Mets Merized Online » instant replay http://metsmerizedonline.com Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:33:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.18 Terry Collins Unhappy With MLB Rule Change On Neighborhood Play http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/terry-collins-unhappy-with-mlb-rule-change-on-neighborhood-play.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/terry-collins-unhappy-with-mlb-rule-change-on-neighborhood-play.html/#comments Fri, 26 Feb 2016 13:10:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=206831 MLB: NLDS-New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers

Mets manager Terry Collins is none too pleased with one of the new second base rule changes MLB revealed on Thursday, specifically the redefining of the “neighborhood play.”

MLB will now allow instant-replay reviews to ensure that an infielder actually touches the base on a double play, something that hasn’t been enforced in the past.

“We’re making a slide rule that keeps you on the bag – you’ve got to be near the bag – and now you’ve got to make a decision on the neighborhood play that you’ve got to stay on the bag,” Collins told John Harper of the Daily News.

“You know what that is going to mean? Somebody is going to get their clocks cleaned.”

Harper argues that Collins is overreacting and that the neighborhood play has become “a myth” in recent years, and one MLB official explained:

“It has become a pretty rare occurrence,” Chris Marinak, MLB VP of Economics  said Thursday. “It was called differently from umpire to umpire, which leads to inconsistency. Infielders have felt they had to touch the base anyway.”

Original Report

On Thursday, MLB and the MLBPA jointly announced new rule changes for 2016 regarding slides to break up double plays.

  1. Runner begins his slide before reaching the base.
  2. Runner is able and attempts to reach the base with his hand or foot.
  3. Runner is able and attempts to remain on the base (except home plate) after completion of the slide.
  4. Runner slides within reach of the base without changing his pathway for the purpose of initiating contact with a fielder.
  5. Runner may not engage “in a roll block or intentionally initiate or attempts to initiate contact with the fielder’s upper body.

Not following the new rules will result in an automatic double play.

If the runner is deemed to have violated any of these conditions, then he and the batter will be called out for interference. Potential violations will be reviewable using instant replay, as will, for the first time, “neighborhood play” calls.

“Our goal in amending the slide rule was to enhance player safety, reduce incidents of injury and to do it in a way that respects and preserves the bona fide hustle plays that are integral to our game,” said MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark. “I am optimistic that this new rule will accomplish those goals.”

Additionally, he pace of game program will expand this season to include timed 30-second visits to the pitcher’s mound by managers and pitching coaches.

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All 30 MLB Clubs Unanimously Approve Instant Replay http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/all-30-mlb-clubs-unanimously-approve-instant-replay.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/all-30-mlb-clubs-unanimously-approve-instant-replay.html/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:51:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=139764 mlb-logo

2:45 PM Update: All 30 MLB clubs have just unanimously approved expansion of instant replay, which will be in effect for the 2014 season and postseason.

Clubs can now show all replays on scoreboard in stadiums.Teams should know if they’ll win challenge before doing so. Can look at video.

Anthony Rieber of Newsday is at the Owners Meetings where the big thing on the agenda is whether Major League Baseball should scale back its planned ambitious expansion of instant replay so it can be implemented in time for the upcoming season.

MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre said on Wednesday night, ”I think it’s going to happen.”

Torre said MLB is considering adding fair/foul calls and limited safe/out calls with a manager’s challenge.

Previous incarnations of the system proposed to begin this season included all safe/out calls, but that may no longer be the case.

“It’s not a perfect game,” Torre said. “If you try to get every single thing right, you’d have to time the game with a calendar.”

He indicated that adding safe/out calls on plays at the plate was the first priority. The current replay plan looks only at whether a ball is a home run.

“The home run thing, it’s worked really well,” Torre said. Of the changes, Torre said, “We certainly don’t want a play at the plate where umpires realize they were wrong and couldn’t do anything about it.”

