Must-click link: the actual twins who own the Twins.com domain

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Earlier this year we posted a thing about how MLBAM finally bought the rights to “Rangers.com,” giving the league 27 of the 30 actual team names as domain names. The holdouts: the Rays.com, Giants.com and Twins.com, all of which are owned by other entities.

Giants.com is a problem, of course, because the NFL Giants have that one, leaving San Francisco with “sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com” as their domain. But Rays and Twins may still be had, as they’re owned by private people and/or businesses. Rays.com is owned by Ray’s Boathouse, a restaurant in Seattle and they’re not selling. That leaves Twins.com. Who owns that?

Today Ben Lindbergh of Grantland tells us. It’s owned by . . . actual twins. Kind of weird ones, actually. Ben tracked them down and got their story.

You have to read it all to get the flavor, but you need to know two things: (1) they’re actually Twins fans, though their acquisition of Twins.com had nothing to do with the team and they don’t live in Minnesota; and (2) they were once semi-finalists in a contest that could’ve gotten them a record contract with Mercury Records and the eventual winner of that contest was Bon Jovi. Note: I have no real love for Bon Jovi, but Ben posted the twins’ song from the contest and holy crap, thank god we got Bon Jovi instead of them.

That part aside, this is a great slice of weird, totally suitable for killing time on a slow afternoon.

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.