World Series umpiring crew includes Gerry Davis, Joe West

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Gerry Davis has been named crew chief for the umpires assigned to the World Series and he’ll be behind the plate for Game 1, setting a new MLB record with his 112th career postseason game.

Other members of Davis’ crew include Brian Gorman, Fieldin Culbreth, Dan Iassogna, Brian O’Nora, and Joe West, whose inclusion is sure to raise some eyebrows considering his well-earned reputation as an attention-seeking instigator with a short fuse. He had an incident with the Tigers just two months ago.

Davis and West have each worked five World Series and combine for 64 years of MLB umpiring experience, while Iassogna and O’Nora will be working their first World Series.

Orioles “have begun fielding calls of interest” on Manny Machado

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Thursday that the Orioles “are said to have begun fielding calls of interest” on superstar Manny Machado and “are close to the point of seriously weighing whether to trade him.”

You’d think it would be a no-brainer for the last-place O’s to flip Machado — an impending free agent — for prospects, but Heyman notes there is “still a question whether or not longtime Orioles owner Peter Angelos” will give the go-ahead. One person familiar with the situation put it a “50-50” likelihood. Another suggested that it would take a massive return, which, sure.

Machado entered play Thursday with a sensational .328/.405/.635 batting line, 15 home runs, and an MLB-leading 43 RBI in 49 games. It’d be a real shock if he’s still wearing an O’s uniform by the end of July.

Heyman reported previously that at least nine teams made aggressive plays for Machado this winter, including the Cubs, Phillies, Dodgers, Indians, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, and Cardinals. A whole lot of those teams still make sense here in late May — maybe all of them except the White Sox.