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Olivet College almnus Scott Barry selected as umpire for Tigers-A's series
Oct 09, 2012

Originally published in the Battle Creek Enquirer Oct. 5, 2012

Scott Barry will get to work his first postseason game in his home state.

Barry, completing just his second season as a full-time major league umpire, has been selected to work the AL division series between Detroit and Oakland. Game 1 of that series is Saturday night in Detroit.

Barry was born in Battle Creek and was a three-sport standout at Quincy High School before going to Olivet College.

The 36-year-old was the lone umpire with no previous postseason experience announced Friday among the 24 for the division series. He was a minor league ump from 2000-10 and started as a big league fill-in in 2005.

Barry will be in right field for today’s opener, which means under the normal rotation he will not work behind the plate in the best-of-five series.

Dana DeMuth heads that crew, with Gerry Davis, Brian Gorman and Joe West crew chiefs for the other series.

During his experience in the minor league, Barry worked in the Midwest League in 2002.

According to his bio on MLB.com, Barry says his favorite career moment was when his brother, a member of the Army, delivered the game ball to the mound at Comerica Park in Detroit after returning from deployment in Iraq.

Associated Press contributed to this report


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