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100 Bears For The Holidays Starts NOW!

December 02, 2019

UMPS CARE Charities is proud to announce the start of our annual 100 Bears For The Holidays campaign – a goal to raise funds for 100 Build-A-Bear experiences for kids undergoing rigorous medical...

Three Umpires Run Half Marathon To Fund Hospital Build-A-Bear...

November 30, 2019

When umpires Brennan Miller, Nic Lentz and Erich Bacchus decided to train for a half marathon, they really had no idea what they were in for. But they knew what their hearts were in for – giving...

Join UMPS CARE at Foley's NY for a Baseball Book Signing, Food...

November 26, 2019

Looking for a fun night to hang out with fellow sports fans at the best baseball bar in New York, a chance to meet MLB umpire Chris Conroy and Jeff Idelson, the former president of the Baseball Hall of...

This Is The Season For Giving Back - And Changing Lives

November 21, 2019

At UMPS CARE Charities, we celebrate giving all year long.  But at this time of year, we feel the spirit of giving even more.  One of the most rewarding programs we provide at UMPS CARE...

MLB Umpires Raise More Than $67K To Support UMPS CARE Charities

November 10, 2019

Today was a bittersweet day for all of us at UMPS CARE Charities - we celebrated another successful Golf Marathon as golfers played 100 holes of golf and raised more than $67K for our programs. We also...

Registration now open for 15th Annual Golf Classic - sign up...

October 24, 2019

Mark your calendars! The 15th Annual UMPS CARE Charities Golf Classic is happening January 25, 2020, at the Legacy Golf Resort, and registration is officially open! Make sure to register soon as this...

In Memory of Major League Baseball Umpire Eric Cooper

October 21, 2019

The umpiring community, Major League Baseball, UMPS CARE Charities, and children across the country lost a friend with the sad passing of MLB umpire Eric Cooper.   “Coop,” as he was...

Changing Lives - How MLB Umpires Are Making A Difference For...

October 15, 2019

Imagine leaving your country behind, having to learn a new language, living in a new home with a new family and adjusting to a whole new culture at the age of 15. This is exactly what Vitalik underwent...

Covering The Bases Umpiring Workshop To Be Rescheduled

October 11, 2019

UMPS CARE Charities today announced that its Covering The Bases Workshop will be rescheduled. We will post updates about the event as soon as possible. Please keep checking our website and social media...

THINKPINK For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 01, 2019

If you haven’t noticed yet, our UMPS CARE Charities store is up and running – complete with all sorts of UMPS CARE T-shirts, hats, hoodies in sizes from newborn to adults! Wearing UMPS CARE...

UMPS CARE Launches Grand Slam Giving Program

September 09, 2019

UMPS CARE Charities is launching our Grand Slam Giving Program! This monthly giving program allows supporters to become part of our team as we work together to achieve our mission. We hope at least 50...

Register NOW For The UMPS CARE Golf Marathon!

August 07, 2019

On November 10, 2019, Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Umpires, along with caring friends of UMPS CARE, will trade in in their baseballs and bats for a set of irons...

Wicked Awesome - A Great Day in Boston!

August 05, 2019

At UMPS CARE Charities, we invite groups from various organizations to join our Major League Baseball umpires before games all over the country and in Canada. If you are ever wondering why we do this …...

5th Annual All-Star Break Golf Scramble Raises More than $46K...

July 15, 2019

For the 5th consecutive year, Major League Baseball umpires spent their precious time during the All-Star Game Break to support UMPS CARE Charities and our programs at the All-Star Break Golf Scramble. The...

MLB umpire Chris Guccione Shows The True Meaning Of UMPS CARE

June 28, 2019

When Major League Baseball umpire Chris Guccione heard about a 13-year-old who was officiating a youth baseball game that ended with adults brawling, he wanted to lend his support to the teen umpire. Guccione,...

A Father's Day Story - Umpire Edition

June 10, 2019

In addition to a shared love for baseball, this father-son umpiring tandem is also committed to giving back Over the course of Ted Barrett’s two+ decades as an umpire in the Major Leagues, he...

Oh Canada!

May 24, 2019

For umpire Stu Scheurwater, it was extra special to work a game in Toronto. Even though his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, is 2,500+ miles away from Toronto, it was an opportunity to set foot on Canadian...

What A Weekend!

