Posted by: Jeremy | October 23, 2009

MLB switches it up, goes with all-veteran crew for World Series

Reputed Red Sox hater CB Bucknor has been yanked from the World Series crew

Reputed Red Sox hater CB Bucknor has been yanked from the World Series crew

Here’s something of note: The plethora of blown calls this postseason has moved Major League Baseball to switch its formula for determining which six great men get to call the World Series, according to three anonymous sources at the Associated Press. Prior to this season, the league rewarded at least one umpire without previous World Series experience the chance to call the games in 24 of the last 25 years, in a sense rewarding them for hard work and a good job over the course of the regular season. At least two Fall Classic “rookies” have been on the crew in each of the last five seasons, including three in 2008.

Of course, we learned first-hand from Tim McClelland, a 26-year veteran, that experience doesn’t really mean anything. McClelland, for the record, won’t be working the World Series, since umpires working the ALCS and NLCS are ineligible because they don’t work back-to-back series in the playoffs. Also of note, and credit to Major League Baseball here: According to ESPN, CB Bucknor, who blew a few calls in the Angels-Red Sox ALDS, was in line to work the World Series but was yanked because of his first round performance.

By the way, the World Series crew has already been announced: Joe West, Dana DeMuth, Gerry Davis, Brian Gorman, Jeff Nelson and Mike Everitt will handle the duties, which is fine with me, since none of those names strike me as guys that have made any huge mistakes of late. Let’s hope it stays that way.


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