The doomsday clock for the Rays leaving Tampa Bay moves up a couple of minutes

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I sort of like the Doomsday Clock analogy here because, like the theoretical end of human civilization, the Rays leaving Tampa Bay is something that, however likely, is still kind of a ways off. It’s too early to, say, talk about them talking to other cities or looking at sexy Populous renderings of new ballparks. But we can talk about how much closer we are getting to that point.

So, me and the other scientists here at the small division of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists which handles baseball relocations can now tick the big thing ahead a couple of minutes:

Tampa Bay’s five-year stalemate over a new baseball stadium continues — with no obvious end in sight.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman decided Monday he doesn’t have enough City Council votes to forge an agreement that would allow the Tampa Bay Rays to explore potential new stadium sites on both sides of the bay.

That keeps the team playing at Tropicana Field into an indefinite future, Kriseman said, and prevents the city from developing the Trop’s 85 acres.

“We are at a standstill,” he said.

The lease goes until 2027. The real date that probably matters is 2022, which is when the Rays have to be moving on new ballpark construction for their next home. Of course if it becomes economically feasible to just leave and wait for the city to sue the Rays for breaching the lease I suppose someone could do that sooner, but as of now we’re, symbolically speaking, still five minutes to midnight.

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.