Today’s news is powered by ELO, circa 1975:
- There is going to be a shake-up in the umpiring crew for the World Series:
Stung by a rash of blown calls in the playoffs, Major League Baseball is breaking tradition and sticking with only experienced umpires for the World Series.
Longtime crew chiefs Joe West, Dana DeMuth and Gerry Davis, along with Brian Gorman, Jeff Nelson and Mike Everitt will handle the games, three people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press this week.
. . . In 24 of the last 25 World Series, the six-man crew has included at least one umpire working the event for the first time — baseball likes to reward newer umpires, plus replenish the supply of umps with Series experience.
In each of the last two years, there were three new umps working the World Series.
CB Bucknor was in line to work the World Series for the first time this year. But he missed two calls in Game 1 of the division series between the Red Sox and Angels, damaging his chance to get picked, one of the three people said.
- The saga of the old Stadium’s Gate 2 preservation continues:
Andrew Brent, deputy press secretary to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, was even blunter.
“There are no plans to preserve Gate 2,” he wrote in an e-mail message. “Because it’s not structurally independent, it would need to be severed, shored up and fully reconstructed” at a cost of $10 million.
Brent and Trush say that keeping and restoring the gate would cost less, as little as $1 million. But they say that the city’s estimated cost could be financed through the sale of commemorative bricks on the walkway outside the planned Heritage Field and leading to the Metro-North station.
- Meanwhile, Chien-Mien Wang’s future with the team is in limbo.
- What do Joba Chamberlain and John Wetteland have in common?
- Happy 44th birthday to Al Leiter. Leiter was a 2nd round draft pick of the Bombers in 1984 (fun fact: Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were taken earlier in the same round). He appeared in his first game at age 21 in 1987, was dealt to Toronto for Jesse Barfield in ’89, and finished up his career with the Yanks in ’05.
- On this date in 1979, Billy Martin is involved in a barroom altercation with Joseph Cooper, a Minnesota marshmallow salesman. Cooper requires 15 stitches to close a gash in his lip.
- On this date in 1996, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the Braves jump to a 6 – 0 lead, but the Yankees mount their biggest comeback in World Series history with a three-run home run by Jim Leyritz that ties the game in the eighth inning. After Bernie Williams is intentionally walked with runners on first and second in the 10th, Steve Avery walks Wade Boggs to bring in the deciding run.
[My take: Does anyone remember why the Braves walked Williams in that situation?]
See you Monday . . .