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.
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
Wahoo’s on First Links:
- Evan Vogel explains why the Indians should be all in on the latest Cuban defector, Jose Abreu. Abreu is known for having a big bat and could supply some serious power to any lineup.
- The staff tinkers around with the Indians lineup in this week’s edition of the Weekly Wroundtable.
- Brian Heise discusses Carlos Carrasco’s future and why the Indians need to explore every possible option, including closer, before finally deciding to give up on him.
- Let’s Go Tribe reports that the Indians have signed David Cooper and have promoted Tyler Naquin to Double-A Akron.
- Ryan McCrystal of It’s Pronounced Lajaway gives an interesting analysis of Carlos Carrasco, chart included.
- Craig Gifford of Did the Tribe Win Last Night explains how Jason Giambi continues to defy father time with his performance this season with the Indians.