In the normal course you’d think that the opinion of baseball people, especially old school baseball people, would be, at worst, evenly split between Jose Bautista and Rougned Odor but maybe more on Bautista’s side of things. He’s the more experienced veteran. His act — a slide that, while some may consider dirty, old school baseball types would consider “hard” — was less over-the-top than a punch. And, of course, there were already a lot of stories floating around about Odor’s allegedly bad attitude or bad behavior.
However, to some close to the game, it seems like Odor is being perceived as the better actor here. Jon Heyman observes that at least, and a future Hall of Famer weighs in on why:
Basically, Jones is saying, that people in the game hate Jose Bautista.
I can’t recall stories that implied that Bautista wasn’t well-liked before. Certainly not before the bat flip last October. And even then, most of the anti-Bautista bat flip sentiment came from retired dudes. It makes me wonder if people don’t like him for other reasons. Or if that bat flip really was a truly divisive thing among more than the retired set. Or, alternatively, if people in the game just like that Odor’s punch landed so cleanly and are getting off on that.
So much drama.
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.