The Angels’ lease with Angel Stadium is set to expire after the 2016 season, so the organization and the city of Anaheim are working on a detail to keep the two parties together for the foreseeable future, reports MLB.com’s Zack Meisel. Such a deal may also provide the club with stadium renovations.
“The City of Anaheim and Angels Baseball have entered into discussions relating to the current lease agreement,” [Angels president John] Carpino said in a statement. “These discussions, which are in the early stages, are focused on maintaining a high-quality fan experience for many years to come.”
The relationship between the Angels and the city of Anaheim had been strained in the past, when Arte Moreno changed the team’s name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, leading to a lawsuit, though the jury eventually sided with Moreno.
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)