The cash-strapped Rangers just need a little loan to tide ’em over. They’ll get you back at the end of the month, they swear. Tim Cowlishaw:
I found out
Wednesday that those who had enough faith in the team to buy playoff
tickets have been told via e-mail that those refunds won’t be coming
until sometime in November, possibly not even early November because
“the money is tied up with MLB.”
I have some sympathy if the Dodgers run into some financial trouble over the next few months because, hey, a marriage is breaking up and that’s sad. The Rangers though? They’re toast because the owner decided to go nuts in questionable real estate deals, get involved in Premier League soccer without knowing all that much about it, and give Alex Rodriguez $100 million more than the next highest offer several years ago.
If I were a Rangers fan I wouldn’t pay for a single thing that wasn’t immediately given to me at the time money changed hands.
Major League Baseball has announced the umpiring crew for the World Series. John Hirschbeck is the crew chief. It’s his fifth World Series assignment, third as a crew chief.
A surprising name on the crew is Joe West. It’ll be his sixth World Series overall, but first since 2012. There had been chatter for several years that Major League Baseball was making a more concerted effort to get its best umpires into the World Series more often while minimizing the appearances of its weakest umpires. Most assumed West’s absence from the Fall Classic in recent years, despite his seniority, was a function of that. Maybe they’re still making merit a priority and maybe West has just improved? I’ll leave that for you to judge.
Anyway, here is the lineup of umps for Game 1. They will rotate after that, of course. If the series goes six games, Cowboy Joe will be calling the balls and strikes:
Home plate: Larry Vanover
1B: Chris Guccione
2B: John Hirschbeck
3B: Marvin Hudson
LF: Tony Randazzo
RF: Joe West
Replay Official for Games 1-2: Sam Holbrook (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)
Replay Official for Games 3-7: Larry Vanover (with assistance from Todd Tichenor)