Winston Wood

Winston Wood – Umpire Supervisor

Mailing Address: 2900 4th Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Winston Wood has been Northwoods League Co-Umpire Supervisor since 2001 and is responsible for umpire administration, including recruiting, scheduling and on-field discipline. It is his second stint in the Northwoods League, having served as General Manager for the Rochester Honkers for three seasons, beginning with their inaugural season in 1994. After graduating with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Athletic Coaching from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1990, Winston began his career in baseball administration in 1991 as Director of Stadium Operations for the Bakersfield Dodgers of the Class A California League. He then served as an Account Executive for the San Jose Giants of the California League in 1992 and as Assistant General Manager for the Northern League's Sioux Falls Canaries in 1993. Winston left the Honkers after the 1996 season to earn his MBA from Santa Clara University. After graduating in 1998, he spent nearly 10 years in Credit Risk and Finance with HSBC. He currently works for Target headquarters in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Larry Rose

Larry Rose – Umpire Supervisor

Mailing Address: 2900 4th Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Larry Rose has been a consultant to the Northwoods League regarding umpiring since 2008, speaking and giving a clinic to the contracted umpires prior to the season on the importance of officiating at a high level for the betterment of the players, coaches and umpires for a very effective working relationship. At the all-star break and throughout the season he continues to give feedback to the umpires. Larry's expertise in officiating comes from 35 years in baseball or football at the collegiate and professional levels. Larry is currently a Side Judge in the National Football League which he has been a member of since 1997. He had the privilege of officiating Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and New England Patriots in 2008. He consistently rates as one of the best officials in the NFL. His son Chandler played and coached in the Northwoods League and is now an assistant coach for the Air Force Academy's baseball team. Larry played college baseball at the University of Florida. He resides in Fort Myers, FL.

Bob Bainter

Bob Bainter – Umpire Supervisor

Mailing Address: 2900 4th Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Bob Bainter joins the Northwoods League staff as the Supervisor of Umpires for his second season, and is responsible for the contracting, training, and direct on-field supervision of the NWL umpire crews. Bob is a veteran umpire of 11 years in Minor League Baseball, and has over 2,000 professional games to his credit, as well as 78 playoff games in his career. Bob retired from MiLB in 2004.

Bob umpired in the Northwoods League in 1994, followed by professional baseball assignments in the Gulf Coast League (Rookie-'95), Northwest League (Short-A-'96), Midwest League (A-'97), Florida State League (A-'98), Eastern League (AA-'99-'01), and International League (AAA-'01-'04), as well as the independent Atlantic League in '09. Bob served as a crew chief in AA in 2000 and 2001, and in AAA in 2003 and 2004.

Bob's connection to the Northwoods League began in its inaugural season of 1994 as he was hired as a member of the league's first umpire crew. Bob was the first umpire in NWL history to become a professional baseball umpire in 1995, and was the first NWL umpire to reach Class A, Class AA, and Class AAA, as well as the first NWL umpire to umpire a MLB spring training game in 1997. Bob credits his advancement to the experience that the NWL provided him, and joined the staff in 2012 to assist young umpires in achieving their ultimate goal of umpiring in professional baseball.

Bob is the owner of the Oceanside Umpire Training Seminar (OUTS) in Cocoa Beach, FL, which has exclusively provided training for contracted NWL umpires since 2009.  Bob is a conductor for the BNSF Railway, and lives in Galesburg, Illinois.