May 20, 2019

From coast to coast - from Washington state to Washington, D.C.  – Major League Baseball umpires took time out from their daily grind to create baseball memories for local organizations. Among...

MLB Umpires Warm Hearts at Phoenix Children's Hospital

May 13, 2019

MLB umpires Ted Barrett, Lance Barksdale and John Tumpane, the crew working the Diamondbacks - Pirates game tonight, took time out of their morning today to visit Phoenix...

Thank you for supporting the 11th Annual UMPS CARE Charities...

May 09, 2019

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our 11th Annual UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction hosted on MLB.com. We offered more than 400 items - including on-the-field baseball experiences at Major...

UMPS CARE 11th Annual Online Auction Hosted on MLB.com Is Live!

April 19, 2019

Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires will offer more than 400 items that include priceless autographed sports memorabilia, one-of-a-kind VIP experiences and VIP ticket packages during its 11th Annual UMPS...

Minor League Umpires Are On A Roll!

March 05, 2019

Minor League umpires are taking time out during their busy Spring Training season to give back to UMPS CARE Charities, and we cannot thank them enough!   In Florida and Arizona, umpires are setting...

Registration NOW OPEN for 5th Annual All-Star Break Golf Tournament!

March 04, 2019

Join Washington's own MLB Umpires Tripp Gibson, Mike Muchlinski, and Quinn Wolcott for the 5th Annual All-Star Break Golf Scramble on Tuesday, July 9th in Marysville, Washington. As in years...

All-Star College Scholarship Application is LIVE!

February 04, 2019

The UMPS CARE All-Star College Application is now LIVE and we are accepting applications! This is a life-changing program that helps youth adopted at or after the age of 13 achieve their dream of going...

UMPS CARE Charities Golf Classic Perfect Day On And Off The Links

January 28, 2019

The UMPS CARE Charities 14th Annual Golf Classic was a hole in one! The event was a huge success on and off the links at the beautiful Legacy Golf Club with South Mountain in the backdrop and good times...

Ready to play ball in 2019!

January 02, 2019

While we are excited about starting off the new year we wanted to share all of the great milestones we reached in 2018!  UMPS CARE provided 600 foster kids, at-risk youth, children battling critical...

We're Almost At Our Goal of 100 Bears for the Holidays!

December 12, 2018

We're more than halfway toward our goal of providing 100 Bears for the Holidays! YOU can help get us there!   The Holidays are a time for giving and YOU can give the gift of a teddy bear to a sick...

Early Bird Registration Discount for 2019 Golf Classic Ends Friday!

December 03, 2018

Early bird registration for the 2019 UMPS CARE Golf Classic ends THIS FRIDAY, December 7th so do not delay! It's easy! To register to play or to become a sponsor of the 2019 UMPS CARE Golf Classic,...

Umpires score hole in one at 2018 Golf Marathon

November 29, 2018

The 2018 Golf Marathon was a huge success as Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires and Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Umpires traded in their baseballs and bats for a set of irons and putters to raise more...

Get to Know an Ump - Tim Timmons

November 16, 2018

When it comes down to it, you might say that MLB Umpire Tim Timmons owes his career to a dislike of commuting.  The near-20-year veteran, who recently umpired in his first World Series, has officiating...

Get to Know an Ump - Mark Carlson

February 09, 2018

It’s one thing to be making your debut as a Major League Baseball umpire after years of hard work, including six-and-a-half years working your way up through the minors. But then to make your debut...

Get to Know an Ump - Fieldin Culbreth III

September 21, 2017

When asked about his journey to becoming an umpire, Fieldin Culbreth III says his story is no different than most little boys. "I wanted to play baseball. I sat in the backyard and dreamed of the...

A Growing Movement

September 05, 2017

UMPS CARE charities was once a small movement. Begun by major league umpires years ago, its roots are humble, and its birth went relatively unnoticed by the rest of the league. For example, years ago,...

Logan's Forever Family

April 14, 2017

Logan Decker is the UMPS CARE 2013 All-Star Scholarship Recipient. She has overcome some great hurdles in her life and is working on getting her nursing degree at Maranatha Baptist College, thanks in part...

Calling for Christ - An Interview with Ted Barrett

April 11, 2017

UMPS CARE newsletter contributor and umpire wife, Staci Marquez recently interviewed umpire Dr. Reverend Ted Barrett to talk about his off-field endeavors of being an ordained minister and starting...

