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MLB reveals umpire assignments for wild-card, divisional rounds

Here are the umpiring crews for the wild-card and divisional round playoff games..

CB Bucknor is working an ALDS. Expect some confrontations.

Major League Baseball announced umpiring assignments for the wild-card and divisional playoff rounds Monday. Here they are:

Reds - Pirates wild-card game: Joe West (home plate), Dale Scott, Dan Iassogna, Rob Drake, Tim Timmons and Lance Barksdale.

Rays Texas Rangers - Indians wild-card game: Gerry Davis (home plate), Ted Barrett, Mike Everitt, Greg Gibson, Phil Cuzzi and Brian Knight.

Reds/Pirates- Cardinals NLDS: Jerry Layne (crew chief), Wally Bell, Sam Holbrook, Jim Joyce, Paul Nauert and Tony Randazzo.

Dodgers - Braves NLDS: John Hirschbeck (crew chief), Laz Diaz, Marvin Hudson, Bill Miller, Tim Welke and Hunter Wendelstedt.

Rays/Indians- Red Sox ALDS: Dana DeMuth (crew chief), Eric Cooper, Paul Emmel, Chris Guccione, Larry Vanover and Mike Winters.

Tigers - Athletics ALDS: Gary Darling (crew chief), CB Bucknor, Mike DiMuro, Tom Hallion, Jim Reynolds and Mark Wegner.

I'm not going to nitpick these selections, but I can't believe Bucknor got an assignment. I feel like you could poll players, managers, coaches, front office personnel, media, fans, etc. and the answer would always be the same: Bucknor is generally regarded as the worst umpire in Major League Baseball. It's hard to trust the evaluation process if he's getting a postseason series.

On the bright side, he's doing the Tigers series. An epic Jim Leyland meltdown could be on the menu.

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Jen Pawol breaking barriers, becomes first woman umpire in MLB Spring Training

The umpire worked the game between the Astros and the Nationals in the Grapefruit League.

I n a historic moment at the Grapefruit League opener between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals , umpire Jen Pawol took center stage, marking her transition from the minors to a major league spring training contest.

Despite the intensity of the game, Pawol found herself surrounded by congratulations even before the first pitch was thrown.

"I greatly appreciate everyone's enthusiasm, everyone's welcoming attitude on the field tonight was very, very special," she said. "Both managers shared congratulations and were welcoming, along with my [umpiring] partners, the players. I knew a lot of the players on the field already and so many said 'Congrats, great to see you up here.'"

Pawol's presence on the field not only symbolized a personal milestone but also signified a significant breakthrough for women in baseball officiating.

Pawol's impact felt around baseball world

Pawol's journey to this moment has been a testament to her dedication and skill.

A former New Jersey high school softball star and catcher at Hofstra University , she entered the world of umpiring, steadily climbing the ranks.

Pawol's ascent has taken her to become just the seventh woman to umpire in minor league baseball and the first female umpire to work a Spring Training game in 17 years .

The significance of Pawol's achievement was palpable, with her every move on the field echoing the progress of women in baseball.

"Everywhere Pawol turned she was reminded of the magnitude of the moment and her impact on her peers and those who dream of being in her shoes," as noted by one observer.

This sentiment was echoed by veteran umpire Lance Barksdal e, who commended Pawol's instincts and emphasized the importance of her presence on the field.

During the game, Pawol showcased her versatility, rotating between third base, second base, and first base every three innings.

Despite the pressure, she maintained her composure, displaying a readiness and preparedness that earned her the respect of her colleagues and players alike.

Pawol's dedication to her craft and her passion for the game are evident in her words: "I prepare every day to keep climbing the ladder in this system."

As Pawol continues to blaze trails in the world of baseball officiating, her journey serves as inspiration for aspiring umpires, especially women, who aspire to follow in her footsteps.

For Pawol , the dream of working a Major League regular-season game remains strong, underscoring the limitless possibilities that lie ahead.

