Meet the Crew - 2006 NLDS Umpires Named

Major League Baseball has assigned Gerry Davis and his crew of five umpires to work the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals - San Diego Padres National League Division Series.

Major League Baseball has assigned the four umpiring crews that will work the American League and National League Division Series, scheduled to begin Tuesday, October 3rd and Wednesday, October 4th. The four crew chiefs will be Tim McClelland (Detroit-Yankees), Randy Marsh (Oakland-Minnesota), John Hirschbeck (Dodgers-Mets) and Gerry Davis (San Diego-St. Louis).

This marks the sixth Division Series for Davis, who is in his 23rd year as a Major League umpire. Davis also has worked seven League Championship Series, three World Series and three All-Star Games.

Davis' crew includes four postseason veterans, plus one first-timer. Brian Gorman has previously worked eight postseason series, Wally Bell seven, Greg Gibson three and Bill Welke one. Marty Foster is receiving his first-ever playoff assignment.

Umpires for the League Championship Series and the 102nd World Series will be announced later.

Crew for the NL Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Diego Padres:

Game One

Umpire

Career Postseason Assignments

HP

Gerry Davis*

5 DS ('96, '99, '02-04); 7 LCS ('90, '92, '95, '98, '00-01, '05); 3 WS ('96, '99, '04)

1B

Bill Welke

1 DS ('03)

2B

Brian Gorman

6 DS ('97, '99-01, '03-04); 1 LCS ('02); 1 WS ('04)

3B

Greg Gibson

3 DS ('01, '03-04); 1 LCS ('05)

LF

Wally Bell

4 DS ('98-99, '03-04); 3 LCS ('00-01, '05)

RF

Marty Foster

(First DS)

* Crew Chief

Gerry Davis - #12 – Crew Chief
MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME:
22 Years
CAREER: Joined the Major League staff in 1985...has worked the All-Star Game (1989, 97, 2002)...attended the Al Somers Umpire School (1976)...previously worked in the Midwest League (1976-77), Eastern League (1978), American Association (1978-82), Florida Instructional League (1977-78) and Puerto Rico Winter League (1979).
PERSONAL: Gerald Sidney Davis...born on February 22, 1953 in St. Louis, MO...currently resides in Appleton, WI...married Lynn (10/9/80)...has one child: Jeremy (3/26/91)...is active with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Make-A-Wish Foundation...was named the 1994 BBWAA Umpire of the Year by the St. Louis Chapter...played semi-pro baseball in the St. Louis area...owns Gerry Davis Sports, which supplies apparel and equipment to amateur officials...proudest moment as a Major League umpire was working behind the plate for Game Six of the 1996 World Series...conducts umpire clinics in the off-season...enjoys playing golf and attending his son's sporting events.



Bill Welke - #52
MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME:
6.5 Years
CAREER: Joined the Major League staff in 1999... attended the Jim Evans Umpire Academy in 1991...previously umpired in the Appalachian League (1991), Midwest League (1992), Florida State League (1993-94), Southern League (1995), Eastern League (1996) and International League (1997-98)...he and his brother Tim were paired together on the same crew in the 2005 regular season.
PERSONAL: William Anthony Welke...born on August 22, 1967 in Coldwater, MI...currently resides in Marshall, MI...married Theresa (10/13/90)...has four children: Erin (3/27/94), Daniel (5/11/96), Jonathon (3/25/99), and Abigal (12/16/02)...received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (Management) from Western Michigan University in 1990...spends time volunteering at children's schools in the off-season...hobbies include hunting and golf.



Brian Gorman - #9
MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME:
14 Years
CAREER: Joined the Major League staff in 1993...has worked the All-Star Game (1998)...graduated from the Wendelstedt Umpire School in 1982...previously umpired in the New York-Penn League (1982), Florida State League (1983-85), Southern League (1986-88) and American Association (1989-92)...his father, Tom, was a Major League player with the New York Giants and a National League umpire from 1951-76...Tom also wore No. 9 in the Major Leagues...Brian and Tom make up the only father-son umpire combo to work home plate at the same park in World Series play; Tom was behind the dish Game 1 of the 1968 Fall Classic at Busch Stadium, while Brian did the honors at Game 3 of the 2004 World Series.
PERSONAL: Born on June 11, 1959 in Whitestone, NY...currently resides in Ventura County, CA...married Marsha (11/3/90)...received a dual B.S. in Marketing Management and Economics from the University of Delaware...began umpiring in his early teens...proudest moment as a Major League umpire was working the 2004 World Series...works as the marketing manager for BabyBits, which is a baby photography business owned by his wife...Gorman's wife is a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times...enjoys golf, boating, exercising and playing with his dog, Beansy, in the off-season...hobbies include reading, golf and fixing things around the house.



Greg Gibson - #53
MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME:
7 Years
CAREER: Joined the Major League staff in 1999...previously umpired in the Appalachian League (1991), Florida Instructional League (1991 and 1994), South Atlantic League (1992), Florida State League (1993), Eastern League (1994-95) and International League (1996-99).
PERSONAL: Gregory Allan Gibson...born on October 2, 1968 in Ironton, OH...currently resides in Catlettsburg, KY...married Michelle (10/7/95)...has three children: Kyle, Cameron and Carter...attended the University of Kentucky and Shawnee State University...proudest moment as an umpire was working the plate in Cincinnati for the first time in 1997.



Wally Bell - #35
MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME:
13 Years
CAREER: Joined the Major League staff in 1993...has umpired the All-Star Game (1997, 2000)...previously worked in the International League, Triple-A Alliance, Dominican Republic League, Southern League, Carolina League, South Atlantic League and New York-Penn League...proudest moment as a Major League umpire was returning to the field after having open heart surgery in 1999.
PERSONAL: Wallace Robert Bell...born on January 10, 1965 in Ravenna, OH...currently resides in Canfield, OH...has two children: Jason Patrick (8/10/99) and Lindsey Jane (9/27/00)...does charity work for the American Heart Association...hobbies include golf and fishing.



Marty Foster - #60
MAJOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME:
7 Years
CAREER: Joined the Major League staff in 1999...has worked the All-Star Game (2002)...worked the Opening Series 2000 between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets in Tokyo, Japan...previously umpired in the Appalachian League (1988), Midwest League (1989), Southern League (1991-93), International League (1994), Pacific Coast League (1995-96), American Association (1997) and International League (1998-99).
PERSONAL: Martin Robert Foster...born on November 25, 1963 in Denver, CO...currently resides in Beloit, WI...married Mary (11/21/98)...received an associate's degree from Grand Junction Mesa College in 1984...played high school baseball at Thomas Jefferson High School...began his umpiring career in 1986 in a Denver summer league...works with the St. Croix Charity Golf Outing to benefit Queen Louise Home for Orphaned Children...Sponsors an orphan every year for the Queen Louise Home in St. Croix...hobbies include golf, weight training and racquetball...attends as many Big 10 football games as possible.


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