Triple-A Baseball announced today that the umpire crew of Nick Mahrley, Nic Lentz, Billy Cunha and Jeremy Riggs have been selected to work the 30th annual Triple-A All-Star Game. The contest is held, for the first time, at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington on Wednesday, July 12. All four men will be working their first Triple-A All-Star Game.
Four-year Pacific Coast League umpire Nick Mahrley will man the plate. He has been a professional umpire since 2007, also working in the Gulf Coast, New York-Penn, Midwest, Carolina, Florida State, Eastern, Venezuelan and Arizona Fall Leagues in that time. The suburban Chicago native worked MLB Spring Training for the first time this year.
27-year-old Nic Lentz will work first base. He has been in the International League for the past four seasons. Prior to that, he made stops in the New York-Penn, Midwest, Florida State, Eastern and Venezuelan Leagues. The Michigan resident also spent two years in the Arizona Fall League (2014-15). Lentz has umpired over 100 games in Major League Baseball since his debut in 2016.
Handling responsibilities at second base will be Billy Cunha. The California native is a third-year PCL umpire, following a two-year run in the Eastern League. The 34-year-old, in his eighth season in the professional ranks, has also umpired in the California, Midwest and Northwest Leagues.
The IL's Jeremy Riggs, a nine-year professional umpire, has third base. The Virginia resident came to the IL from the Southern League in 2015. He has also worked in the South Atlantic, Carolina, Appalachian and Gulf Coast Leagues.
The 2017 CHI Franciscan Health Triple-A All-Star Game presented by Gildan will be hosted by the Tacoma Rainiers and broadcast live on MLB Network and MiLB.TV on Wednesday, July 12 at 6:05 p.m. PDT. Fans can also catch the game on the go with the MiLB First Pitch app. All-Star festivities will also include the Triple-A Home Run Derby on Monday, July 10, where three All-Stars from each league will compete for a chance to win the Home Run Derby Championship Belt. Fans who are interested in more information on the events are encouraged to visit the official website of the Tacoma Rainiers, www.tacomarainiers.com.
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