Pawol's groundbreaking achievement heralds a new era in baseball officiating, as she takes to the field for future assignments, Pawol's presence serves as a reminder that barriers are meant to be broken and dreams are meant to be pursued relentlessly.

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If there’s a close call during the MLB playoffs, you may be wondering who the umpire is who made it.

If so, we’re here to help with the full list of umpires for the 2023 American League Division Series and the National League Division Series, with four different sets of games that need officials.

A reminder that there are also extra umps for these series, with one stationed in left field and another in right, and that the umpires all rotate assignments from game to game.

Got all that? Good. Here’s the list of umpires for each of the four ALDS and NLDS series:

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves

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Mark Carlson (crew chief), Brian O’Nora, Ben May David Rackley, Chris Guccione and Ramon De Jesus

Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers

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Alfonso Marquez (crew chief), Lance Barrett, John Libka, Cory Blaser, Quinn Wolcott and Nic Lentz

Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins

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Bill Miller (crew chief), Brian Knight, D.J. Reyburn, Jansen Visconti, John Tumpane and Roberto Ortiz

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

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Todd Tichenor (crew chief), Vic Carapazza, Gabe Morales, Will Little, Jim Wolf and Ryan Additon

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Jen Pawol is the seventh woman to umpire a minor league baseball game.

Jen Pawol becomes first woman to umpire spring training game since 2007

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It took eight years but Jen Pawol made the leap from the minors to a major league game spring training contest as umpire at the Grapefruit League opener between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals at CACTI Park of The Palm Beaches on Saturday. Pawol’s spring training debut marked the first time since 2007 that a woman umpired a major league spring training game, last done by Ria Cortesio. Eight years ago, Pawol, a former New Jersey high school softball star who played at Hofstra, became just the seventh women to umpire a minor league baseball game. “I greatly appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm, everyone’s welcoming attitude on the field,’’ Pawol said after the 7-4 Astros victory before 3,655 fans. “Tonight was very, very special. Both managers shared congratulations, (everyone was) welcoming, enthusiastic. The players on the field, so many said congrats and great to see you up here. A gentleman, Javier (Bracamonte, Astros bullpen coach), he ran out early in the game and said he has a daughter playing all kinds of sports. It’s good to see you out here.’’

Across the next few weeks, Pawol, 47, will be based in Palm Beach County to work other spring training games. No woman has ever been assigned to umpire a regular season game in the majors. On Sunday, Pawol will work behind the plate in Jupiter for the Nationals-Marlins game. She has no timetable on when she might work a regular season contest. With a rotation set for every three innings, Pawol switched to second base in the fourth. She then went to first base in the seventh inning, where she saw her most action. She called out two straight Astros batters off groundouts in the top of the seventh. In her closest call in the bottom of the seventh, Pawol motioned safe after Nationals’ Travis Blankenhorn appeared to beat out a grounder to first that was bobbled. “Tomorrow I got to get out there and do it all over again,’’ Pawol said. “That’s my next job. Anybody in baseball will tell you to keep it simple and work hard, put your all into it and get ready for the next day.’’ MLB’s move comes 27 years after the gender barrier for game officials was broken in the NBA, nine years after it ended the NFL and two years after the men’s soccer World Cup employed a female referee.

“This is a viable career becoming a professional umpire – men and women, girls and boys,’’ she said. “I didn’t know that the first several years when I got into umpiring in amateur ball for 10 years.’’ Pam Postema, who worked in the 1970s and 1980s, became the first woman to umpire a spring training game. “It’s in my DNA,’’ Pawol said. “Once I started umpiring, I said this is for me.’’ Crew chief Lance Barksdale called it “a neat experience.’’ “It was a big deal for Jen,’’ Barksdale said. “She’s earned this opportunity to get here. I told her in the sixth inning we didn’t have many plays at first but the only thing supervisors can watch is the way you present yourself and get in position to make calls. She did a very good job. And later on she had close plays at first and nailed those plays. I don’t want her to put extra pressure on herself.

