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 05:56 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.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Reader Chris Campbell reminded me on Twitter of the controversial Oakland-Cleveland game from May. You remember that one? That was the game when Adam Rosales hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning off Chris Perez. Except the umps missed it. Even with the aid of instant replay, Angel Hernandez, the crew chief that day, failed to see what everyone else saw: Rosales’ ball clear the fence. ...
If the Rangers do fall one game short, the Indians should send a playoff share to Hernandez.
Ron Washington to Angel Hernandez on using replay to overturn calls: “It’s incredibly hard.”
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
When assessing whether a pitch is a ball or a strike, umpires get the call wrong around 8% of the time, according to a review of every call this season (through Sept. 10) by Inside Edge, a professional scouting service used by 15 major-league teams. That translates to an average of 8.8 incorrect calls per game behind the plate.
Baseball officials say the rate is slightly lower than that, according to the league’s internal evaluation system. But either way, it represents the vast majority of all incorrect calls.
Excluding balls and strikes, MLB research found that umpires miss only one call every five games, according to Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz, who helped devise the new replay system. Yet the massive expansion leaves balls and strikes outside the scope of replay.
Posted: September 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM | 18 comment(s)
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