Mexican umpire Alfonso Márquez will work in fourth World Series


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Mexican umpire Alfonso Márquez will work in fourth World Series

Mexican umpire Alfonso Márquez will work his fourth Major League World Series, so he’s guaranteed his 100th game working in the postseason in his 23-year career and the chance to be behind the plate if there is a decisive seventh game.

Márquez, 49, debuted as an umpire in the Major Leagues in 1999 and it was until 2006 that he was called up to his first World Series, and then repeated in 2011 and 2015, years in which he was in a couple of games behind the plate that they made history.

The Zacatecas native will be the second with the most experience in Fall Classics, as he is only surpassed by his great friend Ted Barrett, who is called for the fifth time. Tom Hallion and Ron Kulpa will be making their second time, while Chris Conroy, Dan Bellino and Mike Muchlinski will make their debuts.

In Game 1 Tuesday, in which the Atlanta Braves are on the road to the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, Conroy will be behind the plate, with group boss Hallion starting, Bellino at second, Barrett at third, Muchlinski at the left meadow and Márquez on the right. Kulpa will remain as a reserve.

Kulpa will be the umpire behind home plate in Game 2 in Houston on Wednesday, while the guaranteed first two at Truist Park in Atlanta will include Hallion in Game 3 and Bellino in Game 4.

If the series extends beyond Game 4, Barrett will work through Game 5 this Sunday. In Houston for the possible last two games, Muchlinski is behind the plate in Game 6 and Marquez in Game 7.

Pat Hoberg and Tim Timmons will be the referees in the replay room in New York.

Marquez worked this postseason in the Division Series between the Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers, reaching a total of 98 playoff games since he had the first in a division series on October 9, 2001.

His first World Series game was on October 21, 2006 at Comerica Park working first base, and he witnessed Albert Pujols’ first home run in a Fall Classic when he was a road trip with the St. Louis Cardinals against the Detroit Tigers. The next day, he was in his first game behind home plate.

In the 2011 World Series on October 22, he was behind the plate at Rangers Ballpark in Game 3 and was part of the story of Pujols’ three home runs against the Texas Rangers, something only Babe Ruth ( 1926, 1928), Reggie Jackson (1977) and Pablo Sandoval (2012).

In 2015 he returned to the Fall Classic and in Game 5 he was behind the plate at Citi Field in New York, in the Kansas City Royals’ coronation game against the New York Mets.

Now he returns to his fourth World Series and if the series is extended to a seventh game, he will fulfill part of his dream of being behind the plate in the decisive game, because the complete dream is to do it as group leader and start and finish the series working at home.


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