Sequoia High junior Jonathan Bravo is serious about baseball. So serious, in fact, the San Carlos resident is contemplating a career in umpiring.
He's not the first local high school student to pursue such a career but he could be the first who has developed his own website regarding umpiring and baseball rules.
Bravo boldly calls his website stumptheump.com, "which provides a platform for baseball fans, players and umpires to ask umpiring or baseball rules questions and for me to answer them."
Bravo created the site to answer baseball rules, game situation, or umpiring questions. The process allows Bravo to fine tune his own understanding of the game and the rules and to help guide fans through the maze that is the baseball rules book.
Bravo says on his website: "I have umpired for three years, in five different baseball seasons, and for two multi-city tournaments. I am potentially interested in becoming a professional umpire and I love doing it. I enjoy answering any question about baseball, especially umpiring questions."
Bravo could join the ranks of local umpires that includes the recently retired Ed Montague, who attended Westmoor High in Daly City and currently lives in San Mateo. Montague currently serves as a Supervisor of Umpires for Major League Baseball.
Mark Mauro, who graduated from Serra High, currently helps his former high school teammate Tim Kennedy coach basketball at Mitty High in San Jose. Mauro umpired at the Triple-A level, though he also worked major league exhibition games in Arizona, Oakland and San Francisco.
San Mateo High grad Ken Page also reached the Triple-A level, and umpired major league exhibition games. Page currently lives and works in Arizona.
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