My biggest objection to a challenge system has long been based on the fact that that’s what the NFL uses in its repay system, and the NFL is wrong about everything, so there. But there are baseball arguments against it as well, as reader Shimoda pointed out this morning:
The first time LaRussa or some other manager challenges a call that was so obviously correct in the first place just to give a relief pitcher
more time to warm up in the bullpen you will realize how terrible of an
idea the challenge system would be for baseball.
Bingo. I want managers thinking about bullpen usage and outfield depth and telling pitchers when to throw at the opposition because of some perceived slight from, like, four months ago. The last thing we need is for some wrinkle that allows for some new bullcrap layer of gamesmanship.
A layer on which you just know that La Russa or whoever fills his annoying shoes would corner the market.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have signed lefty Jeff Locke. Terms have yet to be disclosed.
Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week after putting up a 5.44 ERA over 127.3 innings in 2016. He’s just 29 and, even if he’s never been super great or anything, he has pitched better in the past, posting a career 4.16 ERA before last season.
OXON HILL, MD — Rays manager Kevin Cash got a good dig in on the Red Sox’ newest pitcher this morning.
Sale, as you likely remember, made headlines in July when he was suspended for five games and fined after shredding the White Sox’ 1977 throwback jerseys with a razor blade because he thought they were uncomfortable and didn’t want to wear them. The uniforms Sale destroyed cost the club $12,000.
Sale is with the Red Sox now, of course, and as a new division rival, Cash was asked to comment on Boston’s acquisition of the lefty. Here’s what he said:
Q. What was your first reaction yesterday when you saw or heard what Boston did?
CASH: No, it helped — our marketing department can now figure out when to do throwback jersey day, so we’re good.