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Mike Winters
Mike Winters 2011.jpg
Winters in 2011
Born: (1958-11-19) November 19, 1958 (age 60)
Oceanside, California
July 9, 1988
Crew Information
Umpiring crewD
Crew members
Career highlights and awards
Special Assignments

Michael John Winters (born November 19, 1958) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the National League from 1988 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues since 2000, wearing number 33. For the 2011 season, Winters was named a crew chief following the retirements of Jerry Crawford, Mike Reilly, and Chuck Meriwether.

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(classical piano music) - My name is Mike Winters. I'm a third-year PhD student in Music Technology at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology. As an undergrad, I was a Physics and Music double major. I played piano about three hours a day, and, when I wasn't doing that, I was active doing Physics research, and one day it kind of clicked to me how I could use music to convey information about physics and about science and it's really inspired me to go further in music and do things with it that I never thought were possible. (somber piano music) I've been playing piano since I was seven-years old. I'm 28 now. I took about a year off, so I've been playing for about 20 years. Piano, obviously, means a lot to me. I was a Piano Major in college, and, since then, I've practiced for almost every day. Continuing, and it just means a lot to be able to continue to get better over time and become more and more expressive and have increased amount of controls and expressive capacities with the instrument. I play very much so that I can become a better pianist, which means a lot of pain, practicing. A lot of hard work goes into it, and a lot of time is spent perfecting my touch and my sound so that I can become a better pianist. (classical piano music) As a pianist at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, we all have different sort of musical backgrounds and musical experiences, and it's really great to be on a campus, and in a Music Department on a campus like Georgia Tech, working on expressive and beautiful things having to do with music. (classical piano music) (whimsical piano music)


Umpiring career

He umpired in the minor leagues from 1982 to 1989 before joining the NL's regular staff in 1990. Winters has worn uniform number 33 his entire career. He has officiated the All-Star Game in 1995, 2007, 2010, and 2016, the Division Series in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018, the League Championship Series in 1997, 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2012, and the 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2015 World Series. He was crew chief for the Division Series in 1998, 1999, 2014, and 2018.


On September 23, 2007, Winters was accused of "baiting" San Diego Padres outfielder Milton Bradley in a game against the Colorado Rockies. When Bradley came to the plate in the eighth inning, plate umpire Brian Runge asked him if he had thrown his bat toward Runge following a strikeout in the fifth inning. Bradley denied having done so and asked Runge if Winters had told him that. Runge said Winters had not. After reaching first base, Bradley asked Winters if he had told Runge that Bradley had thrown his bat toward Runge, and Winters told him that he had indeed thrown his bat.[1] Bradley began arguing about the allegation, and Winters replied that he should "shut the fuck up and play the game," whereupon Bradley continued to argue and complained that Winters was "treating him like a piece of shit."[2] Winters reportedly replied that Bradley was a "fucking piece of shit," after which Bradley lunged at Winters and tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee while being restrained by manager Bud Black. Bradley later called Winters' reaction "the most unprofessional and most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. It's terrible. And now, because of him, my knee's hurt." Three days later, Major League Baseball suspended Winters for the remainder of the 2007 season due to his aiming a profanity at Bradley.

Former Giants player Charlie Hayes also accused Winters of telling him to "go fuck himself" after Hayes was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in a June 1998 game, after which Hayes had to be restrained by then manager Dusty Baker. Winters denied that he had said that.[3]

Notable games

On August 17, 1992, Winters was the home plate umpire for Kevin Gross' no-hitter.[4]

On June 28, 2007, Winters was at second base when Toronto Blue Jay Frank Thomas hit his 500th career home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Carlos Silva. Later in the game, Thomas was ejected by plate umpire Mark Wegner for arguing balls and strikes, with Toronto manager John Gibbons also getting thrown out.[5]

He was chosen as one of the umpires for the one-game Wild Card playoff between the Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals on October 5, 2012.[6]

On July 13, 2013, Winters served as the third base umpire for Tim Lincecum's no-hitter vs San Diego, his first no-hitter as a crew chief.[7]

Winters served as one of three MLB umpire representatives for the November 2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series.[8]

Winters was chosen as the crew chief in the 2017 American League Wild Card Game.

Personal life

Winters went to college at San Diego State University and he currently lives in Carlsbad, California. He completed the New York City Marathon in 2007.[9]

See also

List of Major League Baseball umpires


  1. ^ "MLB suspends umpire over Milton Bradley spat". CBC Sports. 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  2. ^ "How much does batshit crazy cost?". Desipio. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  3. ^ Schulman, Henry (2007-09-25). "Padres' GM thinks S.F. will look to the stars". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-09-26.
  4. ^ Retrosheet Boxscore: Los Angeles Dodgers 2, San Francisco Giants 0.
  5. ^ Momentum of Thomas' 500th homer erased as Twins rally. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
  6. ^ Umpires for Wild Card Games, Division Series announced Darling, Kellogg Will Serve As Crew Chiefs for Wild Card Games; Davis, DeMuth, Gorman and West Assigned to Lead Division Series Crews. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "Freak No-Hitter: Lincecum Dices Padres for 2013 No-No 2." Close Call Sports and the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. July 14, 2013.
  8. ^ Imber, Gil (November 11, 2014). "Roster: 2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series". Close Call Sports & Umpire Ejection Fantasy League.
  9. ^ "UEFL Profile of MLB Umpire: Mike Winters." Close Call Sports and the Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. March 8, 2013.

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