Last official word we heard about Mets first baseman Ike Davis, he was getting a cortisone shot, getting an MRI and waiting for some improvement on his ankle. If it didn’t improve: season-ending surgery.
Well, this is far from official word, but apparently Davis is pessimistic: he told a bunch of summer campers that his ankle is “not good” and that he’ll be back and healthy next year.
A spokesman for the day campers had no comment following the press conference, but a day camper who wished to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to discuss the matter said that “us kids are all bummed because Ike was off to such a good start and — oh, hey, it’s time to go swimmin’!”
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)