This year, 10 new faces will be added to the list of MLB umpires.
One of those new faces is Malachi Moore, who once played Junior College Baseball at the Compton Youth Academy in California.
He also underwent extensive training to become an MLB umpire at the Youth Academy.
But it was at the Youth Academy where he ultimately discovered his passion for the game of baseball and his desire to become an MLB umpire was realized.
Ultimately, he gave up on playing when veteran umpire Kerwin Danley told him that he wasn’t much of a player, but then chose to teach him umpiring.
It was then that Moore realized he wanted to become an umpire, and he stopped by MLB Network to tell that story.
Compton Youth Academy alum Malachi Moore joins Hot Stove on @MLBNetwork to talk about his journey towards becoming an MLB Umpire‼️ pic.twitter.com/k6LX2TTuyO
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Ultimately, Moore learned a harsh lesson from Danley when he was told that he likely wouldn’t make it far as a player.
Fortunately though, Danley was nice enough to take him to the batting cages and show him the ins and outs of being an umpire.
It was at that moment that Moore realized that his days in baseball were in fact not over and that he could continue as an umpire.
Moore says that was when he ultimately fell in love with it and that this was where his desire to reach the big leagues as an umpire stemmed from.
Now, he has a chance to fulfill that dream and step on an MLB field as one of the newer umpires in recent years.NEXT: MLB Insider Reflects On Beloved Twins Scout