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Chris Jaksa attended the Joe Brinkman Umpire School in 1984. His umpiring experience: Appalachian League (1984), Midwest League (1985-1987), Carolina League (1988), and Southern League (1989). He assisted Mr. Nick Bremigan (American League, deceased) in the JBUS classroom in 1985 and 1986, and was the primary rules instructor at the school from 1987 to 1989. He retired from baseball, graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, and is presently an emergency physician in California. Chris enjoys long walks and talks, reading, writing, history, and teaching.
Rick Roder graduated from Kansas Newman College in 1986 and attended JBUS in 1987. His umpiring experience: Pioneer League (1987), Midwest League (1988-1989), Texas League (1990 and 1992), Southern League (1991), Pacific Coast League (1993), International League (1994), and American Association (1995-1996). He assisted Mr. Jaksa in rules instruction at JBUS in 1988 and 1989, and became the primary classroom teacher in 1990, holding that position through the 1995 session. He was released from baseball in 1996, worked in the computer industry, authored an extensive history of the Catholic Diocese of Sioux City, and presently works as a Triple-A Umpire Evaluator for the MLB Commissionerís Office. He is a contributor of articles to the World Umpires Association website and Referee Magazine. He resides on an acreage outside Remsen, Iowa, with his wife, Wendy (a music teacher and choir director) and children Will, Molly, and Jocelyn. He enjoys dogs, yard work, singing, bicycling, history, and vintage Chevy pickup trucks.
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