Last week we spent a lot of time talking about the loan Scott Boras gave to his client, Edward Salcedo. You’ll recall that the New York Times portrayed it as something nefarious. Boras’ subsequent comments about it, however, combined with some of my own deduction, lead me to believe that there was nothing really wrong with the loan and that the story was evidence of an agenda at work. Possible agendas? To paint the Dominican Republic as a lawless land in desperate need of tighter MLB control. Or, at the very least, to slam Scott Boras, because we know how fun that is to do. My final assessment last week: at worst we have a violation of union rules which, while serious in and of itself, is not a dire thing.
Turns out we don’t even have a violation of union rules. Keith Law runs it down today and it seems that even if everything we read in the initial article was true, no MLBPA rules were violated by the Boras-Salcedo loan.
So the question is this: who’s out to slam Scott Boras? It’s gotta be somebody, or else this should have registered as a non-story.
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)