Saturday, June 16, 2007
(posted by OMDQ)
In the ten years since I entered the work force, I've had a lot of jobs - shift manager at McDonald's, research at the Baseball Hall of Fame, Media Relations Manager for a minor league baseball team, stock boy at Target, high school paraprofessional. I've been around. But my goal that entire time, the one thing I've always wanted, is to have an actual career, something to hang my hat on for the next thirty years.
Bruce Froemming has had a career. The longest-tenured major league umpire not named Bill Klem, Froemming announced on Friday that he plans to hang 'em up at the end of the 2007 season. By that point, he will have worked more than fifty seasons as an umpire, including 37 years and more than 5,100 games that the major leauge level. Think about it: that's ten more years than Nolan Ryan and Cap Anson played, 1,600 more games than Pete Rose appeared in. Those are some incredible numbers.
Expect Froemming to be honored at this year's All-Star Game in Pittsburgh, where Major League Baseball had originally planned to announce his retirement.