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.
Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.
The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.
The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.