Rob Drake

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Rob Drake
Rob Drake 7-1-2012.jpg
Drake in 2012
Born (1969-05-24) May 24, 1969 (age 45)
Indiana, Pennsylvania
Occupation MLB umpire
Height 5' 11" in
Weight 210 lb (15 st 0 lb; 95 kg).

Robert Paul Drake (born May 24, 1969) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He wears number 30.[1][2] He was named to the Major League staff in 2010.[2]

Umpiring career[edit]

Drake was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and has worked in both Major Leagues since umpiring his first MLB game on September 3, 1999.[1] Drake had previously worked in the Northwest, Midwest, Eastern, California and Pacific Coast leagues before reaching the MLB.[2] Drake has also umpired winter baseball in the Dominican Republic, and worked during the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006. Drake has also worked MLB's All-Star Game (2013), Wild Card Game (2012, 2013), Division Series (2010, 2014) and League Championship Series (2012, 2013).

Controversies[edit]

On August 2, 2011, Drake ejected St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina from a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. During the ensuing argument, Drake appeared to be hit by Molina's spittle. After the game, Molina said, "I would never spit on anybody's face."[3] That comment notwithstanding, Molina was suspended for five games.[4]

Notable games[edit]

Drake was the third base umpire for Aníbal Sánchez's no-hitter on September 6, 2006.[5] He was also the right field umpire for Roy Halladay's no-hitter in the 2010 NLDS, and was the second base umpire for Francisco Liriano's no-hitter in 2011.[2][6]

Drake was the home plate umpire for Félix Hernández's perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 15, 2012.[7] Drake ejected Rays manager Joe Maddon in the seventh inning of the game.[8]

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 and advanced to the 2012 ALCS less than two weeks later.[9]

Drake was chosen as one of the umpires for the 2014 NLDS between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Personal[edit]

Drake lives in Arizona with his wife and two children.[2]

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