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.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.
Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.