Umps doing themselves proud at World Series

MLB executive vice president for baseball operations Joe Torre (left) participates in a news...

MLB executive vice president for baseball operations Joe Torre (left) participates in a news conference with umpire John Hirschbeck regarding the obstruction call against Will Middlebrooks of the Boston Red Sox during Game 3 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images/AFP)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:41 PM ET

Nobody knows what strange, mystifying, outrageous twists are going to shape the final games of the World Series, or whether the Red Sox or Cardinals will emerge as champions.

But there is already one team that has come out on top in this World Series: The six men in blue.

The Major League Baseball umpiring team of John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce, Dana DeMuth, Paul Emmel, Bill Miller and Mark Wegner has excelled on a couple of levels and have represented its craft with distinction.

With baseball preparing to open the pandora’s box of expanded video replay next season, perhaps undermining the authority of umpiring crews in the process, the umps in this World Series have shown how it is possible to get things right without the all-seeing eye of the camera, using their intelligence while checking their egos at the door.

In a perfect World Series, you wouldn’t notice the umps, or even know their names.


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