Rosenthal reports that Jerry Dipoto will remain
with the Diamondbacks as the head of scouting and player development. This is an about-face from a week ago when, after Dipoto was bypassed for the Snakes’ GM job in favor of Kevin Towers, it was assumed he’d leave the organization.
Hard to say what kind of shot Dipoto would have had to land any other GM jobs. He has made a couple of nice moves while filling in for the departed Josh Byrnes, but he doesn’t have the thickest resume either. It’s possible that serving under Towers for a couple of years — especially a couple of years in which the on-the-field prospects of the Dbacks are almost certain to improve — will burnish his credentials and better position him for a top job.
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)