Minot native Gary Cederstrom umpiring his fourth World Series
Gary Cederstrom added another accolade to his long list of accomplishments Tuesday in Houston during Game 1 of the 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.
Cederstrom, who is in his 26th season as a Major League umpire, is in the middle of working his fourth World Series this October — the second time as the crew chief. He previously worked the 2005, 2011 and 2015 Fall Classics.
The Minot High School and Minot State University graduate was also the crew chief for the American League Division Series between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins this postseason.
Alongside umpiring a plethora of postseason games, Cederstrom has also worked a pair of All-Star games and was behind home plate when Johan Santana threw the first New York Mets no-hitter in 2012.
Cederstrom started from humble beginnings and worked his way up from being a North Dakota High School Activities Association official to being one of the most respected umpires in the MLB. He was inducted into the Minot Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 and was the grand marshal for the 2016 North Dakota State Fair parade.
During the 115th Fall Classic, Cederstrom will lead a crew consisting of Sam Holbrook, Lance Barksdale, Doug Eddings, James Hoye, Alan Porter and Jim Wolf. All seven umpires on the field throughout the World Series were assigned to this year’s Division Series.
The umpires will wear a uniform patch in memory of Eric Cooper, who passed away recently at the age of 52. Cooper was an MLB umpire for 21 years and worked the 2014 World Series, among many postseason assignments.
All World Series games are being exclusively televised on FOX. Game 2 gets underway at 7:07 p.m. this evening.
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