Expanded replay being talked about for this year’s playoffs — which is rather odd

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Baseball’s bigwigs are meeting in Cooperstown. Here’s something on the table:

Great. And I do mean great:  I want to see the right calls made, and if this means the right calls are made this October I’m all for it.

Someone please tell me, though, why one would start something new in the playoffs rather than in spring games that don’t matter or at the beginning of the season so you can work out the bugs. Because remember: the complexity of any proposed system is what has long been cited as a reason for baseball dragging its feet on expanded replay.

If you can drop it in with a little over a month’s notice to the most important games of the season, why couldn’t this have been done long ago? If the system is so complex and problems are likely to be encountered, why are we dropping it in now?

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.