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Reds fire pitching coach Mark Riggins


After dropping Sunday’s game 12-1, the Reds decided to shake things up, firing pitching coach Mark Riggins. The club announced that assistant pitching coach and bullpen coach Mack Jenkins will replace Riggins. Ted Power, the pitching coach at Triple-A Louisville, will take over Jenkins’ old job.

Riggins was the pitching coordinator for the Reds’ minor league system from 2012-15. The Reds made him their pitching coach early last offseason.

The Reds’ starting rotation has an aggregate 5.23 ERA, the second-worst mark in baseball behind the Twins (5.51). The Reds’ 5.95 bullpen ERA is the worst mark in baseball by a large margin. The Rockies are second-worst at 5.02.

In fairness to Riggins, one can only do so much with so little, but pitching coaches, hitting coaches, and managers tend to take the fall even when rebuilding teams falter.

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.