Rockies hope to re-sign Jeff Francis after declining $7 million option for 2011

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Jeff Francis’ four-year, $13.25 million contract signed in November of 2006 includes a $7 million option for 2011 that the Rockies are all but guaranteed to decline, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that they’ll likely try to re-sign Francis at a lesser salary.
Francis missed all of last season following shoulder surgery and struggled down the stretch this year after returning to the rotation in May, finishing with a 5.00 ERA in 104.1 innings. However, his 67/23 K/BB ratio was actually pretty solid and Francis posted a career-high ground-ball rate of 47 percent while returning to his pre-surgery velocity levels.
His agent, Jim Lindell, said that Francis would like to re-sign with the Rockies “if everything’s equal.” In other words, if no other teams want to give him a multi-year deal with a bunch of guaranteed money, he’ll probably be fine returning to Colorado for something incentive-laden.

World Series Umpires announced

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In the Major League Baseball system, the people are entertained by two separate yet equally important groups. The players who play the game and the umpires who call the balls, strikes and outs. These are their stories.

Wait, that’s not true. They’re not equally important and we certainly don’t want to hear the umpires’ stories. If the stories are about the umpires it usually that means they’ve screwed up.

Not always, though! In 2013, you may recall, I wrote a story about an umpire who made a much talked about call in a World Series game that (a) happened to be right, even if it was much-debated; and (b) his story is one I’ve always found compelling, even if he’s most famous for a call he got wrong.

Jim Joyce, though, an umpire who was widely admired and respected despite his famous blunders, is one of the few exceptions to the rule about what it means to know an umpires’ name. Most of the time we’re all lucky — umpires included — if the introductions are the first and last time we hear of them.

Here they are for the 2018 World Series, with Game 1 assignments noted:

Home: Tim Timmons
1B: Kerwin Danley
2B: Ted Barrett — Crew Chief
3B: Chad Fairchild
LF: Jeff Nelson
RF:Jim Reynolds
Replay, Games 1-2: Fieldin Culbreth
Replay, Game 3-End: Tim Timmons