Jake Arrieta tells Stephen A. Smith where to stick it


Well, not explicitly, but about as much as you’ll see an athlete do it to a media personality on Twitter.

Yesterday we wrote about how Jake Arrieta is dismissive of whispers that his next-level performance in the past two years is a result of performance enhancing drugs. And such whispers, to the extent they exist, should be dismissed. Unless “developed a cutter” is now a PED, but I’ll have to check the Joint Drug Agreement for that.

Either way, today ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless decided to churn that nonsense some more, doing the classic “we’re not saying, but we’re saying  . . .” thing, citing Arrieta’s innings and improvement and piling on the strong implications that they think he’s juicing. Or at the very least, that he should sit quietly, idly and reverently by while guys like them spew their innuendo about it lest someone think he protests too much or whatever. It’s a frame game as old as time itself, born of Smith and Bayless’ narcissism and shamelessness. If you hate yourself and want to watch them on video saying this, it’s your funeral.

Arrieta was not going to take it lying down. In response to Smith shaming Arrieta for his alleged “laughing off” of the whispers, Arrieta said this:

And, because Smith’s guns have historically blazed in inverse hotness to the heat with which he is confronted, he replied thusly:

“The best to you.” Please. If you wish the best to anyone you’d not make baseless accusations for the purpose of “selling the controversy” or whatever useless thing your show purports to do. Treat people in a straight-up manner and offer a little “best to them” beforehand, not just when they call you out on your schtick.

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.