Nowlin: Reverend doctor crew chief Ted Barrett, major-league umpire

From SABR member Bill Nowlin at The National Pastime Museum on November 15, 2016:

Umpires appropriately prefer to stay out of the limelight. The game is, after all, not about them. They are rarely recognized as they arrive at the ballpark maybe 90 minutes before game time.

During an interview with Ted Barrett and his crew during a visit to officiate a series between the Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox, it came out that Barrett was one of a select number of umpires who have earned advanced degrees.

Dan Bellino is another; he is a doctor of jurisprudence, a graduate of John Marshall Law School who has served as an aide to a federal judge in Chicago. Umpiring was suggested to him by one of his law school professors.

During the interview, Ted Barrett was asked, “So you’re Dr. Barrett?”

“Reverend Doctor—the guys call me Reverend Doctor Crew Chief.”

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Originally published: November 18, 2016. Last Updated: November 18, 2016.