Torre said the umpires are on board, but any plan approved by the owners must also be approved by the players’ union for 2014. Owners also are discussing banning home-plate collisions at these meetings.

Back in November, when the plan was first bought to the table and met with a strong willingness by the owners to move forward with it, our own John Ginder wrote the following:

Touching on it briefly, it looks as if managers will be allowed two challenges a game. If they are unsuccessful with their first challenge they will lose the second one. It is still unclear what can be challenged, but it won’t just be home runs anymore.

One thing about baseball that I have always loved and admired is the human element. Maybe I am in the minority. I understand how frustrating it can be when a call doesn’t go your way, but I also know the feeling when you get away with one. Implementing this replay system in a way is phasing this out. I am not saying that I don’t agree with it, I am just saying that one of the things that I along with many love about the game is being handed over to the replay booth.

A complaint for years has been how long games take to be played. With pitching changes, hitter’s pre-at bat rituals, time between pitches, etc… adding the possibility of four challenges isn’t going to speed things up any. I am not complaining about the duration of a game because I could spend all day everyday at a ballpark, I am just stating the facts.

It is still early in this process and I know that the people involved are going to put in a ton of time to iron out the details to be sure the right system is in place, but it leaves me with an on the fence feeling about how much it actually will change the game.

The technology is there to make this work but where does it stop?

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MLB Expanded Replay: Why Now? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mlb-expanded-replay-why-now.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/mlb-expanded-replay-why-now.html/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:00:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133019 On Thursday, MLB owners unanimously voted on funding that would expand instant replay in baseball. There are still plenty of details that need to be worked out before the final votes by the owners are cast, but pending player’s union approval, it looks like this is going to be a go. This is something that has been in the works since the summer.

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Touching on it briefly, it looks as if managers will be allowed two challenges a game. If they are unsuccessful with their first challenge they will lose the second one. It is still unclear what can be challenged, but it won’t just be homeruns anymore. The one thing that was mentioned was that balls and strikes will not be challengeable. It appears as though everything else will be. It is also unclear if umpires have the ability themselves to review a homerun or if that will be left up to the manager.

One thing about baseball that I have always loved and admired is the human element. Maybe I am in the minority. I understand how frustrating it can be when a call doesn’t go your way, but I also know the feeling when you get away with one. Implementing this replay system in a way is phasing this out. I am not saying that I don’t agree with it, I am just saying that one of the things that I along with many love about the game is being handed over to the replay booth.

A complaint for years has been how long games take to be played. With pitching changes, hitter’s pre-at bat rituals, time between pitches, etc… adding the possibility of four challenges isn’t going to speed things up any. I am not complaining about the duration of a game because I could spend all day everyday at a ballpark, I am just stating the facts.

It is still early in this process and I know that the people involved are going to put in a ton of time to iron out the details to be sure the right system is in place, but it leaves me with an on the fence feeling about how much it actually will change the game. The technology is there to make this work but where does it stop? Homeruns have been reviewable since the end of 2008. Soon it could be just plays at the plate. Or maybe fair or foul balls. Perhaps every out could be reviewed. Are the managers the only ones to call for a replay? Are players going to stall and “argue” to give the manager enough time for someone within the organization to review the play then relay the message to the dugout to have it reviewed? There are a million questions about this but the one I am stuck on is, Why now?

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Rounding The Bases: Melky To The Mets, Dickey Honored For His Awesomeness http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/11/rounding-the-bases-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/11/rounding-the-bases-2.html/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:41:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=100151

Rounding The Bases is back… As we did before, we’ll highlight some of the must-read posts from the Mets beat writers, take a cruise around the Mets blogosphere, check in on our enemies, and have a little fun while we’re at it.

