Four of the World Series umpires will be Fall Classic newbies


The official announcement hasn’t been made, but Ben Walker of the Associated press is reporting the names of the umpires who will work the World Series. Four of them are going to work the Fall Classic for the first time:

Hunter Wendelstedt, Eric Cooper, Jim Reynolds and Jerry Meals are heading to their first World Series . . . Jeff Kellogg will be the crew chief and call his fifth World Series when Kansas City hosts San Francisco in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Ted Barrett and Jeff Nelson will work the Fall Classic for the third time.

None of the favorite umpires we love to hate are on that list. And, generally speaking, those guys weren’t terrible in terms of having calls overturned on replay this year.

Here’s hoping this is the last we hear their names apart from the announcements at the start of each game.