Umpire Tim Welke is retiring, the Associated Press is reporting. Welke had his left knee replaced in January and will need his right knee replaced in June. “I know my body couldn’t go any farther. It’s a young person’s job. It’s the circle of life,” he said.
Welke umpired in the American League for 16 seasons between 1984-99. The 2000 collective bargaining agreement allowed umpires to work both leagues, so he was no longer league-specific. Welke has been a crew chief since 2000 as well. His younger brother Bill is still working and he may switch his uniform number from 52 to 3 to honor his brother, per the AP.
Welke worked four World Series, seven League Championship Series, eight Division Series, and three All-Star Games, including last year’s in Cincinnati. Coincidentally, he would be on the receiving end of a Joey Votto outburst later that season.
We wish Welke well with his upcoming knee replacement and we hope he enjoys retirement.
SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.
Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.
Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.
Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.
Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.
In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.