Joe West has been selected as crew chief for the American League Championship Series, and Gerry Davis will lead the crew for the National League Championship Series, the commissioner's office announced Thursday.
Davis has umpired a record 144 postseason games entering the NLCS between the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers. That series begins Friday in Milwaukee.
West ranks second in major league history by umpiring 5,194 regular-season games. Bill Klem holds the record of 5,375.
West will be at second base when the series between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox begins on Saturday in Boston. James Hoye will be behind the plate, Vic Carapazza will be at first base, Mark Carlson will be at third, Chris Guccione will be in left field and Mark Wenger in right. Bill Miller will serve as replay umpire for the first two games before rotating into the crew.
Scott Barry will call balls and strikes in Game 1 of the Dodgers-Brewers series. Alan Porter will be at first base, with Davis at second, Hunter Wendelstedt at third, Jim Wolf in left and Brian Gorman in right. Greg Gibson will begin the series as the replay umpire before joining the crew.
Angel Hernandez, who was sharply criticized for his work at first base and behind the plate during the AL Division Series between the Red Sox and New York Yankees, is not part of either crew, as umpires cannot work two consecutive rounds in the postseason. Hernandez would be eligible for the World Series
"He's absolutely terrible," New York left-hander CC Sabathia said after the series-ending Game 4. "He was terrible behind the plate (Tuesday). He was terrible at first base (on Monday). It's amazing how he's getting jobs umpiring in these playoff games."
(With inputs from agencies.)