J.J. Putz takes job in Diamondbacks’ front office

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The Diamondbacks announced this evening that former closer J.J. Putz has been hired as a special assistant to president and CEO Derrick Hall. Putz, who pitched with Arizona from 2011-2014, has apparently decided to put a bow on his playing career at the age of 37. He had a 6.59 ERA in 18 appearances this season prior to being released in June.

In his new role with the Diamondbacks, Putz is expected to assist the baseball and business sides of the organization. He will be in uniform to work with pitchers during spring training and will visit with minor league affiliates at various points during the season.

Below is a statement from Hall:

“J.J.’s performance on the field and popularity off the field make him a tremendous addition to the front office,” said Hall. “His personality is a perfect fit for our culture and we are looking forward to him helping the D-backs in a number of different ways during this next phase of his career.”

Assuming this is truly the end of Putz’s playing career, he will finish with a 3.08 ERA and 189 saves. He made one All-Star team in 2007 as a member of the Mariners.

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.