Latrobe native Jansen Visconti worked in his hometown for the first time on Monday.
Visconti, a professional baseball umpire from Latrobe, worked PNC Park in Pittsburgh for the first time Monday, as the Pirates lost, 9-7, against the Milwaukee Brewers in Major League Baseball action.
The Pirates continue their three-game homestand against the Brewers with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. today and Wednesday at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Visconti worked third base on Monday and he is scheduled be at second on Tuesday, as Pirates’ left-hander Steven Brault opposes Chase Anderson for Milwaukee.
Visconti, the son of Sandi and Mark, worked his hometown Pirates in the past, but never at PNC Park in Pittsburgh until Monday. He previously served as umpire when the Pirates played Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium and Chicago at Wrigley Field, among other venues.
Visconti made his MLB debut in April 2018 during a doubleheader between the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto. The 31-year-old Visconti, who wears No. 52, still works in the Triple-A International League, but he was promoted to MLB’s call-up rotation in 2018 and ‘19. He worked 108 games in 2018.
Visconti planned his college career around becoming an umpire, earning a bachelor’s of science degree in finance at Penn State University. Visconti carried extra credits — between 16 and 19 a semester — to graduate early and attend a once-a-year course at the Wendelstedt Umpire School in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he beat out more than 300 hopefuls there, and the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring in Orlando, Fla., for one of 16 professional contracts available.
Visconti has now been an instructor at the same Wendelstedt school he graduated from for nine years. This past year, Visconti was the recipient of the Harry Wendelstedt “The Chief” Award. The award is given to one staff member that exemplifies the same love of God, family, country and baseball as Wendelstedt, who passed away in 2012.
Visconti is a past recipient of the Tom Gorman Award for dedication and professionalism and he also earned the Ed Vargo Award, named after the long-time MLB umpire and supervisor from Butler.
Visconti earned his first professional contract at age 22 and has worked through the Gulf Coast League, Short Season Class A New York-Penn League, Class A South Atlantic League, High A Carolina League and the Class AA Eastern League.
Visconti made his first professional appearance inside a Major League Baseball stadium in 2014 when he worked the 16th edition of the All-Star Futures Game, part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star week festivities at Target Field in Minneapolis. He worked as a first-base umpire during the Futures Game in addition to the Home Run Derby.
Visconti also previously worked the California League-Carolina League Class A All-Star game in Winston-Salem, N.C. It was the first All-Star game he umpired in his 17-year career, which started when he was 14 in Latrobe Little League. After that, he moved on to call Latrobe-Derry Area Teener League, American Legion and local high school baseball games.
It all came full circle on Monday when Visconti worked in his hometown Pittsburgh at PNC Park.