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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The World Series umpiring crew will have a couple of first-timers _ unlike last year.
Stung by a spate of missed calls in the playoffs last season, Major League Baseball switched away from recent tradition and brought in only umps with previous World Series experience.
Umpires Sam Holbrook and Bill Miller will make their World Series debuts Wednesday night in Game 1 between Texas and San Francisco, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press this week.
Holbrook and Miller will be joined by veteran umpires John Hirschbeck, Gary Darling, Mike Winters and Jeff Kellogg. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement hasn’t been made.
The six-man crew had included at least one World Series rookie in 24 of past 25 events until last October. MLB likes to reward newer umpires and expand the roster of umps with Series experience.
There were some misses in the opening round this season and chants of “Replay! Replay!” broke out in the Tropicana Field crowd after Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon was ejected. Miller was not involved in the calls that prompted the disputes.
This is the third postseason with video review _ it is used solely to determine whether balls are home runs. The umpires went to replay in Game 4 of the Texas-Yankees series and overturned the original call, correctly ruling that Lance Berkman’s drive was foul rather than a home run.
Commissioner Bud Selig recently said he didn’t find much support for expanded replay in his talks with managers, executives and owners. In December, baseball management, players and umpires will meet about the state of umpiring, and replay could be among the topics.
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