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Addison Russell signs with Korea’s Kiwoom Heroes

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Former Cubs infielder Addison Russell has signed a deal with the Kiwoom Heroes in South Korea. It’s a $530K contract. The deal was reported by Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News.

Russell was non-tendered by the Cubs last December. He was suspended 40 games by Major League Baseball in October of 2018 after his now-ex-wife Melisa Reidy detailed years of physical abuse she suffered at his hands.

The Cubs’ non-tender, however, was not a response to Russell’s history of abuse. Indeed, the Cubs tendered Russell a contract a couple months after his suspension was announced and he played for them in 2019. He played poorly, though, which is why the Cubs cut ties.

Now he’ll play for the Heroes.

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.