Oct. 15, 2010
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STORRS, Conn. -- There will be a strong connection to the University of Connecticut when Major League Baseball's League Championship Series begin on Friday night. Two UConn graduates will be taking to the fields as umpires with Jim Reynolds working the American League Series between the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers while Dan Iassogna will be working the National League Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants.
Both Reynolds and Iassogna got their start in umpiring as part of a Umpire Development Program for UConn undergraduates that was started by former Husky baseball coach Andy Baylock. Baylock is now the Director of Alumni and Community Relations for the football team.
Reynolds joined the Major League Umpiring staff in 1999 and .has worked the Division Series (2005, 07-08) and the 2004 All-Star Game. He previously umpired in the NY-Penn League (1992), South Atlantic League (1993), California League (1994), Eastern League (1995), Southern League (1996), American Association (1997) and International League (1998). He graduated from South Catholic High School in Hartford, Conn., and received his undergraduate degree in communications journalism from UConn in 1991
Iassogna has been a full-time member of the Major League staff since 2004. He worked the 2005 American League Division Series between the Red Sox and the White Sox and the 2007 ALDS between the Angels and the Red Sox.. He previously umpired in the New York Penn League (1992-93), South Atlantic League (1994), Carolina League (1995), Texas League (1996-97) and International League (1998-2003). He graduated from St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Trumbull, Conn., and .received his degree in English from UConn in 1991.