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Instant Replay in Major League Baseball

Friday, June 20th, 2014

 

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As most of you probably already know, this MLB season marks the first year of the new instant replay system. Previously, the umpire crew chief could initiate a review, which would occur at the stadium and that crew would render a decision on the call. Only boundary home run calls were eligible for review.

The current system, however, allots each manager one challenge per game, and a second (and final) challenge if the first results in an overturned call. If neither team has any challenges remaining, the umpire crew chief is allowed to initiate an instant replay review from the seventh inning on. If the play in question is a boundary home run call, the umpire crew chief may initiate a review at any time. All instant replay reviews are examined by an umpire at the Replay Command Center in New York City who may uphold or overturn the initial call.

The use of instant replay in MLB has been up for a lot of debate. Proponents of the use of instant replay feel that it improves the accuracy of play calling and adds a new layer of strategy to the game. A team is allowed only one challenge per game that they are forced to use judiciously. If correct, they get a second challenge but that’s it. Critics of instant replay feel that it takes away from the human element of the game and that errors are a part of the game. They also feel instant replays take away from umpires’ role and slow the game down.

What do you think about the use of instant replay in Major League Baseball?

95 Years in the Making

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

It’s no secret that the Red Sox have won a couple World Series titles in recent years, however, none of those have been clinched within the walls of Fenway Park. In fact, last night was the first time since 1918 that Boston clinched a World Series in front of their home fans. Some fans waited 95 years to witness a World Series win at home, though most of them haven’t even been alive that long.

The last time Boston clinched a World Series at home gas was just 30 cents per gallon, a loaf of bread just cost 12 cents and World War I was fresh on the minds of every American. The last Red Sox team to celebrate a home World Series win had Babe Ruth on the roster. Even more notably,  the Red Sox traded away Babe Ruth following their 1918 win,  leading to the curse of the Bambino, which ended in 2004. Needless to say, Fenway Park waited for what seemed like an eternity for a World Series clincher at home. That wait came to an end last night as Boston fans witnessed a final out, which gave the Red Sox a long awaited home World Series win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

By: Jordan Mills

Reds Hire New Manager

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

It didn’t take long for the Reds to find a new manager after letting Dusty Baker go following another disappointing playoff run. The Reds front office looked within their organization and hired pitching coach Bryan Price. Price was the pitching coach for four seasons with the Reds and will replace Dusty Baker who was relieved of his managerial duties Oct. 3.

Before Price joined the Reds organization, he spent 10 seasons with the Mariners and D-backs as their pitching coach, this will be his first managerial position. Under Price, the Reds pitching staff had the fourth best ERA in the Majors and led the National League in strikeouts. The Reds and Price agreed to a 3 year contract.

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By: Jordan Mills 

Jim Leyland stepping down as manager of the Tigers

Monday, October 21st, 2013

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Jimmy Leyland has decided to step down as the Detroit Tigers manager after eight seasons at the helm. Leyland led the Tigers to two American League pennants with an overall record of 700-597 giving him a .540 winning percentage. Leyland was known for his no-nonsense approach to managing.

Leyland previously managed the Pirates, Marlins and Rockies and has managed nearly 3,500 games with an overall record of 1,757-1,711. In 1997 he led the Marlins to a World Series win over the Cleveland Indians in seven games. He is one of a few managers to have won pennants for an American League and a National League team.

Leyland made it clear in a Tiger’s press conference that he will not be retiring, but he will be working with the Tiger’s organization in a different role. This season was his 50th season managing in baseball.

- Jordan Mills

Cabrera Captures First Triple Crown since 1967

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

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On Wednesday night, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera became only the 15th player in Major League history to capture the sport’s Triple Crown. Cabrera finished the regular season leading the American League in Batting Average (.330), Home Runs (44) and RBIs (139) to deliver the sport its first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, and the first ever achieved by a Latin-born player. The last Triple Crown was won  in 1967 by Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski.

Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers now set their sights on loftier goals in the MLB Playoffs. Having won the AL Central Division, the Tigers will now match up with the young, upstart Oakland Athletics in the American League Divisional Series. The two teams begin a 5 game series in Detroit on Saturday October 6th with a 6:07 first pitch.

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2020 Olympics Petition for Baseball and Softball

Monday, August 6th, 2012

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Wilson A2K Gloves to Support Athletes’ Favorite Charities

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Wilson is proud to introduce its 2012 Limited Edition Gloves. This year’s line-up includes gloves from 2012 Hall of Fame-inductee Barry Larkin, Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds, C.J. Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels and Cat Osterman of the USSSA Pride. Accompanied with each glove is a Certificate of Authenticity personally signed by the player and Wilson glove Master Craftsman - Shigeaki Aso. Only 500 gloves were produced for each model.

