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Area native part of a grand tradition

Upper Peninsula residents will have the chance to see one of their own participating in Major League Baseball’s All-Star game.

But this participant won’t have a glove or a bat … he will be monitoring the action from his assigned spot in right field.

He’s Marquette’s own Adam Hamari, who will be one of six umpires at Coors Field in Denver working the contest.

It’s not the first time Hamari has been given a special assignment. Hamari worked as a replay umpire during the divisional series round of last fall’s playoffs.

In a Thursday Mining Journal sports page story, Hamari’s baseball background was detailed. Hamari, who has worked in the majors for more than a decade, became a full-time MLB umpire in 2017. This is his first All-Star game appearance with Lance Barrett at third base and David Rackley in left field also first-time All-Star umpires.

We here at the newspaper can attest to Hamari’s work ethic as while he still lived in the area he covered a number of sporting events as a “stringer.” He was excellent in what he produced.

We are excited to watch his umpiring skills being part of baseball’s mid-season big night.

The 91st annual Midsummer Classic will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and will be broadcast on FOX. Tune in to see a special Yooper take the field.

— The (Marquette) Mining Journal

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