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Dodgers: Controversial Umpire Angel Hernandez Assigned to the Division Series

The Dodgers and Giants are set to kick things off in the National League Division Series tonight in the Bay Area. After battling it out all year in the NL West, Los Angeles gets their chance at revenge after falling short to the Giants by just 1 game. 

And while the worry for the Dodgers lies with the team in the other dugout, there are other factors to consider. The umpiring crews have already been announced for the series, and there are good and bad names to keep an eye on. 

One guy in particular is Angel Hernandez. The controversial umpire has made a name for himself in MLB by being…well, pretty awful at his job. Hernandez will be at first base in Game 1 of the series and will slide over to call balls and strikes in game 2. 

Umpire assignments for Division Series games pic.twitter.com/Q4vUZJnnV1 — Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) October 5, 2021

The Dodgers have some familiarity with him recently after Dave Roberts got tossed by him in a game back in April. Doc argued with Hernandez on a checked swing call after he previously called a balk on Jimmy Nelson. 

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Hernandez also ranks as one of the least efficient callers behind the plate. He has consistently rated out very low average in terms of overall accuracy, and he has also been inconsistent in that accuracy. The Dodgers and Giants are going to have to figure it out though, because that will not be changing. 

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what is this bandwagoning? taken to ump slaying now

I think the point is that proven BAD umpires should not be rewarded with being allowed to be an umpire in any playoff series. There are plenty of better umpires in the league.

Apparently you’ve never seen Angel Hernandez umpire. He’s horrible, and literally the only reason he gets Post Season assignments is he’ll sue MLB if he doesnt.

You are 100% correct. He has sued the league before and they don’t want the publicity..

Alas, we all wish we could be so bad at our jobs and still get paid $450,000 plus per diem and travel.

Nowadays-Why are umpires NOT rated? Every single ballplayer has statistics measuring every level of their performance like crazy! Batting avg.-obp-strikeout ratio-era-sugging pct-rbi-etc…. So why can’t umpires have some sort of rating system? It doesn’t have to be shown to us every game (like an error/hit may be judged for the players) butt when you get to these critical games that are SOOO important why is a top performing umpire not given preference over a blind-dumb-less efficient ump? These games mean SOOO much to us fans!

This guy shouldn’t even be allowed to umpire little league games

Dodgerglenn, I couldn’t agree with ya more. He’s ythe worst choice for ANY league, big or small and my concern is he plays favorites for any team that faces the Dodgers. But that’s the state of MLB right now.

Forget about umpire tomorrow -!home plate umpire tonight is no bargain either – he has called a number of pitches by Webb strikes that were clearly outside the box (2 on Will Smith in his first at bat) the fact that our hitters know he calls outside pitches strikes increases the chasing – I think our hitters have to try to go to opposite field on this pitcher

Remember, the”box” onlh exists on tv. The bix the umpire sees in his head might be different. What matters most is consistency, and he was.

He was consistent in calling Webb’s pitches several inches and even a foot off the edge of the plate strikes – that’s for sure – and it certainly helped rack up Webb’s strikeout count. The Dodgers should have picked up on that immediately and laid off swinging at all that stuff that was way outside the strike zone and they showed very little patience or discipline at the plate. But I do feel they were forced into that situation by the umpire’s very questionable and generous outside edge strike zone for Webb.

Dodgers’ offense did almost nothing to help Buehler and that was hard to watch. They did not show up. Unfortunately, Webb was dealing; but, to add insult to injury, Posey and Crawford hit their amazing homeruns. The Dodgers have got to do better tomorrow because this game was really disappointing and I hope it is not a sign of things to come.

B McP, when will Dodgers figure out how to pitch to Posey? It’s as if he has all the scouting reports himself that Dodgers have and knows every one of our pitchers pitches ahead of time. Not to mention he appears to know very well how to call a game against Dodger hitters. About as pathetic a game as I’ve watched all year.

Paul, Posey is the only current Giant I really like. Not that I have anything against the other ones. He is that good offensively and defensively. He will be going into the HOF just like Kershaw some day. The best way to pitch him is to leave nothing out over the plate. If you walk him, so be it.

