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Umpires Bring Stuffed Animals to sick kids
August 25, 2015 -
PHOENIX -- As a professional umpire, Chad Fairchild makes plenty of tough calls on a daily basis. However on Tuesday morning, Fairchild had to make a different type of decision: Batman or Spiderman?
August 27, 2014 -
BALTIMORE -- Major League Baseball Umpires became fan favorites for a few sick children at Johns Hopkins Children's Center when they brought a Build-A-Bear Workshop® to the the hospital. This is part of UMPS CARE Charities, a non-profit founded by MLB umpires. 
UMPS CARE launches 2010 auction
March 12, 2010 -
NEW YORK -- The continuation of UMPS CARE's efforts, like any charitable endeavor, relies heavily on fundraising. One of their most successful endeavors has been the UMPS CARE online auction, which has returned for its second year and will run through March 22.
Umps, Angels bring smiles to local kids
July 11, 2009 -
ANAHEIM -- Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) is about thirty miles outside of Los Angeles, but for a few hours on July 2 it might as well have been the City of Angels. UMPS CARE Charities, the official charity of Major League Baseball umpires, and two members of Angels Strike Force, the interactive squad for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, descended upon CHOC with a full-blown Build-A-Bear Workshop® for the young patients right in their hospital rooms.

Umpires, Orioles build smiles
July 1, 2009 -
BALTIMORE -- UMPS CARE Charities returned to where it all started, visiting the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore on June 10 with the loveable Oriole Bird and distributing Build-A-Bears and smiles to the patients and their families.

Umpires dive in with Slider in Cleveland
June 8, 2009 -
CLEVELAND -- Major League Baseball umpires Angel Hernandez, Jim Reynolds, and Bill Welke joined with Cleveland Indians mascot Slider in a visit to the Children's Hospital Cleveland Clinic. With a helping hand from Laura Kelley, activities coordinator for the hospital, the crew delivered Build-A-Bears and countless smiles to the sick children.

Umps, Phanatic help provide a little fun
June 8, 2009 -
PHILADELPHIA -- UMPS CARE Charities and the Phillie Phanatic combined to bring a memorable day to patients at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on May 26.  Major League Baseball umpires John Hirschbeck, Wally Bell, Marty Foster and Marvin Hudson -- in town to work the series between the Phillies and Blue Jays -- joined forces with the furry green Phanatic to distribute Build-A-Bears to the sick children, including many "Build-A-Phanatics."

