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Major League Baseball admits that the replay umps screwed up last night

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Earlier today we wrote about how the replay officials covering last night’s Cardinals-Giants game messed up the replay review of a ball hit by Brandon Crawford. The call on the field was a home run but the replay crew overturned it, awarding Crawford a ground rule double. For reasons explained in our post, the call was totally blown and should’ve remained a homer.

A little bit ago Major League Baseball issued a press release acknowledging the mistake:

 

That’s cold comfort for Crawford and Giants fans, but it’s not like there’s a mechanism in place to replay the game or give him the dinger. And, of course, given where the Giants are right now, the mistake has no impact on the playoffs or anything. We’ll shed a tear if Crawford falls one homer short of some epic milestone, but until then it just kinda stinks. Life kinda stinks sometimes. There’s not always a satisfying remedy.

Phillies, Red Sox interested in Carlos Santana

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The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.

Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.

As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.