IN PICTURES: 7th MiLB Umpire Training Academy Sponsored

Feb 18th, 2018

Jim Speaks at Opening Session
President / CEO, Jim Kirk, welcomes students at the opening session.

Scott Speaks at MiLB Academy
Scott shares equipment expertise and safety tips with students.

Darren Spagnardi Instructs Students
Students listen to Lead Field Instructor, Darren Spagnardi, as he presents the days demonstration.

Scott shows student an umpire mask
Scott shows off an Ump-Attire.com exclusive Wilson Mask to a student.

Photo Collage of Students
A look at the daily on-field training at MiLBUTA.

Instructor Nestor Ceja Instructs Students
Students receive instruction from MiLB Umpire, Nestor Ceja, in the cages.

Students in Umpire Gear
Students dressed in Wilson Umpire Gear wait their turn for time in the cage.

Scott fits a student for a Force3 chest protector
Scott fits a student for a Force3 chest protector.

Students in Umpire Gear Wait Turn
Students wear their equipment on the outside of their uniforms to see if gear is being worn correctly.

All Students on Field for Discussion
The students gather around for a pep-talk when on the field.

Ty Unthank and MLB Umpire Jeff Nelson in Locker Room
Our own Ty Unthank and MLB Umpire Jeff Nelson in the student locker room.

MLB Umpire Jeff Nelson Speaks at Banquet
MLB Umpire Jeff Nelson was the keynote speaker at this years' banquet.

Jim, Ty, and Scott at the banquet
Jim, Ty, and Scott at the banquet.

Jim, Ty, and Scott at the banquet Jim, Ty, and Scott at the banquet.   Darren Spagnardi, Dusty Dellinger, Scott Kennedy, and Andy Shultz
Darren Spagnardi, Dusty Dellinger, Scott Kennedy, and Andy Shultz all came through the MiLB system together. Now all four are still associated with MiLB in management roles.

For more information about the MiLB Umpire Training Academy, where we have been a proud sponsor 7 years, visit their website: www.milbumpireacademy.com

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About the Author

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Business Development Specialist, NCAA and Former Triple-A Umpire and KHSAA Basketball Official Scott Kennedy

Scott had a 9-year Minor League Baseball umpire career, rising to the Triple-A level (PCL). He worked multiple league All-Star games, playoffs and championship series plus MLB Spring Training, Arizona Fall League and 2003 Futures Game plate umpire. He is a graduate of the Wendelstedt Umpire School where he instructed for 8 years. Currently, Scott serves as Ump-Attire.com's Business Development Specialist; a Board of Director for UmpsCare Charities; an Instructor for MLB Umpires Camp; a NCAA umpire in the ACC and SEC with multiple NCAA Regionals, Super Regionals and multiple Conference tournaments; and is an umpire clinician nationwide for NCAA conference coordinators. In 2018, Scott was hired as the Supervisor of Umpires for the Mid-South Conference (NAIA). A native of Frankfort, Kentucky, Scott resides in Louisville with his wife Julie and twin daughters, Abigail and Isabella. He also coaches youth sports.

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