Welcome to Better Know An Umpire, an effort to educate ourselves on the human elements who have ultimate decision-making power over some 2,500 Major League Baseball games a year. (All cumulative statistics are through the 2011 season, unless otherwise stated.)
Name: Mark Carlson
Uniform number: 6
Height/weight: 6 feet, 210 pounds
First year as MLB umpire: 1999
Total MLB games worked through 2011: 1,527 (home plate: 392)
Previous experience: Pioneer League, Midwest League, Florida State League, Southern League, International League, Arizona Fall League
Career ejections: 39
No-hitters called: None
Over/under record (1999-2011): 156-190
Hated in: Chicago
Scouting report from Major League Umpires' Performance, 2007-2010, by Andy Goldblatt:
And though Carlson's walk rate increased substantially after 2007, he remained favorable to pitchers, posting the second-lowest R/9 among umpires from 2007 through 2009. ... Although he isn't known for a short fuse, he doesn't take a lot of guff, either. His career ejection rate of 2.6 percent is nearly 20 percent higher than average.
Scouting report from a Bleacher Report writer:
Perhaps a new set of guidelines for job performance is what we need. If they can't be followed, well, Mark Carlson...you're outta here!
Average K/9 (2011): 14.6
Average BB/9 (2011): 5.6
True fact: Served in the Marine Corps for one year before being honorably discharged for medical reasons.
On umpiring: "You can't get caught up in the moment. You have to realize you are doing your job, [that] 50,000 people are here."
Strike 3 call:
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