MMO Instant Replay

  • Connor O’Brien dished out his report cards for the Mets infielders this week and gives Josh Thole a big fat D. “Josh Thole has not become the player we thought he could be. After hitting over .300 in his last two minor league seasons, and showing glimpses of a future .300 hitter over his first two years in the big leagues, his production has declined. This year, he hit rock bottom.”
  • Dan Valis wonders if the Mets should consider trading David Wright for Andre Ethier if they don’t work out an extension. “If you swapped these two players, the Mets would still have a very solid middle of the order hitter to replace David. Ethier is already signed, and plays a position we desperately need to fill. They Mets already have some in-house options for third base, while they really have nobody on the roster who can play right field. With a tight budget a move like this could be very beneficial to the Mets as they begin to prepare for this off-season.”
  • Is there a new manager trend, asks Jessep who lists Mike Piazza, Edgardo Alfonzo, Dave Magadan and Brett Butler as former Mets who could someday manage for their former teams.

On The Beat

  • Ken Davidoff of the NY Post predicts that free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera will eventually sign a one-year, $4 million deal with the Mets. Cabrera of course was suspended 50 games for failing a test for PED’s and then tried to cover it up. The Giants washed their hands of him.
  • The Mets are not close to reaching new agreements with either R.A. Dickey or David Wright, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions according to Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger. Things have certainly slowed down of late.
  • In the aftermath of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, the New York Mets will be holding a food drive and offering tickets. This is a great gesture by them, and gives fans a great opportunity to help others, while also possibly getting tickets to the game.

Friendly Fire

  • MetsBlog reports that R.A. Dickey was named the National League’s most outstanding pitcher in 2012 as picked by the players. “It’s an extreme honor to be recognized by the people who you play against and compete against all year long,” Dickey said in a statement. “To know my peers think this highly of me is a tremendous feeling.”
  • Have you checked out 2 Guys Talking Mets Baseball yet? Enjoy this behind the scenes conversation between Fred, Jeff and Sandy and you’ll be going back for more.
  • Joe Janish of Mets Today wonders what if the Mets never signed Pedro Martinez. “Certainly, the magic of 2006 would not have occurred, but maybe — just maybe — the pain and suffering Mets fans are enduring now would have occurred from 2005-2009, when instead of signing people like Billy Wagner, Moises Alou, and Francisco Rodriguez, the Mets would have been stocking up on #1 picks.”
  • The Rising Apple wonders if the Mets will re-sign any of their free agents and writes the following regarding Scott Hairston: “Unlikely; he drew a lot of interest on the trade market before the non-waiver trade deadline and even into August when he was placed on trade waivers. Alderson decided not to trade him because he felt there was more value in letting him finish the year with the team than trading him away. Now, with his career season, Hairston is looking to cash in with a more lucrative, multi-year deal, something the Mets won’t be able to afford.”

Enemy Territory

  • In the rest of the league, there is still news. First off, David Ortiz has signed an extension with the Red Sox for two years. He might also consider sitting out the World Baseball Classic so it doesn’t interrupt him getting ready for the regular season.
  • Rookie Mike Trout won the Defensive Player of the Year award in the American League, a testament to how great his defensive play was this season. Braves outfielder Michael Bourn took home the award in the National League.
  • In big news for the New York Yankees, Mariano Riveraplans to return to the field next year.
  • The Red Sox don’t want to offer Cody Ross a three-year deal, which could be a stumbling block in contract discussions according to WEEI.com. Jon Heyman says Ross is looking for a three-year deal worth about $25 million.

Today In Mets History

Seven members of the World Champion Mets begin a two-week engagement with comedian Phil Foster at Caesar’s palace in Las Vegas. Giving it the ol’ soft shoe are Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Donn Clendenon, Ed Kranepool, Tommie Agee, Cleon Jones, and Art Shamsky. – Mets.com

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Tough Series For Larry Vanover, More Replay Needed? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/04/tough-series-for-larry-vanover-more-replay-needed.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/04/tough-series-for-larry-vanover-more-replay-needed.html/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 04:27:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=77053 Through the first six games, the umpiring in the games the Mets have played has been rather suspect.

But we really saw it take a turn for the worse this series against the Nationals.

