Marquette native Hamari called up as MLB umpire

MARQUETTE – Adam Hamari’s long dream of umpiring in the major leagues will became a reality Tuesday night.

The Marquette resident was called up to be a member of the crew umpiring the Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers series that began Tuesday.

Hamari, 30, confirmed the assignment via email, but could not be reached by telephone for further comment.

A Northern Michigan University graduate (2005), Hamari is in his third year umpiring at the AAA level in the International League.

In 2010, he served as the home plate umpire for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Futures Game.

Hamari also has the distinction of working the longest game in New York Penn League history, a 26-inning (6-hour and 40-minute) game on July 20, 2006 between Brooklyn (Mets) and Oneonto (Tigers).

The 2001 Marquette Senior High School grad has refereed numerous high school basketball games in the Upper Peninsula during baseball’s offseason.