Two on, none out for the Mariners in the bottom of the second inning Friday against the Rangers. Jesus Sucre, making his first major league start, his a grounder to first that appeared to be turned into a 3-6-3 double play. Except…
The video isn’t embeddable yet, but it’s clear as day that pitcher Justin Grimm intercepted the return throw while first baseman Mitch Moreland was trying to get to it himself. First-base ump Jeff Nelson never noticed that it wasn’t Moreland who made the catch and gave the Rangers the out. To their “credit,” both Grimm and Moreland sold it well.
Brendan Ryan followed the blown call with an RBI double that tied the game at 2. The Mariners would have had another man on and one fewer out as they attempted to continue their rally. Alas, they went on to lose 9-5.
The men in blue. Although it often looks black, yes? They still wear blue sometimes though so it probably doesn’t matter. Let’s just call ’em the baseball cops and not worry too much about what they’re wearing.
Here are the baseball cops for the 2019 World Series: Alan Porter, Doug Eddings, Gary Cederstrom, James Hoye,
Lance Barksdale, Sam Holbrook, and Jim Wolf.
Cederstrom is the Crew Chief and will have second base in tonight’s Game 1, after which they rotate as they always do.
Wolf 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. Porter, the home plate umpire for Game One, will shift to Replay Official duties from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. The Replay Assistant throughout the Fall Classic will be regular season crew chief Jerry Meals.
The umpires will wear a uniform patch in memory of umpire Eric Cooper, who passed away over the weekend. The patch will say “Coop.”