Aug 5, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (17) watches the Detroit Tigers batting practice before the game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Clevelinks, August 17: Throw the Challenge Flag


This past week, word came out that Major League Baseball is finally ready to expand instant replay to plays other than home runs. The new system for “challenging” plays bears an eerie resemblance to the NFL’s instant replay challenge system. The new system, which allows managers one challenge between innings one and six and two from the seventh inning on still needs to be approved by owners, but already managers are looking for how they can take advantage of the system, Terry Francona included. The topic leads off today’s edition of Clevelinks.

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  • David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

    Jordan Bastian from Indians.com reports that Terry Francona is in favor of expanded instant replay but does have his concerns, especially regarding a manager’ ability to charge the field and argue.

  • Paul Hoynes’ report out of the Indians clubhouse is similar to Bastian’s. Some players love the move while others are as in favor of it.
  • Carlos Carrasco‘s move to the bullpen is not permanent. He will be moving to the bullpen in a long relief role for the time being. Francona said of the move, “Until he proves that he can’t start, we wouldn’t bail on him as a starter.”
  • On this day in 1920, Indians shortstop Ray Chapman died after being struck in the head by a fastball. He remains the only player in baseball history to die as a result of a play on the field. Bill Livingston remembers Chapman and the incident today on cleveland.com

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