Better Know An Umpire: Lance BarksdaleErik Malinowski6/29/12 3:00pmFiled to: Better Know An UmpireLance barksdaleNewsMlbUmpiresAppic1EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkWelcome 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.)AdvertisementName: Lance BarksdaleUniform number: 23AdvertisementAge: 45Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 175 poundsFirst year as MLB umpire: 2000SponsoredTotal MLB games worked through 2011: 1,500 (home plate: 373)Previous experience: Appalachian League, South Atlantic League, Florida State League, Florida Instructional League, Southern League, Pacific Coast League, Arizona Fall League, International LeagueAdvertisementCareer ejections: 35No-hitters called: NoneOver/under record (2000-2011): 167-181AdvertisementHated in: Miami, PhiladelphiaNotable alleged blown calls: Phillies-Astros, July 3, 2007; Pirates-Cardinals, May 13, 2009; Marlins-Rays, June 19, 2010.Claim to fame: Was at first base for both Greg Maddux's 300th win and Johan Santana's recent no-hitter. Was also the home plate umpire the night 15,000 vuvuzelas were given out at a Marlins game, and the first umpire to have his home run call overturned via instant replay. Barksdale also called Randy Johnson's 20-strikeout game in 2001.