Rob Drake

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For the X-Men character less known as Rob Drake, see Iceman (comics).
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" inches
Weight 210lb.

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) 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]

Personal[edit]

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

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