10 MLB umpires have been promoted to new roles.
After 10 previous umpires had retired, several others will be taking on new roles in 2023 and will be promoted to the full-time Major League staff.
Seven of them have been promoted to Crew Chief roles.
Among the umpires who will be promoted to the full-time Major League staff are Erich Bacchus, Adam Beck, Nestor Ceja, Shane Livensparger, Nick Mahrley, Brennan Miller, Malachi Moore, Edwin Moscoso, Alex Tosi, and Junior Valentine.
On Twitter, USA Today’s top MLB insider Bob Nightengale posted a screenshot of the announcement on behalf of Major League Baseball featuring the umpires’ new roles.
MLB announces the 10 new umpires joining the big leagues this season pic.twitter.com/QlGzMhVtKk
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 19, 2023
According to the announcement, four of the 10 umpires being promoted graduated from MLB’s Umpire Camps, which are held at the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, California.
Beck, Ceja, Moore, and Moscoso each served at the MLB Youth Academy.
Two others, those being Livensparger and Mahrley, have served in the United States Air Force.
With new umpires, perhaps some different perspectives on baseball could come along with them.
Fresh faces could help modernize the game a little bit.
Of course, in 2024, MLB may potentially be adding the automated strike zone.
The minor leagues are already experimenting with robot umpires.
But each of the recently promoted umpires have their own experiences with baseball and could provide a fresh take on the sport in some way.
Whether Major League Baseball experiments with robot umpires is not known yet.
That could happen, but perhaps the newer umpires will give the game somewhat of a different look.