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Player: Rapuano, Ed

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Edward Stephen Rapuano Jr. (born September 30, 1957 in New Haven, CT) is an umpire supervisor in Major League Baseball who was a major league umpire from 1990, when he began working in the National League, until 2012. He began his professional career in the New York-Penn League in 1985 and moved up to the Florida State League (1986-1987), Southern League (1988) and Triple-A Alliance (1989) before making it to the majors in 1990.

He worked the 1995 and 2008 All-Star Games, the 2001 and 2003 World Series, and the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He also umpired five League Championship Series and eight Division Series. He has also conducted baseball clinics in Italy.

In 2011, Rapuano was appointed a crew chief. He umpired 23 seasons and 2,846 regular season games before retiring after the 2012 season. He then became an umpiring evaluator for Major League Baseball and participated in the evaluation and training of minor league umpires.

Notably, in 2002, Ed made contact with New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine during an exchange in a game with the Florida Marlins. Valentine was subsequently ejected from the game and fined, although no disciplinary action was taken against Rapuano for allegedly making contact with Valentine. Ed acknowledged the contact, but claimed it was accidental.

In August 2009, Ed, the home plate umpire ejected Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino for arguing balls and strikes from his position in the outfield. After calling a Rodrigo López pitch a ball, Rapuano claimed he then warned Victorino for gesturing with his arms. According to Rapuano, Victorino repeated the gesture, leading to the ejection. While Victorino did not admit to gesturing twice, he did say, "I've got to hold myself accountable".

Ed's notable games include:

  • home plate umpire for Kent Mercker's no-hitter on April 8, 1994;
  • at third base on August 7, 2004, for Greg Maddux's 300th win;
  • third-base umpire for Roy Halladay's no-hitter in the 2010 National League Division Series;
  • second base during Jered Weaver's no-hitter on May 2, 2012.

Ed's father, Ed Rapuano Sr. or "Ed Rap," as he's known in East Haven, was an umpire for over 50 years, and is a legend in the East Haven/New Haven area. Ed Rap also served as president of the Greater New Haven Baseball Umpires Association.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)

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