Yesterday word got around that Major League Baseball was going to expand replay. We should probably just say that they’re maybe leaning that way. Here’s the official word from MLB:
To clarify, the Special Committee for On-Field Matters discusses many issues, but no decisions have been made regarding instant replay.
Which makes sense. The Special Committee for On-Field Matters has only been around for a year or so. MLB Committees usually haven’t even ordered their first box of donuts and taken roll until a good year and a half have transpired.
Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.