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Paul Lewis Emmel (born May 2, 1968) is an umpire in Major League Baseball (MLB). He worked in the National League in 1999, and has worked throughout both major leagues since 2000 – he wears #50 on his uniform. Emmel was named a crew chief in February 2017 by MLB; he is joined on his 2017 crew by Brian O'Nora, Quinn Wolcott, and Scott Barry.

Paul Emmel
MLB Umpire Paul Emmel in 2017.jpg
Emmel in 2017
Born: (1968-05-02) May 2, 1968 (age 51)
Midland, Michigan
July 31, 1999
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Prior to reaching the major leagues in 1999, Emmel worked in the New York–Penn League (1992–1993), South Atlantic League (1994), California League (1995), Florida State League (1996), Eastern League (1996–1997), and International League (1998).


Emmel ejected Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox from Game 2 of the 2010 NLDS for disputing an out call on the grounds that San Francisco Giants first baseman Aubrey Huff had come off of first base.[1]

Notable gamesEdit

Emmel has umpired two All-Star Games (2002, 2013); two Wild Card Games (2014, 2015); eight Division Series (2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013); three League Championship Series (2007, 2014, 2015); and the 2013 World Series. He has also officiated in two World Baseball Classics (2009, 2013).

Emmel was the second base umpire when Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander threw a no-hitter at Comerica Park against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 12, 2007.[2] Five days prior to Verlander's no-hitter, Emmel was also at second base in a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland Athletics in which Boston pitcher Curt Schilling had a no-hitter until Shannon Stewart broke up the no-hitter with a single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.[3]

On May 8, 2012, Emmel was the plate umpire for Josh Hamilton's four-homer game.[4]

On June 23, 2016, Emmel suffered a scalp laceration requiring stitches after being struck by an errant bat, which slipped from the grasp of Los Angeles Angels' pinch hitter Jefry Marte during a swinging strike, in a game between the Angels and the Oakland Athletics.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Emmel is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.A. in finance (1991). He has three children with a son who is fifteen years old and a daughter who is twelve years old.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Bobby Cox tossed in 2nd inning Retrieved August 4, 2012.
  2. ^ Verlander fans 12 in first Tigers no-hitter since '84 ESPN. Retrieved 24 July 2012
  3. ^ Stewart breaks up Schilling no-hitter with 2 outs in 9th ESPN. Retrieved 24 July 2012
  4. ^ "Josh Hamilton hits 4 two-run HRs as Rangers bury O's". ESPN. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  5. ^ [1] SBNation. Retrieved 24 June 2016

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