Major League Baseball umpires have added a “DC” patch on the sleeves of their jersey tops for the remainder of the 2020 World Series and presumably for the 2021 season as well.
The patch is being worn in memory of former big league umpire Derryl Cousins who died last week at the age of 74. Cousins had umpired in the Major Leagues for 33 seasons, from 1979 through 2012.
During his lenghty career Cousins umpired in three different World Series (1988, 1999, and 2005) as well as three MLB All-Star Games. Some of the more notable games he called included Tom Seaver’s 300th career win in 1985, and for Barry Bonds’ 755th career home run in 2007, tying Bonds with Hank Aaron as the game’s all-time career home run leader.
Major League umpires had already been wearing several memorial patches on their sleeves earlier during the 2020 season, wearing separate EC, RR, and CM patches for Eric Cooper, Rick Reed, and Chuck Meriwether.