Baseball Rules Academy evolved from Fox Sports Ohio Baseball Analyst Chris Welsh’s interest in the rules of baseball, the interpretations and ‘getting the call right.’ Along with Veteran Major League Umpire Ted Barrett, they have recorded hundreds of hours of video to explain the rules in an interesting and easy to understand format.
Chris has been the television analyst for the Cincinnati Reds on Fox Sports Ohio for 23 years. Chris has also worked television games for Fox Sports national broadcasts. After graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in Marketing, Chris was drafted and signed by the New York Yankees. He pitched 10 years in professional baseball including 5 in the Major Leagues.
Chris published a trade letter on pitching named “The Thinking Pitcher” for several years and has hosted more than 900 highly acclaimed baseball instructional vignettes called “Baseball Tech Talk,” shown on Fox Sports Ohio pregame telecasts. He is a guest speaker in several national forums on baseball and is part owner of Champions Baseball/Softball Academy, an indoor training center, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rich Marazzi is the baseball rules consultant for the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres. He has also served the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks and Cleveland Indians in the same capacity. Marazzi was first hired by Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman in 2004. He also served as a rules consultant for the newly created Israel Baseball League in 2007 and has worked with the Yale University and Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, Conn.) baseball teams as a rules consultant. His Ruleball program which teaches players and coaches about the nuances of the baseball rule book, is the first of its kind and he is the first known baseball rules consultant in major league baseball history.
In 2008 Marazzi taught a rules course at the Villages Lifelong Learning College in Florida. He umpired baseball for 23 years from 1966-1988 working high school, college and some independent professional games. He is a past president of the Valley Umpires Association and the New Haven Board of Approved Umpires in Connecticut. Rich had the privilege of umpiring the Old-Timer’s Day Game at Yankee Stadium for 16 consecutive years from 1989-2004. In 2012 he received the Umpire’s Appreciation Award from the Connecticut High School Coaches Association and was inducted into the Southern Connecticut Diamond Club Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game of baseball. In October 2014 he was inducted into the State University of New York at New Paltz Hall of Fame for his post college achievements.
Since 2005 Rich has made many spring training presentations to the staffs of the major league teams he is affiliated with and is a national clinician. He has been a presenter at the Texas High School Coaches Baseball Clinic, the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Clinic, The Las Vegas Baseball Show, the Mohegan Sun World Baseball Coaches Convention in Connecticut and the Danbury Westerners baseball clinic.
Marazzi was a writer and research consultant for Hall of Fame broadcaster Mel Allen in the late ‘70s. He played a similar role for the ESPN “Inside Baseball” show from 1983-86 working with host George Grande and worked with Grande as a research consultant while he was a Yankees’ broadcaster in 1989-90. During the 1985 and 1986 seasons he was the script writer for Yankees’ broadcaster John Gordon’s pre-game show on WABC radio titled, “You Make the Call.” Gordon was a Minnesota Twins radio broadcaster for many years. In 1988 Marazzi served as a research and technical consultant for the CBS-TV West 57th Street segment covering four umpires that was in part filmed at Yankee Stadium. In 2005 he served as a writer and researcher for Hall of Fame annoncer Bob Wolff’s Scrapbook show on MSG TV.
For 17 years (1997-2013) Rich hosted a weekly radio baseball talk show that was aired on WICC 600 AM in Bridgeport, Conn. and ESPN Radio 1300 in the New Haven, CT market and 97.9 ESPN in the Hartford/Springfield area. He has also done some work on WFAN radio in New York City where hew has appeared a guest several times.
A popular after dinner speaker, Marazzi also trained with Bob Sheppard as a backup for the late legendary public address announcer at Yankee Stadium,
A native of Ansonia, Conn., Rich was a catcher at Ansonia High School in Connecticut where he graduated in 1961 and was also a catcher for the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1965. Considered the most prolific rules writer in the country, he is a national baseball rules columnist for the USA Today Sports Weekly, Baseball Digest and several other publications including the Amateur Baseball Umpires Association and Collegiate Baseball. He has authored five baseball books including The Rules and Lore of Baseball and Aaron to Zuverink: A Nostalgic Look at the Baseball Players of the Fifties and Baseball Players of the 1950s. In the latter two books, every player who appeared in a major league box score from 1950-59 is profiled including the player’s post playing career. He also co-authored Aaron to Zipfel, a book profiling every player who debuted in the 1960s. His most recent book is titled, A Bowl Full of Memories: 100 Years of Football at the Yale Bowl was published in 2014.
