Quote of the Day: The Daily News' Bill Madden hates replay; modernity

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Baseball has become dehumanized enough by sabermetricians and their
mind-numbing statistical analyses and it doesn’t need to be made more
complicated by having the potential for instant replay on every play.

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, seemingly channeling his frustration over never figuring out how to get his VCR to stop flashing “12:00” for the last 30 years.

Of course, the “complicated” replay system he envisions involves managers challenging calls on the field, which is downright footballian in its base crudity.

As I’ve counseled many times before, the way to implement replay is to stick an ump in the booth with a walkie-talkie and allow him to confer with the other umps when obvious mistakes occur, when close calls are argued and the like.  Basically, his input would be an extension of an umpires’ on-the-field conference, utilized in exactly the same way.

Would their be hiccups? Sure. But it’s the least intrusive means of implementing instant replay.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.