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Takeshi Hirabayashi to ump an MLB exhibition game

by on Mar.19, 2010 @ 10:51 pm, under MLB

Sounds like Takeshi Hirabayashi is going to get a shot at umpiring an MLB exhibition game.  While Japanese umps have umpired exhibition games before in the past, this will be the first time a Japanese ump has worked his way up from the minor leagues.

Hirabayashi has been working in the US minor leagues since 2005 and has worked his way up to umpiring AAA games.

I'm not entirely sure which game (or games) he'll be working, but it seems like it'll be at some point between 4/1 and 4/3 in the Cactus League.