Minor Leagues to Have European Umpire

Zdenek Zidek from the Czech Republic will be working in the Gulf Coast League. According to Mister Baseball he will be the first European umpire in minor league baseball. Zidek also was a softball umpire at the 11th WBSC Junior Women’s Softball World Championship.

The Gulf Coast League is the lowest level of minor leagues composed of players who were just drafted by their major league clubs. The league starts just after the draft in late June. It is made up of 17 teams in the Florida area played at spring training parks. There is no admission to watch teams play in the Gulf Coast League.

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