Major League Baseball announced today that 10 umpires have been promoted to the full-time Major League staff. The newest members are Erich Bacchus (pronounced BACK-us), Adam Beck, Nestor Ceja (SAY-ha), Shane Livensparger (LIVE-en-spar-gurr), Nick Mahrley (MAR-lee), Brennan Miller, Malachi Moore, Edwin Moscoso, Alex Tosi and Junior Valentine.
Four (Beck, Ceja, Moore and Moscoso) of the 10 new Major League Umpires are graduates of MLB’s Umpire Camps held at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, California, and two (Livensparger and Mahrley) have served in the United States Air Force. All of the new Major League Umpires have worked Major League Spring Training games since becoming call-up umpires:
The new umpires fill the slots left by the retirements of 10 veteran Major League Umpires:
Michael Hill, Major League Baseball’s Senior Vice President for On-Field Operations, said: “On behalf of Major League Baseball, it is a pleasure to thank these 10 retiring umpires for their professionalism, leadership and contributions to the game. We wish them and their families well as they conclude their accomplished careers. I also congratulate our 10 new Major League Umpires and our staff’s seven new crew chiefs.”
With these retirements, the new crew chiefs are longtime Major League Umpires Lance Barksdale, Dan Bellino, Chris Conroy, James Hoye, Adrian Johnson, Alan Porter and Todd Tichenor. Johnson and Porter are the second and third African American crew chiefs ever, joining Kerwin Danley, who was a crew chief in the 2020 and 2021 seasons prior to retiring.