Friday, September 12, 2014
Nice article. It shows when mangers use challenges, how often they’re correct, etc. I’m really curious about their data on which umpires have the most overturned calls, rather than just stating that Guccione has only one and Cedarstrom has twelve.
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Posted: September 12, 2014 at 05:28 PM | 4 comment(s)
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)
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