Lance Barksdale

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23 – Lance Barksdale
Lance Barksdale on March 2, 2013.jpg
Barksdale umpiring in the 2013 World Baseball Classic
Born (1967-03-08) March 8, 1967 (age 50)
Brookhaven, Mississippi
MLB debut May 29, 2000
Umpiring crew
Crew members
Career highlights and awards

Robert Lance Barksdale (born March 8, 1967) is an umpire in Major League Baseball (MLB). He has umpired in both major leagues since 2000,[1] and his accuracy in calling balls and strikes has consistently been among the highest in the major leagues.[2]

Umpiring career[edit]

Barksdale umpired in the minor leagues from 1993 to 2006. His minor league service included the Appalachian League, the South Atlantic League, the Florida State League, the Florida Instructional League, the Southern League, the Pacific Coast League, the Arizona Fall League and the International League.[3]

Barksdale served as a major league fill-in umpire between 2000 and his full-time MLB promotion in 2006. He was added to crew Q, led by Dale Scott, when he was called up permanently.[4]

Barksdale was at first base on August 7, 2004 for Greg Maddux's 300th win[5] and also at first base on June 1, 2012, when Johan Santana threw a no-hitter.[6] He has also umpired in the World Baseball Classic in 2009 and 2013, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2012, the Wild Card Game in 2013, and the Division Series in 2014 and 2015.[7]

Barksdale was the third base umpire for Henderson Alvarez's No-hitter on September 29, 2013. [8]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Mississippi with his wife and two children.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lance Barksdale". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  2. ^ Davis, Noah; Lopez, Michael (August 19, 2015), "Umpires Are Less Blind Than They Used To Be", FiveThirtyEight Sports, FiveThirtyEight .
  3. ^ a b "Lance Barksdale 23". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Press Release: Barksdale Added to Major League Staff". Retrieved February 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ Maddux first NL pitcher to 300 since Carlton Retrieved 14 June 2012
  6. ^ Boxscore: St. Louis vs. NY Mets - June 1, 2012 Retrieved 1 June 2012
  7. ^ Gerry Davis named home plate ump Retrieved 3 July 2012
  8. ^ [1] Retrieved 29 September 2013

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