Connecticut native, UConn alum Dan Iassogna will be umpire crew chief in the World Series

Shelton native and UConn graduate Dan Iassogna will be the crew chief in the 2022 World Series, which begins Friday night in Houston.

Iassogna, 53, has been a Major League Baseball umpire since 1999 and has been full-time since 2004. He has two World Series under his belt, but this will be his first as the crew chief. 

He began his baseball career at St. Joseph High in Trumbull and followed in his father’s steps by becoming an umpire. UConn baseball coach, Andy Baylock, was responsible for his first gig, helping Iassogna practice the mechanics of making safe and out calls and the correct positioning to make the right call.

Following graduation from UConn in 1991, Iassogna attended the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring in Arizona and was assigned to work in the lower levels of the minor leagues following his five-week course. Iassogna spent five seasons at the Class A level before he was promoted to Class AA. In 1998, he moved to the Class AAA International League, where he remained until 2003.

Iassogna's first game as fill-in umpire was when he served as third base umpire during a Red Sox-Rangers game in Texas on Aug. 20, 1999. He told UConn Magazine, "I just remember it feeling like the biggest stadium that I had ever worked."

After becoming a full-time MLB umpire in 2004, Iassogna worked the 2005 Division Series. He would also work the Division Series in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2017.  He worked the 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona and was then part of the crew for the Wild Card Games in 2013, 2014, and 2015. 

He also worked the League Championship Series (2010, 2013-15, 2020-21) and made his World Series debut in 2012. He also worked the 2017 World Series. 

Now he will be the crew chief on the biggest baseball stage as the Philadelphia Phillies face the Houston Astros in the World Series. He will be at first base for Game 1 Friday.