Bob Uecker is one of the finest announcers baseball has ever seen. He created an iconic role as Harry Doyle in the “Major League” movies. He parlayed an otherwise insignificant playing career into an asset as a pitchman. He starred in a sitcom that, by the low standards of the era in which it aired, was actually pretty good. It is not hyperbole at all to call Uecker a “great.”
But he was not the greatest scout baseball has ever seen. Not by a longshot:
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That is taken from the Uecker documentary MLB Network is running tonight at 7PM called “Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker.” Based on that, I feel like my theory of documentaries — that ones about people who failed in some cases are far better than ones about people who knew nothing but success are kind of boring — still holds.
NEW YORK (AP) Video reviews overturned 42.4% of calls checked during Major League Baseball’s shortened regular season, down slightly from 44% in 2019.
Boston was the most successful team, gaining overturned calls on 10 of 13 challenges for 76.9%. The Chicago White Sox were second, successful on eight of 11 challenges for 72.7%, followed by Kansas City at seven of 10 (70%).
Pittsburgh was the least successful at 2 of 11 (18.2%), and Toronto was 7 of 25 (28%).
Minnesota had the most challenges with 28 and was successful on nine (32.1%). The New York Yankees and Milwaukee tied for the fewest with nine each; the Yankees were successful on five (55.6%) and the Brewers three (33.3%).
MLB said Tuesday there were 468 manager challenges and 58 crew chief reviews among 526 total reviews during 898 games. The average time of a review was 1 minute, 25 seconds, up from 1:16 the previous season, when there 1,186 manager challenges and 170 crew chief reviews among 1,356 reviews during 2,429 games.
This year’s replays had 104 calls confirmed (19.8%), 181 that stood (34.4%) and 223 overturned. An additional 12 calls (2.3%) were for rules checks and six (1.1%) for recording keeping.
In 2019 there were 277 calls confirmed (12.5%), 463 that stood (34.1%) and 597 overturned. An additional nine calls (0.7%) were for rules checks and 10 (0.7%) for record keeping.
Expanded video review started in 2014.