MLB announced umpiring crews for the two division championship series.
It will be 32-year veteran John Hirschbeck’s 19th career postseason assignment, and his fifth LCS. The rest of his crew is: Laz Diaz, Dan Iassogna, Jeff Nelson, Tony Randazzo and Hunter Wendelstedt.
19-year veteran Ted Barrett who lead the NL crew and is in his 21st postseason assignment, including his seventh LCS. He will work with Eric Cooper, Rob Drake, Paul Emmel, Tim Timmons and Bill Miller. Drake will work the plate in Game 1 of the NLCS, with Mark Wegner (with the assistance of Estabrook) serving as the replay official in Games 1 and 2, before Drake takes over in Game 3.
Correct me if I’m wrong, and I certainly could be, but I have yet to see Joe West make an appearance, and MLB does love to ensure that all umpires get in on the action in the playoffs, selecting umpires by seniority, rather than by performance. Is this a sign that West is being saved for the World Series? That thought just sent shivers down my spine.