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)
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Managers will start each game with one challenge. If correct on the first challenge, they would receive a second. Additionally, umpire crew chiefs can invoke replay starting in the seventh inning if challenges run out.
The replay command center will be at MLB headquarters in New York and won’t be handled by individual stadiums. The on-site umpires will not have video access to replays and will not leave the playing field to seek replay footage.
I personally do not object to instant replay. But it’s my understanding that some people feel differently about it.
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