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Chadwick Jarrett Fairchild (born December 30, 1970) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He wore number 75 until the 2014 season, when he changed to number 4 (formerly worn by Tim Tschida).[1][2] He has worked in one All-Star Game (2013) and four Division Series (2011, 2012, 2015, 2018). In 2017, he worked the ALCS between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees and was the plate umpire for Game 1.

Chad Fairchild
Chad Fairchild in 2017 (cropped).jpg
Fairchild in 2017
Born: (1970-12-30) December 30, 1970 (age 48)
Sandusky, Ohio
September 30, 2004
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Fairchild has worked in both major leagues since umpiring his first game on September 30, 2004.[1] He has umpired professionally since 1997, having worked in the Gulf Coast League, New York–Penn League, South Atlantic League, Florida State League, Southern League and International League before reaching the majors.[2] He also officiated in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

Fairchild was listed by The Hardball Times as having one of the smallest strike zones in the 2011 season.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Fairchild is a native of Wakeman, Ohio. [4]Fairchild lives in Florida, and has one son.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Chad Fairchild". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
  2. ^ a b c "Chad Fairchild – 75". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
  3. ^ Weinstock, Josh (January 11, 2012). "Which umpire has the largest strike zone?". Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Umpires: Roster". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2018-10-24.

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