I begrudgingly like Posey becasue he is such a great player, even though he always seems to have the Dodger’s number. I won’t forgive Roberts for letting Buehler pitch to Posey on a 3-0 count with two out, a runner on third, and and first base open. Granted, it was only the first inning, but all I could hear in my mind after Posey’s home run was Vin Scully saying “why would you throw a fast ball down the middle in that situation.”

Call Pedro Cerrano and Jobu. Somebody better wake up these Dodger bats or it’s over.

I live in the SF Bay but I bleed Dodger blue for over 50 plus years. Angel Hernandez is well known up here as the worst too. His calls tonight in the loss didn’t come into play fortunately. But it’s a 5 game series. For those that don’t know, there are rumors why he hasn’t got fired and why he gets post season games. Some years back a rumor says he “supposedly” filed a grievance against MLB for disciplining him and not giving him playoff games. It really was because he is in fact one of the worst umpires of all my lifetime. But Angel Hernandez thinks its for we will say something else. So people should do some research on him and maybe you can figure it all out.

that’s right go on believing that , both pitchers had the same strike zone. the diff between a veteran is when he gets in a jam , he thinks how do I get out of this , NOT as you are doing “how did I get into this jam” by blaming the ump.

Hernandez is a joke

Notice what Umpire ISN’T in any Series? Ed Hickox. You know, the M0ron who can’t tell what is or isnt a check swing.

I usually have counter-arguments to most critical comments here. Sadly, I have none for game 1’s pathetic offensive display by the Dodgers. Truly disappointing. The unfortunate trend for poor offensive performance in Buehler starts, as it has been all year, reappeared in game 1. Let’s all hope that the equally strong offensive performance during Urias starts continues as well in game 2!

How about balls being called strikes over and over. At some point batters started swinging knowing it didn’t matter at least there was a chance to get a hit. Quality fair umps are an absolute necessity. Players, fans, are held hostage to their bad calls.

The hands down worst umpire of all time just retired……the obnoxious and incompetent CowFace Joe West. Angel now inherits that distinction. He’s a joke and will in some way, shape or form have a negative and possibly game changing impact in this series. Hopefully it’s the Giants that suffer as a result of this moron being allowed to participate in any thing other than a 60+ softball game On another note, with few exceptions like Posey, Bryant, Crawford and a couple of others, very few Giants have ever experienced the pressure playoff baseball brings. On the other hand, the Dodgers have been there and done every year for close to a decade. Based on what I saw last night, you could have fooled me

Bobbyd, while I have bristled at some of your past comments, this one so spot on! Couldn’t agree more. I’m hoping like heck game 1 can be attributed to a great pitching performance. Webb hadn’t lost a start since May 5th according to TBS. I know I’m biased, but it sure seemed to me Webb’s strike zone was much much larger than Buehler’s was. Did anyone else think so?

The only good umpire is a…..well, they are so few and far between. It’s time that the NL accepts the DH and some kind of accurate machine that replaces these incompetently fat, frustrated, and overly paid nuisances to the game. They change a games flow and have hitters swinging at bad pitches to compensate for the bad calls. It’s their power game. The teams have to make a real stand against them and their overly high count of bad calls. Enough already. They are ruining the game.

Hernandez is terrible. Good umpires are barely noticed. Bad umps are remembered and are front and center. Just wait and see, Hernandez will end up with some kind of controversial call. It seems as though he wants to upstage the players and make the game all about himself!

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Jen Pawol Becomes the First Woman to Umpire a Spring Training Game Since 2007

It took eight years but Jen Pawol made the leap from the minors to a major league game spring training contest when she umpired the Grapefruit League opener between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals at CACTI Park of The Palm Beaches on Saturday

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Umpire Jen Pawol, center, stands with fellow umpires Lance Barksdale (23) and Ryan Additon after the exchange of lineup cards before a spring training baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Pawol took a big step toward breaking the gender barrier for Major League Baseball umpires when she became the first woman in 17 years to work a big league spring training game Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It took eight years but Jen Pawol made the leap from the minors to a major league game spring training contest as umpire at the Grapefruit League opener between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals at CACTI Park of The Palm Beaches on Saturday.

