Six-man World Series umpire crew named
BOSTON -- Ed Montague, known for his calm demeanor and consistent strike zone, will serve as the crew chief for the World Series. It is the fourth time he's drawn the umpiring assignment.
The six-man crew announced Tuesday includes three umpires working their first Series: Ted Barrett, Laz Diaz and Mike Everitt. Chuck Meriwether and Mike Reilly complete the crew.
Montague will be behind the plate Wednesday night when the Colorado Rockies play the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 at Fenway Park. Montague was last the Series crew chief in 2004, when the Red Sox won the championship.
Diaz will be at first base, Barrett at second, Meriwether at third, Everitt in left field and Reilly in right for the opener.
All six umpires called games during the first round of the playoffs this month. Montague also worked the NL wild-card tiebreaker between the Rockies and San Diego Padres.
This will be the sixth Series and 21st postseason assignment overall for Montague, in his 32nd year as a major-league umpire. He comes from a baseball family -- his father, Ed, was an infielder for the Cleveland Indians in a career that began in 1928 and lasted through 1932 and then was a scout for the San Francisco Giants for 40 years.
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