These Are All Of The Umpiring Crews In MLB 12 The Show

As is well-known, the officiating in MLB 12 The Show can be set to a variable quality of accuracy. You can either have it perfect, or home plate umpires can have personal strike zones and tendencies, blow close plays and refuse to ring up hitters on a checked swing.

Those who frequently play MLB The Show, which has included umpiring "personalities" as far back as 2007, can even develop expectations of what a particular umpire will and won't call for a strike at the edges of the standard strike zone. It leads to some pretty humorous complaining, very much like what you hear from managers, pitchers and booth analysts in real life.

One thing you can't do, however, is pick your umpire. If Porter Callahan gives the outside strike to right handers (I'm making that up, I have no idea if he does) you can't select him to go behind home plate.

Or can you?

In putting together my version of Deadspin's "Better Know an Umpire", I discovered that all umpiring crews in MLB 12 The Show's Exhibition mode — the one-off "play now" mode — are fixed to each stadium. What's more, the same group of four all work together, rotating their assignments at other stadiums. Kerwin Thompson, Rusty Valentine (which sounds like an Urban Dictionary entry), Tom Reyburn and C.B. Hernandez will not work with anyone else.

In the career modes — franchise, season and Road to the Show — crews will officiate outside of their assigned parks but they still seem to all work in the same groupings of four.

So, here is the definitive guide to the better knowledge of an umpire in MLB 12 The Show — the officiating assignments for all 30 major league teams. Luckily, that blind dickbag Wally Hughes is behind the plate only in Baltimore.

Arizona

Home plate: Earl Hendricks First base: Woody Keller Second base: Wally Hughes Third base: Clyde Washington

Atlanta

Home plate: Jeff Carlson First base: James Gibson Second base: Ricky Holliday Third base: Marvin Knight

Baltimore

Home plate: Wally Hughes First base: Clyde Washington Second base: Earl Hendricks Third base: Woody Keller

Boston

Home plate: Porter Callahan First base: Dutch Nelson Second base: Patrick Johnson Third base: Earl Cooper

Chicago Cubs

Home plate: James Gibson First base: Ricky Holliday Second base: Marvin Knight Third base: Jeff Carlson

Chicago White Sox

Home plate: Clyde Washington First base: Earl Hendricks Second base: Woody Keller Third base: Wally Hughes

Cincinnati

Home plate: Clyde Washington First base: Earl Hendricks Second base: Woody Keller Third base: Wally Hughes

Cleveland

Home plate: Dutch Nelson First base: Patrick Johnson Second base: Earl Cooper Third base: Porter Callahan

Colorado

Home plate: Patrick Johnson First base: Earl Cooper Second base: Porter Callahan Third base: Dutch Nelson

Detroit

Home plate: Joe MacDonald First base: Mike Winters Second base: Eric Summersgill Third base: Freddie Ferguson

Houston

Home plate: Dutch Nelson First base: Patrick Johnson Second base: Earl Cooper Third base: Porter Callahan

Kansas City

Home plate: C.B. Hernandez First base: Tom Reyburn Second base: Kerwin Thompson Third base: Rusty Valentine

Los Angeles Angels

Home plate: Earl Hendricks First base: Woody Keller Second base: Wally Hughes Third base: Clyde Washington

Los Angeles Dodgers

Home plate: Mike Winters First base: Eric Summersgill Second base: Freddie Ferguson Third base: Joe MacDonald

Miami

Home plate: Woody Keller First base: Wally Hughes Second base: Clyde Washington Third base: Earl Hendricks

Milwaukee

Home plate: Joe MacDonald First base: Mike Winters Second base: Eric Summersgill Third base: Freddie Ferguson

Minnesota

Home plate: Marvin Knight First base: Keff Carlson Second base: James Gibson Third base: Ricky Holliday

New York Mets

Home plate: Freddie Ferguson First base: Joe MacDonald Second base: Mike Winters Third base: Eric Summersgill

New York Yankees

Home plate: Freddie Ferguson First base: Joe MacDonald Second base: Mike Winters Third base: Eric Summersgill

Oakland

Home plate: Patrick Johnson First base: Earl Cooper Second base: Porter Callahan Third base: Dutch Nelson

Philadelphia

Home plate: Kerwin Thompson First base: Rusty Valentine Second base: C.B. Hernandez Third base: Tom Reyburn

Pittsburgh

Home plate: Rusty Valentine First base: C.B. Hernandez Second base: Tom Reyburn Third base: Kerwin Thompson

San Diego

Home plate: Tom Reyburn First base: Kerwin Thompson Second base: Rusty Valentine Third base: C.B. Hernandez

San Francisco

Home plate: Jeff Carlson First base: James Gibson Second base: Ricky Holliday Third base: Marvin Knight

Seattle

Home plate: Eric Summersgill First base: Freddie Ferguson Second base: Joe MacDonald Third base: Mike Winters

St. Louis

Home plate: Marvin Knight First base: Jeff Carlson Second base: James Gibson Third base: Ricky Holliday

Tampa Bay

Home plate: Kerwin Thompson First base: Rusty Valentine Second base: C.B. Hernandez Third base: Tom Reyburn

Texas

Home plate: Tom Reyburn First base: Kerwin Thompson Second base: Rusty Valentine Third base: C.B. Hernandez

Toronto

Home plate: Ricky Holliday First base: Marvin Knight Second base: Jeff Carlson Third base: James Gibson

Washington

Home plate: Porter Callahan First base: Dutch Nelson Second base: Patrick Johnson Third base: Earl Cooper


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