It seems it hasn't stopped snowing yet in 2014. The year has begun with a bevy of heavy winter storms ranging across the country. However the boys of summer are prepping the warmer temps and themselves for another season, down south.
News & Notes
- Seven New Umpires Appointed Klemm Named Director of Instant Replay, Bill Miller, Jeff Nelson Promoted to Crew Chiefs Major League Baseball announced today that seven umpires have been named to the full-time Major League Umpiring staff. In addition, as another part of this season's expansion of instant replay, the Office of the Commissioner has appointed Justin Klemm as Director of Instant Replay.
The process of replay expansion has increased the number of full-time Major League Umpires from 68 to 74. The seventh vacancy stemmed from last October's tragic passing of 21-year Major League Umpire Wally Bell. MLB's seven new umpires, all of whom have experience as call-up umpires during MLB's regular season and in Major League Spring Training, are:
Two Major League Umpires, veterans Bill Miller and Jeff Nelson, have been promoted to Crew Chief. Miller, a graduate of UCLA, is a 15-year Major League Umpire who has received 12 career Postseason assignments, including the 2010 and 2012 World Series. Nelson, also a 15-year official in the Majors, has worked 13 Postseason events, including the 2005 and 2009 Fall Classics.
- Braves Minor Leaguer Sears Suspended The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Atlanta Braves Minor League catcher Orinn Sears has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Methandienone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The suspension of Sears, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Braves, will be effective at the start of the GCL season.
- Ryan Dempster announces he will not play in 2014 “I don’t feel like I am capable of performing to the ability and standard that I am accustomed to,” Dempster told Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. “I feel it’s in the best interest of both the club but most importantly myself to step away from playing baseball at this time. The time is right. I’m not saying retirement but I definitely won’t be playing this season.”