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Managers have instant replay cheat sheets

Apr 7, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

Mike Bernadino of the Pioneer Press shows us the replay cheat sheet that Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has with him during games:

Handy. Lacking, however, as it does not say “immediately go out onto the field and kill time while you wait for your bench coach to flash you the thumbs-up sign to initiate a challenge.” But based on what we’ve seen, I suppose that’s simply implied.

  1. skerney - Apr 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    I want plays called correctly of course, but after a week the process is thus far cumbersome, time consuming, and kills the pace of the game.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      I blame LaRussa.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        That’s foolish Jason. It’s obviously President Eisenhower’s fault.

    • paperlions - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      I completely disagree. The pace of play isn’t exactly lightning quick as it is.

      So far, I LOVE the fact that the calls are correct. It is so refreshing to see what happens on the field be called as opposed to always thinking, “boy, team A got lucky on that call”….it is almost like, you know, the team that should win based on what happened on the field actually, you know, wins…instead of winning based on a missed close call.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        Except during yesterday’s game when Beautiful Brad had to trot out in the first to advise the umpiring crew that there were technical difficulties with the replay system and it was down. So, we had a delay to advise that there would be no replay. Boy, howdy, I love the technical element.

        Also, I’m not even going to get into how the system can be gamed so that teams don’t just have to outplay the other team on the field. I hate that stuff.

      • paperlions - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        The manager challenge system is stupid…but it is just nice to see a guy that was out be out rather than still standing on the bag.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        But I just get bitter when there’s a delay that does nothing but confirm the call. I don’t care as much about perfection as y’all.

      • paperlions - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Why? You prefer the delays that have managers stop around like little kids and result in ejections?

        Now, a manager can walk out, say, “Hey, we’d like to take another look at that one.” The ump can oblige, and the correct call can be made with people acting like adults.

        A manager gets to be wrong once/game maximum. He can’t just keep going out there to delay anything. In contrast, managers can delay a lot using traditional means….especially if they have the ball.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        I love it when they argue and cuss and kick dirt. It’s awesome. Your way is dull!

    • billiam55 - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      changes the pace of the game?!?!/ THERE IS NO PACE. ITS SLOW ANYWAYS WHO CARES

  2. happytwinsfan - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    and who says the twins aren’t high tech? think of the advanced word processing skills it took to produce such a document. strategic bolding, bulleting, the inclusion of the mlb logo, and two sided even. somebody got themselves a new 486.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 7, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      50/50 odds the Phillies use one in Comic Sans?

  3. Detroit Michael - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    It’s wacky that home run calls cannot be challenged. Maybe the umps are just supposed to always get those right, calling on replays as needed.

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