Get to Know an Ump - Carlos Torres

April 11, 2017

Born in 1978 in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Carlos Torres became one of the newest Major League Baseball umpires when he was officially promoted to the full-time staff in February this year as one of four...

Baseball: The League of our World

April 11, 2017

              The World Baseball Classic broke records in attendance and revenue in baseball, and became a significant international event for...

Get to Know an Ump - Jordan Baker

December 20, 2016

Get to Know an Ump – Jordan Baker Jordan Baker, at 6’7”, is the tallest umpire in the major leagues.  Baker, born and raised an Oklahoma boy, started umpiring when he was just 18...

MLB Honors Military Heroes with First Game at Fort Bragg

August 30, 2016

Major League Baseball paid tribute to America’s military heroes at Fort Bragg with the first professional contest of any sport to be played on an active military base. MLB Umpire and Crew Chief...

Get to Know an Ump - Gary Cederstrom

August 23, 2016

A North Dakota boy, Gary Cederstrom was born October 4, 1955, in Bismarck, N.D., and grew up two hours north in the city of Minot, N.D. He played basketball through high school and baseball through college,...

All-Star Scholarship Grad - Josh Perrin

August 22, 2016

UMPS CARE Charities is excited to announce the graduation of TWO of our All-Star Scholarship recipients, Josh Perrin (the 2011 recipient) and Cadence "Zoe" Cottom (the 2012 recipient). Last newsletter...

A Day In the Life

August 21, 2016

Fans across Major League Baseball and even personal friends seem to have this common misperception that the rule enforcers of the game simply emerge out of the shadows of the clubhouse, officiate the game,...

Grill Master

April 06, 2016

If you read any of the item descriptions for the umpire gift baskets during the UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction, you probably noticed: umps love to grill! And what’s not to love? Fire, seared...

All-Star Scholarship Graduate - Zoe Cottom

April 05, 2016

UMPS CARE Charities is excited to announce the graduation of TWO of our All-Star Scholarship recipients, Josh Perrin (the 2011 recipient) and Cadence "Zoe" Cottom (the 2012 recipient). This newsletter...

Get to Know an Ump - CB Bucknor

April 04, 2016

Depending on when you ask CB Bucknor what his initials stand for, you may get “Care Bear” or “Charlie Brown.” But to his fellow umpires, it’s just CB. CB was born in Savanna-la-Mar,...

New Year's Resolutiolns

December 31, 2015

Since just about the beginning of time, mankind has made resolutions. Do better, go bigger, succeed more. The tradition nowadays, of course, is to make them at the New Year; umpires are no different than...

Taking a Break from All Your Worries

December 03, 2015

As the song goes, it sure would help a lot! The offseason helps MLB umpires unwind from a long season of travel—remember, while players spend half the season at home, umpires have “road games”...

A World Series First

December 02, 2015

Major League Baseball umpires strive all year to become the man in black on baseball’s greatest stage, the World Series. It’s a privilege, an honor, and it’s the ultimate achievement....

Get to Know an Ump: Chris Guccione

December 01, 2015

Not many guys, when asked what they’d be doing if they weren’t an MLB umpire, would say, “I would want to be a winemaker with my own vineyard and/or own a Neapolitan wood-fired pizza...

A Real Life Game Changer

September 04, 2015

Well hey there reader!  My name Jeremy Adkins, and with any luck, I’ll be contributing on a regular basis to this wonderful organization’s newsletter. I got involved with UMPS CARE Charities...

The Real "Fake Umpires"

September 02, 2015

A long, long time ago (well, 2009) in a country far, far away (well, okay, it was Canada), a young man said to four MLB umpires he met in a restaurant, "Hey, my season tickets are right behind home...

Get to Know an Ump - Gerry Davis

September 01, 2015

Gerry Davis didn't grow up wanting to become a major league umpire. Gerry grew up in St. Louis and like every red-blooded kid at that time he wanted to become a baseball player. Gerry played...

Umpires bring stuffed animals to sick kids

August 25, 2015

PHOENIX -- As a professional umpire, Chad Fairchild makes plenty of tough calls on a daily basis. However on Tuesday morning, Fairchild had to make a different type of decision: Batman or Spiderman? While...

