From BR Bullpen
Gary Richard Darling
- Height 6' 3", Weight 215 lb.
 Biographical Information
Gary Darling first became a big league umpire in 1986, when he joined the National League staff. He had started umpiring professionally in the Northwest League in 1980 and rose quickly to the top of his chosen profession. After working as a substitute umpire his first two seasons, he was appointed a full-time member of a crew in 1988. He was designated a crew chief before the 2004 season. He missed the 2000 and 2001 seasons after resigning as part of the umpires' union failed negotiating ploy in 1999, but he was reinstated with back-pay in 2002.
He retired during the 2014 season, his 28th as a major league umpire, although he was unable to work that last season because of an injury, prompting his retirement. During his career, he worked the 2003 and 2010 World Series and the 1993 and 2003 All-Star Games. He also worked 10 Division Series, 5 League Championship Series, and the first American League Wild Card Game, in 2012, as the home plate umpire. Known for his quick thumb, he accumulated 111 ejections over the course of his career.