Wolf in 2011
July 24, 1969 |
West Hills, California
James Michael Wolf (born July 24, 1969) is a Major League Baseball umpire. He joined the major league staff in 1999 after working in the Arizona Rookie League, the South Atlantic League, the California League, the Texas League and the Pacific Coast League. He wears uniform number 28.
Wolf drew criticism from ESPN announcers after he ejected Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly at the start of a game on June 10, 2007 against the Atlanta Braves. Wolf ruled that Lilly had intentionally thrown at the batter's head, and immediately ejected the pitcher. While such a penalty is uncommon without a formal warning to both teams, such action is permitted by baseball's rules.
On May 9, 2010, Wolf was the home plate umpire for Dallas Braden's perfect game. His crew also officiated Armando Galarraga's near perfect game on June 2, 2010. On July 9, 2011, Wolf was the home plate umpire when Derek Jeter got his 3,000th hit against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Wolf missed several months during the 2013 season due to an apparent back injury. He worked a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte the weekend of July 18-19 en route to a return to the Major Leagues.
Post-season and All-Star games
Wolf was the right field umpire for the single-game playoff to decide the NL's 2007 wild card team, has officiated two Division Series (2007, 2010) and one League Championship Series (2011). He has also worked one All-Star Game (2010).
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- "Rehab: Jim Wolf in Triple-A Charlotte." Close Call Sports and the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. July 18, 2013.