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Why Are Managers Involved In Replay? How It Should Change

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As I was watching the game tonight, I couldn’t help but think about how I would change the replay system after watching Rick Renteria chatting with the home plate umpire about if Darwin Barney was hit by a pitch or if it hit the bat. I didn’t time the conversation, but it was at least a few minutes before Renteria walked back to the dugout and gave up the argument. We’re not privy to the conversation or the result, since no one is mic’d up, but my guess is that Renteria was stalling for time to give their replay guy a chance to view the replay. What bothers me is the fact that managers are able to do this.

Brad Ausmus, manager of the Tigers, was interviewed today on Baseball Today with Buster Olney and talked specifically about the fact that he does it. He’ll walk to the mound to stall for time and then look back to the dugout for the thumbs up or thumbs down. That is not a good system. Why the manager is even involved in the process is beyond me. There really needs to be one umpire in the booth somewhere with the ability to buzz down to the crew on the field when he wants to take a look at a play. If he feels like the play was close enough to view, he needs to buzz down and let them know to halt play for 30 seconds or a minute to give him a few extra seconds to review. There is no reason why a manager should have time to stall and then possibly not even want to challenge. MLB has said the system is a work in progress, so we’ll see how they adjust as the year goes on, but I think when all is said and done, the manager’s role in the process will all but be eliminated.

  • Travis Wood, despite a fairly high pitch count early, pitched really well. It was a tough day to pitch with the wind gusting out, but he did a good job. It was interesting to see him mix in a few more curveballs than we’re used to seeing. Last year he used the curveball just under 2% of the time. I’m curious to see if that will be higher this season.
  • Welington Castillo absolutely crushed the home run he hit in the 2nd inning. It was one of the hits that as a fan, I feel comfortable flipping the scorebook and watching it fly. No need to run that baby out.
  • I continue to be baffled by Renteria’s lineup construction. Today, a day after Mike Olt went yard, he sits…with the wind blowing out.
  • On the flip side, I do like the fact that Renteria is willing to leave a reliever out there for more than a batter. I’m not much of a fan of the traditional LOOGY concept so I was happy the other night to see James Russell face a righty and seeing Wesley Wright pitching a good amount of pitches instead of going with someone else.

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  • Doc Raker

    I have noticed that the conversations between the umps and managers are more civil now. There doesn’t seem to be much emotion or fighting, it seems to be, “hey, I think you missed that call, can we see the replay?” The managers are no longer trying to argue the call, just requesting a replay review. I like the changes, that is the way it should be, 2 professionals trying to get it right. It’s like CAPS at the Subway, he doesn’t argue that ranch dressing belongs on the meatball marinara, he asks the sandwich professional to add the ranch dressing which makes his sandwich right. No argument, just 2 professionals trying to get a sandwich right.

    • PLCB3

      I hate subway. I wish I had known they used yoga mat bread a long time ago.

      • Doc Raker

        So where are you dinning these days? Quizno’s, Al’s Beef, Alberto’s Taco, Wendy’s, Vegan Palace?

      • PLCB3

        None of them. I make real food for breakfast and lunch.

  • Doc Raker

    I have noticed that the conversations between the umps and managers are more civil now. There doesn’t seem to be much emotion or fighting, it seems to be, “hey, I think you missed that call, can we see the replay?” The managers are no longer trying to argue the call, just requesting a replay review. I like the changes, that is the way it should be, 2 professionals trying to get it right. It’s like CAPS at the Subway, he doesn’t argue that ranch dressing belongs on the meatball marinara, he asks the sandwich professional to add the ranch dressing which makes his sandwich right. No argument, just 2 professionals trying to get a sandwich right.

    • AC0000000

      I hate subway. I wish I had known they used yoga mat bread a long time ago.

      • Doc Raker

        So where are you dinning these days? Quizno’s, Al’s Beef, Alberto’s Taco, Wendy’s, Vegan Palace?

      • AC0000000

        None of them. I make real food for breakfast and lunch.

  • Doc Raker

    We are only 2 out of first and 2 out of the wild card, we are still in contention as predicted.

  • Doc Raker

    We are only 2 out of first and 2 out of the wild card, we are still in contention as predicted.

  • Doug S.

    Up 2-0 early I was happy about going 2-2 and a chance to be above .500 this weekend. Not so fast. While Valbuena’s gaff at 3rd shouldn’t be blamed for the loss, it sure seemed to be the changer.

  • Doug S.

    Up 2-0 early I was happy about going 2-2 and a chance to be above .500 this weekend. Not so fast. While Valbuena’s gaff at 3rd shouldn’t be blamed for the loss, it sure seemed to be the changer.

  • PLCB3

    I sat in section 304 yesterday, it wasn’t very rowdy. Section 303 was a lot more rowdy. They were the ones yelling at right field, they were the ones yelling lets go cubbies. Although we did heckle Dominic Brown. And a couple of kids got in on it too. That was great to see.

    • Eddie Von White

      It’s difficult to get rowdy when you’re freezing to death. It didn’t sound like let’s go Cubbies, it sounded like 34,000 teeth chattering.

      • PLCB3

        It’s relative. It was a lot louder and wilder in 303 than it was in 304

      • Doug S.

        34,000 teeth. Most adults have 32, but if you apply the state of Illinois deliverance factor of .9 (pretty good, by the way) that equals ~1180 fans. Seemed like more. For contrast 34,000 teeth at Busch ~ 1800 fans.

      • Doc Raker

        34,000 teeth at Busch equal 38,000 fans.

      • Eddie Von White

        What do you say to a White Sox fan who has bad breath? …

        Go brush your tooth.

      • PLCB3

        And don’t eat skunks

      • Eddie Von White

        – I must have been referring to the number of teeth in section 303.

    • Doc Raker

      Was Ronnie WooWoo in section 304? Ronnie is usually in section 302.

      Did you see the Cubs have. Ronnie WooWoo bobble head night planned? I would like to see Ronnie throw out the first pitch and sing the 7th inning stretch.

      • PLCB3

        Ronnie did in fact make an appearance in section 304 yesterday.

      • Doc Raker

        Oh good so he is still alive.

  • AC0000000

    I sat in section 304 yesterday, it wasn’t very rowdy. Section 303 was a lot more rowdy. They were the ones yelling at right field, they were the ones yelling lets go cubbies. Although we did heckle Dominic Brown. And a couple of kids got in on it too. That was great to see.

    • Eddie Von White

      It’s difficult to get rowdy when you’re freezing to death. It didn’t sound like let’s go Cubbies, it sounded like 34,000 teeth chattering.

      • AC0000000

        It’s relative. It was a lot louder and wilder in 303 than it was in 304

      • Doug S.

        34,000 teeth. Most adults have 32, but if you apply the state of Illinois deliverance factor of .9 (pretty good, by the way) that equals ~1180 fans. Seemed like more. For contrast 34,000 teeth at Busch ~ 1800 fans.

      • Doc Raker

        34,000 teeth at Busch equal 38,000 fans.

      • Eddie Von White

        What do you say to a White Sox fan who has bad breath? …

        Go brush your tooth.

      • AC0000000

        And don’t eat skunks

      • Eddie Von White

        – I must have been referring to the number of teeth in section 303.

    • Doc Raker

      Was Ronnie WooWoo in section 304? Ronnie is usually in section 302.

      Did you see the Cubs have. Ronnie WooWoo bobble head night planned? I would like to see Ronnie throw out the first pitch and sing the 7th inning stretch.

      • AC0000000

        Ronnie did in fact make an appearance in section 304 yesterday.

      • Doc Raker

        Oh good so he is still alive.