Saturday, June 28, 2014
Of the 598 plays reviewed through Thursday, the call was overturned almost half the time — on 278 occasions, or 46.5%, according to Major League Baseball.
“There is a challenge every night,” Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier said. “I don’t think there was a manager coming out to argue every night.”
In preparation for replay expansion, league officials reviewed video from last year’s games and determined one call every six games would be challenged, according to Joe Torre, the executive vice president who oversees replay operations. This season is halfway done, and the challenges are coming once every four games.
“They’re challenging a lot more bang-bang plays than I thought they would,” Torre said.
When a player insists the call is wrong, a manager wants to at least consider a challenge, lest he be perceived as not supporting his player. When a team’s challenge has been used, an umpire wants to at least consider a manager’s request for an umpire review, lest the umpire be perceived as intransigent.
And, because an unused team challenge does not roll over to the next game, there is no harm in trying an available challenge late in the game. On their last trip to San Diego, the Dodgers called one in the ninth inning, with a three-run lead.
“We had our challenge, so you might as well use it,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “There was a two-minute delay in the game. But it’s a piece of strategy managers can use to help their ballclub, so why wouldn’t you?”
Never have games taken so long to play, and the daily use of replay is a factor.
The average major league game covers 3 hours 3 minutes, according to MLB statistics through June 22. The record of 2 hours 59 minutes was set last year.
Never have there been fewer than three replay challenges on a given day this season. On June 14, there were a record 14 challenges, according to MLB statistics.
Thanks to Esso.
Posted: June 28, 2014 at 07:43 PM | 27 comment(s)
Friday, May 30, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014
It’s not really an issue now,” Torre said. “The only concern that we’ve seen in a couple of instances — and that there have been some warnings on — is going out there and using (the delay) for other reasons, to freeze a pitcher, to get a pitcher warmed up, stuff like that. That’s a concern because that’s gamesmanship. We said early on that we didn’t want that to take place.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Sunday, April 06, 2014
Watching a manager come out and just stand around with an umpire is very irritating. Baseball already had a problem with pace. This just makes it worse.
On close plays, managers have gone out to talk to the umpires, essentially stalling as team video technicians studied the play. Coaches have then signaled to the manager about whether to formally challenge. Yet of the first 20 reviews, only eight were overturned.
40% of challenged plays have been overturned? I’d say La Russa’s comments are way off.
Managers, La Russa said, should save their challenges for the truly pivotal moments.
“I’ve been hearing more and more sabermetric guys advising managers — since umpires really don’t miss many calls, and impactful plays don’t happen that often — to use their challenge at the first opportunity,” he said.
“Well, that’s what Bruce did. He had the right to do it. But later that inning, he did not have a challenge. We’re advising managers to use your gut, and if your gut tells you this is a key play to challenge or not.”
Posted: April 06, 2014 at 06:05 PM | 89 comment(s)
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Clip lasts 3:35 and as far as I know it’s still going on. 5 times they show the play…enjoy your extended NFL season.
It’s the Angels and Mariners, it’s an out call at second base reviewed under the new expanded replay system. But wait! That’s not all ...
...Let the historical record show that the new replay system has officially yielded fruit. Here’s the word from on high ..
...Let us first release balloons and then build a monument in the town square: for on this day, history hath been made.
Posted: March 11, 2014 at 10:57 PM | 25 comment(s)
Friday, February 28, 2014
Wonder if Mike Pereira has an equally useless brother.
Every clubhouse in every major league ballpark will have a mini-command center in which teams can see the same video feeds. But unless the play in question ends an inning or there is a pitching change, teams will be pressed to make a call — and there’s no tolerance for stalling.
That doesn’t mean managers won’t try. Several have already added a term to baseball lingo: Turning the manager.
...One American League manager, who requested anonymity for competitive reasons, told USA TODAY Sports he wants an ex-ump even though the team video coordinator, who already handles the equipment players use to analyze their play or to study opponents, might be more tech-savvy.
“My video guy is too much of a fan,” says the manager, who already has begun the interview process. “He’d think we’re getting screwed on every play. I want someone who can interpret the rules and make a calm decision.”
Torre estimates the average challenge and subsequent replay can be done in 60-90 seconds because umpires will connect with the New York command center through a headset behind home plate and be told the decision.
...Torre and his staff plus former managers Tony La Russa and Jim Leyland, both part of a committee for on-field matters set up by Commissioner Bud Selig, have been part of the sessions with managers, coaches and general managers.
Says Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, “That gives it instant credibility right there.”
Posted: February 28, 2014 at 06:56 AM | 21 comment(s)
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