| Lance Barksdale|
| May 29, 2000|
| March 8, 1967 (age 48)
Brookhaven, Mississippi (1967-03-08) |Lance Barksdale Wikipedia
Robert Lance Barksdale (born March 8, 1967) is an umpire in Major League Baseball (MLB). He began umpiring in the major leagues on a fill-in basis in 2000 and was promoted to a full-time major-league position in 2006. His accuracy in calling balls and strikes has consistently been among the highest in the major leagues.
Barksdale umpired in the minor leagues from 1993 to 2006. His minor league service included the Appalachian League, the South Atlantic League, the Florida State League, the Florida Instructional League, the Southern League, the Pacific Coast League, the Arizona Fall League and the International League.
Barksdale served as a major league fill-in umpire between 2000 and his full-time MLB promotion in 2006. He was added to crew Q, led by Dale Scott, when he was called up permanently.
Barksdale was the home plate umpire when Randy Johnson struck out 20 Cincinnati Reds batters at Bank One Ballpark on May 8, 2001.
Barksdale was at first base on August 7, 2004 for Greg Maddux's 300th win and also at first base on June 1, 2012, when Johan Santana threw a no-hitter. He has also umpired in the World Baseball Classic in 2009 and 2013, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2012, the Wild Card Game in 2013, and the Division Series in 2014 and 2015.
Barksdale was the third base umpire for Henderson Alvarez's no-hitter on September 29, 2013.
He lives in Mississippi with his wife and two children.