The Death of Tommy Caudle hits hard around the Triad Baseball Community

Don’t have all the details yet, but Tommy Caudle, the high school baseball umpire, the college baseball umpire, and the professional baseball umpire that served the Triad area for many, many years, has passed away…

I can remember many a night being at a Greensboro Grasshoppers game over the past 17 years and announcing all of the home games, and when an umpire would go down with injury, the first call that was made, was to Tommy Caudle…And Tommy Caudle would head down to the stadium and save the day/game…

If a scheduled umpire could not make a game, Tommy Caudle would fill in and cover the Grasshopper games, whether it be calling the balls and strikes behind the plate, or working the bases, Tommy Caudle would be there…And he might have to work a game or two, or he might have to fill in for the entire week…

Everywhere you went on the local baseball diamonds, Tommy Caudle was one of the most respected umpires to ever call games in our area…High School, College, Professional, or American Legion ball/baseball, Tommy Caudle was considered to be, “The Man”…..

One of the hardest working baseball umpires in the history of the Triad has left us, and hopefully now, he is safely home…Tommy Caudle gone, but not to ever be forgotten…As soon as you hear, or heard that name, Tommy Caudle, the first thing you thought of was baseball, and there was about to be a baseball game going on somewhere….

The next time an umpire gets injured or hurt calling a local baseball game, the first thought that will go up is, “Where’s Tommy Caudle?”…..But he won’t be available…

RIP:Tommy Caudle, and thank-you for your service