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.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.