Joe Posnanski interviewed Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson, who says he’s totally cool with the BBWAA failing to elect anyone to the Hall of Fame and totally fine with the BBWAA’s process:
“When you walk through the gallery of plaques, like I do every day, you can look at the walls. Certainly I can’t find anyone the BBWAA elected who is undeserving.”
Have you seen Idelson? He looks to be in great shape. I credit walking a great distance over a circuitous route each day, allowing him to get through the gallery of plaques in such a way so that he does not have to see Luis Aparicio, Jim Rice and Don Sutton.
I kid, of course. I’m cool with those guys being in, even if I may have had a hard time pulling the lever for them. The bigger problem — and Idelson should know it — is the BBWAA is way too stingy with its Hall of Fame vote, not that they let undeserving people in.
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)