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MLB announces umpires through the Division Series

Sep 30, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

Joe West AP

Umpires: if you know their name they’ve probably messed up too much. Let’s see how many names you recognize for the Wild Card and Division Series rounds.

  • For tonight’s game 163 between the Rays and Rangers it will be Tim Welke as crew cheif, Jeff Kellogg behind the plate and Bruce Dreckman, Chris Guccione, Tom Hallion and Ron Kulpa around the bases and/or down the lines.
  • Our friend Joe West gets home plate and crew chief duties for the Reds-Pirates Wild Card game on Tuesday, with Dale Scott, Dan Iassogna, Rob Drake, Tim Timmons and Lance Barksdale on his crew. In the AL Wild Card game it will be Gerry Davis as chief and home plate ump with Ted Barrett, Mike Everitt, Greg Gibson, Phil Cuzzi and Brian Knight rounding things out.
  • Jerry Layne will head up the Division series in St. Louis between the Cards and the Pirates-Reds winner, with Wally Bell, Sam Holbrook, Jim Joyce, Paul Nauert and Tony Randazzo. The Dodgers-Braves Division Series will be policed by John Hirschbeck, Laz Diaz, Marvin Hudson, Bill Miller, Tim Welke and Hunter Wendelstedt.
  • In the AL Division series between the Red Sox and the Wild Card winner will be Dana DeMuth, Eric Cooper, Paul Emmel, Chris Guccione, Larry Vanover and Mike Winters. The Tigers-Athletics series gets Gary Darling, CB Bucknor, Mike DiMuro, Tom Hallion, Jim Reynolds and Mark Wegner.

Not sure who the A’s and Tigers angered to get Bucknor, but expect pitcher ejections the night he works the plate.

  1. bmh9500 - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    No Angel Hernandez is cause for celebration.

    • MLBlogsbig3bosox - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      I was looking for his name as well. When I got to the Sox series my heartbeat accelerated. Glad he’s off this round at least.

  2. sleepyirv - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    I imagine Dusty Baker and Clint Hurdle solemnly announcing to their players that they drew Joe West.

  3. lew24 - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Diaz? That should be fun!

  4. godsmacked1 - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Joe West. ’nuff said.

  5. Stiller43 - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    As long as the buccos dont run into jerry meals again, im happy

  6. baseballici0us - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    I was watching a MLB Network in the wee-hours of the morning today and they had a show about the crew that did last year’s World Series. Joe West and Dan Iassogna were part of the crew. It was actually really interesting and it showed a side of Joe West I never imagined existed.

    If any of you have a chance I suggest you look it up…it kind of shows how they’re no different than you and I.

    • baseballici0us - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Here is a link to the trailer of the show. It’s called “The Third Team.” http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=25532987#

  7. Kevin Gillman - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Can someone tell me why Joe West is still emplyed by MLB?

    • historiophiliac - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Because he heads the union?

      • Kevin Gillman - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        Okay, that I did not know, and sadly it makes sense…LOL Thank you.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

        And just the latest reason why I hate unions.

      • moogro - Sep 30, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        World Umpires Association is a strange quasi-cabal type union. Having the same executive board with complete power also work and make on-field decisions about discipline, game assignments, etc. is like a syndicate straight out of The Godfather. And their contract? Wow. Must have something really big dirt on MLB. Read about them, it’s amazing. No wonder Bud could do nothing about replay and other rules changes. Umpires are inserting themselves into the game narrative with that silly challenge system in an attempt to institutional themselves into the public imagination. And I don’t blame them: they think they are fighting an existential battle. But they are not. There will always be a need for a plate umpire in addition to pitch f/x, a field crew, and soon, a permanent 5th umpire in the video booth. I wish baseball wouldn’t do this crazy backflip into the challenge world, when they could just directly embrace a crack umpire team sleekly integrated into HD video replay and a computer-perfect ball/strike call. They will eventually and everyone will win.

  8. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Angel Hernandez is the surprise celebrity guest umpire for the deciding game of the World Series.

  9. daveitsgood - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Whoever plays the Cards needs to watch out for infield flies with Holbrook on the crew

    • bmh9500 - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Getting Holbrook to call infield flies is the new market inefficiency.

      • daveitsgood - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:19 PM

        Indeed. Somebody call Beane and tell him to write another book about this. /sarasm

  10. gloccamorra - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    Don’t worry about Bucknor ejecting pitchers in the post-season. He only does that during the season when it draws less attention. During the playoffs, his bosses are watching, and altering the outcome of a game by tossing a pitcher would produce unfortunate (for him) results.

  11. psunick - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Do you mean Billy Beane? What book did he write?

  12. peterjohnjoseph - Sep 30, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    What, no Fieldin Culbreth? I know he got a 2 game suspension earlier in the year, but his name alone just makes him sound like a baseball guy. Ol’ Fieldin’ Culbreth. Prince Fielder is the only other name that even comes close in baseball terms.

  13. parolebear - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    If MLB wants the best or at least the best of the worst, why is West, Bucknor, Miller, Wendelstat or Diaz on the list? At least balk a day Bob is not there.

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