The Mets name Jon Niese the Opening Day starter

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Not bad for a guy who was supposed to need heart surgery this offseason:

 

Niese is coming off a year in which he went 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA in 190 innings.

That reference to Santana, of course, is Johan, who still has no timetable for throwing off a mound and is still building up arm strength.

World Series Umpires Announced

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Major League Baseball just announced the umpires for the World Series.

The crew chief will be Gerry Davis. Davis was worked 136 career Postseason games, which are the most of any umpire in Major League Baseball history. This is his sixth World Series overall and third time as crew chief.

Joining Davis will be Phil Cuzzi, Laz Diaz, Dan Iassogna, Bill Miller, Paul Nauert and Mark Wegner. Wegner will serve as the replay official for Games One and Two, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Cuzzi will be the Replay Official from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. Cuzzi will not be a field umpire for any of the games.

The breakdown: