The Coastal Plain League is proud to announce that two former CPL umpires, Nate White and Matt McCoy, have been selected as umpires for the MLB XM All-Star Futures Game on July 13 at Hicks Field in Minneapolis Minnesota. Both McCoy and White will call the Futures Game as well as the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game scheduled for later that day.
McCoy spent the 2008 summer as an umpire in the Coastal Plain League before receiving his call-up to the the minors later that year. He has since climbed his way up the double-A’s Southern League where he has been one of the league’s best officials. In addition to covering third base duties in the XM All-Star Futures Game, McCoy also earned the honor of being named the home plate umpire for the 2014 Southern League All-Star Game held earlier this season on June 17.
Meanwhile, White was a CPL umpire in 2009 and has since worked his way up to the Texas League. He was named the XM All-Star Futures Game second base umpire for 2014.
In addition to McCoy and White, two other umpire alums have earned All-Star nods so far this season. Joining McCoy in the Southern League All-Star Game was Shane Livensparger at second and Jeremy Riggs at third. Both Riggs and Livensparger worked in the CPL during the 2009 season.
The CPL is proud to call itself a developmental league for not only players but umpires as well. Helping the CPL do this is its partnership with the Professional Baseball Umpire Corp (PBUC). The CPL and PBUC partnered up prior to the 2008 Coastal Plain League season with PBUC providing its reserve umpires to the CPL. The agreement allows reserve list umpires to continue to develop their skills in a competitive environment, while waiting for the call from PBUC to work Minor League Baseball games.
Since 2008, an impressive 102 umpires have moved on to work games in Minor League Baseball with seven having already been called up in 2014 alone.
About the Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Further more, the CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 70 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far; while another notable alum – Russell Wilson – won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at CoastalPlain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as CPLBaseball).