Every time a controversial play goes down that could have been made right by instant replay, Bud Selig says they’ll study the matter, and then a few days later he says that everyone likes the status quo just fine.
Not everyone. ESPN’s Jayson Stark polled 24 of the 30 major league managers and found that 18 of them want some form of expanded instant replay or another. Most liked the system for which I’ve long advocated: a fifth umpire up in a booth or a replay official at MLB headquarters who decided which plays to review. A few like a challenge system, which I think would be all kinds of terrible.
The devil is in the details, obviously, and you have to be at least somewhat wary of any poll in which Jerry Manuel constitutes 4% of the sample size, but at the very least we will know that the next time Bud Selig proclaims everyone to be satisfied with the current system, he’s not being honest.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.