BLUE for Kids Program

September 02, 2014

Cleveland, OH (September 2, 2014) —Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires Mike Everitt, and Adrian Johnson visited pediatric patients at The Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital on September...

Umpires visit Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

August 27, 2014

You’ve no doubt heard the old expression, “Nobody loves the umps.” (Check out this clip from “I Love Lucy” with Bob Hope.) Well, that’s not necessarily true. After...

MLB Umpires visit Johns Hopkins Children's Center

August 27, 2014

Baltimore, MD (August 207 2014) —Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires Jeff Nelson, Laz Diaz, Scott Barry and Pat Hoberg visited pediatric patients at Johns Hopkins Children's Center on August...

MLB Umpires Visit The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

August 20, 2014

Bronx, NY (August 20, 2014) —Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires Jerry Meals, Paul Emmel, Chris Conroy and Jordan Baker visited pediatric patients at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore...

MLB Umpires Visit St. Louis Children's Hospital

August 06, 2014

St. Louis, MO (August 6, 2014) —Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires Gary Cederstrom, Lance Barksdale, and Mark Ripperger, visited pediatric patients at St. Louis Children's Hospital on August...

MLB Umpires Visit Phoenix Children's Hospital

July 08, 2014

Phoenix, AZ (July 8, 2014) —Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires Bob Davidson, Bill Welke, James Hoye, and John Tumpane visited pediatric patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital on July 8,...

MLB Umpires Visit Children's Hospital of Orange County

August 20, 2013

Orange County, CA (August 20, 2013) —Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires Gerry Davis, Dan Iassogna, Mark Carlson, and Brian Knight visited pediatric patients at the Children's Hospital of...

MLB Umpires Visit All Children's Hospital

August 14, 2013

Tampa, FL (August 14, 2013) —Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires Marvin Hudson, Wally Bell, Brian Runge, and Jordan Baker visited pediatric patients at All Children's Hospital on August...

UMPS CARE launches 2010 auction

March 12, 2010

Umpire Jim Reynolds has been a part of a lot of memorable events in his 10 years on the Major League staff. Reynolds has officiated All-Star Games and postseason series, but the veteran ump still thinks...

MLB Umpires Visit St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

July 22, 2008

Tampa, FL (July 22, 2008) —Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires Bob Davidson, Andy Fletcher, Mike Reilly, and Alfonso Marquez visited pediatric patients at St. Joseph's Children's...

MLB Umpires Visit St. Louis Children's Hospital

July 18, 2008

St. Louis, MO (July 18, 2008) —Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires Gerry Davis, Bruce Dreckman, and Brian Knight visited pediatric patients at St. Louis Children's Hospital on July 18, 2008....

MLB Umpires Visit St. Louis Children's Hospital

July 18, 2008

St. Louis, MO (July 18, 2008) —Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires Gerry Davis, Bruce Dreckman, and Brian Knight visited pediatric patients at St. Louis Children's Hospital on July 18, 2008....

MLB Umpires Visit St. Louis Children's Hospital

July 18, 2008

St. Louis, MO (July 18, 2008) —Major League Baseball (MLB) Umpires Gerry Davis, Bruce Dreckman, and Brian Knight visited pediatric patients at St. Louis Children's Hospital on July 18, 2008....

News

100 Bears For The Holidays Starts NOW!

December 2, 2019

Three Umpires Run Half Marathon To Fund Hospital Build-A-Bear Event

November 30, 2019

Join UMPS CARE at Foley's NY for a Baseball Book Signing, Food and Fun Dec. 4th!

November 26, 2019

This Is The Season For Giving Back - And Changing Lives

November 21, 2019

MLB Umpires Raise More Than $67K To Support UMPS CARE Charities

November 10, 2019

Registration now open for 15th Annual Golf Classic - sign up before it's sold out!

October 24, 2019

In Memory of Major League Baseball Umpire Eric Cooper

October 21, 2019

Changing Lives - How MLB Umpires Are Making A Difference For Children Adopted Later In Life

October 15, 2019

Covering The Bases Umpiring Workshop To Be Rescheduled

October 11, 2019

THINKPINK For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1, 2019

UMPS CARE Launches Grand Slam Giving Program

September 9, 2019

Register NOW For The UMPS CARE Golf Marathon!

August 7, 2019

Wicked Awesome - A Great Day in Boston!

