The two umpiring crews that will work the American League and National League Championship Series have been named, Major League Baseball announced on Friday.
Tim Welke, a 28-year Major League umpire, will be the crew chief for the ALCS. That series, which pits the Tigers against the Rangers, will begin on Saturday. The broadcast begins on FOX at 7:30 p.m. ET, with first pitch at 8:05 p.m., from the Ballpark in Arlington.
Welke has worked 17 career postseason assignments, which includes six LCS and four World Series. He'll be joined by Larry Vanover, Jim Wolf, Fieldin Culbreth, Jeff Nelson and regular season crew chief Tom Hallion. Combined, the group has worked 49 postseason assignments.
Gary Darling, a 25-year Major League umpire, will be the crew chief for the NLCS between the NL Central rivals Brewers and Cardinals. That series begins on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on TBS, with first pitch at 4:05 p.m., at Miller Park.
Darling has had 14 career postseason assignments, which includes three LCS and two World Series. He'll be joined by Tim Timmons, Sam Holbrook, Mike Everitt, Bill Miller and regular season crew chief Mike Winters. Combined, the group has worked 53 postseason assignments.
Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.