Players across all professional leagues have been opting out of season starts/restarts. But they’re not alone anymore. Umpires as well.
According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, 11 Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires have decided to opt-out of/declined to participate in the upcoming season.
This represents a little more than 12% of all umps, as the MLB lists nearly 90 umpires currently employed.
A typical regular-season crew consists of four umpires, with 19 crews scheduled to work throughout. That means 76 umps are “on” at any given time.
Umpires, just like players, require days off from time to time to rest and relax. Losing 11 men would put a massive dent in the off days of the current crews. But with the cancellation of the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) season, there’s a possibility some of those umps will get a chance to call a big-league game.