John Hirschbeck heads umpiring crew for World Series

October 22, 2013 - 10:42 am
John Hirschbeck was named chief for the umpiring crew that will handle the World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. Hirschbeck, who more than 30 years of experience, will be joined on the field by Dana DeMuth, Jim Joyce, Paul Emmel, Bill Miller and Mark Wegner. Hirschbeck has worked three previous World Series (2010, 2006 and 1995), while DeMuth is working his fifth (2009, 2001, 1998, 1993), tying him with Gerry Davis and Joe West for most World Series among active umpires. Joyce umpired the 2001 and 1999 World Series, while Miller worked the 2010 Fall Classic. Emmel and Wegner are making their first appearances on baseball's biggest stage. The umpires will wear patches that read "WB" to honor Wally Bell, a 21-year umpire who died last week at the age of 48.