The first overturned call via replay happened yesterday … and the first needless delay

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It wasn’t exciting, but a call was overturned by replay yesterday. It was a call on second base in which the fielder bobbled the ball, the runner was called out nonetheless, and then upon replay the umps reversed themselves:

Note that the replay itself — from the time the review was initiated until the safe call was quick. Only about a minute. However, the review was bookended by managers on the field, first with Lloyd McClendon arguing that maybe his man was safe then with Mike Scioscia arguing about the overturned call. So in all the process took around three minutes. And, oh, I thought managers were not allowed to argue replay decisions, so why wasn’t Scioscia immediately run from the game?

The technology appears to be working well so far. The human part of it all looks like it could be a drag. Baseball needs to get tough about the arguing immediately before it becomes a common problem.

White Sox won’t make bid for Bryce Harper

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The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.

Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.

Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.

The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.