Gary Cederstrom will serve as the crew chief for the 2015 World Series, Major League Baseball announced today.
Cederstrom, a 22-year Major League umpire, will lead a crew comprised of regular-season crew chief Mike Winters, Mark Carlson, Mike Everitt, Alfonso Marquez, Bill Welke and Jim Wolf. All seven umpires -- a group that includes the two rotating replay officials for the 2015 World Series -- worked the Division Series this postseason. In the event that the World Series goes to a seventh game, each of the seven umpires will call balls and strikes in one game. During Games 1 and 2 of the Fall Classic, Welke will be on the field, including as the home-plate umpire in the opener of the 111th World Series. For Game 3, Welke will become the replay official, while Mike Everitt, who has replay duties in Games 1 and 2, will join the on-field crew in New York. Longtime Major League umpire Ron Kulpa will serve as a Replay Assistant to Everitt and Welke throughout the World Series.
This marks the third career World Series for Cederstrom and his first as the Fall Classic crew chief. The North Dakota native, who was the crew chief for the New York Mets-Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS, previously worked the World Series in 2005 and '11. Winters has been assigned to his fourth Fall Classic (previous: 2002, '06 and '10), while this will be the third for both Everitt (previous: 2007, '09) and Marquez (previous: 2006, '11). The 2015 World Series will be the first such assignment for Carlson, Welke and Wolf. Welke and his older brother Tim (1996, '00, '03 and '08) will form only the second pair of brothers both to have worked the World Series, along with Mark and John Hirschbeck.