Quote of the Day: Bud Selig continues to live in utter denial regarding instant replay

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Bud Selig is doing his annual All-Star press conference as we speak. And he continues to believe this noise:

“The appetite for more instant replay in the sport is very low.”

I hate it when people tell me I’m not hungry when I really am. I mean, how could they possibly know that?

I dunno. Maybe he believes that if he repeats that nonsense enough times it will actually become true.

Added Joe Torre, and I am not making this up:

“I don’t know why we want everything to be perfect. This isn’t a perfect game. Life isn’t perfect.”

That same reasoning could be used by any player who decides not to improve his game. “Hey, I’ll never be Babe Ruth, so why bother trying to be the best I can be?”  I’m guessing Torre wouldn’t much care for it if one of his players said that.

Torre added his concern about “pace of the game” if replay were expanded.  I can’t imagine an instance of greater chutzpah than the man who presided over scores of four hour Yankees-Red Sox games pretending to care about “pace of the game.”

Another interestingly named player is promoted by the Pirates

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When you promote a player from the minors, the first and foremost consideration is whether or not he can help your ball club. But, assuming that’s taken care of, teams should really, really make it a priority to call up dudes with cool sounding names because it makes life more interesting for the rest of us.

The Pirates are doing that. The other night Dovydas Neverauskas made his big league debut. In addition to being the first Lithuanian born-and-raised player in major league history, it’s a solid, solid name. Now the Pirates are making another promotion: Gift Ngoepe.

Yep, Gift Ngoepe. He’s an infielder from South Africa, making the leap to the bigs due to David Freese‘s hamstring injury. Ngoepe, 27, was batting just .241/.308/.379 through 66 plate appearances this season with Triple-A Indianapolis, his ninth in the minors, so he’s not exactly a prospect. But man, that’s a killer name.

It’s also worth mentioning that Gift and Neverauskas were arrested together in a bar fight last August in Toledo, so there is already a good basis for some bonding here.

Good luck, Gift. Gift Ngoepe. Mr. Ngoepe. G-Ngo. Man, I could do this all day.

Manny Machado teaches us to never give up

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The Rays beat the Orioles last night, but the play of the game belonged to an Oriole defender.

Evan Longoria was batting and he chopped a ball foul down the third base line. At least it started out foul. As we all know, however, it doesn’t matter where the ball starts, it matters where it is when it crosses the bag.

Manny Machado knows this and didn’t give up on the ball despite it starting several feet in foul territory. He watched it come back, stayed with it and threw out Longoria who, unlike Machado, did give up on it, assuming he’d merely get a strike and another hack. Watch:

Longoria would get Machado back, however, fielding a ball Machado smoked to third base in the ninth inning, recording the second to last out of the game.