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 Nationals have activated Bryce Harper from the disabled list.
They were expected to activate Harper yesterday but they didn’t because Harper was suffering from an illness. He’s better today so he should be in the lineup against the Phillies.
Harper has been out since August when he slipped on a wet first base bag and was diagnosed with a bone bruise in his left knee. That interrupted an MVP-caliber season in which he was hitting .326/.419/.614 with 29 home runs, 87 RBI, and 92 runs scored in 472 plate appearances. While the postseason awards are out of his reach, the Nats will be content to get him back up to speed in time for what looks to be a first round playoff matchup against the Chicago Cubs.
Last year Trevor Bauer‘s playoff availability — and performance — was impacted in a major way by a drone injury. Specifically, Bauer lacerated his pinky on the outside of his right hand while repairing one of the drones he designs, builds and flies.
Now, a little over a week before the Indians begin the defense of their American League pennant, Bauer is embroiled in further drone drama. He tweeted this afternoon that his drone “IronMan” has been stolen. He has implored the public for Iron Man’s safe return so that he need not risk his pinky finger with yet another October drone injury:
I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the Indians themselves stole the drone so that Bauer does not mess with it anymore until the season is over. They need him too badly.