No Rookies Allowed: All Veteran Umpires For World Series

Unlike in previous years, Major League Baseball is going with an all-veteran umpiring unit for this year's World Series after a postseason full of blown calls:

Longtime crew chiefs Joe West, Dana DeMuth and Gerry Davis, along with Brian Gorman, Jeff Nelson and Mike Everitt will handle the games, three people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press this week.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

In 24 of the last 25 World Series, the six-man crew has included at least one umpire working the event for the first time — baseball likes to reward newer umpires, plus replenish the supply of umps with Series experience.

Who was in line for that "new" spot in the crew? Perhaps CB Bucknor, but he "missed two calls in Game 1 of the division series between the Red Sox and Angels, damaging his chance to get picked, one of the three people said." Ouch.

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