Inside the historic Chelsea Market building in New York City sits a 900-square-foot room at the offices of Major League Baseball Advanced Media – the nerve center of Major League Baseball’s expanded replay system. Last winter, the thirty clubs of Major League Baseball (MLB) unanimously approved the expansion of instant replay at the conclusion of MLB’s quarterly owners meetings held in Orlando, Florida.
According to Paul Hagen, senior sports columnist of mlb.com, “every play of every game this season that is subject to review will be analyzed in this room by at least one umpire and one trained technician. Whenever a manager formally challenges a call, or after the sixth inning, if the umpires on the field simply want a second opinion, this is where the ultimate decisions will be made.”[i]
Essentially, an umpire will sit at a replay station on the right side of a cubicle with several high-definition monitors (twelve different camera angles surveying the action) in front of him. To his left will be a technician with several smaller shots of various angles. The replay official has three possible calls: Confirmed: if replay shows clear evidence that the on-site umpires got it right. Stands: the replay was too close to tell one way or the other. Overturned: if there is inarguable evidence that a mistake was made.
Perhaps the question that resonates amongst those fond of America’s pastime is exactly how – if any – will this new phenomena detract and/or aid this already stirring professional sport? One could in fact make a compelling case, like Will Leitch from over at Sports on Earth, whether all this is actually necessary. Leitch’s argument, supremely, sits on the fact that this seems to be a lot of work for plays that are seemingly inconclusive. Read more
Coach Jayzor’s 2nd Annual MLB Predictions
Last year, I made my predictions before the season started, as all respectable prognosticators should. However, this year, life got busy, and I found myself two weeks into the season. A wise man once said, “Better late than never.” That was either Benjamin Franklin or Winston Churchill. At any rate, I have included the current standings and my predicted standings. In some cases, they are similar. In some cases, they are very different (See the AL East, where I have predicted the exact opposite of the current standings). If you read until the end of this post (which is quite a feat), you will be rewarded with my predictions for MVPs, Cy Young Awards, and World Series teams. Enjoy the predictions, and enjoy the season!
*NOTE: Current Standings are as of the morning of 4/17/13 (before any games were played).* Read more
“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come Ray. People will most definitely come.” - Terrance Mann
It’s opening day. The day games have started, the aces are warmed up, and the crisp spring has launched the Boys of Summer towards the Dog Days of Summer and the Fall Classic.
It’s Monday morning. You’re back to school or work after a weekend of football, family, friends, and all sorts of other fun. Today probably isn’t so much fun. That’s where the Monday Mailbag comes in!
With the pennant races heating up and the regular season wrapping up, I felt it was time to get together some of the best baseball minds I know for a Wise Guise Roundtable, discussing the season and prospects for individual/team successes down the stretch. Who is going to play in the World Series? Who will win the MVP, Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Cy Young Awards? Was shutting down Steven Strasburg the right thing to do? Enjoy!
This guest post comes to us courtesy of Wise Guise friend Patrick Henson from Lexington, Kentucky. Enjoy his take on this year’s MLB All-Star festivities and the constant tension between one of the game’s biggest stars and the host city!
Editor’s Note from Joseph: I really love the Major League Baseball All-Star game. I was thinking about writing a post discussing my childhood home run derbies in my friends’ game room, missing so many of them for church camp each summer, my love of voting each year as a good American should, etc. But then I realized that my post would be more self-serving. THEN, I realized I’d rather read what Patrick Russell had to say. And it didn’t disappoint! Enjoy Patrick’s third guest post for us here at The Wise Guise. In case you missed his last post about baseball, check out his reflections on being a Japanese baseball fan. Read more