August 5, 2019

5th Annual All-Star Break Golf Scramble Raises More than $46K for UMPS CARE Programs

July 15, 2019

MLB umpire Chris Guccione Shows The True Meaning Of UMPS CARE

June 28, 2019

A Father's Day Story - Umpire Edition

June 10, 2019

Oh Canada!

May 24, 2019

What A Weekend!

May 20, 2019

MLB Umpires Warm Hearts at Phoenix Children's Hospital

May 13, 2019

Thank you for supporting the 11th Annual UMPS CARE Charities Auction on MLB.com!

May 9, 2019

UMPS CARE 11th Annual Online Auction Hosted on MLB.com Is Live!

April 19, 2019

Minor League Umpires Are On A Roll!

March 5, 2019

Registration NOW OPEN for 5th Annual All-Star Break Golf Tournament!

March 4, 2019

All-Star College Scholarship Application is LIVE!

February 4, 2019

UMPS CARE Charities Golf Classic Perfect Day On And Off The Links

January 28, 2019

Ready to play ball in 2019!

January 2, 2019

We're Almost At Our Goal of 100 Bears for the Holidays!

December 12, 2018

Early Bird Registration Discount for 2019 Golf Classic Ends Friday!

December 3, 2018 | Author: Amy Rosewater

Umpires score hole in one at 2018 Golf Marathon

November 29, 2018 | Author: Amy Rosewater

Get to Know an Ump - Tim Timmons

November 16, 2018 | Author: Kevin Cudduhy

Get to Know an Ump - Mark Carlson

February 9, 2018 | Author: Kevin Cuddihy

Get to Know an Ump - Fieldin Culbreth III

September 21, 2017 | Author: Jennifer Jopling

A Growing Movement

September 5, 2017 | Author: Jeremy Atkins

Logan's Forever Family

April 14, 2017

Baseball: The League of our World

April 11, 2017

Get to Know an Ump - Carlos Torres

April 11, 2017

Calling for Christ - An Interview with Ted Barrett

Get to Know an Ump - Jordan Baker

December 20, 2016

MLB Honors Military Heroes with First Game at Fort Bragg

August 30, 2016 | Author: Staci Marquez

Get to Know an Ump - Gary Cederstrom

August 23, 2016 | Author: Kevin Cuddihy

All-Star Scholarship Grad - Josh Perrin

August 22, 2016

A Day In the Life

August 21, 2016 | Author: Jeremy Adkins

Grill Master

April 6, 2016 | Author: Kevin Cuddihy

All-Star Scholarship Graduate - Zoe Cottom

April 5, 2016

Get to Know an Ump - CB Bucknor

April 4, 2016 | Author: Jennifer Jopling

New Year's Resolutiolns

December 31, 2015 | Author: Kevin Cuddihy

Taking a Break from All Your Worries

December 3, 2015 | Author: Kevin Cuddihy

A World Series First

December 2, 2015 | Author: Jeremy Adkins

Get to Know an Ump: Chris Guccione

December 1, 2015 | Author: Kevin Cuddihy

A Real Life Game Changer

September 4, 2015 | Author: Jeremy Adkins

The Real "Fake Umpires"

September 2, 2015 | Author: Kevin Cuddihy

Get to Know an Ump - Gerry Davis

September 1, 2015

Umpires bring stuffed animals to sick kids

August 25, 2015 | Author: William Boor

BLUE for Kids Program

September 2, 2014

MLB Umpires visit Johns Hopkins Children's Center

August 27, 2014

Umpires visit Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

August 27, 2014 | Author: Pete Kerzel

MLB Umpires Visit The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

August 20, 2014

MLB Umpires Visit St. Louis Children's Hospital

August 6, 2014

MLB Umpires Visit Phoenix Children's Hospital

July 8, 2014

MLB Umpires Visit Children's Hospital of Orange County

August 20, 2013

MLB Umpires Visit All Children's Hospital

August 14, 2013

UMPS CARE launches 2010 auction

March 12, 2010 | Author: Bailey Stephens

MLB Umpires Visit St. Joseph's Children's Hospital

July 22, 2008

MLB Umpires Visit St. Louis Children's Hospital

July 18, 2008

MLB Umpires Visit St. Louis Children's Hospital

July 18, 2008

MLB Umpires Visit St. Louis Children's Hospital

July 18, 2008