The Dominican Republic's Ramon de Jesus and Puerto Rico's Roberto Ortiz, a pair of 30-somethings who are the first Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires from their respective homelands, finished more than a week on the same crew in the Atlanta-at-Philadelphia series on Aug. 30. Following that series, de Jesus, in his initial season as a full-time MLB umpire, and Ortiz, in his third year as a regular call-up, moved to separate crews.
The Puertorequeno later hooked up with Carlos Torres, second-ever full-timer from Venezuela, for Tampa Bay at New York Yankees, then Ortiz shifted to yet other crews in a "rover" role to work the Yankees-Mets Subway Series at Citi Field in Queens and Philadelphia at the Mets, while de Jesus moved to another foursome to do Toronto at Boston and the Red Sox vs. the Blue Jays in Buffalo.
In other series involving Blue Hombres, MLB's Latino umpires, the past week:
Florida's Angel Hernandez, a Cuban-born veteran crew chief who has chalked up more games than any other Blue Hombre in history, worked the Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, St. Louis at Cincinnati; Manny Gonzalez, first full-time MLB arbiter from Venezuela, called Minnesota at Detroit, Detroit at Milwaukee, and; Carlos Torres, second Venezuelan to become a full-timer in The Show, worked Tampa Bay at Miami; another Floridian, Laz Diaz handled Kansas City at Chicago White Sox, White Sox at Minnesota, and White Sox at Kansas City; rookie MLB operative Jose Navas of Venezuela, Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, Cubs at Pittsburgh, and Yankees at Baltimore; another Venezolano rookie, Edwin Moscoso, San Francisco at Arizona and San Francisco at Colorado; Alfonzo "Fonzie" Marquez, a pioneer as first MLB umpire born in Mexico and in initial campaign as a crew chief, Seattle at Los Angeles Angels, Arizona at Los Angeles Dodgers, and Dodgers at Arizona.