Braves, White Sox still trying to add bats

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I have it on the most reliable authority that impatient Braves fans are wanting Frank Wren to add a bat before the trade deadline hits in an hour and change. Likewise, unless “add Edwin Jackson” was at the top of every White Sox fan’s list this week, partisans of the pale hose are still waiting for something to happen too.

Nothing yet, but Dave O’Brien of the AJC is saying that the Braves are still in conversations for hitters and relievers right now, and that there’s a good chance something gets done before the deadline.  Likewise, Joel Sherman tweets that a “friend of Kenny Williams” is saying that Williams “is leaving this deadline with a hitter, probably Dunn, but someone for sure.”

Big talk. Now make a trade, gentlemen. Just not for Jose Guillen, because that would piss everyone off except Royals fans.

World Series Umpires Announced

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Major League Baseball just announced the umpires for the World Series.

The crew chief will be Gerry Davis. Davis was worked 136 career Postseason games, which are the most of any umpire in Major League Baseball history. This is his sixth World Series overall and third time as crew chief.

Joining Davis will be Phil Cuzzi, Laz Diaz, Dan Iassogna, Bill Miller, Paul Nauert and Mark Wegner. Wegner will serve as the replay official for Games One and Two, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Cuzzi will be the Replay Official from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. Cuzzi will not be a field umpire for any of the games.

The breakdown: