KTVU Sports Director Mark Ibanez To Umpire Pacifics Game August 30th
San Rafael, CA- KTVU Sports Director Mark Ibanez, the longest running sports reporter and anchor in the Bay Area, will be “embedded” as a base umpire for the August 30th San Rafael Pacifics game vs. the Vallejo Admirals at Albert Park in San Rafael.
Ibanez’ umpiring stint will be taped and aired by KTVU on a date yet to be determined.
“I’m fascinated by what makes umpires tick,” said Ibanez. “It’s a tough job under a lot of pressure so it’ll be really interesting for our viewers to see what it’s like from the inside.”
The Pacifics and Admirals are members of the independent minor league Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs.
“Having Mark Ibanez as a part of our crew will hopefully give people a better idea of what it takes to be a pro baseball umpire,” said Pacific Association umpire crew chief Dean Poteet. “Let’s hope he doesn’t take too much flak from the players, coaches or fans.”
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