Right-hander Scott Baker has signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.
Baker has struggled to regain his form after missing all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow surgery, logging a total of just 96 innings since then while posting a 5.17 ERA.
Prior to the elbow injury Baker was a solid mid-rotation starter for the Twins, going 55-37 with a 3.98 ERA in 821 innings from 2007-2011. However, as an extreme fly-ball pitcher he seems like a poor fit for Yankee Stadium.
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.”