These Are All of the Umpiring Crews—and the Parks They Work—in MLB 12 The ShowAs is well known, the officiating in MLB 12 The Show can be set to a variable quality of accuracy. You can either have it perfect, or home plate umpires can have personal strike zones and tendencies, blow close plays and refuse to ring up hitters on a checked swing.


Those who frequently play MLB The Show, which has included umpiring "personalities" as far back as 2007, can even develop expectations of what a particular umpire will and won't call for a strike at the edges of the standard strike zone. It leads to some pretty humorous complaining, very much like what you hear from managers, pitchers and booth analysts in real life.

One thing you can't do, however, is pick your umpire. If Porter Callahan gives the outside strike to right handers (I'm making that up, I have no idea if he does) you can't select him to go behind home plate.

Or can you?

In putting together my version of Deadspin's "Better Know an Umpire", I discovered that all umpiring crews in MLB 12 The Show's Exhibition mode—the one-off "play now" mode—are fixed to each stadium. What's more, the same group of four all work together, rotating their assignments at other stadiums. Kerwin Thompson, Rusty Valentine (which sounds like an Urban Dictionary entry), Tom Reyburn and C.B. Hernandez will not work with anyone else.

In the career modes—franchise, season and Road to the Show—crews will officiate outside of their assigned parks but they still seem to all work in the same groupings of four.

So, here is the definitive guide to the better knowledge of an umpire in MLB 12 The Show—the officiating assignments for all 30 major league teams. Luckily, that blind dickbag Wally Hughes is behind the plate only in Baltimore.

Arizona

Home plate: Earl Hendricks
First base: Woody Keller
Second base: Wally Hughes
Third base: Clyde Washington

Atlanta

Home plate: Jeff Carlson
First base: James Gibson
Second base: Ricky Holliday
Third base: Marvin Knight

Baltimore

Home plate: Wally Hughes
First base: Clyde Washington
Second base: Earl Hendricks
Third base: Woody Keller

Boston

Home plate: Porter Callahan
First base: Dutch Nelson
Second base: Patrick Johnson
Third base: Earl Cooper

Chicago Cubs

Home plate: James Gibson
First base: Ricky Holliday
Second base: Marvin Knight
Third base: Jeff Carlson

Chicago White Sox

Home plate: Clyde Washington
First base: Earl Hendricks
Second base: Woody Keller
Third base: Wally Hughes

Cincinnati

Home plate: Clyde Washington
First base: Earl Hendricks
Second base: Woody Keller
Third base: Wally Hughes

Cleveland

Home plate: Dutch Nelson
First base: Patrick Johnson
Second base: Earl Cooper
Third base: Porter Callahan

Colorado

Home plate: Patrick Johnson
First base: Earl Cooper
Second base: Porter Callahan
Third base: Dutch Nelson

Detroit

Home plate: Joe MacDonald
First base: Mike Winters
Second base: Eric Summersgill
Third base: Freddie Ferguson

Houston

Home plate: Dutch Nelson
First base: Patrick Johnson
Second base: Earl Cooper
Third base: Porter Callahan

Kansas City

Home plate: C.B. Hernandez
First base: Tom Reyburn
Second base: Kerwin Thompson
Third base: Rusty Valentine

Los Angeles Angels

Home plate: Earl Hendricks
First base: Woody Keller
Second base: Wally Hughes
Third base: Clyde Washington

Los Angeles Dodgers

Home plate: Mike Winters
First base: Eric Summersgill
Second base: Freddie Ferguson
Third base: Joe MacDonald

Miami

Home plate: Woody Keller
First base: Wally Hughes
Second base: Clyde Washington
Third base: Earl Hendricks

Milwaukee

Home plate: Joe MacDonald
First base: Mike Winters
Second base: Eric Summersgill
Third base: Freddie Ferguson

Minnesota

Home plate: Marvin Knight
First base: Keff Carlson
Second base: James Gibson
Third base: Ricky Holliday

New York Mets

Home plate: Freddie Ferguson
First base: Joe MacDonald
Second base: Mike Winters
Third base: Eric Summersgill

New York Yankees

Home plate: Freddie Ferguson
First base: Joe MacDonald
Second base: Mike Winters
Third base: Eric Summersgill

Oakland

Home plate: Patrick Johnson
First base: Earl Cooper
Second base: Porter Callahan
Third base: Dutch Nelson

Philadelphia

Home plate: Kerwin Thompson
First base: Rusty Valentine
Second base: C.B. Hernandez
Third base: Tom Reyburn

Pittsburgh

Home plate: Rusty Valentine
First base: C.B. Hernandez
Second base: Tom Reyburn
Third base: Kerwin Thompson

San Diego

Home plate: Tom Reyburn
First base: Kerwin Thompson
Second base: Rusty Valentine
Third base: C.B. Hernandez

San Francisco

Home plate: Jeff Carlson
First base: James Gibson
Second base: Ricky Holliday
Third base: Marvin Knight

Seattle

Home plate: Eric Summersgill
First base: Freddie Ferguson
Second base: Joe MacDonald
Third base: Mike Winters

St. Louis

Home plate: Marvin Knight
First base: Jeff Carlson
Second base: James Gibson
Third base: Ricky Holliday

Tampa Bay

Home plate: Kerwin Thompson
First base: Rusty Valentine
Second base: C.B. Hernandez
Third base: Tom Reyburn

Texas

Home plate: Tom Reyburn
First base: Kerwin Thompson
Second base: Rusty Valentine
Third base: C.B. Hernandez

Toronto

Home plate: Ricky Holliday
First base: Marvin Knight
Second base: Jeff Carlson
Third base: James Gibson

Washington

Home plate: Porter Callahan
First base: Dutch Nelson
Second base: Patrick Johnson
Third base: Earl Cooper