Larry Vanover, a 21-year MLB veteran umpire, made a few key questionable calls in this series. The first actually benefitted the Mets when Adam LaRoche was called out at second base in the first game of the series on a play that really wasn’t close at all.

However, during Wednesday’s game, the strike three call to Jason Bay was a monstrosity. The pitch was well into the left-handed batter’s box, and of course it came at a time when the Mets were mounting a rally.

Before even getting into the terrible call, you have to feel for Bay. A big hit in that spot could have gotten him going, but instead the bat was taken completely out of hands. Thanks for that Larry!

Too many times, we have seen the umpiring of a game decide the outcome. Now I’m not saying that if Vanover hadn’t punched out Bay that Bay would have come through. But hopefully Vanover looks at the replay of the pitch to see just how far outside it was.

That leads me to the point of the post: instant replay. It’s been debated and discussed countless times not only in this forum but all around the league.

Early in the offseason, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig mentioned the possibility of expanding instant replay—which right now is just for home runs—to include fair vs. foul calls and trapped balls. However, the league decided to hold back on the expansion for the 2012 season.

But in Vanover’s case, we’re talking about balls and strikes, which the league would never agree to review. Just think: After every single pitch, one of the managers is calling for a ball vs. strike review. The game would take 10 hours.

Detractors of instant replay argue that being able to review a call takes away from the sanctity of the game since an umpire’s judgment has determined close calls for years. Then again though, seeing a batter take “strike three” that is almost a full foot off the plate has put me over the edge. That is what is truly taking away from the sanctity of the game.

I’ll admit, I don’t have the answer for finding a medium between correct calls and a game that lasts forever. But I do know that I would rather see a system in which the correct call is made even if it has to be reviewed.

What if baseball adopted a system similar to football? You get two “challenges” per game, and if you win both, you get a third. Naturally, some plays cannot be reviewed—like balls vs. strikes—just like in the NFL.

Home run calls wouldn’t have a separate review system and would instead be included in all plays that can be challenged.

For example, looking at Vanover’s call at second base on Monday, Davey Johnson would throw out his red flag, and the entire umpire crew would go have a look to make the correct call. Pretty simple right? Especially for a play like that, the umpires really would only have to see the play one more time in slow motion to realize the call needs to be reversed.

I’m curious to hear some other opinions on this or if anyone can add to this discussion. How can this system be figured out?

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From Left Field: Expansion Of Instant Replay Imminent? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/10/from-left-field-expansion-of-instant-replay-imminent.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2011/10/from-left-field-expansion-of-instant-replay-imminent.html/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2011 01:21:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=63888 It seems like MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is finally giving in, albeit slightly.

For years, the thought of instant replay in baseball remained just a thought, as Selig and his cronies stressed “human error” as part of the game.

Fair or Foul?

Umpires had been making good and bad calls since the game’s inception, so why did the current administration need to change anything?

However, once the NFL adopted its instant replay program, the technological aspect of sports changed drastically. Coaches could challenge a disputed call, and later, every disputed call with less than two minutes remaining is automatically challenged.

And new this season, every scoring play is now reviewed, even the obvious ones.

Though it changed the game, the right calls were being made. As a result, the emphasis shifted from luck in getting a favorable call to actuality. Did the receiver actually make the catch or did the runner actually break the plan on the endzone?

After seeing how instant replay affected football and after a string of seasons with overall poor umpiring, Selig introduced the first facet of MLB instant replay, which allowed the umpires to review if a ball is or is not a home run.

That has been a successful first step, but just this past Tuesday, Selig announced that the league “will enlarge replay a little bit.”

He said he didn’t want every single call to be reviewed, and that doing so would hurt the sport.

But that’s all that was said.

In an AP report from April, the review of fair or foul calls and trapped balls was a topic of MLB’s discussion, but it was decided not to implement that this season.

