Along with the announcement of the ratification of instant replay yesterday came word that ballparks will now be able to show close plays on the jumbotron. Something which, out of custom or rule, it’s not entirely clear, has not been the case for years and years at the old ballgame.
I and just about everyone else applauded that development. But Rob Neyer is not so sure that the development is 100% positive and isn’t so sure that it will last. As part of his argument he looks back at the incident at Yankee Stadium that led to the now-defunct custom. I’d never heard this story. It’s definitely a product of the 1970s.
It has been evident throughout the playoffs that Astros second baseman José Altuve’s right knee is bothering him. Altuve battled a right knee issue in July, then banged it up again in Game 2 of the ALDS and it’s been a problem ever since.
Manager A.J. Hinch said that if it were the regular season, he wouldn’t put Altuve in the lineup. Per MLB.com’s Richard Justice, the full quote:
He’s hurt. And if it was any other time of the year, he wouldn’t be in the lineup or wouldn’t be playing. He’d probably be on the DL. … But he’s showing up every day in good spirits, ready to go, giving 100 percent of what he’s got. He should be commended.
Hinch also said of Altuve, “His teammates revere him. The production that he’s doing on one leg is pretty incredible. And he’s trying not to talk about it. And therefore I am.”
During the ALCS, Altuve has hit .250/.368/.313 in 16 at-bats. He has just one extra-base hit but he has racked up three singles and drawn three walks while scoring four runs. Hinch has had Marwin González start at second base Games 3 and 4 and is doing so again on Thursday night in Game 5.