Derek Jeter is afraid of cats. Likes Baskin Robbins. And other important stuff about him.

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Remember the end of the classic “Simpsons” episode, “Last Exit to Springfield,” when Mr. Burns realize he may have been overestimating his adversary and says, “I’m beginning to think that Homer Simpson is not the brilliant tactician I thought he was”? Well, after the Twitter chat Derek Jeter had today to promote his new “Players’ Tribune” thing, you can substitute Derek Jeter for Homer Simpson and “interesting personality” for “brilliant tactician.”

I suppose it’s our fault if we assumed he was intriguing in ways that he really isn’t. He’s never pretended to be interesting. I guess I was just holding out hope that he, I dunno, fought crime and killed his sensei in a battle or something.

In other news, has anyone besides me wondered what people would say if Alex Rodriguez announced that he was launching a vanity publishing project in the middle of the playoffs? I almost feel as though someone might accuse him of trying to upstage things and to use the timing of it all to benefit his personal interests.

But I suppose that’s crazy talk.

Video reviews overturn 42% rate; Boston most successful

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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.