Veteran right-hander Pedro Martinez is busy opening a school in his native Dominican Republic and he is not thinking about pitching in the major leagues. Yet.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, “those in the know” think that Pedro might return for the last couple months of the 2011 season if he finds what one source called “the right fit.”
The 39-year-old did a similar thing in 2009 and it worked out well. He posted a 3.63 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over nine starts for the Phillies, fanning 37 batters and walking only eight over 44.2 innings.
It’s highly doubtful that Martinez will have that kind of success if he tries a similar path this year, especially since he sat out for all of 2010, but he would certainly draw serious consideration around the league.
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)