UMPS CARE, Rays visit Tampa hospital
May 20, 2009 -
TAMPA -- Major League Baseball Umpires and the Tampa Bay Rays were a big hit on Tuesday morning at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa as UMPS CARE Charities, a non-profit founded by MLB Umpires, provided a Build-A-Bear Workshop® experience for children coping with serious illness.
April 8, 2009 -
BOSTON -- UMPS CARE Charities, the non-profit organization formed in 2006 and supported by all 68 Major League Baseball umpires, officially threw out the "first pitch" of the season for its children's hospital program on Thursday when umpires Tim Tschida, Bob Davidson, Jeff Nelson and Mark Carlson visited Children's Hospital Boston.
January 22, 2009 -
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Nelson had always enjoyed being part of the Blue for Kids program, which has Major League umpires visit children with life-threatening illnesses in the hospital and give them a Build-A-Bear and other gifts.
January 13, 2009 -
NEW YORK -- A batting practice experience with a major league baseball team, tickets to the All-Star Game, and a round of golf with an NFL Hall-of- Famer are just a few of the items up for grabs in the UMPS CARE Charities online auction at
November 6, 2008 -
MESA, Ariz. -- Thirteen Major League umpires dashed through 100 holes at the Augusta Ranch Golf Club on Wednesday under blue skies and mid-70s temperatures.
November 1, 2008 - Referee Magazine
Beginning on January 1, 2009, Major League Umpires will combine the Umps Care and BLUE for Kids youth-based programs into one entity.
September 30, 2008
Today, leaders of both organization announced that UmpsCare and BLUE for Kids have merged into a single 501(c)3 organization named UMPS CARE Charities.
September 2, 2008 -
BOSTON -- Harboring a pile of Build-A-Bear and Wally the Green Monster stuffed animals, a loaded cart rolled through the ninth floor of Children's Hospital Boston on Tuesday morning.
August 28, 2008 -
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Wednesday, 8-year-old Rachel Casper was diagnosed with Type-1 juvenile diabetes. Her vacation in Hershey Park, Pa., ended with a trip to the doctor's office, and within a matter of hours she was a patient at the Inova Fairfax hospital. 
August 26, 2008 -
BALTIMORE -- Brandon Eggleton has been in and out of the hospital all summer. A small boy with a high, squeaky voice and freckles dotting his cheeks, Eggleton has had two kidney surgeries at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in the past few months. But none of that concerned him on Tuesday morning.
July 22, 2008 -
TAMPA -- In a profession contingent on making tough calls, Tuesday morning proved to be a no-brainer for Major League umpires Bob Davidson, Andy Fletcher, Alfonso Marquez and Mike Reilly.
July 18, 2008 -
ST LOUIS -- The big question umpire Bruce Dreckman asked Friday morning had nothing to do with balls, strikes or a questionable call. It was more like: "Do you want a kitty, puppy or a bear?"
July 1, 2008 -
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. -- Lawrance Garcia wasn't sure if he should go with a karate outfit or an Angels uniform while dressing his Build-A-Bear, but he knew he would name it Spike.
June 18, 2008 -
NEW YORK -- Five-year-old Joshua lay quietly as a man in a blue polo shirt entered his room Wednesday morning. He didn't cry or scream. He simply watched.
June 11, 2008 -
SAN DIEGO -- She couldn't keep the tears from coming.  April Craft is the mother of 4-year-old Sierra Wiseman, and for five short minutes on Wednesday afternoon, Craft was able to see her daughter smile.
June 3, 2008 -
DALLAS -- It's often said that the best umpiring crews are the ones that go unnoticed. That's not always the case. When Major League umpires Fieldin Culbreth, Tim Timmons, Jim Reynolds and Gary Cederstrom walked into the Child Life room on the third floor of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children on Tuesday morning, few noticed. But more than a dozen children did.
May 14, 2008 -
PHILADELPHIA -- When an umpire calls an impeccable game, he goes largely unnoticed.  But when an umpire participates in an event organized by BLUE for Kids, he is noticed by hospital staff, parents, volunteers and, most important, patients. Being noticed in this case is wonderful.
May 9, 2008 -
CHICAGO -- After umpiring a near no-hitter by White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd the night before, Major League umpires Ted Barrett and Lance Barksdale awoke early on Wednesday to visit with pediatric patients at Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. They were at the hospital to distribute Build-A-Bear Workshop stuffed animals as a part of the umpires' BLUE for Kids program.
April 29, 2008 -
PHOENIX -- Major League umpires Wally Bell, Laz Diaz and Mike Winters visited Phoenix Children's Hospital on Tuesday, giving away stuffed animals as part of the umpires' BLUE for Kids charity.
March 12, 2008 -
TAMPA -- For all those boo-birds who rain insults towards Major League Baseball umpires, young Patrick Pedraja would beg you to stop. Pedraja, 12, was one of many people who joined MLB umpires on Wednesday in the inaugural BLUE for Kids World Series of Bowling at the AMF University Lanes in Tampa, Fla. 
CHICAGO -- They are known as the men in blue. But for all intents and purposes, the oftentimes venomous thoughts and commentary thrown in the direction of Major League umpires might as well have them wearing black hats as the villains of baseball's daily routine.
April 13, 2007 -
BALTIMORE -- Mikey Duke sat quietly in his hospital bed on Friday morning, holding a new baseball in his left hand, rotating and looking at it for several minutes.