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All-Star Game umpires announced

John Hirschbeck will be the Crew Chief and the home plate umpire for the 84th All-Star Game on July 16th at Citi Field, it was announced on Thursday.

A regular season crew chief in his 30th year of Major League service, Hirschbeck will be umping in his third All-Star Game. He also worked the 1989 and 2004 All-Star Games.

Hirschbeck's crew features Wally Bell (first base), Larry Vanover (second base), Paul Emmel (third base), Rob Drake (left field) and Chad Fairchild (right field). Like Hirschbeck, this will be the third All-Star Game for Bell (previously: 1997, 2000); the second for Vanover (1999) and Emmel (2002); and the first for Drake and Fairchild.

The official scorers for the 2013 All-Star Game will be longtime New York- based Major League Baseball scorers Jordan Sprechman and Howie Karpin along with Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the President of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).