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 50)
Indiana, Pennsylvania
September 3, 1999
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Robert Paul Drake (born May 24, 1969) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He was named to the Major League staff in 2010,[1] and wears uniform number 30.[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.[2] Drake had previously worked in the Northwest, Midwest, Eastern, California and Pacific Coast leagues before reaching the MLB.[1] Drake has also umpired winter baseball in the Dominican Republic, and officiated during the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Drake has worked MLB's All-Star Game (2013), Wild Card Game (2012, 2013), Division Series (2010, 2014), and League Championship Series (2012, 2013, 2015).

Drake ended the 2016 season on the Bereavement List for immediate family following the sudden death of his wife Yvonnka on September 10, 2016.[3]


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."[4] That comment notwithstanding, Molina was suspended for five games.[5]

Notable games[edit]

Drake was the third base umpire for Aníbal Sánchez's no-hitter on September 6, 2006.[6] 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.[1][7]

Drake was the home plate umpire for Félix Hernández's perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 15, 2012.[8] Drake ejected Rays manager Joe Maddon in the seventh inning of the game.[9]

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.[10]

Drake was the home plate umpire for Chris Heston's no-hitter against the New York Mets on June 9, 2015.[11]

On August 23, 2009 Rob Drake was the second base Umpire who called the first game-ending triple play in National League History. Eric Bruntlett (Phillies) caught a line drive and the Mets ran themselves into an unassisted triple play, Cementing the Phillies 9-7 win.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Rob Drake – 30". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  2. ^ a b "Rob Drake". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  3. ^ Imber, Gil. "Rob Drake on Bereavement After Wife Yvonnka Dies". Close Call Sports & Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Lance Berkman, Cards cut Brewers' Central lead after Yadier Molina is ejected". Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Yadier Molina suspended five games". Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  6. ^ Marlins rookie Sanchez throws majors' 1st no-no in 2 years Retrieved 2 July 2012
  7. ^ "May 3, 2011 Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox Box Score and Play by Play". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
  8. ^ Felix Hernandez throws perfect game, overpowers Rays Retrieved 16 August 2012
  9. ^ Tampa Bay Rays vs. Seattle Mariners - Box Score - August 15, 2012 Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  10. ^ 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. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
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