If you’re curious about Arizona Fall League ball, or if you want to see how the testing of Major League Baseball’s new instant replay system is going, you probably want to watch MLB Network a fair amount in November.
That’s because MLB Network will televise six Arizona Fall League games this month, including the five games from November 5-9 that will feature testing of Major League Baseball’s new review procedures for expanded instant replay. The games:
- Tuesday, November 5, 9:00 p.m. ET: Mesa Solar Sox at Salt River Rafters
- Wednesday, November 6, 9:00 p.m. ET: Salt River Rafters at Scottsdale Scorpions
- Thursday, November 7, 9:00 p.m. ET: Scottsdale Scorpions at Salt River Rafters
- Friday, November 8, 9:00 p.m. ET: Glendale Desert Dogs at Scottsdale Scorpions
- Saturday, November 9, 8:00 p.m. ET: Peoria Javelinas at Salt River Rafters
- Saturday, November 16, 3:00 p.m. ET: Arizona Fall League Championship Game
Even if they bollocks-up the replay, AFL games are cool, so they’re worth watching regardless.
The Cubs and Indians have released their lineups for Game 1 of the World Series.
Joe Maddon makes two notable changes: Kyle Schwarber as the DH and Chris Coghlan in right, with Jason Heyward on the bench.
Heyward has been close to a lost cause at the plate all season for the Cubs and is 2-for-24 in the playoffs this year. While his defense is a plus, Maddon has decided that he’d rather have the lefty Coghlan facing Corey Kluber.
1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Ben Zobrist (S) LF
5. Kyle Schwarber (L) DH
6. Javier Baez (R) 2B
7. Chris Coghlan (L) RF
8. Addison Russell (R) SS
9. David Ross (R) C
For the Indians:
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF
2. Jason Kipnis (L) 2B
3. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
4. Mike Napoli (R) 1B
5. Carlos Santana (S) DH
6. Jose Ramirez (S) 3B
7. Brandon Guyer (R) LF
8. Lonnie Chisenhall (L) RF
9. Roberto Perez (R) C
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Rockies have been granted permission to interview Marlins bench coach Tim Wallach about their managerial opening.
Wallach was a bench coach for Don Mattingly with both the Dodgers and Marlins. Before that he was a third base coach for L.A. and before that he managed in Triple-A where he was the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2009 with Albuquerque. He likewise served time as the Dodgers hitting coach. He previously interviewed for managers gigs in Detroit and Seattle but didn’t make the cut.
Walt Weiss was fired as Rockies manager after going 283-365 in four seasons.