Video: Adrian Gonzalez confirmed out at home despite, in fact, being safe

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The 2016 postseason has not been a good showing for replay review in baseball. There have been a plethora of reviews pertaining to whether or not a runner came off the bag by a centimeter for a fraction of a second, which goes against the spirit of the rules in this writer’s opinion. Replay took another step back in Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night as home plate umpire Angel Hernandez blew a call and then that wrong call was upheld after it was reviewed.

Here’s what happened. With Yasmani Grandal on first base and Adrian Gonzalez on second base after both drew walks off of John Lackey, Andrew Toles sent a single to right field. Jason Heyward was slow getting to the ball and then fired the ball off-line to catcher Willson Contreras. The slow-footed Gonzalez slid head-first and snuck his hand onto home plate just before Contreras could apply the tag. Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez ruled Gonzalez out, but the Dodgers challenged. Replays clearly showed Gonzalez beat the tag, but Hernandez’s ruling was upheld.

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After the game, Gonzalez tweeted this:

With baseball on the national stage, it’s a bad look for officiating and replay review to perform this poorly. The whole point of replay review is to make sure incorrect calls become correct calls, but as we saw on Wednesday night, that hasn’t been the case.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.