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Video games: Instant replay comes to baseball

Posted at 2:48 PM on August 26, 2008 by Than Tibbetts

umps.jpgWord comes from the Associated Press that Major League Baseball will allow umpires to check video replays on home run calls. Apparently MLB Commissioner Bud Selig will make the announcement this afternoon.

The Twins will inaugurate the umpire augmentation system at Oakland, along with the Phillies-Cubs and Rangers-Angels series.

For now, the AP says, the umps can only use video to check on "boundary calls" — whether a potential home run ball was fair or foul, or whether a deep ball actually went over the fence.

I guess this means we're on our way to automated umpiring, or, as I like to call it, Umpire-By-Wire™.

Naturally, this begs the question, how will the umpires find a way to screw this up?

Update: After the official announcement comes this tidbit from the AP — "Leaving the dugout to argue a call following a replay will result in an automatic ejection."

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

September Call Ups Loom

Posted at 7:03 PM on August 26, 2008 by David Zingler (4 Comments)

Here's a quick look at some of the players the Twins may call up when the rosters are expanded on September 1.

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Name (Age), Position: Stats
Howie Clark (34), IF: .283/.332/.422
Journeyman has played in 134 big league games in 6 seasons including 4 this year with the Twins.

Garrett Jones (27), 1B-OF: .273/.331/.472, 21 HR & 84 RBI
Played in 31 games with the Twins in 2007.

Bobby Kielty (32), OF: .225/.354/.388
Began the season in Pawtucket, signed with Rochester on August 11, played with the Twins from 2001-03.

Alejandro Machado (26), IF: .353/.385/.482 in 48 games
Rule V pick in 2007, played 10 games with the Red Sox in 2005.

Matt Macri (26), IF: .255/.319/.456
Played in 14 games with the Twins earlier this season and hit .367/.406/.500.

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Pitchers
Brian Bass (26): 3-4, 4.87 ERA in 44 games with Twins
His quick acceptance of demotion last week points to his return on Monday.

Mariano Gomez (25): 5-2, 2.90 ERA in 51 games
6-6 lefty may intrigue Twins.

Phillip Humber (25): 9-8, 4.66 ERA, 102 K, 49 BB
Part of Johan Santana trade.

Bobby Korecky (28): 6-4, 2.90 ERA, 25 Saves
Appeared in 9 games this season with the Twins.

Kevin Mulvey (23): 7-9, 3.73 ERA, 116 K, 46 BB
Also part of the Johan Santana deal.

(Kielty photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images; Mulvey photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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