APNewsBreak: Longtime MLB umpire Tim Welke calls it a career

FILE - In this June 3, 1998, file photo, Boston Red Sox manager Jimy Williams, second from right, gets between home plate umpire Tim Welke, right, and batter John Valentin, while teammate Mo Vaugh restrains Valentin, who was arguing two called strikes from Baltimore Orioles pitcher Doug Johns in the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. Valentin and Williams were ejected from the game. Welke is calling it a career after 33 seasons. Welke told The Associated Press on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, that he had one knee replacement surgery in January and would have another in June. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball umpire Tim Welke is calling it a career after 33 seasons.

Welke told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he had one knee replacement surgery in January and would have another in June.

The 58-year-old Welke worked the World Series four times and was the plate umpire for last year's All-Star Game.

Welke handled more than 4,200 games in the regular season, almost half of them as a crew chief. For a couple of years, that crew included his brother, Bill.

Managers, players and fellow umpires often praised Welke for his even-tempered demeanor and ability to control a game without letting emotions escalate.

True to his nature, Welke's last ejection came in 2012. But in 2014, he tossed a fan in Atlanta who was heckling Bryce Harper in a profane manner.

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