Veteran MLB umpire Dale Scott, who worked 3,897 regular-season games and was a crew chief for 16 seasons, has decided to retire rather than risk another concussion.
“I’m done,” he told The Associated Press.
Scott — who made an impact off the field when he came out as gay after the 2014 season — missed almost all of the 2017 season after being hit in the mask April 14 in Toronoto by a foul ball of the bat of the Orioles’ Mark Trumbo.
That caused his second concussion in nine months and fourth in five years. Doctors warned of the potential long-term effects of another concussion.
“They said, ‘We just don’t know,'” Scott said. “But they told me that the more times you get hit, the more probability that you’ll have issues.”
Instead, he’ll retire having worked three World Series, three All-Star Games and 91 postseason games in a career that began in 1985.
“I was fortunate enough to have Dale as my crew chief for 10-plus years. A gifted umpire and true professional, he ran the crew with a smile as he mentored many of today’s most successful umpires,” fellow umpire Dan Iassogna told The AP, adding, “The courage that he showed in coming out while still working on the field is as much of an accomplishment as his many World Series and postseason assignments.”