There weren’t any major umpiring controversies in the Wild Card or LDS rounds. There was some beefing about strike zones and last night’s replay business, but none of the umpires assigned to the first round of the postseason found their names in headlines, and that’s always a good thing.
We still have the LCS and World Series to go, however, so there’s always hope! Here are the fine fellows who will have their chance to make history — or, preferably, work unnoticed — over the next ten days:
There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.
The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.
All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.
After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.
Here’s today’s schedule: