The MLB Network has released a clip of its behind-the-scenes look at the umpiring crew for the 2014 World Series, The Third Team: All-Access, featuring the umpires being notified of their assignments by MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations, Joe Torre.
Four of the seven umpires selected for this year’s Fall Classic were working it for the first time—Jerry Meals, Hunter Wendelstedt, Eric Cooper and Jim Reynolds.
For Wendelstedt, 42, it was an even bigger thrill, considering that his late father, Harry Wendelstedt, umpired in the major leagues for 33 years and worked five World Series, two as a crew chief.
Jeff Kellogg was the crew chief this year, working his fifth World Series, while Ted Barrett and Jeff Nelson were each in their third.
Torre is a baseball lifer who was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a manager last summer. In 29 seasons, Torre posted a record of 2,326-1,997. In 12 years with the New York Yankees, his teams won six pennants and four World Series titles and were in the playoffs each year.
- Phil Watson