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It’s been quite the year for Bethel alum, Jeff Nelson.
Not only was Nelson invited to be an umpire in his home state at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game held at Minnesota’s own Target Field, but he was also announced as a member of the 2014 MLB World Series crew several weeks ago.
Wednesday evening, however, Nelson will reach perhaps the pinnacle of professional umpiring, as he will be called upon to be the home plate umpire for the game seven matchup between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.
Nelson, who previously worked the 2005 and 2009 World Series, is in his 17th year as an umpire for Major League Baseball. Prior to his time in the big leagues, Nelson worked 10 years in the Minor League system and spent his first season with the Pioneer League-a rookie league in Utah.
Throughout his career Nelson has not only worked in three World Series, but he has also been a part of five league championship series and five division series.
In an interview earlier this summer Nelson noted, “Being a student at Bethel was the first time I had to leave home and live on my own. The institution helped me identify who I wanted to be and how I wanted to live outside the comfort of home. Now that I travel all of the time, I see how much Bethel shaped me to be a man of integrity, especially while being on the road.”
Fans can watch game seven of the 2014 MLB World Series on Fox Wednesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:07 p.m.–