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MLB announces Jerry Layne-led World Series umpiring crew

Oct 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

Jerry Layne

MLB announced the umpiring assignments for the World Series and the crew will be led by 23-year veteran Jerry Layne, who’ll be behind the plate for Game 1 tomorrow night.

Layne will be joined by Greg Gibson, Alfonso Marquez, Ron Kulpa, Ted Barrett, and Gary Cederstrom, each of whom have significant postseason experience.

There isn’t a whole lot of umpire-related analysis to do here, but it’s definitely nice to see none of the familiar, headline-grabbing names like Joe West or Bob Davidson showing up on the World Series crew.

  1. pkers - Oct 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    This is what I imagine the rest of the photo of Layne looks like.
    http://remixuniverse.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/mchammer1.jpg

    • sportsdrenched.com - Oct 18, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      Why did he ever, stop doing that?

  2. The Common Man - Oct 18, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Not for nothing, but Layne’s umpiring crew led the way in 2011 with 25 ejections over the course of the season. But the vast majority of the damage was done by Bob Davidson, Hunter Wendelstedt, and Brian Knight, none of whom are on this umpiring panel. In fact, of all the umpires listed above, Layne and Marquez led with four ejections each, so maybe things will be better for Jerry with a less contentious crew. Data here: http://www.platoonadvantage.com/2011/10/by-common-man-joe-mother-effing-west-it.html

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 18, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    The umps should be a non story in this World Series.

    • poprox13 - Oct 18, 2011 at 4:21 PM

      Why watch then? /s

  4. stairwayto7 - Oct 18, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Thank goddness to JERRY MEALS! He could be the new Don Deckinger!

  5. artisan3m - Oct 18, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Good crew ~ no objections registered by either manager. All are long on experience and it seems all of the six understand the “invisible” aspect which is the goal of a truly great official. We all hope that none of the six become the reason for a game’s outcome. I officiated baseball and football for 28 years at the high school and college level ~ and I can say with a high degree of certainty all all six umpires selected are of the same hope. Have a good game, guys.

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