MLB Appoints First Black Umpire Crew Chief

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Kerwin Danley has become the first black umpire crew chief in the history of Major League Baseball after a series of promotions Thursday.

The promotions also highlighted several other first for minority umpiring in the MLB, according to the AP. Alfonso Marquez became the second Hispanic crew chief in MLB history. Ramon De Jesus became the first Dominican-born umpire in the MLB. There have been 10 full-time African American umpires in major league baseball since Emmett Ashford in 1966. (RELATED: Toronto Blue Jays Player Reese McGuire Arrested For Masturbating In Public)

ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 25: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cincinnati Reds is thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Kerwin Danley #44 after arguing a third strike call in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Danley has worked two World Series and 10 postseason games as well as two All-Star Games. The 58-year old called his first major league game in 1992 and was hired full-time by the league in 1998. Danley played baseball at San Diego State and was a teammate of Bud Black during his time there. The future hall-of-famer scored his 3,000 hit during a 1999 game in Montreal, a game that Danley was umpiring. 

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 09: Manager Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers speaks with home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez about Walker Buehler #21 during the third inning of game five of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Marquez, 47, was the first Mexican-born umpire to work in major league baseball when he joined the league in 1999. He has worked three World Series, 15 postseason games and two All-Star Games. 

HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 01: Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros not happy with home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg’s strike three call in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Minute Maid Park on August 1, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Crew chiefs Jeff Kellogg, Dana DeMuth, Gary Cederstrom and Mike Everitt have all retired from their positions as crew chief, with Kellogg and Everitt becoming MLB umpire supervisors. DeMuth was a major league umpire for 36 years and appeared in five World Series, the same amount of appearances as Kellogg in his 27 years.