Edward George Barrett (born July 31, 1965) is an American umpire
in Major League Baseball
. He joined the American League
's staff in 1994, and has worked throughout both major leagues since 2000. He has worked in twenty three play-off series, including four World Series.
Barrett grew up in North Tonawanda, New York
, and Mountain View, California
. He played high school basketball for Vance Walberg
, inventor of the dribble drive offense
. In college, he was captain
of the football
team. He earned a degree in kinesiology
at Cal State-Hayward
in 1988. Prior to pursuing umpiring, Barrett was an amateur boxer
His professional umpiring career began after he attended the Joe Brinkman
Umpire School in 1989, and he worked his way up to the Pacific Coast League
for the 1993 season. He made his major league debut in 1994. For the next five seasons, Barrett served as a fill-in umpire for vacationing or injured major league umpires. Barrett was one of the 25 umpires promoted in the wake of the Major League Umpires Association
's mass-resignation strategy in July 1999
. His five years of experience made him one of the most experienced of the 25 umpires called up to fill the sudden vacancies.
Barrett wore uniform number 12 (previously worn by Terry Cooney
) while on the American League staff, then changed to 65 when the American and National League umpiring staffs merged in 2000.
He has worked eleven Division Series
); nine Championship Series
); and four World Series
He was promoted to the position of crew chief prior to the 2013 season.
He was the home plate umpire for David Cone
's perfect game
for the New York Yankees
against the Montreal Expos
on July 18, 1999,
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the first interleague no-hitter
in the regular season.
Barrett was behind the plate on August 7, 2004, for Greg Maddux
's 300th win.
Barrett was the second base umpire for the final Montreal Expos
home game on September 29, 2004. The Florida Marlins
defeated the Expos 9–1.
During a game between the Atlanta Braves
and the San Francisco Giants
on August 14, 2007, Barrett ejected Atlanta manager Bobby Cox
for arguing balls and strikes. The ejection was the 132nd of Cox's managerial career, breaking the major league record previously held by John McGraw
Barrett was behind home plate at Progressive Field
when Los Angeles Angels
pitcher Ervin Santana
threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians
on July 27, 2011.
He was at third base on April 21, 2012, for Philip Humber's perfect game
Barrett was at first base for a combined no-hitter thrown by six Seattle Mariners pitchers against the Los Angeles Dodgers
on June 8, 2012.
He became the only umpire in major league history to be behind the plate for two perfect games on June 13, 2012, when Matt Cain
pitched a perfect game
for the San Francisco Giants
against the Houston Astros
Additionally, Barrett is the only umpire in Major League history to have been on the field for three perfect games.
Barrett was chosen as one of the umpires for the one-game Wild Card
playoff between the Baltimore Orioles
and the Texas Rangers
on October 5, 2012.
He also worked the 2013, 2015 and 2016 AL wild card playoff games.
Barrett was the home plate umpire for game 6 of the 2016 National League Championship Series
in which the Chicago Cubs
won their first National League pennant since 1945.
Barrett was selected as Crew Chief for the 2018 World Series. He was behind the plate for Game 3 which at 7 hours and 20 minutes was the longest game in World Series history.
Barrett is also heavily involved with Christian
ministry, and has earned a master's degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity College and Seminary
. In 2013, he earned a doctorate in theology
, with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry, from Trinity; his dissertation
was "An Investigation of Faith As a Life Principle in the Lives of Major League Umpires".
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