For every Limited Edition Glove sold, a significant portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity of each player’s choice. Sales of Barry Larkin’s glove will benefit Baseball Assistance Team, Brandon Phillips’ glove will benefit The Ronald McDonald House of Atlanta, C.J. Wilson’s glove will benefit C.J. Wilson’s Children’s Charity and Cat Osterman’s glove will benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The 2012 Limited Edition line includes a variety of Wilson’s best Game Model gloves. Barry Larkin’s throwback glove from the early 1990s reminds players what Wilson A2000s looked like two decades ago while CJ Wilson’s Anaheim Angels red A2000 highlights today’s custom A2000s. Brandon Phillips’ silver/red/black custom A2K, which he named “Casper”, is the quintessential custom glove for elite players. Cat Osterman’s glove is a white fastpitch model and features the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s HOPE ribbon.

Wilson A2000 Barry Larkin Throwback 11.5″ Baseball Glove

Wilson A2000 CJ Wilson 12″ Game Model Baseball Glove

Wilson A2K Brandon Phillips 11.5″ 2011 Game Model Baseball Glove

Wilson A2000 Cat Osterman Hope 12″ Fastpitch Glove

NL MVP Ryan Braun wins appeal of 50-game suspension

Friday, February 24th, 2012

A special arbitration panel ruled Thursday in a 2-1 vote to reverse the 50-game suspension imposed on Milwaukee Brewer superstar  Ryan Braun.  Braun, the reigning National League MVP, submitted a urine sample in October that contained a very high level of testosterone resulting in a failed test.

Despite the ruling, a cloud of uncertainty still looms large over Braun’s legacy in the eyes of fans and the media. Multiple sources have reported the reasoning behind Braun’s exoneration was due to a technicality in the shipment, storage and chain of custody associated with the sample. The test was conducted on a Saturday. The collector of the sample did not send the sample to the testing laboratory until Monday, thinking the FedEx office was already closed for the day. Instead he kept the sample in a cool place in his home over the weekend. Braun’s defense argued that chain of custody had been broken and the sample had been compromised.

Major League Baseball has expressed their displeasure with the ruling. A statement from MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred stated “While we have always respected that process, Major League Baseball vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today by arbitrator Shyam Das.”

Despite Major League Baseball’s objections and what some feel to be a reversal due to a technicality, Ryan Braun will be in the starting lineup for the Milwaukee Brewers on opening day. With the departure of superstar Prince Fielder in the offseason via free agency, the Brewers will rely heavily on their MVP to lead them back to the postseason in 2012. Milwaukee begins the season at home on Friday, April 6th against the visiting World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Read More: MLB.com

Red Sox and Braves Miss Playoffs

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

It’s one of the most monumental meltdowns in baseball history. The Boston Red Sox finished their September collapse, falling out of the playoffs by letting the Baltimore Orioles get two ninth-inning runs in a 4-3 loss, and the Braves fell to Philadelphia 4-3 in 13 innings.

The Red Sox collapse might be the worst fall of the two. Even the fans are severely upset, tweeting and calling into local radio stations expressing their frustrations at managers and players, even at the baseball gods themselves for failing to reach the Ameriam League Playoffs. It could be said that the Red Sox six-month season was wasted in a single night.

“Truly unbelievable. This feels like revenge for 2004 and 2007,” wrote Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy. “It is as if the baseball gods are punishing Red Sox Nation for hubris and arrogance and good times that seemed so good, so good, so good.”

Both the Red Sox and the Braves are positioned to do very well next year but you can expect big changes for the Red Sox. After Wednesday’s season-ending shock in Baltimore, general manager Theo Epstein said, “We can’t deny this month happened. just because it was preceded by four months of being the best team in baseball. We have to take a very close look at everything that’s not right. We have to fix things and that includes the whole organization.”

Read more: foxnews.com

Carlos Zambrano Gets 30 Days

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

After getting ejected for throwing at Chipper Jones on Friday, Carloas Zambrano cleaned out his locker and told trainers and clubhouse people during the game that he was “retiring.” Barry Praver, Zambrano’s agent, told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney that the Cubs were told that Zambrano “definitely” wasn’t retiring. Praver said Zambrano made private emotional remarks to club staff and returned his things to his locker late Friday night.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, apologized to Braves general manager Frank Wren for the actions by Zambrano, which tarnished former manager Bobby Cox’s night. The Braves retired Cox’s No. 6 before the game.

“I feel that anything at all to detract from Bobby Cox’s night other than usual competition is totally intolerable, ” said Hendry.

Zambrano’s teammates have mixed feelings on the situation, but Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster wasn’t so understanding.

“He’s made his bed. Let him sleep in it,” Dempster said. “It’s not like it’s something new.”

Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said Zambrano would be welcomed back by his teammates, but only if he made changes.

“If he changes his attitude, he’s more than welcome,” Ramirez said.

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