Marquette native Adam Hamari to umpire Major League Baseball wild card playoff series between Toronto, Minnesota

Umpire and Marquette native Adam Hamari looks on during a game between the Orioles and Detroit Tigers on April 22 in Baltimore. (AP file photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Lance Barksdale, James Hoye, Dan Iassogna and Alan Porter will be the umpire crew chiefs for baseball’s Wild Card Series that start today.

Marquette native Adam Hamari will work with the Iassogna crew that will officiate the Toronto Blue Jays’ series at the Minnsota Twins.

Hamari opens at first base, meaning he’ll be the home plate umpire for Wednesday’s Game 2.

Iassogna will start at third base and not call balls and strikes in the series. His crew also opens with Andy Fletcher behind the plate, Mike Muchlinski at second, Mark Wegner in left and Jeremie Rehak in right.

Umpires rotate from right field to left and then clockwise around the bases starting at third, meaning an umpire who is at second for the opener will be behind the plate for a potential third game of the best-of-three Wild Card Series.

All three games in the Toronto-Minnesota series will be played in Minneapolis, have start times of 4:30 p.m. EDT and be broadcast on ESPN.

Barksdale will work the Texas Rangers’ series at the Tampa Bay Rays, while Hoye will work the Miami Marlins’ games at the Philadelphia Phillies, and Porter will work the Arizona Diamondbacks’ series at the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ryan Blakney, Rob Drake, Nick Mahrley and Brennan Miller will be the replay umpires at the video center in the commissioner’s office.


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