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Player: Randazzo, Tony


Position: Umpire

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"I love umpiring because it's never the same. Every day is different. I couldn't have a job and sit behind a desk for eight hours. That's just not for me. Every three days I'm in a different city. I've traveled all over the United States and met some great people. Plus, I like the challenge. I want to have a perfect game." (Tony Randazzo)

Anthony John Randazzo (born January 11, 1965) is an American umpire in Major League Baseball. After working in the National League in 1999, he has umpired in both Major Leagues since 2000.

Tony made his umpiring debut in the 1989 New York-Penn League and advanced to the Florida State League (1990-1991), Texas League (1992-1993), American Association (1994-1995) and Pacific Coast League (1996-1999). He joined the National League staff in 1999, being brought on after the failed mass resignation ploy by members of the Umpires' Association late that season. He was then added to the combined major league staff in 2000.

Randazzo worked the 2001 and 2012 All-Star Games, the 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 & 2021 Division Series, the 2010 & 2015 LCS, and the 2016 World Series.

He missed the 2008 season due to neck surgery. On May 12, 2017, he was hit in the face by a Johnny Cueto fastball in the 5th inning when Billy Hamilton squared off to bunt but pulled away at the last minute, leaving C Buster Posey unable to catch the pitch. He fell to the ground but stayed in the game after being examined by the Giants' trainer. However, as the game went into extra innings, he left in the 13th and second base umpire Clint Fagan took over for him. Randazzo then missed almost a month of action, only umpiring his next game on June 9th.

Randazzo's father George is founder and chairman of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1977 in Chicago. His brother Marc is a Florida restaurant owner and former World Boxing Council Continental Cruiserweight Champion. He is also the cousin of Wayne Randazzo, the television play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Angels.

(excerpted from BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


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