Mike Winters

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33 – Mike Winters
Mike Winters 2011.jpg
Winters in 2011
Born (1958-11-19) November 19, 1958 (age 55)
Oceanside, California
MLB debut July 9, 1988
Umpiring crew
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Crew members
Career highlights and awards

Michael John Winters (born November 19, 1958) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the National League from 1988 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues since 2000. For the 2011 season, Winters was named a crew chief following the retirements of Jerry Crawford, Mike Reilly, and Chuck Meriwether.

Umpiring career[edit]

He umpired in the minor leagues from 1982 to 1989 before joining the NL's regular staff in 1990. Winters has worn uniform number 33 his entire career. He has officiated the All-Star Game in 1995, 2007, and 2010, the Division Series in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2013, the League Championship Series in 1997, 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2012, and the 2002, 2006, and 2010 World Series. He was crew chief for the Division Series in 1998 and 1999.

Controversy[edit]

On September 23, 2007, Winters was accused of "baiting" San Diego Padres outfielder Milton Bradley in a game against the Colorado Rockies. When Bradley came to the plate in the eighth inning, plate umpire Brian Runge asked him if he had thrown his bat toward Runge following a strikeout in the fifth inning. Bradley denied having done so and asked Runge if Winters had told him that. Runge said Winters had not. After reaching first base, Bradley asked Winters if he had told Runge that Bradley had thrown his bat toward Runge, and Winters told him that he had indeed thrown his bat.[2] Bradley began arguing about the allegation, and Winters replied that he should "shut the (expletive) up and play the game," whereupon Bradley continued to argue and complained that Winters was "treating him like a piece of (expletive)."[3] Winters reportedly replied that Bradley was an "(expletive) piece of (expletive)," after which Bradley lunged at Winters and tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee while being restrained by manager Bud Black. Bradley later called Winters' reaction "the most unprofessional and most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. It's terrible. And now, because of him, my knee's hurt." Three days later, Major League Baseball suspended Winters for the remainder of the 2007 season due to his aiming a profanity at Bradley.[4]

Former Giants player Charlie Hayes also accused Winters of telling him to "go (expletive) himself" after Hayes was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in a June 1998 game, after which Hayes had to be restrained by then manager Dusty Baker. Winters denied that he had said that.[5]

Notable games[edit]

On August 17, 1992, Winters was the home plate umpire for Kevin Gross' no-hitter.[6]

On June 28, 2007, Winters was at second base when Toronto Blue Jay Frank Thomas hit his 500th career home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Carlos Silva. Later in the game, Thomas was ejected by plate umpire Mark Wegner for arguing balls and strikes, with Toronto manager John Gibbons also getting thrown out.[7]

He was chosen as one of the umpires for the one-game Wild Card playoff between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 5, 2012.[8]

On July 13, 2013, Winters served as the third base umpire for Tim Lincecum's no-hitter vs San Diego, his first no-hitter as a crew chief.[9]

Personal[edit]

Winters went to college at San Diego State University and he currently lives in Carlsbad, California. He completed the New York City Marathon in 2007.[10]

See also[edit]

List of Major League Baseball umpires

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Umpires by 2014 MLB Crew Grouping, as of March 26th". closecallsports.com. March 26, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ Brock, Corey (September 23, 2007). "Bradley injured after getting tossed". MLB.com. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Passan, Jeff (2007-09-27). "Five and Fly: Decorum deficit". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  4. ^ Blum, Ronald (2007-09-26). "Umpire Mike Winters suspended for remainder of regular season over Bradley flap". Associated Press via Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  5. ^ Schulman, Henry (2007-09-25). "Padres' GM thinks S.F. will look to the stars". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-09-26. 
  6. ^ Retrosheet Boxscore: Los Angeles Dodgers 2, San Francisco Giants 0. Retrosheet.org.
  7. ^ Momentum of Thomas' 500th homer erased as Twins rally. ESPN.com. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
  8. ^ Umpires for Wild Card Games, Division Series announced Darling, Kellogg Will Serve As Crew Chiefs for Wild Card Games; Davis, DeMuth, Gorman and West Assigned to Lead Division Series Crews. MLB.com. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  9. ^ "Freak No-Hitter: Lincecum Dices Padres for 2013 No-No 2." Close Call Sports and the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. July 14, 2013.
  10. ^ "UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Mike Winters." Close Call Sports and the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. March 8, 2013.

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