The A’s got their butts handed to them in a carry-out carton last night. But the silver lining of any decisive butt-handing-back is that it often means we get to see a position player pitch. Last night that position player was Ike Davis.
And my word, he looked OK! Kept the ball low in the zone. Had a bit of zip on it. Induced ground balls. Retired the side 1-2-3. Watch:
Keith Law tweeted a bit ago that he saw Davis pitch a game in the Cape Cod League several years ago and that he had low-to-mid 90s velocity and a good slider. If this hitting thing doesn’t work out for him, he should reinvent himself.
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.”