The first overturned call via replay happened yesterday … and the first needless delay

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It wasn’t exciting, but a call was overturned by replay yesterday. It was a call on second base in which the fielder bobbled the ball, the runner was called out nonetheless, and then upon replay the umps reversed themselves:

Note that the replay itself — from the time the review was initiated until the safe call was quick. Only about a minute. However, the review was bookended by managers on the field, first with Lloyd McClendon arguing that maybe his man was safe then with Mike Scioscia arguing about the overturned call. So in all the process took around three minutes. And, oh, I thought managers were not allowed to argue replay decisions, so why wasn’t Scioscia immediately run from the game?

The technology appears to be working well so far. The human part of it all looks like it could be a drag. Baseball needs to get tough about the arguing immediately before it becomes a common problem.

Report: Orioles re-sign Pedro Alvarez to minors deal

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The Orioles have re-signed infielder Pedro Alvarez to a minor league deal, per a report from Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. The deal guarantees Alvarez $1 million if he makes the 40-man roster and another $2 million in potential performance bonuses. The team has yet to confirm the deal.

This will be Alvarez’s third year with the Orioles. After posting decent numbers in 2016, the 31-year-old was relegated to the minors for the majority of the 2017 season and saw only 14 games at the big league level. He finished the year with an underwhelming .239/.294/.442 batting line and 26 home runs through 595 plate appearances for Triple-A Norfolk.

Alvarez is expected to split his time between first base and DH this spring, and MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli notes that he’s unlikely to experiment with another outfield role. While he isn’t too far removed from his last productive season in the majors, the veteran infielder will function purely as insurance for first baseman Chris Davis and designated hitter Mark Trumbo and will likely begin the season in the minors.