Is it a good idea to show close plays on the jumbotron?

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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.

Report: White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso from Indians

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The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.

Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.

While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.