Monday, 26 October 2015

A Brief History of Baseball Umpires Featuring Barry Dufrene

A baseball umpire – also known as an ump – is the individual responsible for officiating baseball games. The function includes duties such as signaling the start and finish of each game, enforcing the game and grounds rules, handling disciplinary actions, and making judgement on plays. Barry Dufrene, for example, is a seasoned umpire who has officiated on both the high school and collegiate levels of the sport.

In the beginning years of baseball – in the mid-1800s – games were officiated by a single umpire. However, since the beginning of 1901 games have been divided among an umpiring crew consisting of several different umpires.

The umpire stationed at home plate is considered umpire in chief and thus is in charge of the entire game. The umpire in chief mainly focuses on calls involving the batter and baserunners near home plate. The term umpire in chief is often confused with that of crew chief when the two are in fact different. The crew chief is typically the most experienced umpire and therefore serves as a middle man between the umpiring crew and the league itself. The crew chief also has a supervisory role over the entire crew – assigning responsibilities with extra emphasis on maintaining unity.

While an umpire’s call on a play used to be final, the MLB now allows managers to challenge, overturn, and even officially protest those in which they feel the umpire has made an error.

Barry Dufrene was an umpire from 1996 until 2007 and even umpired for the American Legion’s regional and state tournaments in 2005.

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Yellow Fin Marine Services - E & P Experts

Yellow Fin Marine Services, LLC is a new marine services company based in Houma, Louisiana. Yellow Fin works with energy companies on exploration and production operations. They provide their clients with equipment for Exploration and Production operations, from utility vessels to personnel trained to operate vessels in the Gulf Coast area.

All of Yellow Fin’s equipment is reliable and designed for safe operation by specially trained staff members. Yellow Fin delivers value to all of its clients with its customer service as well. All of the company’s staff members and officers are dedicated to making the company’s customers happy with their service. Yellow Fin’s policy is to deliver honest and respectful answers to all questions and concerns.

Yellow Fin Marine Services is a relatively new company, significantly expanding its operations in 2013. The company started as a brokerage company in 2006, when Mike Bailey started operations in the area. Experienced businessman John Cosgrove joined the management team in 2011, and the company bought its first 165 foot crew boat and its first 130 foot crew boat. In 2013, the company acquired five more crew boats and a 130 foot utility vessel for the use of its clients.

During Yellow Fin’s prodigious expansion in 2013, Barry Dufrene joined as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Dufrene has decades of financial management experience, working with St. Mary Parish for 32 years in the tax department as a Certified Public Accountant. He has helped the company continue to grow and add clients in the energy industry in the Southern Louisiana area.