Via the AP –
With critics calling for expanded video review of umpires’ calls and some players pushing to expand the first round of the playoffs, baseball commissioner Bud Selig established a committee of managers and longtime executives.
Managers Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Joe Torre and Mike Scioscia were selected Tuesday for the “special committee for on-field matters,” which Selig will chair and will meet for the first time next month.
Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who is black, was the only minority picked for the panel.
Scioscia was livid with the number of off days during the postseason, and Selig promised to re-examine the format, which added four extra off-days starting in 2007 at the behest of the sport’s broadcast networks.
Following a series of blown calls by umpires during the playoffs, many said baseball should expand video review, which began in 2008 and is limited to whether potential home runs are fair and whether the ball went over the fence.
“This is not a reaction to some of the things that happened during the playoffs,” Selig said. “I’m not saying that it didn’t keep moving me along in this direction because it did, but frankly I had this in mind for a long time.”
The group will examine scheduling, umpiring, the strike zone and pace of game, which again became an issue when Yankees catcher Jorge Posada made frequent trips to the mound during the postseason.
Hey, does ‘Sado have issues getting on the same page with his pitchers? Ah…yeah. Duh! There’s no question there. But, com’on…Jason Varitek has been doing this stuff for years now.
I want to swear that I’ve seen Varitek go to the mound when there are two outs, no one on base, in the 7th inning, with the Sox up by five, and an 0-2 count on the batter. Really. He’s the worst.
So, Bud…let’s not pin this all on Posada. He’s just one of several who do this stuff.
And, for the record, I would love to see them put a stop to this practice. Catchers have fingers and pitchers have eyes – and they should learn to use them…if you ask me.