Director, Umpire Development
Email address: DDellinger@MiLB.com
Dusty was named Director in October 2014 after joining the Umpire Development staff as a Field Evaluator/Instructor in May of 2008. He guides a staff of nine field evaluators and medical coordinator while ensuring qualified umpires are in place for all 16 domestic Minor Leagues. He works closely with Major League Baseball's Umpiring Department on a variety of issues including mechanics, rule interpretations, Arizona Fall League assignments and new hires. Dusty is responsible for all personnel moves including the hiring, leave of absence and releases for 225 Minor League Umpires. During the year he coordinates all operational umpire meetings and deals directly with the AMLU on articles and policies contained within the Collective Bargaining Agreement to ensure umpires, leagues and evaluation staff adhere to.
After graduating from umpire school, Dellinger spent eleven seasons as an umpire in the International, Southern, Carolina, South Atlantic and New York-Penn Leagues. During his five years at the Triple-A level, he was awarded two Arizona Fall League invites and worked part-time at the Major League Level. Dusty spent two off-seasons umpiring in the Puerto Rico Winter League and was selected to umpire the Inaugural World Baseball Classic. Dellinger is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and currently resides in China Grove, North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Catawba College.