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Ángel Hernández has had three calls overturned in ALDS Game 3 already

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We’re just through three innings of Game 3 of the ALDS between the Red Sox and Yankees as I write this and first base umpire Ángel Hernández has already had two of his calls overturned thanks to replay review.

The first controversial call occurred in the bottom of the second inning. After Giancarlo Stanton singled to lead off the frame, Didi Gregorius laid down a bunt to the left side. Starter Nathan Eovaldi was a bit slow off the mound and his throw appeared to be just a bit too late to get the out at first base. Hernández ruled Gregorius safe, but the Red Sox challenged and the ruling was overturned.

In the bottom of the third inning, leadoff batter Gleyber Torres hit a grounder to shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts had to make the throw to first base across his body with his momentum taking him towards left field. The throw appeared to both come in late and pull Steve Pearce off the bag, but Torres was ruled out by Hernández. The Yankees challenged and the ruling was overturned.

Hernández has actually had three calls overturned in the series. In the top of the seventh inning of Game 2, after Giancarlo Stanton chopped a grounder to shortstop, Hernández ruled that the throw from Eduardo Núñez to Ian Kinsler pulled Kinsler off the second base bag, which would have given the Yankees a bases-loaded, no-out situation. The Red Sox challenged and the call was overturned. Of course, Gary Sánchez followed up by hitting a home run.

Hernández is slated to work the plate in Game 4, so that should be interesting. I’m at the point where if Hernández told me two plus two equals four, I might have to math it out on the back of an envelope real quick.

Update (9:35 PM ET): Another Hernández call was overturned in the fourth inning on a bang-bang play at first when Didi Gregorius was able to avoid being doubled up on a sharp ground ball to second base. The was another play involving Hernández’s ruling to start the inning. It was not overturned, so Hernández has a 25 percent success rate on calls gone to replay review in this game alone.

Straight-away center field will be 385 feet at London Stadium

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Marley Rivera of ESPN has a story about some of the on-field and in-game entertainment, as well as some aspects of the field conditions, for this weekend’s London Series.

The fun stuff: a mascot race, not unlike the Sausage Race at Miller Park or the President’s race at Nationals Park. The mascots for London: Winston Churchill, Freddie Mercury, Henry VIII and the Loch Ness Monster. I suppose that’s OK but, frankly, I’d go with Roger Bannister, Shakespeare, Charles Darwin and Guy Fawkes. Of course no one asks me these things.

There will also be a “Beat the Streak”-style race which had better use the theme to “Chariots of Fire” or else what the heck are we even doing here.

They’ve also taught ushers and various volunteers who will be on-site to sing “Take me out to the ballgame,” which is a pretty good idea given how important that is to baseball. As a cultural exchange, I think some major league team should start using “Vindaloo” by Fat Les during the seventh inning stretch here. It’s a banger. It also seems to capture England a bit more accurately than, say, “Downton Abbey” or “The Crown.”

That’s all good fun I suppose. But here’s some stuff that actually affects the game:

The end result will have some interesting dimensions. The field will be 330 feet down each foul line, and it will have a distance of 385 feet to center field, which will feature a 16-foot wall. Cook also said it would have an expanded, “Oakland-like” foul territory, referencing the Athletics’ Oakland Coliseum expanse.

Those dimensions are unavoidable given that the square peg that is a baseball field is being shoved into the round hole that is a soccer stadium. As Murray Cook, MLB’s senior field coordinator tells Rivera, that sort of thing, while perhaps less than ideal, is at least in keeping with baseball’s strong tradition of irregular field conditions. It will, however, be one of the shortest dead center distances in baseball history.

Oh, and then there’s this:

Protective netting was also an important issue addressed when building the ballpark, with Cook stressing that his team has implemented netting that “is the largest you’ll ever see in any major league ballpark.”

[Craig makes a mental note to bookmark this for the next time MLB says it won’t mandate extended netting in the U.S. because doing so is too difficult]