Jack Wilson is coming off back-to-back terrible years, but that hasn’t expressed multiple teams from expressing interest.
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets, Dodgers and Braves are among the “half-dozen teams” who have checked in on the veteran infielder.
Wilson, who turns 34 next month, batted .249/.283/.295 with zero homers, 11 RBI and a .559 OPS over 232 plate appearances this season between the Mariners and Braves.
Wilson is highly-regarded defensively and made appearances at shortstop, second base and third base this season, but we’re also talking about a career .266/.307/.368 hitter who has missed large chunks of time over the past few seasons due to injury. And his durability doesn’t figure to get any better as he gets up there in age. He’s likely at the point where he is viewed strictly as a backup and late-inning defensive replacement by most MLB general managers.
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)