Phillies to name Matt Klentak as general manager

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After it was reported yesterday that the Phillies would make a decision on their new general manager by Monday, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the team will hire Angels assistant general manager Matt Klentak. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirms the report.

The match makes sense. The 35-year-old Klentak has been with the Angels since November of 2011, but he previously worked with the Orioles from 2008-2011 and served as director of baseball operations under now-Phillies president Andy MacPhail. Their history ultimately gave Klentak the edge over the other candidates.

According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Athletics assistant general manager Dan Kantrovitz and Rays VP of baseball operations Chaim Bloom were the other finalists for the job.

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.