Tony Randazzo (umpire)
Randazzo in 2012
|Born: January 11, 1965|
|August 13, 1999|
|Career highlights and awards|
He is a graduate of Lake Park High School, and was a junior college catcher at Iowa Western Community College before injuries ended his playing career. Randazzo left college and attended the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School shortly thereafter.
Randazzo has umpired in seven Division Series (2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016), two League Championship Series (2010, 2015), and the 2016 World Series. He has also officiated in two All-Star Games (2001, 2012).
On July 30, 2012, Randazzo was hit in the hip after a line drive by Jesus Montero. Randazzo was not seriously injured and stayed in the game.
In the 2014 season, Randazzo was involved in an incident with Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. On August 16, 2014, Randazzo ejected McClendon for arguing balls and strikes on behalf of starting pitcher Félix Hernández. The argument followed a moment in which Randazzo granted Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera a timeout late into Hernandez' windup, which had already caused McClendon to argue that Randazzo should not have granted a timeout to begin with. Following the game, the pitch McClendon had argued was a strike was clearly displayed as a strike according to PitchF/X. McClendon also said that Randazzo's reasoning for ejecting him was because, "well, I've seen your act before." In the following day's game in which Randazzo was the third base umpire, he again ejected McClendon for allegedly throwing his arms up after disagreeing with a check swing call. The ejection drew criticism from broadcasters of the Mariners, Tigers, and the national broadcast on TBS.
Randazzo is married and has three children. Randazzo's father George is founder and chairman of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. His brother Marc is a Florida restaurant owner and former World Boxing Council Continental Cruiserweight Champion.
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