Umpire Tim McClelland is retiring


Major League Baseball has announced that umpire Tim McClelland is retiring.

McClelland was an umpire for 32-plus years and more than 4,200 games, including 94 Postseason games.  After Joe West, he was the second-longest-tenured umpire.  He worked four World Series, nine League Championship Series, five Division Series and three All-Star Games.  Most famously, he was the home plate umpire for the “Pine Tar Game” between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 24, 1983.

McClelland did not work last year due to a back injury. One presumes that it either did not improve enough for him to return or that, after having a year off, he decided he liked it and it was time to retire. Or a combination of both. Either way, the guy has earned the right to some summers off and more time at home with his family.

Major League Baseball also announced that three new umpires – Tripp Gibson, Will Little and Mark Ripperger – have been named to the full-time Major League Umpiring staff. One of which is, more or less, a replacement for McClelland, the other two because the staff of big league umps has expanded by two, to a total of 76. Current umpires Jerry Meals and Larry Vanover have been promoted to Crew Chief, one taking McClelland’s spot, the other replacing Gary Darling on a full time basis, following Darling’s retirement last season.

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.