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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Brad Ausmus fumed when Tigers got 30 seconds, but no more, to challenge play

The Detroit Tigers were given 30 seconds to decide whether to challenge a bang-bang play at first base in the first inning.

Manager Brad Ausmus wanted a few more.

That seems to be the root of the argument that led to Ausmus’ ejection on Saturday at Comerica Park: Is the 30-second clock a guideline or a timer?

“You have 30 seconds, as a rule,” said bench coach Gene Lamont, who took over the club after Ausmus was tossed by crew chief Fieldin Culbreth. “But usually they’ll give you more time than that.”

Most umpires, do in fact, seem to offer managers a little leeway. When the clock strikes zero, they usually turn to the dugout as if to say, “OK, what do you want to do?”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 04, 2017 at 11:17 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, replay, tigers

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Umps may soon take to mic to explain replays

Want to hear exactly how disputed calls get decided, like that one in last year’s NL Championship Series?

Soon, we might.

While nothing is set, Major League Baseball and umps are expected to discuss a plan — most prominently used in the NFL — for crew chiefs to wear a microphone and explain replay rulings.

Under one possible scenario, they would start at the All-Star Game on July 11 in Miami, tweak the process over the season’s second half and then go forward with the experiment in the playoffs.

People familiar with the talks spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because an agreement has not yet been reached.

Last year, MLB asked for the plate ump to wear a mic at the All-Star Game, but there wasn’t enough time to do it.

The umpires are in the middle of their five-year labor deal and any change would involve negotiations, plus a comfort level on both sides that the system would be efficient, accurate and easy.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 20 comment(s)
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