Ted Barrett

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65 – Ted Barrett
Ted Barrett 2012.jpg
Barrett in 2012
Born (1965-07-31) July 31, 1965 (age 52)
Pasco, Washington
MLB debut May 27, 1994
Umpiring crew
Crew members
Career highlights and awards
Records Held
  • Only MLB umpire to have worked home plate for two perfect games

Special Assignments

Edward George "Ted" Barrett (born July 31, 1965) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He joined the American League's staff in 1994, and has worked throughout both major leagues since 2000. Barrett wore uniform number 12 (previously worn by Terry Cooney) while on the American League staff, then changed to 65 when the American and National League umpiring staffs merged in 2000.

Early life[edit]

Barrett grew up in North Tonawanda, New York, and Mountain View, California. He played high school basketball for Vance Walberg, inventor of the dribble drive offense. In college, he was captain of the football team. He earned a degree in kinesiology at Cal State-Hayward in 1988. Prior to pursuing umpiring, Barrett was an amateur boxer.[1]

Umpiring career[edit]

His professional umpiring career began after he attended the Joe Brinkman Umpire School in 1989, and he worked his way up to the Pacific Coast League for the 1993 season. He made his major league debut in 1994. For the next five seasons, Barrett served as a fill-in umpire for vacationing or injured major league umpires. Barrett was one of the 25 umpires promoted in the wake of the Major League Umpires Association's mass-resignation strategy in July 1999. His five years of experience made him one of the most experienced of the 25 umpires called up to fill the sudden vacancies.

He has worked nine Division Series (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2017); eight Championship Series (2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016); and three World Series (2007, 2011, 2014).

He was promoted to the position of crew chief prior to the 2013 season.[2]

Notable games[edit]

He was the home plate umpire for David Cone's perfect game for the New York Yankees against the Montreal Expos on July 18, 1999,[3] the first interleague no-hitter in the regular season.

Barrett was behind the plate on August 7, 2004 for Greg Maddux's 300th win.[4]

During a game between the Atlanta Braves and the San Francisco Giants on August 14, 2007, Barrett ejected Atlanta manager Bobby Cox for arguing balls and strikes. The ejection was the 132nd of Cox's managerial career, breaking the major league record previously held by John McGraw.[5]

Barrett was behind home plate at Progressive Field when Los Angeles Angels pitcher Ervin Santana threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians on July 27, 2011.[6]

He was at third base on April 21, 2012 for Philip Humber's perfect game.[7]

Barrett was at first base for a combined no-hitter thrown by six Seattle Mariners pitchers against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 8, 2012.[8]

He became the only umpire in major league history to be behind the plate for two perfect games on June 13, 2012, when Matt Cain pitched a perfect game for the San Francisco Giants against the Houston Astros.[3]

Barrett was chosen as one of the umpires for the one-game Wild Card playoff between the Baltimore Orioles and the Texas Rangers on October 5, 2012.[9] He also worked the 2013, 2015 and 2016 AL wild card playoff games.

Barrett was the home plate umpire for game 6 of the 2016 National League Championship Series in which the Chicago Cubs won their first National League pennant since 1945.

Personal life[edit]

Barrett is also heavily involved with Christian ministry, and has earned a master's degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity College and Seminary. In 2013, he earned a doctorate in theology, with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry, from Trinity; his dissertation was “An Investigation of Faith As a Life Principle in the Lives of Major League Umpires.”[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hoornstra, J.P. (March 10, 2015). "Here's a story about Mike Tyson and umpire Ted Barrett". Inside the Dodgers. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  2. ^ "3 MLB Umps Hired, 3 Retired, 3 New Crew Chiefs". Close Call Sports. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b For Ted Barrett, first Cone, now Cain ESPN.com. Retrieved 14 June 2012
  4. ^ Maddux first NL pitcher to 300 since Carlton ESPN.com. Retrieved 14 June 2012
  5. ^ Bowman, Mark. Cox breaks all-time ejections record MLB.com. Retrieved 14 June 2012
  6. ^ "Angels 3, Indians 1". MLB.com. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Chicago White Sox vs. Seattle Mariners – Box Score – April 21, 2012". ESPN. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Kevin Millwood, five Mariners relievers combine to no-hit Dodgers ESPN.com. Retrieved 14 June 2012
  9. ^ 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. MLB.com. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  10. ^ Nowlin, Bill (November 15, 2016). "Reverend Doctor Crew Chief Ted Barrett, Major League Umpire". thenationalpastimemuseum.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 

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