Kellogg picked as umpire crew chief for World Series; 4 1st-time umps chosen

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Jeff Kellogg will be the umpire crew chief for the World Series, and four other umps have been picked to work the event for the first time.

Major League Baseball announced the crew Monday, a day before San Francisco and Kansas City meet in Game 1.

Hunter Wendelstedt, Jerry Meals, Jim Reynolds and Eric Cooper will call their first Series. Ted Barrett and Jeff Nelson also are on the seven-man crew.

Meals will work home plate for the opener. After Game 2, he'll move to the replay room for the rest of the Series, switching places with Nelson. Brian O'Nora will serve as the replay assistant in the first season of expanded video review.

Kellogg is working his fifth World Series. Barrett and Nelson are in their third Series.

Wendelstedt's father, Harry, called the Series five times. The Wendelstedts are the fourth father-son umpire in Series history, joining Shag and Jerry Crawford, Tom and Brian Gorman, and Ed and Paul Runge.

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