Marquette native Adam Hamari to umpire behind home plate in Chicago White Sox-Houston Astros baseball playoff opener on Thursday

Home plate umpire Adam Hamari, right, a Marquette native, talks with Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell during the third inning of a game against the Dodgers played in Los Angeles on Sunday. (AP photo)

By Journal Sports Staff

and The Associated Press

MARQUETTE — Marquette native Adam Hamari has not only been named an umpire for Major League Baseball’s Division Series, he will be the home plate umpire for Thursday’s Game 1 of an American League series when the Chicago White Sox play at the Houston Astros.

Hamari, 38, and who now lives in Colorado, became a full-time MLB umpire in 2017 after splitting time between the minor leagues and majors for several years.

He received his first postseason assignment during the 2019 AL Wild Card game and also worked in the same game in 2020, according to MLB’s website, www.mlb.com.

Among his notable games was working as plate umpire when San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum threw his second no-hitter on June 25, 2014. He was also behind the plate when the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter hit a walk-off single in his final home game on Sept. 25, 2014. Those were according to the website allfamousbirthday.com.

Hamari, a Marquette Senior High School and Northern Michigan University graduate, served on umpiring Crew G during the 2021 regular season. While his crew chief, Kerwin Danley, isn’t listed in the Associated Press story on postseason crews, two of his crewmates are — Chad Fairchild will be with Hamari’s crew in the AL, while CB Bucknor will be a Division Series replay official.

Fairchild is scheduled to umpire in left field for Thursday’s game that starts at 4 p.m. and will be televised on FS1. The rest of that crew and their positions for the opening game are Chris Conroy at first base, crew chief Tom Hallion at second, Vic Carapazza at third and Lance Barrett in right field.

The biggest national story with the announcement of playoff umpires was Joe West as home plate umpire and crew chief in the National League wild card game tonight when St. Louis plays at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

That’s because, in May, West set the record for major league games umpired, breaking a mark that had been held by Bill Klem.

Mark Carlson was listed as the home plate umpire in Tuesday’s AL wild card game when the New York Yankees played at Boston.

The other crew chiefs for the division series are Hallion, Ted Barrett, Sam Holbrook and Alfonso Marquez, Major League Baseball said Tuesday.

West’s crew tonight also includes Alan Porter at first, Laz Diaz at second, Jim Wolf at third, Chris Segal in left and Ramon De Jesus in right.


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