Joe Torre was asked about replay yesterday. As usual, he worried about how it might affect the pace of the game:
“To me, it’s more the flow as opposed to how long it takes,” Torre said. “The game has a certain rhythm to it that you don’t really want to disrupt on a regular basis.”
I was gonna write 500 words talking about the problems I have with that mindset, but Dirk Hayhurst summed it up much more succinctly a few minutes ago:
Being against instant reply because it’s slow is like being against truth because it’s boring.
Man. It’s almost like that pitcher should be a writer or something.
Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.
If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.
In other news, the Rays announced a new blog: