(From the AP): Eight in 10 people think major league umpires are doing a good job, according to a recent AP-AOL poll.
The survey comes on the heals of the American League Championship Series controversy when home plate umpire Doug Eddings ruled a third strike had hit the dirt, allowing Chicago White Sox hitter A.J. Pierzynski to scamper to first base and eventually score the winning run.
Beerleaguer: Aside from Eddings, only one umpire comes to mind when I think of the worst officials in the league: CB Buckner. Buckner doesn’t need to be crouching behind the plate to make a bad call. He can blow it from third, second and first. Joe Brinkman receives dishonorable mention.
Still, Major League officials are Rhodes scholars compared to the hacks working Big Ten football.
WS umpire crew named
(From MLB.com) Cowboy Joe West will call the balls and strikes in Game One. West, working his third World Series and 13th post season series, will be joined by Derryl Cousins (3rd WS) in his 11th post season assignment, Jerry Layne (1st WS) in his eighth post season assignment, Angel Hernandez (2nd WS) in his 10th post season assignment, Gary Cederstrom (1st WS) in his sixth post season assignment, and Jeff Nelson (1st WS) also in his sixth post season assignment.