The Giants signed Brandon Belt to a five-year extension


On Friday, the Giants and first baseman Brandon Belt agreed on a five-year contract extension worth around $73 million total, CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic reported. The two sides had been discussing an extension for a while, and Pavlovic noted that the two sides nearly reached an agreement on Opening Day, but the hoopla of the beginning of the season delayed it by a little bit.

Belt and the Giants avoided arbitration in February, agreeing on a $6.2 million salary for the 2016 season. The extension begins in 2017 and will pay him $6 million as part of a signing bonus to be paid in January, $2.8 million in 2017, and $16 million in each of the next four seasons.

Belt turns 28 in 10 days and is coming off a season in which he hit .280/.356/.478 with 18 home runs and 68 RBI over 556 plate appearances. While Belt has proved himself to be productive, he has been hampered by injuries. He had surgery at the end of last season to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and he battled concussion symptoms as well. Belt’s career-high in plate appearances is 571, so the Giants would certainly like to see him cross the 600 PA threshold regularly over the next six years.

Along with Belt, the Giants also agreed to a contract extension with shortstop Brandon Crawford. Combined with previous extensions, the Giants are hoping to have a core of Belt, Crawford, Buster Posey, and Madison Bumgarner for at least a few seasons.

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.