Articles matching tag: MLB
- Column: Is It Time To Get Rid Of Replay?January 4, 2018
If the names Don Denkinger and Jim Joyce ring a bell, you know why we have instant replay in sports. The two former MLB umps are part of MLB history – for the wrong reason. Denkinger famously blew a call at first base in game six of the 1985 World Series when he called Kansas City Royals pinch-hitter Jorge Orta safe on an infield squibbler. Orta, leading off the bottom of the ninth inning with the St. Louis Cardinals up 3-2 and on the verge of closing out the Series, was clearly out. With two outs in the inning, the Royals scored two runs, won the game 4-3 and won game seven the next night. As any Cardinals fan will tell you, Denkinger’s gaff cost St. Louis the World Series.
- Column: Jeter's Success As MLB Owner No Sure ThingOctober 19, 2017
Derek Jeter, Major League Baseball team owner. The title may not be as familiar as shortstop/captain of the New York Yankees, but after MLB owners approved his group’s offer to purchase the Miami Marlins, Jeter is now a part owner of the team. During a Hall of Fame career spanning 20 years, Jeter was ultra-competitive and confident on the field. Those traits, along with an unmatched work ethic, made him a stalwart of the Yankees teams of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s that won five World Series titles. Jeter’s confidence was never on display more than in 2004 when the Yankees acquired Alex Rodriguez in a trade with the Texas Rangers
- Column: Sign Stealing In Baseball Is A KerfuffleSeptember 14, 2017
The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is alive and well, on and off the field. The American League East rivals have conducted a season long battle for the Division crown. With three weeks remaining in the season, it’s still uncertain which team will finish first. But the more interesting news may be taking place off the field.
- Column: MLB To Enact Fan Code of ConductSeptember 7, 2017
In the aftermath of a racially charged incident at Fenway Park earlier this season, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the league would adopt a Fan Code of Conduct beginning with the 2018 season. On May 1, in a game between Boston and Baltimore, several fans hurled racial slurs and peanuts at Orioles’ centerfielder Adam Jones, who is black. The incident was quickly denounced by the team and Jones received a standing ovation from Red Sox fans and players prior to the following night’s game.
- Column: Computerized Umps On The HorizonAugust 31, 2017
Controversies in baseball are virtually endless. The Designated Hitter, Instant Replay, Inter-league Play, Wild Cards, Pace of Play - and on and on it goes. Here’s another topic that is starting to heat up: Robot Umps. According to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred the technology to accurately call balls and strikes will be available sooner rather than later. He’s right, but the availability of the technology isn’t the question; after 150 years of players, fans and the media (mostly) complaining about umpires, should MLB eliminate one of the human elements from the sport?
- Column: MLB All-Star Game Now An ExhibitionJuly 20, 2017
The MLB All-Star Game is now the equal of its counterparts in the NFL, NBA and NHL – an exhibition, not a game. Last week baseball’s best players gathered in Miami for the sport’s annual Mid-Summer Classic. Once the game began, it was obvious the participants were more focused on having fun than the score. For the previous 14 seasons, the game meant something: The winning league earned home-field advantage in the World Series. Almost everyone – fans, players, television and MLB – seemed to embrace the new format. Bud Selig may have been an exception.
- Column: MLB Ump Sues League For Racial DiscriminationJuly 13, 2017
On the eve of baseball’s celebration of our nation’s birth, MLB umpire Angel Hernandez filed a lawsuit against the league and Commissioner Rob Manfred alleging racial discrimination against minority umpires. Hernandez’ suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, comes on the heels of two discrimination charges he filed against MLB with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in June. Why Hernandez chose to go public with his complaints at this time is unknown. What we do know for certain is Hernandez should consider himself extremely fortunate to still have a job as one of MLB’s 92 umpires. The Cuban-born Hernandez, 55, began his MLB career as a part-time umpire in1993 and was promoted to a full time position in 1995. Throughout the past 25 years, he has consistently been rated among the five worst umpires in the league.
- Column: Is The Cuban Influx In MLB Over?June 8, 2017
When Luis Robert, a 19-year old outfielder, signed a free agent contract with the Chicago White Sox last week he was touted in some circles as the last of a dying breed: A Cuban ballplayer signing for mega-bucks. That may or may not be true, but even if it is, don’t count on Robert being the last Cuban player signed by an MLB team. MLB teams are perpetually in search of talent, the less expensive the better. Furthermore, the competition among clubs to sign the best players is fierce. No team wants to be looking up at 29 other teams in the standings or hearing from the media and their fans how the rest of the league is “smarter” than they are in evaluating talent. It’s because of that competition that over the past seven years teams have collectively guaranteed almost $800 million on mostly unproven Cuban players.
- Column: Does MLB Have A Safety Issue?June 1, 2017
Major League Baseball may have a safety issue but contrary to what you’re probably thinking, this one isn’t due to the action on the field. Much has been made over the recent spat of fan injuries resulting from foul balls and pieces of shattered bats flying into the stands. The most recent instance to garner headlines occurred on May 24 at Yankee Stadium during a game between the Yankees and Kansas City Royals. The Yankees’ Chris Carter broke his bat and the barrel flew into the stands, injuring a young boy sitting a few rows behind the third base dugout.
- Column: Baseball Justice Dumb and DumberMay 25, 2017
Pardon me if we’ve been here before, but baseball beanball wars are dumb and, for emphasis, dumber. As we’ve said before, pitching inside is a recognized and effective tactic that’s both legal and accepted. Hitters who crowd the plate or lean over it as they swing should expect to be pitched inside. But what took place in back-to-back series between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles earlier this season is unacceptable. In the eighth inning of a 2-0 win by Baltimore on April 21, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado slid aggressively into second base and spiked the Red Sox’ Dustin Pedroia. If Machado intended to injure Pedroia, you could have fooled everyone in the ballpark, save some of Pedroia’s teammates as it turns out. When Machado saw what he had done, he seemed genuinely concerned about Pedroia’s condition and immediately attempted to help him.