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MLB commits to paying league employees through May 31

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Jeff Passan of ESPN reported this morning that Commissioner Rob Manfred sent a memo this morning committing to paying league employees through at least May 31. Manfred also wrote that senior staff in the league — including himself — will reduce their pay, on average, by 35 percent for 2020.

MLB will likewise continue making scheduled financial distributions to teams throughout April and May which “will assist the Clubs in paying the salary advances that are being made to players.” That refers to the agreement entered into last month in which players will receive an advance of $170 million for the months of April and May. Major League Baseball, meanwhile, is still brainstorming multiple scenarios for how to conduct some portion of the baseball season in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

Yesterday it was reported that the Atlanta Braves have committed to paying team employees through May 31. Other clubs, presumably, will follow theirs and the league’s lead in this regard.

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.