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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Nationals Infielder Anthony Rendon Labels Baseball ‘Too Long And Boring’

“I don’t watch baseball—it’s too long and boring,” he told the Washington Post.

The Nationals are in the middle of a pennant race and their best hitter does not like watching baseball. Is that a problem? His success thus far in 2014 suggests otherwise.

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Yeah, and I don’t really watch tapes of technical reviews and staff meetings when I come home.  They too, are too long and boring.  Although, strictly speaking, they are not billed as entertainment.

The comparison to soccer in TFA is interesting.  The beautiful game can be painfully slow but at least that clock keeps moving and you have some idea when it will end.  This tied Angels-Mariners game I’m watching is moving at a pace that suggests it may never end.  They should just go to penalty kicks and be done with it.


Friday, May 02, 2014

Bud Selig: Replay system very good

and so is this spiffy 1913 Scripps-Booth Bi-Autogo!

• Selig insisted the institution of replay is going well, despite at least one prominent “glitch” in a New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox game.

“For a new system, this has been remarkable,” Selig said. “And they’re getting it right. Other sports have had replay systems that are far from perfect. So I feel very good about it. Very good.”

• Selig said MLB, which opened its 2014 season in Australia with the Los Angeles Dodgers facing the Arizona Diamondbacks, again will have an international presence next season.

“We’ll play somewhere next year which I think will surprise people,” Selig said. “We’re working on a series of things now.”

• The commissioner mostly steered clear of talk regarding the NBA controversy regarding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist remarks.

“I’m not going to comment on that,” Selig said. “I haven’t commented all week. I don’t like to comment on other sports. ... I’ll let [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver, who is a very, very fine, very smart man, whom I have I talked to—I’ll let him do all the commenting.”

Asked if MLB would be equipped to handle a similar situation, Selig alluded to one-time controversies involving Marge Schott and George Steinbrenner.

“I don’t want to get into that, except we do have a history, without me going back into it, and our constitution is different than the other sports,” Selig said.

Repoz Posted: May 02, 2014 at 09:36 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bud Selig calls replay start ‘remarkable’

Then again…Selig said the same thing about the ‘56 Renault Dauphine.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport’s new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.

While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. The new system that began March 30 vastly expands the types of plays that managers and umpires can ask to be reviewed at a replay center in New York.

Calls by umpires on the field have been confirmed in 33 of 89 challenges through Monday and overturned in 30. For 25 others, calls stood because of a lack of “clear and convincing” evidence. In one instance, umpires asked for a video review to check the balls-strike count.

Selig called the rollout “remarkable” but wouldn’t say whether MLB would make any adjustments during this initial season.

“We’ve had really very little controversy overall,” Selig said Tuesday at the MLB Diversity Business Summit. “Everything in life will have a little glitch here and there where you do something new. And are our guys on top of it? You bet. But I’m saying to you again, you’ll hear about the one or two controversies, but look at all the calls that have been overturned.”

Repoz Posted: April 15, 2014 at 07:12 PM | 18 comment(s)
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