MLB has announced the umpiring crews for the two Championship Series. The Yankees-Angels series will have veteran Tim McClelland as the crew chief, with Dale Scott, Jerry Layne, Fieldin Culbreth, Laz Diaz and Bill Miller joining him. McClelland is generally recognized as one of the best umpires in the majors, though he has been on the field for his share of controversial calls (including being the plate ump who called George Brett out in the “pine-tar game”) and memorable days (he worked David Wells’s perfect game).
Just as an aside, I know there will be some who point to the fact that several umpires – including Phil Cuzzi – who worked Division Series aren’t working the second round, but that isn’t indicative of them being “left out” because of poor calls. In fact, it’s very, very rare for any umpire – good or bad – to work consecutive rounds in the playoffs.
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