Still, it looks as though we will see extended instant replay in 2012. Maybe managers will be able to challenge safe or out calls. Or even if a balk call is actually a balk.

The question is where do we draw the line?

Baseball games take three hours as is, so reviewing all these blown calls would prolong the game even further. There are dozens of calls in every game that can technically be disputed.

I’m on the fence about this whole issue. I’m all about seeing a fairly officiated game (especially if the Mets fall victim to a bad call), but I also respect that human error is part of the game.

For all the times the Mets have suffered from a bad call, they likely have been the beneficiaries of bad calls. It all evens out in the end.

The problem is that if the expansion of instant replay continues, we may get to the point where every single pitch can be reviewed as being a ball or a strike. That’s highly unlikely, but I hope you get the point.

Depending on what MLB officials agree upon for the new instant replay procedures, they need to take a firm stance and say that’s it.

The game must progress as is, because if this trend continues, we will see robots on the field umpiring games.

What are your thoughts?

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Instant Replay Now Needed More Than Ever In MLB http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/06/instant-replay-now-needed-more-than-ever-in-mlb.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2010/06/instant-replay-now-needed-more-than-ever-in-mlb.html/#comments Thu, 03 Jun 2010 13:00:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=28332

While there’s no need to reiterate the botched call by first base umpire Jim Joyce in yesterday’s should-have-been perfect game by Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, I will.  One out away from a pitcher’s ultimate personal feat, Galarraga allowed an infield hit to Indians short stop Jason Donald.  A scene that will run through the minds of players, fans and media for a long, long time.  Especially, Armando Galarraga’s.  It was a close call at first base, however, Donald was clearly out on all replays.  Even if Joyce realizes his error, an apology will accomplish nothing.  Major League Baseball has no recourse system in place in situations like this.  So what really was the third perfect game in MLB this year, ends up going in the books as a one-hit shutout.

This game could have and should have been a life-changing and career-changing event for Galarraga.  A game that could ultimately cost Galarraga millions in revenue, from bonuses to endorsements to signings.  A simple review of the controversial call could solve everything.

So, what is it going to take to get Instant Replay implemented on more than just home run calls?

I’m not asking for a review of every called third strike on a hitter or every caught stealing of a base-runner.  But if the call is going to have an immediate and direct impact on the outcome of the game (or the score of the game), it must be reviewed.  For example, Instant Replay should be used on plays at the plate, to determine if the run will count or not.  In fact, a play involving scoring in any fashion must use the replay.  Conversely, if a runner is thrown out trying to steal second, no replay is necessary, because no run will result directly from the call being overturned.  Other events would have to follow the runner being called safe at second for a run to score.  The run depends on more than just the safe/out call at second base, such as a base hit, etc.  And there is no guarantee that the runner being called safe would ultimately lead to a run scored.

In any event, a heartfelt congratulations to Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga on his perfect game!  You did it and you deserved it!!

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Who Is The Mets MVP For May? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2009/05/who-is-the-mets-mvp-for-may.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2009/05/who-is-the-mets-mvp-for-may.html/#comments Fri, 29 May 2009 03:25:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=5777 Picking the Mets MVP for the month of May is no easy task.

Check out these worthy nominees and tell us who you think reigns supreme!

Gary Sheffield is hitting .362 with 4 homeruns and 15 RBI’s this month.

K-Rod has been incredible this month with a perfect 9 for 9 in saves, a win, and a 0.00 ERA!

David Wright is hitting .404 in May with an incredible 22 RBI’s, now that’s clutch!

Livan is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA! Whould’a thunk it?

Don’t forget Beltran - He’s batting .348 with 4 homers, 17 RBI, 22 runs scored and 6 stolen bases!

And finally, the umpires and instant replay! The Mets are 5-5 in getting the calls this season.

Tell us who you think is most deserving, and if you read this blog and fail to leave a comment with your choice, you will be cursed with a bad case of diarrhea.

Ewww, you don’t want that do you!!!

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