FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal brings the scoop …
Ian Desmond can become a free agent after 2015 and the Nationals might be feeling like they’re not going to be able to afford him. The 29-year-old shortstop has tallied 20-plus homers and 20-plus steals in each of the last three seasons. He turned down a six-year, $80-$90 million contract extension last winter.
Brad Miller had a dreadful 2014 in Seattle, batting .221/.288/.365 in 123 games, and eventually losing his starting shortstop job to Chris Taylor. But Miller was a monster in the minors and comes with five years of contractual control. He’s only 25 years old.
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.”