We weren’t expecting that: Jim Edmonds signs with the Cardinals

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When we heard that Jim Edmonds would soon be announcing his plans, we assumed that his plans included a retirement announcement.  Nope: dude just signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals.

Edmonds can still hit.  In 272 plate appearances last year he put up a nice little .276/.342/.504 line with 11 homers.  The problem, of course, is health.  He had all kinds of issues in that department, most notably with his Achilles tendon.

If he’s healthy, he’s one of the better backup outfielders in all of baseball and, heck, may be a better option in right than Lance Berkman (and may give Tony La Russa an excuse to bench Colby Rasmus some more!)  If not, no big loss seeing as though it’s just a minor league deal.

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: