Ed Price at AOL Fanhouse reports this weekend that Phil Cuzzi, the umpire who botched the Joe Mauer fly ball call that may have cost the Twins a win in Game 2 of the ALDS, was previously fired from professional umpiring after he failed to impress supervisors during call-ups from the minor leagues.
(And you thought you had a good union!)
Cuzzi was “released” from his umpiring duties as a AAA umpire in ‘93, but while working as a bartender in a hotel in ‘96, he prevailed up former National League President Len Coleman to give him another chance at the job.
(If only he’d botched fateful martini at the Hackensack Hilton that badly)
Cuzzi was then assigned to the low minors that year, eventually working his way back to a permanent major league job in ‘99. Read more…