Umpires for Wild Card Games, Division Series Announced

Major League Baseball today announced the umpires who have been assigned to 2016 Postseason games through the Division Series. The Wild Card Game crew chiefs will be Gary Cederstrom and Mike Winters, while the Division Series crew chiefs will be John Hirschbeck, Jeff Kellogg, Bill Miller and Joe West.

Cederstrom will be behind home plate in the Tuesday, October 4th American League Wild Card Game between the Baltimore Orioles and the host Toronto Blue Jays on TBS. His crew will consist of regular season crew chief Ted Barrett, Eric Cooper, Will Little, David Rackley and Bill Welke. A crew led by Winters, who will call balls and strikes, has been assigned to the Wednesday, October 5th National League Wild Card Game between the San Francisco Giants and the host New York Mets on ESPN. His crew will include CB Bucknor, Mike Everitt, regular season crew chief Jeff Nelson, Quinn Wolcott and Jim Wolf.  

The American League Division Series are scheduled to begin on Thursday, October 6th. The crew chiefs on the AL side will be Miller (BOS-CLE) and West (BAL/TOR-TEX). Miller's crew has Vic Carapazza, Phil Cuzzi, Paul Emmel, Brian Knight and Tony Randazzo. The crew led by West, who is in his record 39th year as a Major League Umpire, is comprised by Lance Barksdale, Cory Blaser, Chad Fairchild, Sam Holbrook and Hunter Wendelstedt. All ALDS games will be telecast exclusively on TBS.

The National League Division Series are slated to start on Friday, October 7th. The crew chiefs for the NLDS will be Hirschbeck (SF/NYM-CHI) and Kellogg (LAD-WSH). Hirschbeck will work with Marvin Hudson, Mike Muchlinski, Alan Porter, Todd Tichenor and regular season crew chief Larry Vanover. Kellogg will be alongside Dan Bellino, Manny Gonzalez, Chris Guccione, regular season crew chief Tom Hallion and Ron Kulpa. FS1 and MLB Network will exclusively broadcast all NLDS games.

Scott Barry and Mark Carlson will be the Replay Officials for the Wild Card Games, while Chris Conroy, Kerwin Danley, regular season crew chief Gerry Davis and Adrian Johnson will handle those duties during the Division Series. A complete listing of the rotations assigned to the Wild Card Games and the Division Series accompanies this press release.

All games telecast on MLB Network, TBS and FOX will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider.

ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2016 MLB Postseason games, including the Wild Card Games.

Tuesday's American League Wild Card Game between the Baltimore Orioles and the host Toronto Blue Jays:

Game One            Umpire                                  Previous Career Postseason Assignments

HP                           Gary Cederstrom*                 1 WC; 7 DS; 6 LCS; 3 WS      

1B                            Ted Barrett^                          3 WC; 8 DS; 6 LCS; 3 WS

2B                            Eric Cooper                            1 WC; 9 DS; 2 LCS; 1 WS

3B                            Bill Welke                               1 WC; 4 DS; 1 LCS; 1 WS

LF                            David Rackley                        1st Postseason Assignment

RF                            Will Little                                1st Postseason Assignment

 

 

Wednesday's National League Wild Card Game between the San Francisco Giants and the host New York Mets:

Game One            Umpire                                  Previous Career Postseason Assignments

HP                           Mike Winters*                        1 WC; 10 DS; 5 LCS; 4 WS

1B                            Jeff Nelson^                          2 WC; 6 DS; 6 LCS; 3 WS

2B                            Mike Everitt                            1 WC; 8 DS; 5 LCS; 3 WS

3B                            Jim Wolf                                 4 DS; 1 LCS; 1 WS

LF                            CB Bucknor                             5 DS

RF                            Quinn Wolcott                        1st Postseason Assignment

 

Replay Officials for Wild Card Games: Scott Barry and Mark Carlson

 

 

American League Division Series between the AL Wild Card Game winner and the host Texas Rangers, beginning Thursday:

Game One            Umpire                                  Previous Career Postseason Assignments

HP                           Chad Fairchild                        3 DS

1B                            Lance Barksdale                    1 WC; 2 DS

2B                            Sam Holbrook                        1 WC; 4 DS; 4 LCS; 1 WS

3B                            Hunter Wendelstedt              1 WC; 4 DS; 2 LCS; 1 WS

LF                            Joe West*                              2 WC; 7 DS; 9 LCS; 5 WS

RF                            Cory Blaser                            1 WC

 

 

American League Division Series between the Boston Red Sox and the host Cleveland Indians, beginning Thursday:

Game One            Umpire                                  Previous Career Postseason Assignments

HP                           Brian Knight                           1 WC: 2 DS

1B                            Phil Cuzzi                                2 WC; 5 DS; 2 LCS

2B                            Tony Randazzo                      6 DS; 2 LCS

3B                            Paul Emmel                             2 WC; 8 DS; 3 LCS; 1 WS

LF                            Bill Miller*                              3 WC; 6 DS; 5 LCS; 2 WS

RF                            Vic Carapazza                         2 DS

 

 

National League Division Series between the NL Wild Card Game winner and the host Chicago Cubs, beginning Friday:

Game One            Umpire                                  Previous Career Postseason Assignments

HP                           Todd Tichenor                        1 WC; 1 DS; 1 LCS

1B                            Alan Porter                             2 DS

2B                            Larry Vanover^                      2 DS; 3 LCS

3B                            Marvin Hudson                      5 DS; 1 LCS

LF                            John Hirschbeck*                  1 WC; 9 DS; 5 LCS; 4 WS

RF                            Mike Muchlinski                     1st Postseason Assignment

 

 

National League Division Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the host Washington Nationals, beginning Friday:

Game One            Umpire                                  Previous Career Postseason Assignments

HP                           Dan Bellino                             2 DS

1B                            Tom Hallion^                         6 DS; 5 LCS; 1 WS

2B                            Chris Guccione                       1 WC; 5 DS; 1 LCS

3B                            Ron Kulpa                               8 DS; 3 LCS; 2 WS

LF                            Jeff Kellogg*                         1 WC; 8 DS; 6 LCS; 5 WS

RF                            Manny Gonzalez                     1 WC

 

Replay Officials for Division Series: Chris Conroy, Kerwin Danley, Gerry Davis^ and Adrian Johnson

 

* - Indicates Crew Chief; ^ - Indicates Regular Season Crew Chief

 

Note that the "Previous Career Postseason Assignments" column above includes service as Replay Officials during a Postseason game/series.