Pawol’s spring training debut marked the first time since 2007 that a woman umpired a major league spring training game, last done by Ria Cortesio. With a ponytail coming out of her ballcap, Pawol was stationed at third base.

After the traditional pregame meeting with the umpires and managers at home plate, the group posed for pictures. Nationals manager Dave Martinez shook Pawol’s hand and chatted with her briefly.

Eight years ago, Pawol, a former New Jersey high school softball star who played at Hofstra, became just the seventh women to umpire a minor league baseball game.

“I greatly appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm, everyone’s welcoming attitude on the field,’’ Pawol said after the 7-4 Astros victory before 3,655 fans. “Tonight was very, very special. Both managers shared congratulations, (everyone was) welcoming, enthusiastic. The players on the field, so many said congrats and great to see you up here. A gentleman, Javier (Bracamonte, Astros bullpen coach), he ran out early in the game and said he has a daughter playing all kinds of sports. It’s good to see you out here.’’

Across the next few weeks, Pawol, 47, will be based in Palm Beach County to work other spring training games. No woman has ever been assigned to umpire a regular season game in the majors.

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On Sunday, Pawol will work behind the plate in Jupiter for the Nationals-Marlins game. She has no timetable on when she might work a regular season contest.

With a rotation set for every three innings, Pawol switched to second base in the fourth. She then went to first base in the seventh inning, where she saw her most action. She called out two straight Astros batters off groundouts in the top of the seventh. In her closest call in the bottom of the seventh, Pawol motioned safe after Nationals’ Travis Blankenhorn appeared to beat out a grounder to first that was bobbled.

Pawol’s most noteworthy maneuver occurred at the start of the bottom of the fourth when she stopped play after noticing the Astros didn’t have a centerfielder. Astros’ Justin Dirden bounded out of the dugout and raced to centerfield.

“Tomorrow I got to get out there and do it all over again,’’ Pawol said. “That’s my next job. Anybody in baseball will tell you to keep it simple and work hard, put your all into it and get ready for the next day.’’

MLB’s move comes 27 years after the gender barrier for game officials was broken in the NBA, nine years after it ended the NFL and two years after the men’s soccer World Cup employed a female referee.

“This is a viable career becoming a professional umpire – men and women, girls and boys,’’ she said. “I didn’t know that the first several years when I got into umpiring in amateur ball for 10 years.’’

Pam Postema, who worked in the 1970s and 1980s, became the first woman to umpire a spring training game.

“It’s in my DNA,’’ Pawol said. “Once I started umpiring, I said this is for me.’’

Crew chief Lance Barksdale called it “a neat experience.’’

“It was a big deal for Jen,’’ Barksdale said. “She’s earned this opportunity to get here. I told her in the sixth inning we didn’t have many plays at first but the only thing supervisors can watch is the way you present yourself and get in position to make calls. She did a very good job. And later on she had close plays at first and nailed those plays. I don’t want her to put extra pressure on herself.’’

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Jen Pawol becomes the first woman to umpire a spring training game since 2007

