Back in October Bud Selig said this about expanded instant replay for 2013:
“I think we’ll have it for sure. They’re working on cameras in all the ballparks. We need the right cameras. Should we have them by next year? We’d better.”
Apparently installing cameras is hard, because, Joe Torre said today that Major League Baseball will not expand its instant replay system this year:
“Next year, there will be something, for sure,” Torre said. “It’s not like we’re afraid to do something. I don’t want to do something unless we feel like it’s the right thing to do … “We’re not going to get caught in the trap of doing something if we don’t feel what we’re doing is enough.”
They always say things like this. About it being done the right way, counseling caution and all of that. What they’ve never done is explain what variables are so complex that this sort of thing can’t be hammered out in the space of a few days, installed in a few weeks and shaken down over the course of spring training or simulated games or something. If they started that process back when they started talking about wanting to expand replay — at least two or three years ago — we’d have a system now.
Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle got the start in the final game of the regular season on Sunday against the Rays, an attempt by manager John Gibbons to get the veteran to the 200-inning mark for a 15th consecutive season. Unfortunately, Buehrle didn’t have anything working, allowing eight runs — all unearned — on five hits, a walk, and two errors while recording only two outs. The biggest hit was a grand slam by Joey Butler which made it 6-0.
Buehrle, who is reportedly retiring, will end his season with a 15-8 record, a 3.81 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 91/33 K/BB ratio in 198 2/3 innings.
Sunday’s game wasn’t entirely meaningless for the Blue Jays, as they entered the afternoon trailing the Royals by one game for home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Royals, however, took an early 5-0 lead around the same time the Jays fell behind the Rays.
Cole Hamels delivered a sterling performance to pitch the Rangers past the Angels to clinch the AL West on the final day of the regular season. The lefty appeared to be shaky early, serving up a two-run home run to Albert Pujols in the first inning, but he settled down from there to pitch a complete game. On the afternoon, he yielded just the two runs on three hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in nine innings.
The Rangers acquired Hamels from the Phillies in a trade at the deadline along with reliever Jake Diekman, sending Matt Harrison and five minor leaguers to Philadelphia.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre put the Rangers on top 3-2 with a two-run homer of his own in the fifth inning. The Rangers would tack on six runs in the seventh to ensure the win.
It’s the Rangers’ first division title since 2011. That year, they went 96-66 and lost the World Series in seven games to the Cardinals. They finish at 88-74 this season.
The Angels, with the loss, are eliminated from contention for the second AL Wild Card. They finish with an 85-77 record. The Astros have officially clinched a playoff berth with the Angels’ loss as well.