A Change of Times With Instant Replay

Blue Jays vs. Orioles play at the plate. – Photo Credit: Keith Allison The 2014 season is nearing the end of its opening week and baseball added a twist. During the winter meetings it was voted on that Instant Replay would be added and managers would be able to “challenge” certain close calls that are made throughout the course of a game. About 89% of baseball plays are reviewable...
Via Hot Stove MLB
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Tres Cervesas Por Favor: The FFLockerRoom Daily MLB Fantasy Report

Baseball is all about numbers, and almost all of them come in or are divisible by the number three. Three strikes and you are out. Three outs and the inning is over, unless of course your name is Armando Galarraga and the first base umpire is Jim Joyce. Three… well, you get my drift. So to keep in fashion of the game of baseball as well as to whet my whistle, each and every day...
Via FF Locker Room
March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Instant Replay Comes To Baseball In 2014: Are You Ready?

Photo Credit: Kowarski How will instant replay impact baseball when it is introduced this season in 2014? For traditionalists who like the human error variable in MLB umpiring, this will certainly raise the hair on the back of your neck. However, for many fans who have torn up more than one sofa cushion at home, or tossed an unmentionable object onto the field after a bad call by...
Via Blog Surface
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers sign Armando Galarraga to minor league deal

getty images The Texas Rangers have signed pitcher Armando Galarraga to a minor league contract. Galarraga, 32, was a member of the Rangers system years ago before being moved to Detroit. In Detroit Galarraga had a strong rookie season, an imperfect game and two down seasons. After bouncing from Arizona to Houston, he pitched at the Triple-A level last season for Colorado and Cincinnati...
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Former players react to MLB instant replay changes

New York, NY -- Nearly 100 former MLB players, including several Hall of Famers, gathered on Tuesday at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel to support the 2014 “Going to Bat for B.A.T.” dinner to raise money for MLB’s Baseball Assistance Team initiative. Founded in 1986, B.A.T. is dedicated to assisting members of the Baseball Family through financial grants, health care programs...
Via The Outside Corner
January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The Play Is Under Review: Instant Replay Expansion Approved By All 30 Teams

In a game where for years, the fate of plays that we just didn't catch quick enough with our eyes, or that players and managers may have disagreed on, fell in the hands of four mens' delegation on the field - there has finally come change. It first started late in the 2008 season when the MLB implemented their first instant replay system with "home run replay"....
Via The Sports Blogette
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Expanded instant replay approved, will improve game

It is official: Major League Baseball will now use an expanded replay system. FOX Sports' Jon Morosi announced Thursday afternoon that the MLB Players Association, umpires, and owners have all approved of the expansion, which will begin this season.MLBPA and umpires unions approve expanded replay. This is officially happening.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 16, 2014In addition...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

In Theater Of Absurd, There’s No End To The Madness

According to Venezuelan journalist Rafael Tejera, the Mets have expressed interest in journeyman relief pitchers Víctor Garate and Armando Galarraga. To fully appreciate how earth-shattering this news is, you must first know that Garate last pitched in the major leagues in 2009, and had a 22.50 ERA. Galarraga last pitched in the majors in 2012, and posted a 6.25 ERA. Fellow Mets...
Via Mets Merized Online
November 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Getting Replay Right The First Time

“Replay is coming! Replay is coming!” You can almost hear Ben Revere running through the streets of Philadelphia sounding the call, if I remember my American history correctly. I imagine that 98% of FanGraphs readers read the news last week and reacted with only glee, because decades after some of their major sports competitors started using instant replay, MLB is finally getting...
Via Fangraphs
November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Obstruction Call Gives St. Louis 2-1 Lead Over Boston

In last night’s Game 3 of the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals bested the Boston Red Sox in a call by the officials that will go down in history as one of the most controversial calls in World Series history, possibly even professional sports history: At first, the play seemed like it was simply the wrong call at home: Craig was tagged before reaching the base. Simple as...
Via The Nosebleeds
October 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Umpires explain controversial call

Jim Joyce didn't even have to think. ''The feet were up in the air,'' the umpire said, ''and immediately and instinctually I called obstruction.'' Best known for a blown call at first base in 2010 that cost Detroit's Armando Galarraga a perfect game, Joyce made the controversial call that gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Boston...
Via AP on Fox
October 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Cards win Game 3 on crazy finish, take 2-1 lead

The St. Louis Cardinals have won 115 World Series games in thie proud history, but never, ever, did they pull out one in this crazy fashion. The Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, on an obstruction call made by the umpiring crew. It is known as Rule 10.16 (g) in your rule book. Yes, it was that zany of a finish. And the umpire who made the call that may forever be talked...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets Minor League Starting Pitchers: August 28th