Umpire Jen Pawol, center, stands with fellow umpires Lance Barksdale (23) and Ryan Additon after the exchange of lineup cards before a spring training baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Pawol took a big step toward breaking the gender barrier for Major League Baseball umpires when she became the first woman in 17 years to work a big league spring training game Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Umpire Jen Pawol, center, stands with fellow umpires Lance Barksdale (23) and Ryan Additon after the exchange of lineup cards before a spring training baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Pawol took a big step toward breaking the gender barrier for Major League Baseball umpires when she became the first woman in 17 years to work a big league spring training game Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Umpire Jen Pawol, second from left, stands with fellow umpires Edwin Jimenez (75), Ryan Additon and Lance Barksdale, right, just prior to the start of a spring training baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Pawol took a big step toward breaking the gender barrier for Major League Baseball umpires when she became the first woman in 17 years to work a big league spring training game Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Umpire Jen Pawol smiles as she takes part in the lineup card exchange before the start of a spring training baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Pawol took a big step toward breaking the gender barrier for Major League Baseball umpires when she became the first woman in 17 years to work a big league spring training game Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Umpire Jen Pawol participates in the lineup card exchange before the start of a spring training baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Pawol took a big step toward breaking the gender barrier for Major League Baseball umpires when she became the first woman in 17 years to work a big league spring training game Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Washington Nationals third baseman Nick Senzel, right, reaches for a foul ball as third base umpire Jen Pawol makes the call during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Umpire Jen Pawol takes up her position at third base during a spring training baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Pawol took a big step toward breaking the gender barrier for Major League Baseball umpires when she became the first woman in 17 years to work a big league spring training game Saturday night. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It took eight years but Jen Pawol made the leap from the minors to a major league game spring training contest as umpire at the Grapefruit League opener between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals at CACTI Park of The Palm Beaches on Saturday.

Pawol’s spring training debut marked the first time since 2007 that a woman umpired a major league spring training game, last done by Ria Cortesio. With a ponytail coming out of her ballcap, Pawol was stationed at third base.

After the traditional pregame meeting with the umpires and managers at home plate, the group posed for pictures. Nationals manager Dave Martinez shook Pawol’s hand and chatted with her briefly.

Eight years ago, Pawol, a former New Jersey high school softball star who played at Hofstra, became just the seventh women to umpire a minor league baseball game.

“I greatly appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm, everyone’s welcoming attitude on the field,’’ Pawol said after the 7-4 Astros victory before 3,655 fans. “Tonight was very, very special. Both managers shared congratulations, (everyone was) welcoming, enthusiastic. The players on the field, so many said congrats and great to see you up here. A gentleman, Javier (Bracamonte, Astros bullpen coach), he ran out early in the game and said he has a daughter playing all kinds of sports. It’s good to see you out here.’’

Toronto Blue Jays Justin Turner smiles as he is congratulated after scoring in first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Dunedin, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Across the next few weeks, Pawol, 47, will be based in Palm Beach County to work other spring training games. No woman has ever been assigned to umpire a regular season game in the majors.

On Sunday, Pawol will work behind the plate in Jupiter for the Nationals-Marlins game. She has no timetable on when she might work a regular season contest.

With a rotation set for every three innings, Pawol switched to second base in the fourth. She then went to first base in the seventh inning, where she saw her most action. She called out two straight Astros batters off groundouts in the top of the seventh. In her closest call in the bottom of the seventh, Pawol motioned safe after Nationals’ Travis Blankenhorn appeared to beat out a grounder to first that was bobbled.

Pawol’s most noteworthy maneuver occurred at the start of the bottom of the fourth when she stopped play after noticing the Astros didn’t have a centerfielder. Astros’ Justin Dirden bounded out of the dugout and raced to centerfield.

“Tomorrow I got to get out there and do it all over again,’’ Pawol said. “That’s my next job. Anybody in baseball will tell you to keep it simple and work hard, put your all into it and get ready for the next day.’’

MLB’s move comes 27 years after the gender barrier for game officials was broken in the NBA, nine years after it ended the NFL and two years after the men’s soccer World Cup employed a female referee.

“This is a viable career becoming a professional umpire – men and women, girls and boys,’’ she said. “I didn’t know that the first several years when I got into umpiring in amateur ball for 10 years.’’

Pam Postema, who worked in the 1970s and 1980s, became the first woman to umpire a spring training game.

“It’s in my DNA,’’ Pawol said. “Once I started umpiring, I said this is for me.’’

Crew chief Lance Barksdale called it “a neat experience.’’

“It was a big deal for Jen,’’ Barksdale said. “She’s earned this opportunity to get here. I told her in the sixth inning we didn’t have many plays at first but the only thing supervisors can watch is the way you present yourself and get in position to make calls. She did a very good job. And later on she had close plays at first and nailed those plays. I don’t want her to put extra pressure on herself.’’

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