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Umps picked for Southern League All-Star Game

06/16/2005 6:03 PM ET

MOBILE, AL- The Southern League's best prospects will play one month from today, in the 2005 Southern League All-Star Game at Hank Aaron Stadium, and the umpires for the Mid-Summer Classic have been announced. Garret Watson will be the All-Star Game Crew Chief, and call the balls and strikes. Brian Kennedy will be the first base umpire, and Rob Hansen will be the third base umpire.

Watson, 28, has been an umpire in professional baseball for seven seasons. He joined the Southern League umpiring ranks in the middle of the 2002 season. Watson hails from Las Vegas, NV.

Kennedy is in his third season as a Southern League umpire. He has been umpiring in professional baseball since 1999. The 30-year-old is from Charlotte, NC.

The Corona, CA native Hansen joined the Southern League in 2003. He is 29 years old.

"Umpires selected to work the annual All-Star Game consider it an honor to do so. They are chosen based upon seniority in the league, PBUC ranking, and their level of professionalism," said Lori Webb, Vice President/Operations for the Southern League. "Since the umpires are all crew chiefs, it also allows them to spend a couple of days together having fun, sharing stories and just enjoying the break in their routine."

The Southern League All-Star Game starts at 7:05 on Wednesday, July 13th at Hank Aaron Stadium. The game has the best players from the North Division play the best players from the South Division. All players will wear the uniforms of their Major League parent club. The Corona, CA native Hansen joined the Southern League in 2003. He is 29 years old.

"Umpires selected to work the annual All-Star Game consider it an honor to do so. They are chosen based upon seniority in the league, PBUC ranking, and their level of professionalism," said Lori Webb, Vice President/Operations for the Southern League. "Since the umpires are all crew chiefs, it also allows them to spend a couple of days together having fun, sharing stories and just enjoying the break in their routine."

The Southern League All-Star Game starts at 7:05 on Wednesday, July 13th at Hank Aaron Stadium. The game has the best players from the North Division play the best players from the South Division. All players will wear the uniforms of their Major League parent club.