World Series in 1996, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2012; the League Championship Series in 1990, 1992, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2010, and 2013; the Division Series in 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012; and the Wild Card Game in 2013. He also umpired the All-Star Game in 1989, 1997, 2002 and 2012; he called balls and strikes on the last two occasions.[3][4]

For the 2014 season, Davis's crew is Phil Cuzzi, Brian Knight, and a AAA Fill In Umpire, until Quinn Wolcott was officially hired as a full-time umpire in July 2014 due to the retirement of Gary Darling.[5]

Notable games[edit]

Davis was the second base umpire for the perfect game pitched by Randy Johnson on May 18, 2004.

Davis was the home plate umpire for the last game played at Shea Stadium on September 28, 2008.

With his assignment to the 2012 World Series, Davis set an officiating record for most postseason games umpired in Major League history with 115.[6]

On April 23, 2014, Davis ejected New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda for having pine tar on his neck.

Business[edit]

Davis owns a company, Gerry Davis Sports, which specializes in umpiring equipment and clothing. Gerry Davis Sports sells specially designed leg guards which give a small area at the top for the hands to rest, consistent with Davis's unique umpiring stance. (When umpiring behind the plate, Davis bends down only about three-quarters as far as the conventional stance. He leans his back forward slightly and grabs the top of his leg guards with his extended arms.) These leg guards also eschew the normal straps with metal hooks, in favor of straps with plugs that hook into little notches.

See also[edit]

List of Major League Baseball umpires

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Umpires by 2013 MLB Crew Grouping, as of June 23rd". closecallsports.com. June 23, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "TSN Umpire Card: Gerald Davis". Retrieved July 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Gerry Davis Retrosheet.org. Retrieved 3 July 2012
  4. ^ Gerry Davis named home plate ump ESPN.com. Retrieved 3 July 2012
  5. ^ "Umpire Gary Darling retires after 28 years". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "MLB Roster: 2012 World Series Umpires". Close Call Sports. October 23, 2012. 

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