Sad news from New York:
Nelson Doubleday, the publishing magnate who bought the Mets from the family of their original owner, Joan Whitney Payson, in 1980 for $21.1 million and oversaw their renaissance from a downtrodden last-place team to world champions in 1986, died at his home in Locust Valley, L.I., Wednesday at 81. According to his family, the cause of death was pneumonia.
The Daily News has a full obit, including the fact that Doubleday was a great, great grand nephew of Abner Doubleday. I had no idea about that, though I assume Mets fans of a certain age did.
As far as more recent relevance, whatever you thought of Doubleday as an owner, there has been a lot of pining for his stewardship of the Mets in the past several Wilpon-helmed years.
RIP Mr. Doubleday.
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.