Drake in 2012
May 24, 1969 |
|Height||5' 11" inches|
Drake was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and has worked in both Major Leagues since umpiring his first MLB game on September 3, 1999. Drake had previously worked in the Northwest, Midwest, Eastern, California and Pacific Coast leagues before reaching the MLB. 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).
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." That comment notwithstanding, Molina was suspended for five games.
Drake was the third base umpire for Aníbal Sánchez's no-hitter on September 6, 2006. 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.
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 American League Championship Series less than two weeks later.
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