First World Series umpire from Kentucky enjoyed his time in Taylor

Brian England was the first Kentucky umpire to work the Junior League World Series in Taylor. England, 27, has been an ump since age 10.

“I like the game,” the Louisville resident said. “There’s not a better game than baseball.”

When he started umpiring as a child, he did it for the money. Since then, he’s been a Little League volunteer, calling balls and strikes for free.

The World Series is “something you work for,” said England, who works for Miller Pipeline, a natural gas contractor. “It’s all about the kids at this age. It’s not about yourself. We do it because we like watching the kids.”

England has worked two regional tournaments and umps state tournaments annually. Umpires are allowed to work only two world series in their lifetimes and England said the World Series in Taylor was “everything and more.”

“The city of Taylor is great,” he said. “It’s good ball. It’s fun watching the international teams play. This is something you get to do only twice in your life. The Junior League World Series is phenomenal.”