As of 9:00am EST today, here are today’s Mets minor league starting pitchers: Las Vegas 51s @ Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 6:35pm EST Jacob deGrom (4-2, 4.40 ERA) vs. Armando Galarraga (0-2, 6.46 ERA) Las Vegas 51s @ Colorado Springs Sky Sox, immediatley after TBD vs. Dan Houston (0-0, 10.80 ERA) PCL League Scoreboard DeGrom takes the ball in Game 1 of another doubleheader for the...
August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Why MLB's Proposed Challenge System Is a Huge Mistake

If you ever want a concrete example of a league that blunders things even when making the right decision, look no further than Bud Selig and his cohorts in Major League Baseball. After years of arguments between so-called “purists” and fans who actually want to see the correct calls made, earlier this month MLB rolled out its plan for an expanded instant replay system to take...
Via The Sports Post
August 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Column: Instant replay long overdue in baseball

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Armando Galarraga now toils for the Colorado Sky Sox, a step away from the big leagues but light years removed from the night that almost was. Had an umpire's call gone his way - the right way - in Detroit in 2010 he would be in baseball's record books as one of a select few pitchers ever to throw a perfect game...
Via Fox Sports
August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

How replay could have altered history

Tired of MLB umps getting crucial calls wrong that cost your favorite team? So is Bud Selig. Like how the NFL allows coaches to challenge three calls a game? So does Bud Selig. And now the commissioner is ready to do something about it, as owners are voting on a new rule that would allow managers to challenge one call in the first six innings and two more calls in the final three...
Via Fox Sports
August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB looking to expand replay

It seems like MLB is ready to enter the 21st century, with rumors that they will now look to vastly expand the use of instant replay reviews during games. 

Via Reading Between The Seams
August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

When The Trade Fails: Looking Back at the 2009 Trade Deadline

July 31st, 2009. It was a typical hot July Friday afternoon. I was 17-years-old, enjoying my last summer vacation and getting ready for my senior year in high school. On that blistering Friday afternoon, I decided to escape my oven of an apartment and go up to my local library to check what was going on in baseball. It was the trade deadline and I knew the Tigers were going to be...
Via The Majors Detroit
July 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Rockies acquire Galarraga from Reds

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies acquired pitcher Armando Galarraga from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Parker Frazier...
Via Athlon Sports
July 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Reds Acquire Parker Frazier In Trade With Rockies

The Cincinnati Reds have acquired right-handed minor league starting pitcher Parker Frazier from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for veteran pitcher Armando Galarraga. Frazier, who has struggled mightily between AA and AAA this season, going 49 innings of 4.93 ERA ball is a project who could benefit from the change of scenery. The post Reds Acquire Parker Frazier In Trade With...
Via FF Locker Room
July 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Reds acquire minor league pitcher from Rockies for Armando Galarraga

With the trade deadline looming just over two weeks away, the Reds and Rockies struck a deal on Monday that will reportedly send RHP Armando Galarraga to Colorado in exchange for minor league RHP Parker Frazier. Here is the press release on the trade: The Rockies announced today that they completed a trade with the Cincinnati Reds, acquiring RHP Armanda Galarraga in exchange...
Via Redlegs Review
July 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies acquire Armando Galarraga

The Colorado Rockies added right handed pitcher Armando Galarraga on Monday in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds. Galarraga, 31, had been pitching for the Reds Triple-A team in Louisville. During his tenure with Louisville Galarraga had made 16 starts and compiled a 2.98 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Last season Galarraga made five starts at the major league level with Houston going 0-4...
July 15, 2013  |  Discuss

An Inning with Mariano Rivera’s Command

Here is a true sentence about Mariano Rivera. Though, for his career, he’s managed to strike out the same rate of batters as Arthur Rhodes, he’s issued a higher rate of walks than Carl Pavano, and he’s allowed the same BABIP as Armando Galarraga. Based on one’s associations, one might not read that sentence and conclude that Rivera is amazing. But then, who’s familiar with...
Via Fangraphs
June 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Bats outhit Clippers, win 10-7

LOUISVIILE, KY – The Columbus Clippers dropped their second game of the series against the Louisville Bats 10-7 Wednesday morning. The Clippers have lost six of their seven games in the last week. Despite a decent performance from the Clippers’ bats, it was Louisville making all of the plays from the plate. The Bats scored in six of the eight innings—racking up ten runs in...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
May 29, 2013  |  Discuss

What Do A Professor And An Umpire Have In Common

Even if this is a Giants-oriented blog, I’m not including this weekend’s umpiring blunders that occurred against them, mostly because it didn’t affect much more than the length of the game in the end.  I just cherry-picked three of the biggest and most ridiculous ones. Seriously, why do umpires have the job safety of, essentially, a tenured professor?  Umpires seemingly can’t...
Via SF Lunatic Fringe
May 27, 2013  |  Discuss
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