Replay reviews and reversals are down thus far in the post-season

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Some interesting data about replay reviews and reversals, courtesy MLB.com’s Andrew Simon:

During MLB’s first regular season of expanded replay, 1,275 plays were reviewed — either through a manager challenge or crew chief decision. That works out to one every 1.9 games, with 47 percent of reviewed calls overturned. By comparison, there have been nine reviews during the playoffs, or one every 2.8 games, with one-third reversed.

Reviews became even less common during League Championship Series play, with only two in nine games. Neither ruling was overturned. Coincidentally or not, only two of the 14 umpires working those two series were among the 19 officials who had at least 10 calls overturned during the regular season, according to MLB.com’s data.

Royals manager Ned Yost praised the review system, currently in its first year of implementation, saying, “I think the system’s worked good in its first year.” Yost also praised the umpires themselves.

It’s human nature to not want to rock the boat, but the addition of replay review to baseball has been beneficial on quite a few levels. Some thought that the ability to overturn calls would create too much of a pendulum swing in the context of a “this game could be your last” post-season, but it hasn’t thus far.

Mariners sign RHP reliever Trevor Gott to 1-year contract

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.

Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.

Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.

Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.

In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.