Ex-Parkland player to ump NLCS
Former Parkland College baseball player and current major league umpire Mark Carlson will work the National League Championship Series pitting the Los Angeles Dodgers against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In his 14th season as a major league umpire, Carlson will work first base during Game 1 on Friday night and behind the plate on Saturday.
It’s the first time working a league championship series for Carlson, who has umpired three division series.
A catcher at Parkland, Carlson began umpiring games on the side before deciding to pursue the profession full-time.
"They tell you you’ve got a less than 1 percent chance of ever making it (to the majors)," Carlson said for a 2004 story in The News-Gazette. "But I wanted to go for it."