The Yankees are finished playing, but I know Sam would be very disappointed if I didn’t post the umpires assigned to the World Series. Here’s that announcement plus a few links and notes.
John Hirschbeck will serve as the crew chief for the 106th World Series and will be behind the plate for Game One of the 2010 Fall Classic, it was announced today.
Hirschbeck, a Major League Umpire for more than 27 years, will lead a crew that will include regular season crew chiefs Gary Darling and Jeff Kellogg and veterans Mike Winters, Bill Miller and Sam Holbrook.
This will mark the third career World Series for Hirschbeck (previous: 1995 and 2006), his first as the Fall Classic crew chief and his 15th postseason assignment overall. This will mark the fourth career Fall Classic for Kellogg; the third for Winters; the second for Darling; and the first for Holbrook and Miller.
• As Sam and I discussed during today’s chat, only two names jump out at me as obvious and legitimate candidates for the Yankees pitching coach opening: Scott Aldred in Triple-A (who has followed the same path that brought Eiland to New York three years ago) and Rick Kranitz in Baltimore (who coached under Joe Girardi in Florida). At least one Baltimore writer has written about the possibility of Kranitz moving to New York.
• Further opening the door for Kranitz: Ken Rosenthal reports that Mark Connor is a leading candidate to be the Orioles pitching coach.
• Sports Illustrated is reporting that the Yankees have signed a kid out of the Dominican Republic. Baseball America is reporting the same thing. He’s a 16-year-old outfielder named Wilmer Romero, and BA described him as athletic and raw, which is pretty much what you’d expect from a 16-year-old outfielder. Good addition, but a long, long way from New York.
• Speaking of Baseball America: Here’s their take on the players the Yankees gave up for Kerry Wood. The magazine wrote that neither Matt Cusick nor Andrew Shive is considered “impact talent.