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The World Series umpire crew includes two first-timers

Oct 26, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

Sam Holbrook umpire

Last year, after a bunch of missed calls in the early rounds, Major League Baseball made sure that the World Series was populated with experienced umpires. This year, not so much: the crew will include World Series first timers Sam Holbrook and Bill Miller, along with vets John Hirschbeck, Gary Darling, Mike Winters and Jeff Kellogg.

Using a highly scientific method (i.e. searching the HardballTalk archives) I can’t find any instances of Holbrook engaging in any poor umpiring-related shenanigans.  Miller shows up once last season after he allegedly called Yorvit Torrealba a bad word. Inasmuch as Yorvit Torrealba is not in the World Series, I think we’re cool here.

Ultimately, though, the “only experienced umps in the World Series” thing last year is a kind of dumb. Joe West has all kinds of experience and he stinks on ice. Whether they’re pups or graybeards, just make sure they’re the ones most likely to get the calls right, cool?  I mean, at least until we have replay and don’t have to cross our fingers and make a wish in order to ensure that important stuff isn’t blown in big games.

  1. larrytsg - Oct 26, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    You know, the problem here is the whole “Must have WS Experience” thing. I mean, how is an umpire going to get World Series experience without umpiring IN the World Series. It’s not like they’re picking a group of rookie MLB umpires to do the job.

    Sam Holbrook has been at the major league level since 1998 and Bill Miller has done it since 1999. It’s not like these guys have never umpired an important game before.

  2. amhendrick - Oct 26, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    If Buster Posey can play in the WS, I don’t see why a rookie ump shouldn’t be allowed.

  3. ta192 - Oct 26, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    1998 and 1999 doesn’t sound like real rookies to me, why shouldn’t they get their shot! I’d be satisfied if the Crew Chief slot was required to have WS experience, but no others. Just no REAL rookies or 2nd year men, and everyone selected on merit…

  4. soccermom17540 - Oct 27, 2010 at 8:17 AM


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