Must-click link: Demands for replay. In 1952.


Over at The Platoon Advantage, The Common Man unearths a controversial call from 1952 that led to some familiar-sounding speculation:

“Next Year for the World Series and perhaps for key games during the regular season, baseball may adopt an idea from horse racing and install a ‘photo finish’ camera at first base to double check the umpires.”

It’s a great story. I remember reading about it once. Sadly, The Common Man leaves out the best part:  it’s where an 18 year-old Bud Selig says he’d take it all under advisement, assigns the matter to a committee and then forgets it ever happened.

UPDATE: Wezen-Ball went over this territory last year as well. Found guys criticizing umps due to video replay as far back as 1968.


Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.