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Report: Mets could move Amed Rosario to center field

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The Mets are thinking outside the box to potentially address their center field problem. Entering Sunday, the club’s aggregate .598 OPS from its center fielders ranked fourth-worst in baseball behind the Orioles (.594), Padres (.583), and Royals (.564). Juan Lagares and Carlos Gómez simply haven’t cut it with Brandon Nimmo out indefinitely due to a bulging disk in his neck.

Newsday’s Tim Healey reports that the Mets have broached the idea of moving shortstop Amed Rosario to center field. While Rosario has hit decently, bringing a .715 OPS into Sunday’s action, his defense has left much to desired whether one judges him by the eye test or by the various defensive metrics available. In a sense, moving Rosario off of shortstop and into center could address two issues at once.

If the Mets were to make such a change, Adeiny Hechavarría would become the everyday shortstop. Despite a reputation for having a light bat, Hechavarría held an OPS only 23 points lower than Rosario’s coming into Sunday. Though the recent sample sizes have been small, Hechavarría is still believed to be a solidly above-average defensive shortstop.

Manager Mickey Callaway said of Rosario, “He’s still our starting shortstop. It’s nothing imminent. So it’s just something we’re thinking about and maybe preparing for.”

Rosario said he would be willing to make the transition if it would help the team. After losing Sunday’s contest to the Cubs, the Mets are 37-41, good for fourth place and nine games out of first place.

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.