Colorado Native Blaser Part of All-Star Game Umpire Crew
Cory Blaser, a graduate of Pomona High School who attended Colorado State and Phoenix University, will be a member of the umpiring crew for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Nationals Park next Tuesday.
Blaser, who is making his All-Star Game debut, will work right field.
Ted Barrett, a 20-year Major League umpire, will call balls and strikes and will serve as the Crew Chief. The rest of the crew will include Jim Reynolds (first base), Alfonso Marquez (second base), Andy Fletcher (third base) and Mike Muchlinski (left field).
Blaser joined the Major League umpire staff in 2014. He worked the 2015 NL Wild Card Game, the 2016 AL Division Series, and the 2017 NL Division Series, and the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Blaser, who still lives in Colorado, worked his first Major League game on April 24, 2010 at Coors Field in a game featuring the Rockies and Florida Marlins. He began his professional umpiring career in in the Arizona League in 2002, and also worked Florida Instructional League (2002-04), Northwest League in 2003, Midwest League in 2004, Carolina League in 2005, Arizona Instructional League in 2005, Eastern League in 2006-07, Venezuela Winter League in 2007-2008, Arizona Fall League in 2008-09, Dominican Winter League in 2010-11 and Pacific Coast League from 2008-13.
He worked 346 Major League games as a call-up umpire prior to his 2014 promotion.
Born in December 1981, he still resides in Colorado with his wife Theresa, daughter Leighton and sons Caden and Declan. He is active in Calling for Christ, a professional umpire ministry.