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Rumor has it that Major League Baseball will use a seventh umpire during this postseason

MLB Umpires meeting (2008 photo by RHMI via wikipedia commons)

According to several media outlets, Major League Baseball will be using a seventh umpire in the League Championship Series and World Series.

The extra umpire will rotate between the field and replay booth.

The seventh umpire will work home plate in Game 1, go to right field in the 2nd game and then work in the replay booth in New York for the rest of the series.

Another umpire will work the replay booth the first two games and go down on the field the remaining games of the series.

The proposed changes will go into effect for the best-of-seven series this postseason.

Astros improved by 19 games in 2014 under Bo Porter but ownership turns to Hinch to win championships

A.J. Hinch

The Houston Astros stunned the baseball world when they fired manager Bo Porter on September 1 in only his second season on the job and turned to Tom Lawless as the interim manager.

The team was very competitive in 2014. They made a 19-game improvement in wins over 2013 and they had the American League batting champion in Jose Altuve.

By finishing at 70-92, the Astros ended up fourth in the tough AL West and ended their streak of three straight 100-plus seasons.

On Monday, one day after the MLB regular season ended, the Astros became the first team to name a new manager.

They have hired A.J. Hinch,  a member of the bronze medal-winning 1996 U.S. Olympic Team, a former catcher, former manager and front office executive. As the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009 & 2010 encompassing 212 games, his record was 89-123.

The 40-year-old Hinch, brings more than 20 years of playing, managing and front office experience in Major League Baseball to the Astros organization. This is his second managerial post, as he served as Arizona’s manager for parts of two seasons from 2009-10. Hinch also played parts of seven Major League seasons with Oakland (1998-2000), Kansas City (2001-02), Detroit (2003) and Philadelphia (2004). A former catcher, Hinch played in 338 career Major League games after being selected in the third round of the 1996 draft. His career totals include a .219 average with 32 homers and 112 RBI’s.

Hinch joins the Astros after coming from the San Diego Padres, where he most recently served as the club’s Vice President and Assistant General Manager for three years (2011-14). In that role, Hinch oversaw all aspects of the club’s professional scouting and medical departments, while assisting with the club’s roster composition, player acquisitions, talent evaluations and contract negotiations.

Hinch, who retired as a player in 2005, joined Arizona’s front office in 2006 and was eventually named the team’s Director of Player Development later that season. He held that role until being named the Diamondbacks manager in 2009.

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow believes that Hinch is the man to lead Houston back to the success it had in the 90′s and early to mid 2000′s. “I feel A.J. Hinch will be the manager that is going to be here when we win the World Series.”

Says Hinch, “The goal is always to win championships. It is easier said than done. We have alot of work to do to get back to the success that the organization has had in the past.”

 

PORTIONS OF THIS ARTICLE TAKEN FROM HOUSTON ASTROS PRESS RELEASE; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Pedro Martinez back with Red Sox as Special Assistant to the GM

Pedro Martinez standing next to Johnny Bench in Columbus last year (photo by Dave Maetzold)

Pedro Martinez (photo by dbking, Kanesue via wikipedia commons)

Pedro Martinez, one of the most popular players in the history of the Boston Red Sox, has returned to the team.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star will become a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington.

Martinez joined the Red Sox pitching staff in 1998 and was a key member on the 2004 team which won a World Series championship to Boston for the first time since 1918.

His career totals include a 219-100 record with a 2.93 ERA and 3,154 strikeouts.

 

Info compiled from MLB & Boston Red Sox

Orioles’ Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver dies at age 82

Earl Weaver (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Earl Weaver, who had his own managerial style that did not include the hit and run, sacrifice bunts and stolen bases, died at the age of 82 on Saturday.

Weaver died about 2 a.m. on January 19, 2013 of an apparent heart attack while on an Orioles’ fantasy cruise aboard the Celebrity Silhouette on the the Caribbean Sea. Weaver’s wife of 49 years, Marianna, was at his side when he died.

Weaver, who entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996, managed 2,540 games with a record of 1,480 wins, 1,060 losses for a winning percentage of .583.

The fiery skipper managed the Orioles from 1968-1982 then in 1985 and 1986. He won the American League pennant in 1969, 1971 and 1979. He led the Orioles to the World Series in 1970.

His number 4 was retired in 1982 by the Orioles.

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement regarding the passing of Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver at the age of 82:

“Earl Weaver was a brilliant baseball man, a true tactician in the dugout and one of the key figures in the rich history of the Baltimore Orioles, the Club he led to four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series Championship.  Having known Earl throughout my entire career in the game, I have many fond memories of the Orioles and the Brewers squaring off as American League East rivals.  Earl’s managerial style proved visionary, as many people in the game adopted his strategy and techniques years later.

“Earl was well known for being one of the game’s most colorful characters with a memorable wit, but he was also amongst its most loyal.  On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Marianne, their family and all Orioles fans.”

Orioles Managing Partner Peter Angelos issued a statement about Earl Weaver.

“Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball. This is a sad day for everyone who knew him and for all Orioles fans. Earl made his passion for the Orioles known both on and off the field. On behalf of the Orioles, I extend my condolences to his wife, Marianna, and to his family.”

No collapse in 2012, as Braves clinch NL playoffs berth with win over Miami

 

In 2011, the Atlanta Braves led the St. Louis Cardinals by 10 games in the National League Wild-Card race only to lose it and a chance at the playoffs. The Cardinals went onto to become the NL champions and World Series champions.

In 2012, the Braves have weathered the storm and will make the playoffs.

(courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

Retiring third baseman Chipper Jones led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a double to right-centerfield off the Miami Marlins’ Mike Dunn, the losing pitcher who falls to 0-3. He advanced to third on a wild pitch before Freddie Freeman homered to send the Braves to the postseason for the second time in three years.

Jones’ double in the ninth tied him with Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar for 57th place on the all-time major league career list with 2,724.

Chipper Jones (photo by Dirk Hansen via wikipedia commons)

Atlanta starter Kris Medlen pitched seven innings, allowing three runs and five hits, striking out eight and walking none. He did not figure in the decision but he and the Braves go into the record books. The Braves have won Medlen’s last 22 starts, tying a major-league record set by Whitey Ford and Carl Hubble.

 

Info compiled from MLB.com & Atlanta Braves news

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