Unfortunately for him, it’s the far less scary part: the civil lawsuit filed against him by the victim’s family has been dropped.
With the outrageously large caveat that the Dominican Republic legal system is different than our own, I’ll note that you often see this sort of thing happen right before charges are dropped because those settling suddenly become far less cooperative than they used to be. Not that the settlement buys silence — oh, heavens no, that would be illegal! — but because, well, it just sort of happens that way.
But then again, the prosecutor in this case may not need cooperation from the victim’s family. He’s banking on ballistics testing, not solely eyewitness testimony. And he says he’s pressing on.
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)