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A Dream Job - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Aug 22,2018
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Mark Smith of Springfield was chosen to be an umpire in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Photo by Steve Hibbard.

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SPRINGFIELD - After umpiring Little League baseball games for more than 20 years starting with the Central Springfield Little League when his boys were small, Mark Smith, 57, of Springfield got the thrill of his lifetime when he was chosen to umpire the Little League World Series this week in Williamsport, Pa.

“I’m ecstatic; it’s what I’ve been striving for as an umpire for 15 years. It’s what Little League is all about…it’s what everyone sees on TV in August. It gives me great pleasure and I’m glad I have the opportunity to go do it,” said Smith, a civilian who works as naval architect at Washington Navy Yard.

“For a Little League umpire, this is huge. It doesn’t get any bigger. This is the Stanley Cup of Little League baseball. As far as Little League baseball, there will be millions of people watching worldwide.”

In Williamsport, where the Little League has existed since 1947, there will be 16 teams competing – eight U.S. teams and eight international teams from Seoul, South Korea; Australia, Canada, Puerto Rico, Barcelona, Spain, Japan, Panama and Mexico. “They all come from Regionals so for a Little League umpire, this is what we refer to as the ‘Golden Ticket,’” he said.

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