Better Know An Umpire: Ron Kulpa [Better Know An Umpire]

Welcome to Better Know An Umpire , an effort to educate ourselves on the human elements who have ultimate decision-making power over some 2,500 Major League Baseball games a year. (All cumulative statistics are through the 2011 season, unless otherwise stated.) Name: Ron Kulpa Uniform number: 46 Age: 43 Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 220 pounds First year as MLB umpire: 1998 Total MLB games worked through 2011: 1,643 (home plate: 416) Previous experience: North­west League, Midwest League, Carolina League, Southern League, Texas League, Pacific Coast League Career ejections: 34 No-hitters called: One (Justin Verlander, 2007) Over/under record ( 1999-2011 ): 167-204 Hated in: San Francisco, northeast Texas Notable alleged blown call: Rangers-Cardinals , October 22, 2011 (Game 3, World Series). Claim to fame: For so enraging Boston’s Carl Everett that the surly outfielder headbutted Kulpa in 2000, resulting in a 10-game suspension

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Better Know An Umpire: Ron Kulpa [Better Know An Umpire]