10/07/2003 10:18 PM ET
Home plate ump falls ill
Reilly replaces crew chief Crawford in fourth inning
CHICAGO -- As if there wasn't enough excitement during Tuesday night's NLCS Game 1 between the Chicago Cubs and Florida Marlins, home plate umpire Jerry Crawford had to leave the contest after falling ill in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Crawford, the crew chief of the six-man group on the NLCS, is a 26-year veteran. He was replaced by right-field umpire Mike Reilly.
Reilly's spot in the field remained empty.
Reilly is also a crew chief with 26 years of service. He has worked six previous National League Championship Series.
Crawford joined the Major League staff in 1976 and has worked in nine previous LCS, the most recent in 2001.
The crew remained the same outside of Reilly moving to the plate. Chuck Meriwether was manning first base, Fieldin Culbreth was at second, Mike Everitt at third and Larry Poncino in left.
The crews expand with two outfield umps during the postseason, enabling the team to have two extra sets of eyes on close plays.
Amy Sternig is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.
By Amy Sternig / MLB.com