In 2015 Rich launched a “You Make the Call” Scoreboard video program that is being used at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Miller Park in Milwaukee.
Marazzi was an educator for 32 years spending 29 of those years in the Connecticut State Vocational School system where he retired as an Assistant Director (Asst. Principal) in 1997.
He is married to the former Loisann Kelly. They have two sons and three grandchildren.
Ted has been a Major League Umpire for 17 years. During his long career as a Major League Umpire, Ted has worked in numerous All Star games, World Series and Post Season games. He is the only umpire to work the plate for multiple perfect games (David Cone’s on July 18, 1999 and Matt Cain’s on June 13, 2012). He was an instructor at MLB’s inaugural Umpire Camps, held at MLB’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.
Ted was born in Washington state and grew up in North Tonawanda, New York. He holds a doctorate degree in theology, a master’s degree in Biblical Studies, and a degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Hayward. He competed as an amateur boxer and is deeply involved in the charitable organization, UmpsCare (www.umpscare.com).
Rick Roder attended the Joe Brinkman Umpire School in 1987, umpired professionally for ten years (four seasons in Triple A), and worked at the Brinkman school for seven years as the classroom rules teacher and field/plate instructor. For three seasons he was a Triple A umpire observer for Major League Baseball. He self-publishes the world renowned “Jaksa-Roder Manual” (The Rules of Professional Baseball,” available at RulesofBaseball.com), which he co-authored with Chris Jaksa.
He has also worked for Referee magazine and was a member of the teams that launched Excel Sports Officiating and Arbiter Sports.He has served as a baseball umpire lecturer, clinician, writer and consultant throughout the United States, and in Canada and Germany.
Volunteer Umpire for the following Little Leagues in South Orange County, California: North Mission Viejo Little League, 26 years; South Mission Viejo Little League, 21 years; Rancho Viejo Little League, 15 years; Viejo Little League, 15 years; Trabuco Canyon Little League, 10 years; Tijeras Creek Little League, 8 Years, Ladera Ranch Little League, 7 years
Volunteer for minimum of three (3) games per week.
Levels umpired; Majors, Juniors, Seniors, Big League.
District Umpire in Chief for California District 68 – 2004 to Present
Experience – Post Season
Little League – 21 years
Juniors – 19 years
Seniors – 15 years
Little League – 18 years
Juniors – 14 years
Seniors – 13 years
Big League – 12 years
Little League – 9years
Juniors – 8years
Seniors – 7years
Big League – 4 years
- European 2002
- European 2003
- Trans-Atlantic 2003
- Europe, Middle East, Africa 2004
- Europe, Middle East, Africa 2005
- Europe, Middle East, Africa 2006 Championship Plate
- Western, 2010, Championship Game 2nd Base
- European, 2011
- Europe/Africa 2013, Championship Plate
- Europe/Africa 2015, Tournament UIC
- Europe/Africa 2016, Tournament UIC
- Europe/Africa 2014, Tournament UIC
- Western 1998
- Europe/Africa, 2014
- Europe, Middle East, Africa 2005 UIC, Tournament Director
- Western 1994
- European 2003 Umpire in Chief
- Europe, Middle east, Africa 2004 Umpire in Chief
- EUROPE/AFRICA 2015
Tournament Director for Post Season – 18 years
Men’s Senior League World Series, Arizona 2002 – Championship Plate
Triple Crown California State Championships, 2004 16 year old – Championship Plate
Triple Crown California State Championship, 2005 18 year old – Championship Game
Key Note Speaker – California State Meeting, Little League, 2005
Triple Crown Winter Invitational, 17-18 Year Olds, 2006 – Championship Plate
Lithuanian Army Junior Invitational Tournament, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Vilnius Lithuania – Umpire in Chief, Tournament Director
Junior College Winter-Ball Tournament, Reno Nevada, 2010
Junior College Winter Ball, Carson City Nevada, 2012
Western Region Umpire Alumni Association: Vice-President, 2011 to present
U.S. Military European Theatre Command, Heidelberg Germany 2004
Scotland Little League, Glasgow Scotland 2005
Ketchikan Alaska Little League, 2005, 2006
Southeast Alaska District 2 Leagues, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
District 53, Northern California Leagues, 2008
Western Region Outreach, Sacramento, 2014
Western Region Outreach, Petersburg AK, 2016
District 68 Rules and Mechanics Clinics, average yearly attendance, rules 2,300 – Mechanics 450